PHUKET: The visit to Phuket was an exciting experience for the Perodua media group, especially for first-time visitors. It was holiday season and Patong beach and other tourist attractions on the island were packed with visitors.
The group was taken on a bus ride around Phuket town where spas, art galleries and entertainment outlets were seen in almost every street of the shopping haven. The group made a stop at a wholesale shop at Bypass road, popular for its huge selection of cotton T-shirts.
After a pampering session at the Cheraim Spa Village, the group felt revitalised to do some walking and shopping along Patong beach. It was a working day but the night scene resembled a New Year’s Eve party . The shops along the famous Patong beach road and Bangla road were crowded with holidaymakers. Almost every restaurant was packed with tourists enjoying dinner and drinks with families and friends while music played in the background. This popular spot was ravaged by the tsunami in 2004 but the people of Phuket recovered from this tragedy and the shopping destination regained its tourist attraction soon after. The next day the group went on a speed boat ride from Krabi port to see the beautiful islands in the Phang Nga Bay.
Tour operators usually never fail to include a stop at James Bond Island, so named after the 1974 movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was shot there. The character of the suave M16 agent was played by Roger Moore.
Lovebirds were seen posing in their swimsuits and sharing romantic moments in the background of the splendid view.
Another colourful part of the island is the collection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made of seashells attractively displayed at the stalls.
It was scorching hot when the hungry group made a lunch stop at Mutearra restaurant at the floating Muslim
village known as Pan Yee Village. The heat was soon forgotten the moment we saw the tempting and spicy favourites spread out for guests. The group ended their day exploring the village market — popular for its dry food items — before heading back to the ship.