Let’s start off by being honest: we just booked this because it was crazy cheap and we had a free day between our various island hopping tours. How cheap exactly? THB 312, which is only approximately RM 39 (USD 10). Needless to say I wasn’t expecting much, but the 4 hour city tour turned out to be surprisingly pleasant!
Driving around in a van was a welcome change after spending hours riding the waves on a speedboat the day before. We stopped at two viewing points, both allowing us to see Phuket on a larger scale. There were stunning views and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I could sit up there for hours looking down at the ocean’s beauty. The temple we stopped represented a different sort of beauty, with its intricate architecture and vibrant colours.
1. Karon Viewpoint
2. Wat Chalong Temple
3. Windmill Viewpoint
4. Cashew Nut Factory
I didn’t manage to get more photos of the factory, but here this lady was demonstrating the fascinating process of peeling cashews. Our tour guide thoroughly explained the procedure and answered any questions we had.
I think sight-seeing tours are way better if you have a good tour guide, and we had the best! He was very engaging, telling us personal stories constantly and even showing photos to go with the tales from his past. This completely transformed our experience, as it gave the tour a personal touch which was much appreciated.
Going into this I didn’t have any expectations, but I’m glad we went for it. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to get a feel of the city of Phuket – good company, great architecture and stunning views – what more could you ask for?