Right after our short nap and solat, we immediately packed our dry pack since we gonna chase the sunset late in the afternoon. Again, we gonna travel all the way up to the view point with our tiny little motorbike that we’ve rented. To be fully recharged since we’ve skipped our lunch earlier, we stopped over at the Jungceylon Shopping Mall which is situated in the Patong Beach. To be exact, on the corner of Bangla Road and Patong Soi 2 which is the busiest spot on Patong Beach. We just realized that ‘Jungceylon’ used to be a name of Phuket way back in 1511 during the prosperous year of the port town. That’s the reason why the design and concept of the Jungceylon Mall resemble the scenario of port with a replica of big traditional ship.
FF making his way on the orange carpet.
The main reason we’re here is to fill up our stomach. Makan time! Right after browsing through the shopping mall, we finally headed directly to the lower ground food court where there’s one halal stall which is Islamtai Bangja. Check out the selection! Everything looks tempting to us. It takes us quite sometimes to decide on the menu that we wanted to order. Nafsu, nafsu.
Right after that, we stopped over at the famous Hard Rock Cafe Phuket to get a shot glass for my mum which is just a minutes away from Jungceylon Mall. She’s an avid collector of HRC and Planet Hollywood glass.
Done with Patong Beach! We rode our motorbike and go further up to Karon Beach. With such a hilly road compared to the road towards Surin Village which is found to be much safer, it really challenged FF riding skills. The roads are narrow with a 45 degrees gradient which served us a magnificent sea view from top. Once we reached Kamala Beach, FF decided to get wet and swim by the beach while I stayed.
As i don’t have anything else to do and FF is happily swimming there, I strolled down by the beach on my own.
As mentioned earlier, our main plan this afternoon is to chase for sunset. So, we shall proceed to the Karon View Point or formerly known as Kata View Point. It took us about 15 – 20 minutes passing by Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. We basically love to see all those unique, private bungalows and high-end hotels along the way. Seriously, its way different in Patong Beach which is full of entertainment with small budget and boutique hotels around. We’ve made a mistake by riding directly to Kata Noi Beach as we missed the junction up to the view point. The junction is exactly in between Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach.
The road up is slightly dangerous for a small motorbike like us since buses, vans, cars and superbike were driving and riding fast in a steep hilly area. The same roads were used to go further up to the Promthep Cape as well. Promthep Cape is one of the islands most notable natural landmarks with high cliffs an uninterrupted views. The best parts of riding a motorbike is that we could just stop whichever we want. Before reaching, we could see that the road going up offers a spectacular views of the beaches on the Southern part of Phuket island.
Karon Viewpoint (which used to be Kata viewpoint) is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, the viewpoint is busy most days of the year and is a staple of many tour itineraries. Called locally ‘Khao Saam Haad’ (Three Beaches Hill), the local municipality for some reason has officially renamed it ‘Karon Viewpoint’.
There’s an ample parking space and large gazebo at the view point too. No worries. We rest a bit longer here experiencing and appreciating the view and the fresh air.
Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon Beach. Magnificent!
As we’re still early and there’s no sign of sunset, we decided to go down and spent our time at the Kata Beach. The first thing attracted us is definitely the Surf House (a place where you can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather conditions. In other words, artificial waves), surf school and beach boys carrying the surf boards. It is believe that because of the waves here, it becomes popular among surfers and it hosts a surf competition every year. Again, you can see less crowd here compared to Patong Beach.
After a long waits, finally here come the sunset.
There goes our 2 days of short trip to Phuket. If you’re happened to be in Southern Thailand, do visit this island which used to be one of the most famous or major trading routes in between China and India as stated in the historical calendar plus Thailand’s wealthiest province. There’s more to explore in Phuket especially the beaches on the west coast, nearby island such as the famous Koh Phi Phi, Similan Island, Koh PanYee and others. Unfortunately, time doesn’t permitted us to do so as we’re going to travel all the way to Koh Samui and Surat Thani in this journey.
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma