Unlike most graduates who spent weeks on graduation trips right after their last paper, I chose to invest the time in job hunting. Not being one of those brilliant enough to secure a job way before graduation, I knew that I wouldn't be able to play wholeheartedly without something secured to look forward to.
So when I finally got an offer in May with a week to spare, I (almost) immediately booked tickets to Phuket for the girlfriend and myself. That was also our first and last time departing from Budget Terminal!
Taking Tiger Airways did have its fun of boarding without aerobridges, but that thrill came and gone as quickly as it took to takeoff. Scoot by SIA is something that I would want to try next!
After the close to 2 hours flight and another 1 hour taxi ride to Patong Beach from Phuket International Airport, we finally arrived at our haven for the next three nights, Holiday Inn Phuket. Since it was our first time in Phuket, we opted for a safer, more reputable choice as the resort seemed to get plenty of good reviews online.
After checking in at the chic, open-air lobby, we were led to our Superior Room that costed ฿3,600 (~SGD150) a night. Spacious yet cosy, the room had a King-sized bed and a lounge area with sofa and counter. Sadly, there wasn't much of a view from the our balcony.
No bathtub in the toilet, but all the equipment and utilities were clean, modern and working perfectly for a good shower.
Being a resort hotel, there's plenty of facilities to enjoy even before stepping out to explore Phuket. Besides a wide range of restaurants (more on that next time!), there were also two swimming pools to serve the Main Wing and the newer Busakorn Wing. Not forgetting about Patong Beach which is located just 2 minutes across the street.
Psst, make your welcome drink tickets worthwhile! Since those could be redeemed at any restaurants and bars in the resort, why not do so at the poolside bar for more fun!
Mango Smoothie, Mojito Mocktail
Lazing around the pool and having a sip of that ice cold smoothie was way awesome, but I didn't come all the way to Phuket for just that! Food adventures coming right up!
Holiday Inn Phuket
52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach
Check out their website for more information!
Taken with Nikon D70