Wanted in Phuket: 5 Things


There are very few things that we are left wanting here in Phuket, Thailand. Phuket has gorgeous beaches, delicious food choices, inexpensive housing, and temperatures ranging from 25-40° C (77-104 °F) every day of the year. It’s got everything a person that wants to live on a tropical island can think of…. Well, almost.

There are five things that I desperately wish I could find here. And just to make myself want them even more, I am going to share them with you. And hey, if you feel like mailing some of them to me… that would be okay with me. Hint, hint.

*Disclaimer- None of these products asked me to review them or have compensated me in any way for writing about them. I am simply sharing about the things I love that I haven’t found in Phuket. For more information, feel free to check out our disclosures.*

1. Dr. Bronners Magical Soaps

My skin has never felt so healthy and vibrant as when I used Dr. Bronner’s  baby mild liquid soap . Not only do I love that the soap is made with all natural ingredients, but I love Dr. Bronner’s mission and company values. It is a company that I enjoy supporting and spreading the word about.

Oh, Dr. Bronner’s, how I miss you.

Finding “all-natural soap” here in Phuket is possible, but it just isn’t the same.  To mail liquid soap from the States is expensive, and so I have done without my beloved body wash.

2. Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste

Toothpaste is not something I write about often, but I must say that my breath has not been quite the same since we left the states almost two years ago.  I guess you should probably feel glad that you are simply reading my words and not smelling hearing them.

Well, it’s not that extreme, but I must say that my teeth have not felt fully clean since I ran out of my last tube of Tom’s. Please, someone in Phuket start selling this? For the sake of those around me having to smell my “fresh” breath.



3. Shoes in Gargantuan Larger Sizes for Women

There are many things that come along with having large feet as a women. I know, you are thinking about my incredible balance (not so much really), my feelings of being special (few women wear US size 11),  or maybe you are envious of the way my huge, ski-like feet distract people from looking at my sometimes crazy hair.  No it isn’t all those wonderful things, what I am talking about is that they do not sell my size shoes here in Phuket. Apparently I am ultra-special here.

All jesting aside, I would love to find a place here that sells cute shoes in my size. I have even asked where the lady-boys buy their larger sized ladies shoes, and apparently they have them specially made. So you may read a post in the future about the time I had shoes made for me at a Thai cobbler. Should make for an interesting read right?

So many shoes, and all in a size 8.
So many shoes, and all in a size 8.


4. Face/Body Lotion That IS NOT Whitening

Here in Thailand many of the locals desire whiter skin, it’s very obvious to see from taking a look at the lotion aisle in any store. Almost every product is whitening. This doesn’t only go for face lotion, but body lotions, sunscreens, and even deodorants. Finding something that lets me keep me my glowing tan can be difficult.  So, for those stocking the body care aisles here in Phuket, more lotions that don’t whiten, please?

I think these girls have been over-applying the whitening creams.
I think these girls have been over-applying the whitening creams. Not for me, thanks.

5. Craft Beers/Ciders

I bet you thought this whole post was going to be about hygiene and shoes, right? Well, I couldn’t leave out my favorite beverage on a hot day!

There is a sweeping wave of popularity around the world for craft beers and ciders that are known for their high quality and diverse flavors. That wave hasn’t really made it to Phuket yet. There are a couple of places here in Phuket that offer a few craft beers and ciders, but they are at extremely exorbitant prices, $10-12 a bottle! I would love to have the choices of some different refreshing drinks at a cheaper price.

There are not shelves of craft beer like this here in Phuket.
There are not shelves of craft beer like this here in Phuket.

So, for my last wish, Phuket, can you start stocking some craft beers and ciders? Preferably from California? Thanks, that’s all.


What are some of the things that you wish would be sold in your area? What would you miss most from your home town if you moved? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!


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  29 comments for “Wanted in Phuket: 5 Things

  1. Natasha
    October 25, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Too funny girl! Hope you are surviving without these things! If we were closer we’d have to share a good craft beer together. I’ll have to try that toothpaste!

    • andthreetogo
      October 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

      I am glad you saw the humor in it, that’s what I was going for! 🙂 I am surviving quite well, but it is funny how we can miss certain things when we are gone for a while isn’t it?

  2. Rachel E. Bledsoe
    October 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Dr. Bronner’s soap is the BEST!! Partial to the peppermint because it adds the tingle to your skin. Loved this! And if I had to leave town, I would miss our local eateries. Nothing says home like the food you grew up on. Great post!

    • andthreetogo
      October 25, 2014 at 8:48 am

      I love the peppermint one as well, I hear that you can use that one as toothpaste as well, which would keep me from missing my Tom’s of maine maybe.
      I miss many of the eateries I grew up with as well… I try to console myself with eating tons of Thai food. It works most of the time. 🙂
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Sue Slaght
    October 25, 2014 at 5:04 am

    So interesting about the whitening lotions where in North America we have the tanning lotions.

    • andthreetogo
      October 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I know. There is no orange tinyed self tanned skin here. 🙂 I love my tan!

  4. 5sOnTheFly
    October 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Ah, natural soaps and toothpaste would be a dream 🙂 We’ve given up on finding many specialty things in Mexico (without paying a small fortune, at least), but we’re optimistic that Europe will have some more options.

    • andthreetogo
      October 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      There were many more options when we visited Europe. Are you guys headed there next?

      • 5sOnTheFly
        October 26, 2014 at 1:48 am

        Our flight leaves for Rome Monday night, then we’re looking to spend several months. We’re looking forward to a change 🙂

        • andthreetogo
          October 26, 2014 at 7:23 am

          Wow! That will be a big change! Safe travels! I can’t wait to read about your adventures there!

  5. theblackberryboys
    October 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    You have written about the toothpaste and the shoes before. The shoes must be really annoying. I was smiling that you even asked about the lady-boys shoes 🙂 Maybe you should see where they have them made, it might be good 🙂 We don’t have the first 2 here either, but the last 3 we have. The whitening lotion is strange, haven’t heard of it before, does not sound too healthy. We just had a craft beer festival in our city last weekend. I think they had 25 types. I tried to go on friday but it was raining and they hadn’t opened it yet, so I finally missed the whole thing becasue the next day I went to Budapest.

    • andthreetogo
      October 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      The shoes are so annoying… Although I probably would have gone broke already buying a ton of shoes here if I could fit in them. 🙂
      That is so cool about the craft beer festival, if they have had one I am sure there will be more… if you make it to the next one make sure to write a post about it, so I can live vicariously through you!
      I love Budapest. I hope it was a fun visit for you!

  6. Joy
    October 25, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Girl, we can make the castile soap. And the NON-whitening body lotion. Just come over and let’s get on it ! 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      October 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Yes, Yes, Yes! I will be talking to you about it tomorrow Joy!

  7. Kimberly
    October 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    While working on the post about Petaluma, I realized how many quality microbreweries are in Sonoma County… I think if we moved and couldn’t find one, I would need to just start brewing my own! So, maybe that can be a fun project for you guys :p

    • andthreetogo
      October 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Chad actually does brew his own! It’s funny you mention it. He actually just made me some cider as well. I think I mostly miss the choices. 🙂

  8. thriftytravelmama
    October 27, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Just got back to the good old US of A and bought me some Toms! How expensive would it be to send a tube to you? 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

      You made it!
      Lucky! Probably about $15-20? My mom tried to send a couple coloring books a while back and they wanted $30! Postage is so expensive in the western world. 🙂

  9. The Vanilla Housewife
    October 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    People over here are obsessed about getting whiter skin complexion. So many whitening soaps and lotions! Even antibacterial soaps have whitening agents! LOL

    • andthreetogo
      October 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Same here. It’s really funny because most of us westerners would LOVE to have naturally tan skin. We humans are silly.

      • The Vanilla Housewife
        October 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

        I know! And don’t let me start on the obsession for straight hairs. We have gazillions of products for them! And salons advertise hair straightening like there is no tomorrow. LOL

  10. thebritishberliner
    October 28, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Very nice my dear! You are a shoe size 11. Unbelievable! I thought I had large feet because I’m small in height. At least my husband says I’m small in height. Hee! Hee! I’m a shoe size 8. Continental 42! I live in Berlin and I can never find “nice” strappy shoes. I buy mens sport shoes (trainers), and get my party shoes from England. It’s that bad!

    I also wish I could get more English food. In the capital of Germany – Berlin – there is only 1 English shop and 1 decent English restaurant. And it’s an English one, not a British one! It’s annoying ‘cos we can get American stuff from our local high-class supermarket, but not British stuff. They are only now trying to get so-called British beer out and it’s not British, it’s Irish LOL!

    • andthreetogo
      October 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

      I am surprised about the shoes! For some reason I thought that germans would have larger feet.
      You should have gotten cute strappu sandals while you were in thailand, They have cute ones for about $3 in your size. 🙂

  11. hotbuthappy
    November 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hi there! So glad I stumbled apron your blog! Love what you and your family are doing 🙂 My husband and I moved here from New Hampshire and are loving life!

    • andthreetogo
      November 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I am happy you did as well! I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  12. Amy
    January 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    We are travelling to Phuket on 24th Jan and would have offered to bring these things but they aren’t available here in the UK either!!

    • andthreetogo
      January 17, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Oh man, if only they did! I might have taken you up on that. Thanks for reading and commenting! I hope your time in Phuket is fantastic!

  13. Zoran Lalvani
    February 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

    We just started selling some great Czech craft beer at The Speakeasy, at Royal Phuket Marina. Come try!

    • andthreetogo
      February 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Is it Two Tales? Chad was really impressed with those. We will have to come have some soon!

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