Solo Backpacking Phuket Thailand – Traveling in Phuket
Phuket was never really in my plan(supposed to be only Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh) but it was the only destination with promo fare so I had no choice :)) Nonetheless it was my first time to travel solo and god I was so excited and scared and anxious and everything else in between! Before I had the luxury to stay with my good russian friend now – Vasiliy who is happily married to a Filipina – Jane, I first had trouble finding their home! Well they call it Phuket Stash, it’s just the best place for digital nomads! You can read about my struggle finding their home here :))
Anyways, I still can’t get over their freaking love story, just after 1 month and then they get married! Come on you guys! That’s like Guinness world record haha. Their family is just so full of love and I’m so thankful I felt that when I stayed with them. They were mostly Russians in the Stash, and I was shocked that they were so freakin friendly. Because I really thought of Russians as like, hard knocks people, always screaming, “Forrr Matherrr Russiaaa” haha(English movies always depict Russians as that so it was engraved in my mind), and yeah, I was so wrong. But I only talked for a few moments with some of those guys coz’ all of them were busy with their work #workaholics. ( I don’t know why but I didn’t take any pictures on the Stash or with Vas and Jane, that’s so weird of me but anyways I just grabbed Vas’s pictures for documentation :)) )
Going around Phuket sucks if you don’t know how to drive a motorbike! Their public transportation is so bad! Worst I’ve been to so far. Only buses going to/from the airport. There are some mini-buses going around towns but the interval is like 30 minutes or more. And taxis? So freaking expensive! Minimum is 500 baht! I just hated their public transport and the fact that I didn’t know how to drive a motorbike made me hate it more. But as always, I always try to see the bright side of things, so since I don’t know how to drive a motorbike, why not make a friends and let them drive for me, and that’s exactly what I did! 😀 ( Also, locals in Phuket don’t speak English, even their Airport personnel, so get ready for your acting skills haha )
As I was walking around the neighborhood after taking breakfast I overheard people speaking Filipino language and I didn’t hesitate for one second and approached them, and poof I made friends! They were OFW’s(Overseas Filipino Workers) in Phuket and I’ve really learned a lot from them. Working far away from your family just makes the stress of working twice as hard that’s why I really admired them. And yeah, we ate lunch together, and after lunch Kuya Pat toured me around Phuket with his motorbike! At night we went to where he works, in the docks, lots of freaking expensive yachts! And Kuya Pat is one hell of a crazy guy too, we gatecrashed a wedding! That was so exciting and a little bit scary but it was so fun haha.
Leaving Phuket makes me thankful of my family, the irrevocable love I’ve seen in Vasiliy and Jane. And the devotional love of all the OFW’s I’ve met to their families. I will never ever take my family for granted.