Delightful tom yum goong from cooking class- spicy and sour with sweet shrimps.
James Bond island- overrated. Stalls selling various merchandise lined the small beach in front of the island plus the beach was littered with trash- it's an unpleasant experience.
Kayaking through the caves at Phang Nga Bay- touristy. We were dropped off by our tour guide on a kayaking platform where we paid 300 baht pp to get on 2 kayaks with 2 local paddlers. Before getting to the caves, the paddlers kayaked us to a boat vendor selling drinks in the middle of the bay. They then requested that we buy drinks for them and ourselves at 80 baht each. We were not thirsty but what to do? They had the paddles and we were in the middle of the bay. We obliged. The kayaking tour was over in 20 minutes. I'm sure this area is rich with geographical and historical information but we did not get any. Right before kayaking us back to the platform, the paddlers asked us for tips. Of course, we obliged again. Like I said, they had the paddles and by this time, we were fed up with the experience. It's not much money, just left a bad overall impression of the area.
Next up is the Koh Panyee, Malay village on water. Very touristy too. You can tell by looking at the rows of large restaurants on the docks catering to tourists and again, souvenir stalls everywhere. True, it's a real life working village with locals going about their daily lives and I'm sure most of them depended on tourism for their incomes. This village tour might work better for first timers wanting to take a glimpse of a Malay village. We walked around the village for 15 minutes and were done with the tour. We've been to Malay villages before, this one just didn't sit well with us.
Bangla Street in Patong Beach.
Went to Patong Beach twice and that was enough. One time to para-sail during the day and another to see a live show at night. Parasailing was quite an experience- all hooked up and towed into the air by a speed boat with a guide behind me to maneuver the direction of the para-sail. I was nervous floating in the air. But, it was all over in 2 minutes for 1200 baht. The next guy paid 800 baht for the same ride because he bargained at the lower price and we didn't. Original price was 1500 baht. We needed to work on our bargaining skills, I guess.
Same thing with the live show at the Wake Up Club. Original price was 2500 baht and we paid 1800 baht at the entrance while a couple of tour booths on the streets were selling the same tickets for 1500 baht. Located inside a plaza opposite of Bangla Boxing Stadium- entrance looked like a night market. Walked through the market, and there were 40 or more tour buses parked in the parking lot- all there to see the live adult show inside the club. Fun and gross at the same time. Once is enough.
Vegetarian popiah or spring rolls with radish filling- tasted ok.
Sunset on Naiyang Beach- not the most spectacular but the best that we can do as it was cloudy all the days that we were in Phuket.