(English) PHUKET, THAILAND: THE UNTOLD TRUTH

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  • James каже:

    That is precisely how i felt about Bali! Everybody talks about some places as if it was paradise on earth. Then, you get there and see how heavy tourism has spoiled the area and lost its authenticity completely. Sometimes i wonder what it would take to find a true paradise and keep it to myself!

  • Sonja Josipovic каже:

    Thailand is not on my wish list, but I would love to visit this country one day.

  • Kelly Iverson каже:

    I think your expectations were way too high! Especially coming from Greece. Thailand is a beautiful country, but you have to be prepared for the heat, over-crowded beaches, etc. I hope your next trip is a memorable one!

  • adela каже:

    I think this article has some good points, but also comes from someone that hasn’t done their research before traveling.

    You didn’t expect it to be super-humid, but this should have been obvious, because you went to a tropical destination. Also depending on the time of the year it’s more or less humid.

    Going to Phuket I can imagine it’s tourist packed. I’ve stayed in Thailand 3 weeks, and for an island experience I went closer to Bangkok, to Koh Samet which is not so popular with tourists, where I found beautiful beaches that were almost empty, and also a more touristy beach. To say don’t go to Thailand for the beaches is an exaggeration, not all beaches are the same :)

    Sorry your experience sucked, I don’t like packed places either, and I never use an agency to book my travels, because they always send people to the busiest places, unless you go to luxury resorts. Probably a luxury resort has it’s own private beach even in Phuket..

    • Niki каже:

      erm… I obviously do a lot of research before traveling. Never found an article online saying it is so humid you have trouble breathing. So how the heck would I know? And also, for Phuket, November is the beginning of its „dry“ season, even though it was raining 9/10 days.
      Also, I never said do not go to Thailand. I just said, know what to expect about PHUKET!
      The resort I stayed in was amazing, luxurious and 5* and it had 5 amazing pools that were way better than any beach around the island. My taste in beaches is very picky. It’s like talking to an Italian about pasta. I know how a good beach looks like but never founded there. With an exception: Maya bay in Phi Phi, but that’s another island so it doesn’t count. And it wasn’t for swimming, enjoying or relaxing since it had 2000 people on it and 50 boats.
      You are completely right, agencies suck – at least here in Greece. That’s why I booked everything based on the research I did. I was happy with my flight and extremely satisfied with the resort – just not the island.
      Do you recommend Bangkok?

  • Travel Fidget каже:

    I have to agree with you about the food. In tourist places it’s expensive, and streetfood is the best, and fresh. Most locals in Thailand don’t have a stove/oven in their houses, so they eat in the street, which is why it’s so fresh and tasty :)

  • RED RIDING HOOD каже:

    Wow You went there! It must be dream come true 😀

  • Basundhara Ghosh каже:

    I love how brutally honest you are 😉 But I would like to try it for myself :)

    • Niki каже:

      You should!! Everyone’s taste is different and what I find ugly, you might find beautiful. It is good though to be informed, before deciding on a destination, based on true and honest opinions and not beautified posts by paid bloggers.

  • Rafa каже:

    Nice pictures of beaches and food! Even though Phuket was one of the places that I didn’t like while travelling SEA. I found Karon Beach quite dirty. I will follow the rest of your trips :)

  • Teena каже:

    I found street food to be the best option and the freshest by far and the tastiest. Way better than restaurants by far.

  • Matt каже:

    It sounds like you had a pretty rough time, which is such a shame as I know you were really looking forward to it. Phuket is one of those places that has been so skewed by tourism, especially in the last 10 years or so, although I only spent one day there.
    If you head a bit further south in Thailand, down to Ao Nang National Park you can find some of those gorgeous beaches still. Also, Thailand is so diverse, if you visit the north of the country, it is such a different experience (jungle mountains instead of beaches).
    It’s a shame you had this experience as I could write a huge list of places in Thailand I would love to return to. If you do go back, feel free to hit me up!

    • Niki каже:

      I really wanted to experience something authentic and I guess I should have picked something more secluded and less popular! I’ve learned my lesson though. Next time I will definitely ask for advice :)

  • marine каже:

    I love the realness of the article. It doesn’t say we shouldn’t to plucker but just being careful and it all sounds like great advices !

  • Lisa каже:

    I went to a yoga retreat in Koh Samui, a small island for 1 month. The beach was private and empty. The food vegetarian and very good and we rented motorbikes to go into the town which is busy, but nothing like the bigger places. Also, the northern part of the country is really spiritual and beautiful. I hope you get a chance to go again and see some more of what Thailand has to offer:)

  • Kasia каже:

    Thanks for your honesty Niki. Thailand is on my bucket list but I will definitely stay away from the touristy places. I hate crowds especially on the beach. So that would be disappointing to me too. I guess all of those bloggers that rave about Thailand stay in more secluded and private places where you feel like the beach is yours. If you want to travel the less glamorous way you’d have to expect the crowds and the overrated places. Thanks for the tips.

    • Niki каже:

      I went on some „private“ beaches, but they weren’t as private and I would be extremely disappointed if I were that hotel’s resident! The thing is there’s no such thing as privacy in Phuket, only at the Laguna part. If you ever head that way, I recommend you to stay there!

  • Karen каже:

    Love an honest travel blogger! I have heard so many glowing reviews of Phuket. I think many travel blogs believe they have to be upbeat and positive about every single place they visit. This was refreshing. Not every paradise is truly a paradise.

  • Kate каже:

    I’m so sorry that you had this experience. I avoided Southern Thailand when I was there because I suspected it was exactly like this. I think you’re right that a lot of bloggers are being paid to promote these destinations in certain ways. Tourist hotspots in Southeast Asia and particularly Thailand are so overcrowded and consequently full of pollution and inflated prices. The humidity killed me too! I have curly hair and so it puffs out like nobody’s business. If you want to escape the crowds in Southeast Asia, I would really recommend Malaysia, particularly Borneo. I think that maybe 20 or so years ago Thailand was the paradise that people are still trying to pretend it is!

  • Tahnee каже:

    I love how honest you are about places to visit. I will bear this in mind for any future travels there. Thanks for sharing a great post x

  • Enele Ogah каже:

    You were brutally honest and though it sounded a bit harsh, I loved the honesty at the end!.
    From you, i’ve learnt to research before traveling and remember that not everywhere is a paradise like it’s over publisized as. 😊

  • Tahna de Veyra каже:

    You seem like a true beach connoisseur. heheh. Makes me wonder how our own beaches in the Philippines would fare. Ever been?

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