Greetings from Melbourne!
Wow – what a week!
So in my last Week in Pictures post I shared some snaps and a whole heap of tips about Chiang Mai, Thailand.
And as promised, this week I’m sharing photos of the rest of our time away in the stunning beachside location of Phuket.
For five days we stayed at the spectacular Point Yamu by COMO on the eastern side of Phuket.
Every morning we were greeted with stunning ocean views from our balcony and when we were up early enough, we were lucky to witness inspiring sunrises over the point.
It was also a real treat to be able to see the distinctive limestone outcrops of Phang Nga Bay out on the horizon.
As well as the resort being sensational, so was the food!
I love a good resort breakfast and this one has been the best by far.
I took full advantage of the COMO Shambhala Cuisine which is designed to maximize your energy with the use of raw foods. I can highly recommend the ‘Real Toast’ – dehydrated nut, seed and vegetable bread with avocado crush, cucumber and tomato salad.
I also devoured the cinnamon French toast with caramelised banana, passion fruit and cashew nut streusel (although this wasn’t on the healthy menu!).
Our resort was just so gorgeous that we hardly left….except on a couple of occasions which you can read about below.
After having lunch with a friend who now lives in Phuket, we headed to the beach for the afternoon.
Surin Beach is naturally beautiful and the Andaman Sea doesn’t disappoint.
We really enjoyed this low-key location as it wasn’t too crowded and had a great mix of both tourists and Thai’s who were all enjoying the afternoon sun.
After you’ve had your sand and surf fix, head to one of the great beachside bars for an afternoon beverage and to watch the sun set.
Alternatively you could relax even further and get yourself a foot massage whilst enjoying the water views!
As we were based at Cape Yamu we were keen to explore some of the nearby islands.
We headed out to Rang Yai island which was just a 15 minute longboat ride from our resort.
This private island is covered in coconut trees and the fine white sand and crystal clear water makes it even more idyllic.
We enjoyed laying in the beach chairs under shadey trees, reading books, having countless swims, chatting to other beach goers and just chilling out.
A great way to spend a day!
The only ‘touristy’ thing we did in Phuket was wander around the Old Town and admire the architecture of the gorgeous Sino-Portuguese shop houses.
The architecture is a reflection of the European influence on the island including the Portuguese and the British, who had been interested in Phuket’s tin wealth since the 16th century.
This part of Phuket is very reminiscent of the Baba Nyonya heritage and shop houses in Malacca, Malaysia, which I recently visited.
To experience some of this old world charm, walk around the main roads of Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. You can’t miss the beautiful bright buildings, eclectic mix of shops and the friendly locals.
Also, I can highly recommend a pit stop at the little CAFÉ’IN (right next door to the Thaihua Museum) and get yourself a fresh mango crepe and a watermelon juice.
A big thanks to my friends at Opulence in Travel who helped select Point Yamu By COMO….I will definitely be back!
As I mentioned, I’m in Melbourne for 4 short days for my Life Coaching Graduation, so I’m sure I’ll have some different photos to share next week!
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