I ARRIVED at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport for an overnight Malaysia Airlines flight to Phuket and flew via Kuala Lumpur into Phuket’s International Airport.
Our group of 12 was greeted by guides from Buffalo Tours who took us on a scenic drive to Krabi, a resort town in a quaint region along the Andaman Coast. We checked into the perfectly located Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa for the first night where we enjoyed the pool’s high-speed waterslide and the first of many Thai massages.
Our first full day was spent at Thalene, a small fishing village, where we enjoyed a sea kayaking adventure through the hidden mangrove swamps and limestone caves. Mid-paddle, the group was greeted by a lone monkey when we stopped for a refreshing swim on an isolated beach.
After arriving by private long-tail boat at the luxurious Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas in Krabi, the group spent some time enjoying the expansive property, including the 500-metre long private beach, before travelling to the next location, Kata.
Kata is a beautiful beachside town on the west coast of Phuket, only 30 minutes’ drive from bustling Patong. Here the group enjoyed two nights’ accommodation at the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, along with a private six course dinner at The Shore at Katathani, while overlooking the entire length of Kata Noi Beach and watching the sun go down.
Day three included a day-long speedboat excursion out to the Phi Phi Islands. Snorkelling, sunbathing, swimming and cocktails on the beach were all on the cards during the excursion, before a night out on the town in popular Patong.
The last two nights of the adventure were spent in the hidden gem of Phuket, Cape Panwa, which boasts an array of luxurious resorts, including the Cape Panwa Hotel, where we spent the last two nights enjoying the private beach and sampling the rotating menu of the in-house restaurant, Café Andaman.
Adrenaline was in order for our last day, which was spent at the Flying Hanuman Treetop Experience. Located in a hillside forest, the Flying Hanuman takes tourists away from the typical sand and beach experience that Phuket is known for and provides an adventure like no other, offering 28 different treetop obstacles. The guides on this particular trip were exceptional, making even the most faint hearted of the group comfortable being thrown head first out of a tree, which made for an exciting end to our trip.