Sugar Palm Grand Hillside & Weekend Night Market | Phuket Day 1
Sorry for not updating this space! I’m back with travel posts again for a 5 day trip to Phuket, Thailand in May 2015. No particular reason why we chose Phuket; Jetstar was having a sale and we picked Phuket randomly.
The flight via Jetstar and was a short 2 hour flight. By the way, how’s my post braces teeth?
There’s something therapeutic about fluffy white clouds and clear blue sky. Upon landing, a jet bridge wasn’t available so we had to take a shuttle bus from the airplane to the airport.
One thing you must get from the airport is free SIM card! You can spot this TrueMove booth after clearing immigration, near the baggage conveyor belt. Just show the staff your passport and indicate the model of your mobile phone and they will give you the SIM card size that fits. They will also take a photo of your passport and the SIM card package. With this SIM card, you can pop by any 7-Eleven store to purchase the top up. You will get a receipt with the top up code which you have to key in when making the activation/top up call. The prices for various packages are in photo above.
We arranged for PPKK Tour Service to fulfil all our transport needs throughout the five days, including airport transfer. PPKK Tour Service is run by a husband and wife team, Panya and Pojjana. Pojjana picked us up at the airport that day for a 1.5 hour ride to Sugar Palm Grand Hillside.
Sugar Palm Grand Hillside
As the name suggests, the hotel is located on an upslope. It didn’t bother us as our transport was arranged for all days, so we didn’t have to do much walking up and down the slope. The check-in process at the hotel was fast and smooth, and we were brought to our room by the staff.
Here’s our room for four nights in Phuket. The Grand Deluxe room is spacious and has a balcony. Upon entering, the wardrobe and toilet is on each side. The mini fridge has beer, cola, orange juice, and bottled water that is free of charge and will be refilled daily.
The bathroom has a huge bath tub and a separate shower area. Extra towels (in green) are provided for swimming. We brought the towels out for our island tour on Day 3.
There’s a sofa long enough for us to put the luggage and still have space for sitting. Plus a full length mirror and a huge bed. The bed is actually made up of 2 super single beds.
The balcony overlooks the swimming pools. We were on the 6th floor and could see the sea in the distance.
Sugar Palm Grand Hillside also has Grand Jacuzzi Deluxe rooms with a Jacuzzi at the balcony and Grand Pool Access rooms with balconies that connect directly to the swimming pools. We felt that having a Jacuzzi at the balcony lacks privacy and we were also not intending to spend much time in the pool, so we opted for the normal Grand Deluxe room. It cost about S$70 per night.
1 Soi Khoktanod Soi 3, Kata Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand
Phuket Weekend Night Market
We unpacked and washed up before leaving for Phuket weekend night market. Pojjana wasn’t available so she arranged for her driver to bring us around that evening.
It was a 30 minutes drive to the night market and I would recommend going early at about 4pm. We arrived at that time and had dinner first. As you can see, it was still empty then.
By 5pm, the place became much more crowded and all the food stalls started their massive cooking and barbecuing which made it a lot warmer.
We didn’t buy anything other than food. I was happy to spot coconut ice cream but the one at Chatuchak weekend night market is certainly the best! The coconut ice cream at Phuket weekend night market was more watery than creamy, but I was still pleased to satisfy my craving.
As the night was still young, we dropped by Central Festival. The main focus was to stock up on drinks and snacks at the supermarket. I also had Auntie Anne’s pretzel! It’s cheaper in Thailand.
After buying even more food, we were dropped off at our hotel and rested in for the night.