As we looked for activities to do during our stay in Thailand. Upon scouring the internet for things to do on the island, we settled on paying the Phuket Aquarium a visit, but first we needed a car to get there.
After arriving in Thailand through the Phuket Sandbox Program we had to be careful about how we got around, and make sure anything we booked was SHA + for the Sandbox Program.
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Ready To Drive On The Wrong Side of The Road!
With a quick Google Search of the area. We found a local Phuket Island Taxi that was SHA + as required. He was also willing to pick us up from our resort, and take us back to the airport to pick up our own rental car.
The Phuket Taxi service we used had a simple, and user friendly website for booking a ride. Within minutes of booking with the taxi service known as “Taxi Phuket”.
A representative of the Taxi company had reached out to us through WhatsApp, and within 3 minutes. We had a taxi on its way, and all we had to do was wait.
Our Chariot Awaits
For about ฿500 Thai Baht, or about $15 US Dollars we were on our way to the airport. Our Taxi Driver was even nice enough to communicate with the airport security for us. Letting them know we weren’t there to catch a plane, but instead rent a car.
Once we located the rental car terminal, as I hadn’t booked one in advance… (Actually I did, but I had to end up canceling the first rent a car on the first day due to Sandbox Program rules requiring us to be escorted from the Covid testing site, to our Resort)
As I hadn’t booked a second rental car in advance, especially after searching online and discovering all of them said they were sold out. I took a chance that there would still be a car available at the airport.
The chance I had taken paid off, because once we entered the rental car terminal Sixt Rent A Car had a sign up saying cars available! Just like that, we had our own ride.
A Rainy Day In Thailand
It was getting late after we picked up our rental car, and starting to rain. We decided to run some errands, and make a trip to the store to pick up supplies. Then head out for the Aquarium first thing the next morning.
With reservations made for the 5 star restaurant called the Takieng which had amazing food, and even more amazing views. It was located on the second floor of the building, with a balcony overlooking the beautiful waters of the Andaman Sea. To view their Menu Click Here.
When I tell you this place knew how to prepare a meal, I mean it. We had to end our vacation early whiles we could still fit in the airplane seats.
After sleeping off such a big meal, we done the only logical thing that made sense. Which was getting up bright and early 6:30a.m in the morning, so we could eat again before we hit the road to the Phuket Aquarium.
Next Stop, The Aquarium!
After setting off on the road across the beautiful island of Phuket, you never knew what you might see. Like the pickup truck we saw with a bed full of live monkeys, just chilling in the back.
We were able to see some of the ornate Buddhist Shrines, or City Pillar Shrines located across the island.
Once we arrived at the Phuket Aquarium, we realized just how beautiful the setting was before we had even entered. Located on a peninsula jutting into the Andaman Sea, the parking lot was lined with turquoise blue waters.
The day we arrived at the aquarium, it was rainy, but the beauty of the sea, was evident even on the most gloomy of day.
Upon entering the aquarium, we discovered that they had the Aquarium divided up into sections by location, from wherever the fish variety was found from around the world.
Fish of the Amazon
Sharks And Whatnot!
The Phuket Aquarium also has an Aquarium Tunnel, which you can walk through. Walking through this tunnel gives you the feeling of being underwater with the fish as you observe them.
The End To A Wonderful Day
After spending the day, driving back, and forth across the island. Which was over a 1 hour drive each way from our resort. We were ready to kick back and relax.
We decided to have dinner at our favorite restaurant at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa called the Sandbox.
The Roving Gypsy®
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