Hi Guys! I would not describe Phuket is a dump.
Perhaps I was harsh ... but it sort of depends on your definition of a dump.
I have this 'thing' about prostitution, ladyboys, drunks, drugs and all the other stuff you get in Phuket, so I think it's a dump.
I really dislike all that stuff, so I thought the place was a dump.
As far as cleanliness goes, the place was rubbish free and tidy, but I couldn't stand being unable to walk around with a prostitute trying to get me to bed.
I did find a few excellent restaurants, but only one bar where I wasn't offered something disgusting.
I did have one slightly odd experience that told me a lot.
After a few nights in the hotel, a really nice hotel it was too, two of the staff plucked up the courage to ask me why I didn't get drunk and take pros back to my room.
They were so used to seeing it, they thought all Europeans were the same.
That scene isn't for me, so I decided I would never go there again.
Hence, for me, it's a dump.
Jakarta, a place with a serious rubbish problem, has far less of all the things I really dislike, so I would far rather live here than I would in one of the great holiday destinations.
Not that Jakarta is free from drunks, drugs, pros and sex slavery, but it isn't overt and it's really easy to avoid.
I've also visited the far south of Thailand, a place that is an absolute must for everyone's bucket list.
The place is fantastic.