I was lucky enough to be one of the scholarship recipients for Student Ambassadors For ASEAN Project program in Prince of Songkla University, Phuket. Let’s see what Thailand have in store for me.
I arrived at Phuket International Airport at 7 pm along with other ASEAN delegates. The journey from the airport to PSU Lodge, the place where all the delegations stayed took approximately 30-45 minutes.
After checking in at PSU Lodge, we decided to go out for dinner. Because the majority of the population in our area can’t speak English, we found it difficult to order a meal just by looking at the picture. Thank God the food that we ordered was delicious even though I still can’t recall the name of the food I ate that time.
The camp started on the second day, we got acquainted with each other through a variety of unique games.
I had the opportunity to learn Thai language and got a deeper understanding about Thai Culture.
After a whole series of programs completed for the first day, we decided to go out for dinner at one of the famous tom yam restaurant in phuket, ร้าน แก่นแก้ว (Kankeaw Restaurant).
The third day begins with Intercultural Communication class by Colin Gallager, a lecturer from the UK.
Then in the afternoon we all learned how to play Angklung together, led by Aulia from Indonesia.
The class was followed by a Thai cooking class, we cooked the famous Thai dessert Bao Loy.
Guess which one is mine? Yep, the one shaped like Mickey Mouse.
We ended the day by visiting the Central Festival Phuket, which is one of the closest mall from the University. We tried almost all the Thai dishes and desserts there. And the mango sticky rice is SUPER delicious.
Fourth day was filled with traveling around the Phuket Island. Our first stop was Rang Hill which is the main destination in Phuket.
Our journey continued to Phuket Old Town, which in my opinion has a resemblance to George Town in Penang, Malaysia.
Unfortunately on our way to Phuket Old Town, the weather changed from super sunny to rain. So we rushed to our next destination, Chalong Temple.
Prom-the Cape, was our final destination of the day. Although it was plagued by rain, the prom-the cape still show its beauty.
After exploring Phuket, we checked in at Naiyang Beach Resort and Spa.
And got ready for the Farewell Dinner Party.
Today is the day for the entire ASEAN delegates to return to their country. But I decided to extend one more day along with other two Indonesian delegates from BINUS University, Rendy and Jufery.
We spent the night in one of the hostel in Patong, Balcony Hostel. With a very affordable price 300bath/night and a strategic location, in the middle of the city. This hostel could be one option for those of you who want to travel to Phuket.
After checking in at the hostel, we rushed to the Jungceylon Mall by foot. Phuket weather that time was super hot.
We also give a visit to some street market around the mall.
After walking around the mall, we decided to rent a bike (200bath/24hr + 40bath for gasoline) to get around in Phuket because of the cost of a taxi is very expensive there.
Our first stop is the Big Buddha Phuket. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes from city to the place, which is located up at the hills.
On our way back, we took time to make a visit at some places such as elephant farms. To feed and take pictures with the elephants, you only need to pay 100 bath.
Then we stopped at Port Chalong and Karon beach.
After an exhausting journey riding a bike in the hot weather of Phuket, we decided to try the Thai Massage (It was REALLY GOOD) before finally returning to the hostel, which is located right next to our hostel. At 7 pm, we got back to the street to explore the nightlife of Phuket, and we were accompanied by our Thai Friends, Phong and Pak. We went out to dinner at one of the night market in Phuket.
After a satisfying meal at the night market, we went to Bangla Road which is the most famous tourism area in Phuket. And … Yep … The road was super crazy and wild.
So, that’s all for today. Being Able to travel and explore new places are always awesome and interesting. Thank you for the amazing week Phuket! Thank you Prince of Songkla University for the scholarship! And thank you to all the ASEAN delegates (Rendy, Jufery, Aulia, Sylvia, Khai, Nano, Tiru, Wii, Pak, Phong, Pimploy, Miaw, Lek, Dear) for becoming my new family. Please stay in touch! and a big shout out to Pak and Phong for bringing us around on our last night in Phuket!
Click this link to check out my story on BINUS International Office website.
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