I’ve never considered visiting a botanical garden even once in my life. I’m not sure why, I guess I thought they were something that old people or plant enthusiasts go visit. Boy I was wrong. The Phuket Botanical Garden showed me the magical wonders of all things…ground growing. We only had 30 minutes to visit while on a tour of Phuket, and Derik had to keep pulling me along and telling me to pick up the pace, or I would have never made it back on the bus in time.
There were so many plants! Some were super cool like the mini banana tree and the weird honeycomb plant (see below…it’s green and super weird), and some were just plain gorgeous like the water lilies and bonsai trees. I’ve never seen such a crazy collection of specimens in my life, and they had them all labeled and sorted according to kind. An OCD (plant) lover’s dream for sure!
-Bring bug spray, because the mosquitos are absolutely horrendous. I counted at least 10 quarter-sized bites after our little jaunt in the garden, and I wasn’t too happy. Goodbye sexy legs.
-Bring water. There is a convenience store at the end of the garden path, but if you’re like me it may take you a good 30 minutes to an hour and a half to make it all the way through. Only portions of the garden are shaded, and that hot Thai sun beats down strong. You’ll be rewarded at the end of your walking journey with fresh coconut juice (straight out of the coconut), ice-cream, and other cool treats for purchase.