Phuket, Day 1

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Today we woke up early to catch Airport Limousine from Namdaemun(Seoul) to airport. Our flight is at 09.35. 3 hours transit in Kuala lumpur then board the plane to Phuket, we will arrive in Phuket around 18.30. After the immigration and collecting our luggages, we are welcomed by the driver from Phuket SRC Travel, he is holding a carton written “John Mila” on it. It’s drizzling outside and the weather is opposite from Seoul, it’s hot and humid. While we are waiting for the driver to get the car, some people came to us and offered us taxi or tour package.

(Hari ini kami bangun pagi-pagi untuk naik Airport Limousine dari Namdaemun (Seoul) ke airport. Penerbangan Airasia dari Seoul jam 9.35 pagi kemudian transit 3 jam di Kuala Lumpur baru tiba di Phuket International Airport jam 6.30 sore. Keluar dari pengambilan koper, kami disambut supir dari Phuket SRC Travel yang udah bawa karton bertuliskan “John Mila” dan gerimis tipis diluar sana. Sementara menunggu supir mengambil mobil, ada beberapa orang yang menawarkan ‘taxi’ dan paket tour kepada kami.)

There are a lot of travel agent in Phuket, I was confused to picked one. After checking TripAdvisor and review from people who used their services, I contacted Mr Chia (email: info@phuketsrctravel.com)to asked him about tours, hire car with driver, and about the payment. After I told him about what I’m going to do in Phuket, he calculated the price and send me the invoice. I asked him instead of paying it online, can I pay him when we arrive in Phuket, and he agreed. So’ the driver takes us to his office, we select, confirm and pay for the tours. Of course, I also asked him for discount.

(Pertamanya bingung juga untuk milih travel agent dari sekian banyak travel yang ada di Phuket. Setelah cek TripAdvisor dan review dari para wisatawan yang udah pernah menggunakan jasa Phuket SRC Travel, akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk menghubungi Mr. Chai (melalui email: info@phuketsrctravel.com) untuk menanyakan prosedur pemesanan mobil, tour dan pembayaran. Dia tidak sembarangan kasih harga karena harga tour udah tertulis di website nya (http://www.phuketsrctravel.com/). Pembayaran dapat dilakukan di website, tapi saya bilang ke Mr Chai, saya akan bayar ditempat setelah kami tiba di Phuket, ia akan menjemput dan membawa kami ke kantornya untuk memilih paket tour dan menyelesaikan pembayaran dan sekalian minta diskon 😉 

 

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When the car arrive, we get in, the driver hand us few cold bottle water. The car is clean, the driver is polite eventho he can’t really speak English but he tried hard to explain. Trip from airport to SRC office is about 1 hour. Arrive at SRC office, Mr Chai (again) offers us few cold bottle water. Mr Chai really knows how to serve his clients. For airport pick up and drop off, he charged us 700 Bath one way (Around AUD$27 or RFp 270.000)

He offers us some tour packages option, before that he asked us where we want to go, any particular place that we wish to visit, then he explain the package one by one. We only want to visit Phi Phi Island and James Bond Island, so we take those package. For James Bond Island tour, we choose with the speed boat (1,200 Bath/adult and 900 Bath/child). Then, for Phi-Phi Island tour, we choose with the cruise (950 Bath/adult and 700 Bath/child), Sea Angel Luxury Cruise.. (Image.. CRUISE.. but… to be continue in Day 3 itinerary 😀 )

After we pay for everything, the driver drop us at the hotel, it’s only 5 minutes drive from SRC office. We stay at The Viridian Resort, just 5 minutes walk from Jungcelyon mall and the famous Street, Soi Bangla. The rooms are clean, we booked interconnecting room. The children room is facing the pool. There is free wifi, but our rooms are a bit far from the lobby so the signal is not really strong. It’s around 9 pm now, we just had dinner around hotel and bought 2 slippers for me and my daughter. Time to sleep because tomorrow we are going to…… James Bond Island. Sleep tight and G’nite…

(Ketika mobilnya datang, kamipun naik, supir segera memberikan kami botol air yang dingin. Wah, pas banget lagi panas begitu. Mobilnya bersih, supirnya sopan walaupun tidak begitu bisa bahasa Inggris tapi dia berusaha ngejelasin (dengan broken English). Perjalanan dari airport menuju kantor SRC Travel, Patong memakan waktu sekitar 1 jam. Tiba di kantor SRC, Mr Chai menyambut kami dengan ramah dan lagi-lagi kami ditawari sebotol air dingin (per orang). Mr Chai benar-benar tau bagaimana menyenangkan calon client nya. Oh ya, untuk pick up dari airport ke hotel (atau sebaliknya) dikenakan biaya 700 Bath (sekitar AUD $27 atau Rp 270.000).

Banyak paket tour yang ditawarkan, sebelumnya dia nanya dulu kita mau kemana aja dan menyarankan ini dan itu kemudian menjelaskan paket tour satu per satu. Karena tujuan kami adalah Phi-Phi Island dan James Bond Island, maka kami memilih 2 paket itu. Yang satu kami memilih paket James Bond Island by speed boat (1.200 Bath/adult dan 900 Bath/child). Kemudian untuk paket Phi-Phi Island, kami memilih paket yang lebih murah yaitu Phi-Phi Maya Island by cruise, 950 Bath/adult, 700 Bath/child (dalam perkiraan kami, cruise itu pasti keren apalagi nama kapalnya Sea Angel Luxury Cruise, tapiiii… Lanjut di itinerary hari ke 3 aja ya bahasnya).

Setelah menyelesaikan pembayaran untuk semua paket tour dan transport ke airport, kami diantar ke hotel yang hanya sekitar 5 menit dari kantor SRC Travel. Kami menginap di The Viridian Resort, yang hanya berjarak 5 menit jalan kaki dari Jungcelyon dan Soi Bangla. Kamarnya bersih, inter connecting dengan kamar anak-anak dan menghadap ke kolam renang. Hotel juga menawarkan free wifi, tapi berhubung kamar kami agak jauh dari resepsionis, signal internet tidak terlalu kuat. Berhubung sudah malam, kami hanya sempat mencari makanan disekitar hotel dan membeli sandal, karena besok kami akan ke…… James Bond Island. Sleep tight and G’nite)

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