Phuket Smart Bus


Although I haven't had a chance to use this service myself I have heard a lot of people praising it. The buses run from Phuket Airport stopping at Thalang, Cherng Talay, Surin, Kamala, Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai and offer a cheaper way to reach your hotel or just get from one beach to another. 

On board you will find a USB charger, WiFi, CCTV for security, plus these buses are wheelchair friendly!

The first bus leaves the airport for Rawai (or Rawai to airport) at 6.00am and the last bus 20.15pm. 

Prices range from 50 baht to 170 baht depending on distance and all prices can be found on their website. Payment must be paid by Rabbit Card which can be purchased on board or in various shops around Phuket. One card is valid for one passenger. For more information about payment visit their website or go to https://phuketpay.com/en/home/. Rabbit cards can also be used for transport in other parts of Thailand.

From what I have observed the buses run to schedule and their website gives you a GPS tracking map to see where the buses are and also where they stop. Here are some screenshots so you can see how it works. Bus stops / times  may change so always recheck with their website.



For up to date information and more please go straight to their website:


They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PhuketSmartBus/ and can be messaged in Thai or English on Facebook Messenger. If you use the Line app then you can find their QR code on their website.

Gluay Nam Wa Restaurant, Saphan Hin, Phuket Town ร้านกล้วยน้ำว้า สะพานหิน




Having seen the news that this restaurant had just opened in Saphan Hin I just had to go and check it out. Gluay Nam Wa already has 3 other branches located around Phuket but this one has the added attraction of being just a 5 minute walk from 'The beach in Phuket Town' or what is actually a landfill on the east side of Phuket Town and a popular place for the locals to chill out. You can read more about Saphan Hin here.

The nice thing is this restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a small rooftop area . Outside seating is right next to a small lake in front of the (ศูนย์วิชาการมหาวิทยาลัยสงขลานครินทร์) University under a few trees.


I was too early to be hungry enough for dinner so I decided on Bananas in Coconut Cream and a coffee. The coffee arrived hot, which is great news when so many restaurants in Phuket serve you luke warm coffee, but then the owner says he is specialising in coffee here and I must say my coffee was good. 

The menu is a temporary one at the moment (September 2018) but they will be properly open by the High Season I am sure. Prices are medium range, my coffee and bananas cost a total of 104 baht which is less than the cost of a coffee in many places. Below is the international food page from their temporary menu as an example, but of course they have Thai food too!

     

If you travel here by car then you can hopefully find a space in the carpark right behind the restaurant or even use the neighbouring car wash!

 

Although the restaurant is close to the lake, if you have arrived from Phuket Town passing Immigration on your right, you will need to turn into Soi Saphan Hin that runs alongside it and then turn right into the carpark. You can see the location in the screenshot Google maps below or visit thie location on Google maps by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/maps/sGCiXpMbYWF2



Telephone number 
เบอร์โทร สาขาสะพานหิน 
091 825 4836
076 646566

Just 2 minutes walk from Immigration, Gluay Nam Wa is a pleasant location for lunch, dinner, a drink or just a coffee after waiting all that time doing your visa extensions or whatever! They intend to open from 7am to 10 or 11pm in high season but during October 2018 opening hours will be later, maybe 11am onwards.

When you've finished lunch don't forget to explore the rest of Saphan Hin not forgetting the fishing boat in Klong Bang Yai and the  Chinese Temple too!

Ko Pian Hokkien Noodles - ร้านโกเพียรหมี่ฮกเกี้ยน

One of my all time favourite Noodle places is Ko Pian's in Krabi Road just opposite the Mae Ya Nang Shrine. Although there is no parking street-side, there is a large open space just nearby which can be used for parking and also to walk through to Jui Dtui Chinese Temple as well as the fresh food market. As of writing there is no charge for parking there.


I always choose 'Mee Haeng' dry noodles, and more often than not order 'piset' which gets you an extra amount of noodles to ensure being full! The restaurant fills up with local office staff at lunch time so better to get there before or after the rush. They close at about 5pm, or earlier if they run out of ingredients!


Okay, excuse me while I eat my noodles, see you next post!