If you come to Thailand for a quick vacation then you’ll spend your days island hopping from Phuket to Phi Phi then to small, uninhabited islands that have no names. You might go to a full moon party or visit Koh Samui. Without a doubt, wherever you go, you’ll have good food and good beaches. But this is a blog about staying in Thailand for months at a time and, at least for a while, making Thailand a way of life.
So what’s a typical lazy day in Phuket, Thailand look like?
Well it might start with a morning coffee. Instead of heading to a Starbucks you’ll have your choice of many groovy coffee shops:
But if you’re on a budget then you might just decide to get your morning Joe from a street cart for 80 cents (an iced green milk tea is only 60 cents):
Now you’ve got coffee. Where to?
- If you’re teaching, you’ll hop on your motorbike and head off to school
- If you’re working remotely for a Western company, you’ll plop down in front of your laptop somewhere
- If you’re lounging you might kill a few hours in a cafe reading and surfing the web
- On a weekend you might wander into the weekend market:
If the markets don’t have anything that suits you, there’s a very fancy central mall to visit. Then again, there’s a fancy mall back home too, so avoid “the fancy” while you’re here and try for simpler indulgences.
You’ve walked enough, time for a cheap lunch! Street food? Sounds good. Grilled chicken, from a street cart, for 60 cents sounds like a deal.
If you don’t like grilled chicken then get fried chicken, also 60 cents. Or noodles… which are 60 cents. Or get steamed corn! That is 60 cents too. Or get corn with coconut shavings and sugar… it’s the best thing you’ve never had.
Thai life is all about good food and, even with a low daily budget, good food is somewhat endless here.
Now it’s the afternoon and the beach is calling your name. Head to the Phuket Town market and hop on a bus. Pay 30 baht ($1 US) and you are on your way to Nai Harn, Patong, or Karon beach!
Life is hard in Thailand. You’ll have to walk on sandy beaches like Nai Harn where your feet feel like they are sinking into flour. You’ll have a very hard time falling asleep in the soft sand, listening to the waves. If you get hot, go swim. Hungry? Munch on fresh pineapple.
Maybe you feel like mango or banana? They’ve got those too. Decisions are difficult here and there’s so many to make. Is it time for body surfing? Then maybe a nap? Yes to both. Now you’ve got the hang of it. What’s for dinner anyhow?
There are beautiful places to eat for $5-10 each:
But you’ve got options. Swaggy hotel restaurants. Italian pizza and pasta for the homesick. Even late night pancakes (-: (-:
You could have chosen the local place where entrees are typically $1.60 to $3.00. Actually, if you’re embracing local Thai food, with a $3 budget you’ve got endless options of great food:
One tough Thailand decision left: How do you spend your evening? I suggest you invite good company to meet you for dinner and spend your evening talking until you’re ready to go home and go to sleep. You though, are free to read, track down dessert, enjoy an evening cappuccino, or party!
Whatever you do, Thailand is a great place to spend a lazy day.
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