I could go Mills-and-Boon-style-full-blown-romantic-use-all-the-adjectives-at-once on you.
I could tell you about the cool aqua water and the white sandy beaches. I could harp on about the dusky colour of the clouds, the blush pink and deep purple in the skies. I could mention the tiny flickering fairy lights, the salty taste of the air and the fresh smells of coconut and kaffir lime leaves. I could call the view ‘sublime’ and the sunsets ‘magnificent’; explain that the whole experience was like stepping into a picturesque postcard.
Or I could just show you this:
Says it all, really.
That’s my partner Jeremy capturing what is the most beautiful sunset either of us has ever witnessed. We’re sitting at Baba Nest, the sunset cocktail lounge at luxury hotel Sri Panwa, located just an hour outside of Phuket in Thailand. The hotel boasts 52 private villas, each perched on the edge of a cliff top 40-60m above sea level, with 300 degree views of the ocean and surrounds.
It’s a pretty special place… and yes, I am using an iPhone to take a photo of Jeremy using an iPhone to take a photo of the view.
So much for living in the moment.
Phuket is the home of Thailand’s second airport and is a popular destination for Australian tourists. Jetstar and Virgin both fly there direct out of Sydney and Melbourne, making the trip infinitely doable; the flights are slo very affordable. Like Kuta in Bali, Phuket is renowned for being mega tourist-y and full of markets selling cheap westernised trinkets – so I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of travelling there. However, within minutes of arriving in the area I fell in love with the people, the views and the delicious, delicious, delicious – like put on 2kg in a week delicious – food.
If you’re considering a trip to southern Thailand in the future, then here are 5 things you absolutely cannot miss:
1. The food, the glorious, glorious food.
I promise this will be the last I say about the food but if you’re Thailand bound: prepare for a flavour sensation.
The Thais have an approach to cooking that is all about balancing the 5 flavours of sweet (sugar, pineapple), sour (limes, tamarind), salty (soy sauce, fish sauce), bitter (melon, raw leaves) and hot (chillllllli!). The results are scrumptious. Definitely make time to take a cooking class so that you can attempt to replicate some of the dishes, once you’re back home in Australia.