In the dosshouse of Phuket Town

From Naiyang Beach we went on to Phuket City. We wanted a little bit more action after the cosy beach days. But above all we were interested in the temples, the famous beaches Patong and Karon Beach as well as Phuket Old Town. But already at the arrival we were shocked.

The trip to Phuket City took almost an hour, was very comfortable and with 500 Baht extremely fair. You will probably not get this price directly at the airport, about 600-800 Baht should be usual. The airport bus would have brought us for 200 Baht. From the bus terminal to the hostel in the glowing heat one hour with full luggage, we avoided that. We are still getting used to it.

In Phuket City some surprises are waiting for us. For the first time Asian city life with street dogs, noise and stench was already much for Jana. But the biggest surprise was our new accommodation, which we don’t want to name here by name. First of all, we do not recommend our hosts in Phuket City.

The dosshouse of Phuket city

The entrance to the hotel led through a restaurant and not a soul was to be seen. We got uncomfortable from a bad smell, which we could not assign at first. Only later in the evening did we discover the rotten Durian, who gave her the name Stinkfruit ?this disgusting stench all over the house

Somewhat reluctantly and listlessly a boy led us to our room. At first sight the room was clean. It contained nothing more than a mattress, a trash can, a shaky clothes rail and a wall fan. So we checked in and thankfully said goodbye to our hostess and taxi driver. She had stayed with us for so long to make sure that we were well taken care of. Dear people in the Baan Rom Pruk. We can really recommend our first hosts at Naiyang Beach.

(War sie wirklich gammelig? Ich glaube nicht )

Our room in Phuket City

The mattress lying on the floor is covered with unwashed bed linen. The musty smell and the stains are not very inviting. We decide to take out the sleeping bags for a first nap. That’s exactly why we bought them. The heat in the room is bad, so first we go to the toilet and take a shower.

The toilets take getting used to for us Europeans. There is no toilet paper and if you had some, you shouldn’t throw it into the bowl, but into the bucket. It smells like this. But there are practical small showers, which are meant to clean the bottom, but work at least as well to spray the place before and after the business. Well, you get used to not having toilet paper over time.

We didn’t want to get used to the dirty showers, the stinking garbage and the tank, in which a blue toothbrush cup was doing its rounds for a week. Nevertheless we had at least two showers a day.

The fire chef

After a nap of some hours, we were really hungry. In the immediate neighbourhood all the cookshops and the food stalls were only with meat, so we had to walk some meters through the unknown Phuket at night. The street dogs didn’t want anything from us, but in packs they were a bit scary for Jana. After some kitchens the fire cook caught our eye. He really enjoys lighting his kitchen, as you can see on the cover picture. He also saved our evening with twice fried rice with vegetables for 50 Baht. Water on ice and a fire show was for free.

The nights in Phuket Town

In front of the guesthouse is a small brake hill, which misses its purpose. It is used for jumping. Who has never been in Thailand before: Mopeds and scooters can be loud, very loud, at night even louder. Sometimes we thought there would be a motorcycle race outside. The police of Phuket has its buildings like tourist police up to the forensics in this street along, but the traffic police is seldom at home or takes at the Patong Beach scooter driving tourists some money. In the article Scooter driving in Thailand we write about it in detail. For all, which have fun on two wheels, whether scooter or bicycle.

Oh, but that wasn’t all the noise. After a short arrangement our neighbour had a loud conversation with an Italian roommate. She often had fun with guests behind the thin wall in the next room and last but not least there were the mobile phone alarm clocks at every imaginable time, from onward travellers or the Thais, who were on work in the opposite hospital. Ringing sometimes an eternity, probably because they use Ohropax themselves. We also had Thai TV in the evening and smells of the actually forbidden room kitchens.

Stay positive

We don’t want to complain too much, it was just a shock after our great accommodation and we were disappointed by the staff. On the other hand, we appreciate how well we are doing. We can move on, but for other residents this guesthouse is their home. It is one of the cheapest accommodations in Phuket City and for many the only possibility to live near their place of work. Especially for the young women it is a chance for a better future.

The cheap and plentiful breakfast was by the way the best of the accommodation. There was rice with vegetables or tofu and – unfortunately we noticed it too late – some fish sauce for 40 Baht. We also got water and spices. In the article Food in Thailand more about vegan and vegetarian food and what to do if it goes wrong.

Rang Hill and Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham

We got up very early for our first temple visit in Thailand. First of all we wanted to capture the beautiful light in the morning on pictures and secondly you get a sunburn quickly in the midday hours.

From the accommodation it went only a few hundred meters steeply up a mountain to Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham. Some monks were just driven up by scooter and I can’t blame them, it is already quite hot around this time.

Before we climb the stairs to the temple, we change in the toilets. Fortunately I have Zip-Off trousers and my T-shirt is sufficient. It is important that the knees and shoulders are covered. In the article Temple Visit we have summarized some rules and tips for you.

Our conclusion and how it continues with us

The accommodation in Phuket City had positive sides beyond breakfast. The short walk to a beautiful temple, the Rang Hill Viewpoint and the central location at a reasonable price. Better said, it is one of the cheapest accommodations in Phuket.

For us this experience was enriching. It has hardened us both for what is yet to come. Our next adventure was the journey to Ko Yao Noi with the Phuket Local Bus. We hope you will join us again.

Our first days as Digital Nomads in Thailand

We have just started our world trip. In our first days in Phuket we already learned a lot about Thailand. The Thai food, mosquitoes, geckos, beautiful plants and tasty fruits. Some of the first experiences in Southeast Asia we tell you in this article. Our first days on a trip around the world.

In Cologne it was freezing temperatures. We had already packed away our jackets and sweaters, but were then brought to the plane with a badly organized bus transfer and were forced to bibble again. The flight with Eurowings was without surprises. As booked we also had a vegan snack and a dinner on board. A fair package for a 200-Euro direct flight from Cologne to Phuket.

Ten hours later at 5:00 a.m. Thai time (we are 6 hours ahead of Germany to Thailand) we landed in Phuket. We were tired, but ready for the first steps in our new life as traveling backpackers and travel bloggers. At Phuket Airport we expected a flood of tuk tuks and taxis, but there were only a few buses waiting for our fellow travellers. They had probably all booked a transfer from the airport.

Our first accommodation was only a half hour walk away, so we decided to take advantage of the cool morning and look for our first Asian breakfast. Not so easy, because the builders of Phuket Airport didn’t think about footpaths. A few workers had to get us friendly on the right track. We walked over the quiet road to Ban Ruean Udomlak.

Our first breakfast in Thailand

We took our first breakfast where our feet were tired. About halfway along the way Jana gave up with 27 kilos of luggage on her shoulders. I would have made it 50 meters further with my 30 kilos.

But so we came to our first breakfast soup. The Thai rice soup Khao Tom Soup is often translated as porridge on the menu. One soup costs us 40 Baht, about one Euro. Without egg or meat the soup is vegan and gives power for the whole morning. You have to like the ginger taste, but you can’t start the day better from a health point of view.

In the well-stocked soup kitchen there is free drinking water and everything for flavouring and spicing. On the picture I have the chilli sauce in my hand.

Phuket Airport Breakfast Khao Tom Soup - Image Credit: Jana Brot, Catch Life
Phuket Airport Breakfast Khao Tom Soup – Image Credit: Jana Brot, Catch Life

Our first coconut

When we arrived around 8:00 am at our first accommodation, the Baan Rom Pruk, we got rid of the big backpacks. Our room was ready around noon, so we first walked towards the beach and explored the area. The way goes through a small temple complex, then a few hostels and five hundred meters further the beach. Not a lot was going on here, but there was a fresh, cooled coconut on the way. We have drunk more than 100 now, but that day it was a new experience.

Only a straw fit through the hole in the coconut. But Jana absolutely wanted the pulp and so the fight ended in a 1-0 for Jana. When it comes to food, she understands no fun.

Sirinat National Park and Naiyang Beach

The first coconut we sipped without noticing that we’ve been in the Sirinat National Park. Before 9:00 am there was neither a cash register nor a barrier and the way to Naiyang Beach was almost abandoned. We were surprised by the loneliness on a beach so close to Phuket Airport. We didn’t notice much about the pre-christmas flights at Phuket Airport. The sounds of the waves and the small jungle completely cover the aircraft noise. We found the Naiyang Beach beautiful and we are glad that we started at this beautiful place.

You can read more about Sirinat National Park and Naiyang Beach soon in the following article. Here only a small insight.

Our first accommodation

For the first days of our trip we have a luxurious accommodation with air conditioning and private bathroom. We had already booked the bungalow in Germany via Airbnb. With 25 Euro per night this actually exceeds our complete daily budget, but we wanted a comfortable start after the flight. In our three months Thailand has remained the most expensive and at the same time cleanest accommodation. But we enjoyed it so much that we stayed three days longer than planned. We gladly recommend the Baan Rom Pruk to everybody.

We only used the terrace in front of our bungalow for a short time on the first evening. The mosquitoes were certainly very pleased to bite such inexperienced victims. First of all we moved inside. Soon we’ll tell you in a new article what we’ve learned about mosquito repelling in Southeast Asia during the last months.

Our friends, the geckos.

Every good house should have some house geckos. They protect us from mosquitoes. So we decided to retire early to our bungalow. There we not only had a glass door to close, but also discovered for the first time our new pet, to whose presence we got used. We love Geckos.

They eat a lot of mosquitoes every day and we are so grateful to them that they soon get their own article on Catch-Life.

Gecko in Phuket, Thailand Hausgecko
Gecko in Phuket, house gecko Thailand

Almost forgotten our food

At noon we indulged ourselves for the fast hunger something in the Sirinat National Park. Fried Vegetables and Morning Glory with rice for together 120 Baht, a little more than 3 Euro. The water was free of charge, an advantage to which we got used with street kitchens. We’ll soon tell you more about Morning Glory and street kitchens.

Our first dinner was fried noodles with vegetables, vegan rice and two iced teas for 120 Baht on the way home.

Fried rice pad thai – our first Thai dinner

The next morning we should get to know even cheaper prices. We only walked a few hundred meters and paid for two Khao Tom soups, 1 kg bananas, two coffees and four sweet pieces a total of 90 Baht. How good and cheap we ate in the following days and much more about the Naiyang Beach, the Sirinat National Park and the surroundings we tell you in the next article.