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Published: February 22nd 2015
Nai Yang Beach
Much, much fewer people than the ones further down south.
I have an early morning flight to catch before the shared minibuses start running from Patong to the airport, but I refused to charter a private taxi from the Phuket mafia which would have cost nearly as much as the flight itself. So my solution was to spend the night somewhere close to the airport, so that I could just hoof it there the next morning. Conveniently, the quiet beach of Nai Yang served this purpose, though I hadn't counted on the ongoing high season unexpectedly jacking up accommodation rates for my single night's stay (THB1000!). I definitely busted the budget on housing on this one, and the savings I earned from stiffing the Phuket taxi mafia and going public instead almost entirely evaporated with the extra I paid compared to an additional night back in Patong. Then again, I did get a nice room albeit for only one night,and it did give me an opportunity to check out what must surely be an often-missed area of Phuket, with its quieter beach and lower-key beachfront restaurants. The sighing, setting sun on my final evening in Phuket was also cause for some contemplative reflection, as I pondered over my imminent departure from
this (touristy) island paradise...
Stayed at Udom Bungalows.
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