Advantages and Disadvantages of Artificial Intelligence

This video discusses how artificial intelligence is used in our everyday lives, and how technology is constantly advancing, and we are soon to have a future filled with AI. Through researching and creating my video, I discovered that I already was using artificial intelligence more than I thought I was. I didn’t realise how common it is used in my everyday life, through using my car, uber, google maps, spotify, and google searches.

The message I wanted to convey to the audience is that artificial intelligence already exists, and whilst it may seem like it’s a large and technical term, we all know what it is because we use it daily. The main idea I chose to explore was how we are currently using artificial intelligence in our everyday lives, and how it is advancing In the future for travel and weather.

Throughout the creation of my video I made sure I planned ahead of time, considering it was going to be a long 6 – 8 minute video. I researched and read scholarly sources surrounding the topic to make sure I knew what I was going to be talking about. I tried to engage a lot more with my audience by using a lot of face-to-face talking to the camera as well as the audio narration compared to my previous videos which contained less time on the camera and more audio narration. I feel a lot more comfortable filming myself, so it was less time consuming to film.

Editing is not my strong point, so I ensured that I watched lots of YouTube videos to help me learn new and advanced tools on iMovie, to create a better video, and more advance edits. I used fade in and fade outs to create a smooth transition between music and narration and had to edit my music volume so that my audience wouldn’t have to adjust the sound themselves throughout the video.  I tried to be as engaging as possible, using different tones in my voice, and using hypothetical questions to make the audience think and stay engaged. I added in a “like and subscribe” overlay over a video, which I never knew how to do before, and it seems really affective at the end and stands out.

I also ensured I used the rule of thirds to position my face slightly to the left of the camera with my eyes on the top line. This helped make sure I wasn’t too close or far away from the camera, and that my audience had a clear shot of me.

The music I used was  Visions By Lakey Inspired (CC BY – SA 3.0). I chose to use this music as it was slightly upbeat without being over the top and it’s a nice transition to mask the silence between clips.

I tried to film as much content as I could to make it easier for myself, however as I was away on holidays throughout the time of the assignment, I wasn’t able to get as much footage as I had of liked. I sourced a range of royalty free videos to use that were the most appropriate and fitted the topic.

I learnt a lot through creating this video. Firstly, being time management. I was away for 2 weeks in Port Douglas on a family holiday, and time slipped away from me to complete the assignment. Next time I won’t underestimate the amount of work that needs to go into a big video like this and start planning it sooner. Secondly, as I wasn’t in my own home filming, I had to make use of the materials around me trying to get the camera, so it was light on my face, but without background noise. As my family were home, and the pool was directly outside, it was hard to film without kids screaming and people talking. I overcame this issue by filming one afternoon when everyone was out of the house, so I could not get distracted or interrupted.

Overall, I am extremely proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone throughout this unit. I have noticed myself becoming more confident on camera every time, and my editing skills have improved immensely. I look forward to continuing using the knowledge I have gained to create videos in the future and continue learning new things!

Mollie Quinn.

References:

Music: Visions By Lakey Inspired (CC BY – SA 3.0)

21st Century robots by Ralf Steinberger (CC BY 2.0)

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence by Mike MacKenzie (CC BY 2.0)

Women Using Social Media On Her Phone – by Free HD Stock Footage.(CC BY- SA 3.0)

Social Media Animation by Free Stock Footage 4K (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Science by Free HD stock footage (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Working at the office by Free HD stock footage (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Royalty free Military footage by isloationfilms (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Free Stock Video Experimental Clip / Artificial Intelligence and Internet Technology, Cyber Big Data by Finding Footage (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Haenlein, M. and Kaplan, A. (2019). A brief history of artifical intelligence: on the past, present and future of artificial intelligence. Available at: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=cc2aad4e-bf4a-4697-bdd7-8450ff52d862%40sdc-v-sessmgr02&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=bth&AN=137194607 [Accessed 24 Sep. 2019].

Weber, R. (2019). Hey, Siri! Is Artificial Intelligence the Ultimate Oxymoron?. [online] Journal of Financial Service Professionals. Available at: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=cc2aad4e-bf4a-4697-bdd7-8450ff52d862%40sdc-v-sessmgr02&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=137194607&db=bth [Accessed 26 Sep. 2019].

Techopedia.com. (2019). What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? – Definition from Techopedia. [online] Available at: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/190/artificial-intelligence-ai [Accessed 25 Sep. 2019].

I’m Watching you… Always Watching!

This video discusses how surveillance is constantly surrounding us, and how it impacts our everyday lives. Throughout the creation of the video, when I went out to find footage of surveillance cameras I was shocked about how many I found. In fact, the first step I took outside my house, I saw a camera on the neighbours house that I had never noticed before. The more and more I looked around, they were everywhere and it was rare if I couldn’t find one in a shop.

Originally I had planned to make this video have a positive view on surveillance, but after further research it made me question our freedom and privacy, and whether this type of security was it was over the top, and possibly a bit too much? 

So I combined the positive outcomes of surveillance such as public safety and deterring of criminals, whilst still including the ideas that we are constantly being watched even in our own homes. One way I tried to create a sense of fear was by using scary and dark music The house in the Middle of Nowhere By Darren Curtis  (CC BY – SA 3.0). It was a creative commons license that allowed me to use and adapt the music. I also made the decision to put a black and white effect over my videos to make it look more like CCTV footage and to also attempt to accentuate the fear in my audience. 

I filmed myself at the beginning, middle and end to ensure I was being authentic and personal with my audience, by greeting them and also finishing off the conversation by showing my face, rather than just a voice over the video. I thought that if I showed my face again in the middle, it helps the audience stay interested and involved. 

I ensured that I adopted the correct filming techniques, such as making eye contact with the lens to create the feeling of inclusiveness for my audience, and also used the rule of thirds so it was appalling to watch, and not feel claustrophobic. Surprisingly I was more confident, and it was a lot quicker to film than my first video. 

The editing of the video would have to have been the most difficult part. I haven’t done much editing before, so this was the biggest challenge for me. I used a combination of my own footage and creative commons footage to use in the overlays, to give visual images of what I was discussing. I struggled to find relatable videos for my topic of surveillance, but I managed to find a few that could fit in nicely. 

Problems that I encountered was during some of my filming, as some people were walking past constantly, so I was trying to make sure I didn’t accidentally get them in my footage. I struggled at first with not reading off my script and sounding like a robot, however I overcame this by practicing over and over again until I learnt my lines and it came naturally. I used iMovie to edit my video, however would like to try another application in my next video, to create a more engaging and advanced editing video. 

Overall, I am super proud of how confident I was making this video, and very happy with how it turned out! I’m excited to continue making videos, and will allow more time for the editing in future videos so I can try out some new things. 

Keep posted for more to come!!

Mollie Quinn. 

RESOURCES: 

HINTZ, A., DENCIK, L. and WAHL-JORGENSEN, K. (2017) ‘Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society’, International Journal of Communication (19328036), 11, pp. 731–739. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ufh&AN=126812899&authtype=sso&custid=deakin&site=eds-live&scope=site (Accessed 30 August, 2019).

Comparitech. (2019). The world’s most-surveilled cities – Comparitech. [online] Available at: https://www.comparitech.com/vpn-privacy/the-worlds-most-surveilled-cities/ [Accessed 30 August, 2019].

Cameras. (2019). Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Security Cameras. [online] A1 Security Cameras. Available at: https://www.a1securitycameras.com/blog/advantages-disadvantages-using-security-cameras [Accessed 31 August, 2019].

IFSEC Global | Security and Fire News and Resources. (2019). Role of CCTV Cameras : Public, Privacy and Protection – IFSEC Global | Security and Fire News and Resources. [online] Available at: https://www.ifsecglobal.com/video-surveillance/role-cctv-cameras-public-privacy-protection/ [Accessed 31 August, 2019].

Music: The house in the Middle of Nowhere By Darren Curtis  (CC BY – SA 3.0)

People Walking Past the Camera – Free Stock Footage For Commerical Projects by Cinesim Media.(CC BY- SA 3.0)

Women Using Social Media On Her Phone – by Free HD Stock Footage.(CC BY- SA 3.0)

People Passing by by Free Stock Footage 4K (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Social Media Animation by Free Stock Footage 4K (CC BY- SA 3.0)

New York City – Manhattan at night by Free Stock Footage 4K (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Instagram’s Attempt To Improve Mental Health Causes Outrage Amongst Influencers

Influencers are outraged by the recent trial to remove the number of ‘likes’ on Instagram. Users can no longer view the number of ‘likes’ on another person’s posts, and must click a prompt in order to see the number of likes on their own posts. The trial is taking place in Australia and several other countries, Instagram says in attempt to improve the mental health of young people.

With 1 billion active users, Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms. A study in 2017 found that Instagram was the most damaging social media platform to the mental health of young people aged 14 – 24.

Instagram hopes that the removal of likes will help improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and prevent them from comparing themselves to others based on the number of likes they get. Instagram tweeted it’s reason for the move.

 “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.”

Despite Instagram’s attempt to improve mental health, influencers are raging about this huge decision. This change potentially means that Instagram influencers’ content will need to be of much higher quality in order to appeal to users and brands who wish to collaborate.

19-year-old Australian Instagram model, Mikaela Testa, among many other influencers, is devastated by the trial saying it is affecting her job. She took to Facebook to voice her fury.

“Regardless of what you may think Instagram is a REAL job and those in the industry have worked hard to get where they’re at. I’ve put my blood sweat and tears into this for it to be ripped away.”

Influencers who have created a business around their use on the social media platform, are questioning whether Instagram is removing likes for financial reasons. Businesses are going directly to influencers and to advertise their brands, and Instagram is missing out on the financial benefits.

Some believe it is a cover up to make them look socially responsible, and they’re actually removing likes so they can control all engagement on the platform and force influencers and businesses to turn to buying Instagram adverts.

MY FIRST VIDEO!!!

Throughout the process of creating my introductory video, I wanted to show a few key aspects of my life, being my career goals, my love for travel, and my hobbies of health and fitness. By focusing on these areas, it allowed me to talk freely about my passions and things that I am genuinely interested in. 

The audience I was aiming my video at, would be people with a love for travel, health and fitness. I wanted to display to my audience that I was being true and as as authentic as possible, which I believe I did as I spoke directly at the lens the entire time, and was trying to address the audience at the beginning and the end of the video. 

I wanted to reflect my true, authentic self throughout this video by speaking in a calm tone, talking naturally, and being enthusiastic about my topics, with minimal editing. In upcoming videos I will most likely be talking about travel, health and fitness, so therefore this video was a good introduction to show what content I will most likely be posting in the future. 

In preparation for this video, I started by planning what I was going to write about, and what messages I wanted to send to my audience. This was really beneficial to stay on track, and not feel lost or confused. I then decided to write a rough script to help guide the video, and allow time to fit all my topics into the 2 minutes. I also wrote down a few locations for shot composition where I thought would best reflect my personality in the background. I then set up a location at each room and decided which one had the best lighting and background to suit me. I also grabbed furniture from around the house, and repositioned plants and artwork to fit in the background. I also set up a lamp to shine on my face to highlight that I was the main feature of the video. I ensured that before I filmed, no one else was in the house so there was no background noise, and no one could walk in while I was filming, to keep the video from having any distractions. 

I filmed on my iPhone, which allowed me to display the rule of thirds, to make sure I alined myself up with my eyes on the top line, and intersecting with the right vertical line, to prevent the audience from feeling claustrophobic, and to not have my head cut off in the frame. By sitting down, It allowed the audience to feel like we were having a conversation, rather than me standing with my entire body, lecturing the audience. I also looked directly into the lens to allow the audience to feel included, and as though I was talking to them rather than getting distracted by the things around me.I made sure that throughout the video, I had a clear, strong voice and pronounced my words to prevent from confusion and make it easier to listen to.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed creating this video, It was a lot harder than I expected it to be, and took a lot more takes and filming to get the right shot. I struggled with looking into the camera lens the whole time, as I would loose focus and sometimes go off track, however I kept persisting and with practice I finally got it! 

I was a bit shy and awkward filming myself at the beginning as it’s not something I am used to, but through practicing and rehearsing, and many takes, I felt more confident and natural. 

Stay posted for some more videos coming soon!!

Mollie Quinn

Social Media Animal Rights Activism Podcast

REFLECTION

We live in a digital world where social media is constantly growing, and new, upcoming ways of communicating are always being made. This led me to creating a podcast which discusses the potentialities and risks that social media activists face, in attempt to drive social change. In particular, my focus is on animal activism, and the way in which social media has helped create further awareness surrounding this issue. I choose to form my podcast around the idea of animal activism as it’s something I am extremely passionate about and find interesting, therefore was much easier for me to research the topic. I choose to express both the positive and negative sides of social media activism, and how powerful it is if we use it correctly.

In addition, the word activism can often raise false ideas from some people, as they sometimes associate the word with breaking into facilities and large aggressive protests. However, throughout my podcast I wanted to demonstrate that there is so much more to activism than what we see through the media and how it can be used in a variety of different forms.

The creation of my podcast was supported by my research and the use of academic sources throughout my discussion. The academic resources provided me with credibility into the terms of activism and slacktivism, and the role social media plays when it is used correctly. They also gave me a different insight to social media activism, and I was able to use direct quotes to support my arguments. I simply stated the names of these authors and linked the references in the description box below the podcast.

The music that I choose to use throughout was from SoundCloud. I was able to narrow my search by using Royality Free Music and putting in Creative Commons licence so that I could navigate a song that I was able to modify and use for free. I was able to find Positive Ukulele by Sokolovsky Music (CC BY 3.0) The music I chose is bright and happy, as it aims to sets the mood and keeps the podcast interesting, and my audience engaged.

The challenges I faced while making the podcast was definitely the audio. Writing and scripting my arguments was simple, however it was the recording that I struggled with. To record my Podcast, I used my smart phone, as I attempted to record on my laptop, but the quality wasn’t good. After many attempts of trying to get the sound and quality to an adequate level to share, I finally was able to start the editing. Despite this, I noticed my recording has a large emphasis on the letters “P” and “T”, which I found distracting. I have learnt that next time to keep the microphone further away, to prevent this from happening.

I then attempted to use Audacity, however soon decided that it would be much easier for me to use Garage Band, as I was confident in this platform as I had used it numerous times before. Garage Band allowed me to to fade my music in and out and crop my recording and I found it easy to piece together.

Overall, I learnt that creating a podcast is time consuming, but a lot of fun! I really enjoyed creating this podcast as I love a challenge. It is a lot of trial and error and I believe that my future podcasts will be quicker and easier to make, and I will be more confident in the process. Learning by doing really does work!

REFERENCES

Music: Positive Ukulele by Sokolovsky Music (CC BY 3.0).

Hansson, Niklas and Jacobsson, Kerstin 2014, ‘Learning to Be Affected: Subjectivity, Sense, and Sensibility in Animal Rights Activism’, Society & Animals, pp. 262-88.

Petray, Theresa. Taking back voice: Indigenous social media activism’, AQ – Australian Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 1, pp. 24-27.

Plantbasednews.org. (2018). [online] Vegan Star Miley Cyrus Praised For Speaking Out For Animals. Available at: www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-st…dvocate-award [Accessed 21 May 2019].

PETA. (2019). About PETA | PETA. [online] Available at: www.peta.org/about-peta/  [Accessed 25 May 2019].

Quick Guide To The Amalfi Coast

Italy has always been one of my dream destinations. With stunning beaches, vibrant coloured cities, historical sites, lush scenery, and delicious food, it’s no surprise as to why travellers fall in love with this country. 

South of Naples lies the beautiful, Amalfi Coast, with small seaside towns just a small drive from each other. It is a true Italian gem and you’ll be spoilt for choice as there is so many things to do. The Amalfi Coast is easily one of the most beautiful and picturesque, coastal regions in the world. It is by far one of my favourite places and I cannot recommend it enough! The colourful and stunning small towns situated along the winding coastal cliffside is simply breathtaking. 

Plan on spending at least five days here as the Amalfi Coast isn’t just one spot, it’s a coast lined with lots of towns and villages, each unique and different to each other. I spent close to two weeks, and still could have stayed longer. 

WHERE TO STAY

If you’re backpacking and aren’t willing to splurge on accommodation, Sorrento will definitely be your cheapest option. Sorrento is the starting point of the Amalfi Coast, and a lot cheaper compared to other towns as it has hostels. It is a great base, as the other towns are easily accessible day trips to and from. However if you have more money to spend, Positano and Amalfi are beautiful. 

What’s not to love about Sorrento. Home to limoncello, it’s wide range of restaurants, endless shops, incredible cliff views and some of the best gelato in town, you will be left feeling like you’re in a dream. Sorrento is a great base and easy to access the beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast. 

A hidden gem in Sorrento with not many signs is the Regina Giovanna Bath. It was one of my favourite little adventures in Sorrento, and a pleasant place to stumble across. Just a short yet incredible walk from the main town along the main road along the cliffs, you will find this swimspot off the beaten track. It’s an emerald seawater pool lined with limestone cliffs and a rocky beach. Position yourself on the cliff facing out to the ocean and overlooking the town of Sorrento, as that way you can cliff jump and swim to baths. Be sure to bring a towel, bathers and some snacks as you will want to stay here all day long. 

With a variety of restaurants you won’t be short of choice, however I highly recommend going for an early dinner around 6pm at The Foreigners Club (Circolo dei Forestieri) to watch the sunset as it is incredible, the food is to die for and cocktails are delicious. There are also some great restaurants in Piazza Tasso, the main square of Sorrento, a great spot to relax and people watch. 

Whilst in Sorrento, you will find yourself spending a little more than anticipated with the beautiful shopping in old town Sorrento. Plenty of great souvenirs and gifts to bring home to family and friends, but be sure to treat yourself to some amazing designer brands. 

Planning some day trips to Positano and Amalfi are a must. I promise you Positano will be sure to live up to all the hype and same goes for Amalfi. These towns will take your breath away and leave you speechless. 

Picturesque Positano will make you fall in love at first sight. The colourful and vibrant houses situated on the cliff, with paths leading down to the umbrella dotted beach. Only a 40 minute bus ride from Sorrento, it’s hard to know whats more beautiful, the drive or actual town! Be sure to catch an early bus to beat the crowds and make the most of this stunning town by the water. Spend the day embracing the views, sun baking by the water, and doing some shopping in some of the cutest boutiques. Whats more to love than the simplicity of taking in the view! 

Amalfi is just a 30 minute extra bus ride from Positano and is so worth it. Try to sit on the coastal side of the bus each way, as the views are incredible. Another option is catching the ferry as it’s much quicker, but costs a lot more than the bus which only cost roughly 3 euro for a ticket. Just like Positano, take the time to relax, sun bake and swim at the beach. Explore the town and have some delicious food. 

If you still have some extra days and time to kill, Pompeii is a must see. With the historical evidence of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, leaving the town and it’s people covered in volcanic ash. Preserved by the ash, it shows roman life frozen at the moment it was buried. Truely a very unique experience. 

Another place to go if you still have more time is the stunning island, Capri. Just a short ferry ride from Sorrento, and one of the most popular destinations on the Amalfi Coast, you won’t be disappointed. It is an island for the rich and famous, with luxury hotels, designer boutiques, and stunning natural landscapes.  

HOW TO GET THERE

Getting to the Amalfi Coast is fairly simple. You can either get a train to Naples, then a bus to your final destination which for us was Sorrento. However I researched a lot into Naples, and heard scary stories about the Naples town and station being unsafe. As young girls travelling, we decided against it, and chose to get a bus from Rome, only costing roughly 11 Euro but took 4 hours. The bus ride was cheap and has wifi, so you can download movies on your phone, use the internet or get some much needed sleep. 

So there you have it, a quick guide to planning your next trip to the Amalfi Coast. I hope you enjoy it as much as what I did, and make the most of being in this incredible destination! 

Mollie xo 

Everything You Need To Know About Phuket

Phuket, known as a pearl in the Andaman Sea, you’re sure to find some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. It has become the most popular island in Thailand, and is easily accessible to fly to directly form some countries, or a short domestic flight from the capital Bangkok. 

The island is home to luxury resorts and hotels, and busy markets where you can find all your favourite fake brand goods, and plenty of nightclubs and bars with the cheapest beer and cocktails. The island is perfect for everyone from families, couples, friends, and those who are seeking a relaxing trip by the beach.

BEST TIME OF YEAR:

The best time to visit Phuket is in the dry season, from November to February to avoid the monsoon season where there is tropical storms and torrential rainfall. However if you are willing to risk your luck, and don’t care too much about the rainfall and cloudy days, then going between march and October will be a lot cheaper for you, and less crowded.

WHAT TO DO:

From laying by the beach, to visiting local markets, to island hopping and partying, the activities and things to do in Phuket are endless and you’re bound to be entertained all day long.

Soak up the culture and indulge in some of the most amazing Thai food i’ve ever eaten. It’s super cheap, traditional and simply delicious. From green curries, Pad Thai, and green papaya salad, you will definitely not go hungry here.

I highly recommend a day trip to Phi Phi island by speedboat if you don’t have enough time to stay on the island. This was one of my favourite day trips as we got to see some of the most beautiful, untouched landscapes in the world. Phi Phi island consists of two islands, Phi Phi Don, where all the accommodation and restaurants are, and Phi Phi Leh which is the most beautiful out of the two, and home to Maya beach, which became famous after the Leonardo DiCaprio Hollywood movie “The Beach”.

If you have an opportunity to hire a motorbike, definitely do a day trip to see the beaches like kata, Kamala and Karon. These beaches and towns are stunning, and is an amazing motor bike ride to get to. These small towns are slightly less busy from Patong, and is a great escape from all the crowds.

Freedom Beach is an exclusive hidden gem in Phuket. It’s a 300m white sand beach surrounded by hills and jungle. It is a bit of a struggle to get to, but once you’re there, it’s totally worth the trip and money. Spend the entire day here, bring food and snacks, sunscreen and you’re set for a day of sun-baking, snorkelling, beach volleyball and relaxation. The best and easiest way to get there is by longtail boat, leaving from the port in Phuket. If you negotiate with the captain you’ll be able to get a cheap deal like we did, around 1000 baht for 2 people, however they’ll try charge you 1,500 baht.

Bangla Road is a must see. You will be blown out of your mind what goes on in this street. I highly recommend walking down the street at night, as that’s when the street really comes alive. With neon lights, pingpong shows (you can search that one up yourself), bars and one of the most famous clubs in the world Illuzion, this street is insane. Walking down the street was enough for us, but if you’re into all that, then go for it!

Another fun thing to do is to visit some of the local markets for some great deals for souvenirs and local goods. You can get virtually anything from the markets, I bought some beautiful coconut bowls that I use for Açai bowls, buddha bowls and breakfast bowls, and I love them!

If you love sunsets, wait till you see the sunset over patong beach. It is so beautiful and sets directly on the beach! Watch the sunset with some drinks and a picnic one night, and you won’t regret it!

GETTING AROUND PHUKET: 

I highly recommend hiring a motorbike or a scooter as it’s the cheapest and best way to travel around from place to place, and allow you to see so much more than if you were in a tuk tuk or taxi. We discovered so many amazing hidden places while riding around on them, and it was so much fun as well! They’re only about 300 – 400 baht for 24 hours, making them cheaper than 1 tuk tuk ride for 15 minutes. However, there are a few things you must be careful of when riding around on the motorbikes. 

First of all, hire them from your resort or hotel, or ask your hotel where it’s safe to hire one from. There are lots of locals on the street, who ask you for your passport (they say copies aren’t allowed) and they hold onto it until you are finished. This is very unsafe and I don’t recommend anyone doing this. 

Ensure you are a competent driver before you ride, as Thailand barely have any road rules and drivers can be unpredictable. I was lucky enough that my boyfriend has experience in riding motorbikes so we were fine, but I’ve heard stories of people having accidents, and their insurance hasn’t covered them with hospital fees. 

ALWAYS wear a helmet, as my boyfriend and I got pulled over by the police (we were wearing helmets) but we looked around us, and all the others who had been pulled over were white foreigners. We were asked for our licence and luckily we had a sheet of paper from the place we hired the bike from. Always ask for a slip of paper of confirmation from the hiring place, as you will need to present to police if they ask. Fortunately, we were off the hook, however many white foreigners who had been pulled over were fined as didn’t have helmets, or not able to show evidence of a licence or paper like we had. 

However, if you aren’t comfortable riding a motorbike, you’re better to be safer than sorry, and use tuk tuks. Tuk tuks are the local way of getting around, and are 3 wheeled vehicles where you pay 200 – 500 baht, depending on where you are going. They are cheaper than taxis, and are easy to find. 

WHERE TO STAY: 

If you love the action, and love a good nightlife, then Patong is for you. Located directly across from the beach, and full of atmosphere, this place really does not stop. Here you will find an array of shops and markets, restaurants and luxury resorts. Patong is most definitely going to keep you busy with all it has to offer, and you are guaranteed to be entertained. It is also home to the famous Bangla road, where all the action takes place after the sun sets in Phuket. 

If you want a slightly less busy and full on experience, Kata, Karon, and Kamala are a lot more relaxing. With beautiful white sand beaches that run for miles, you can be sure to sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery. Despite being less busy than Patong, there is still plenty going on to keep you entertained, with a number of delicious restaurants and fun bars. 

I hope this blog post has helped with planning your trip to Phuket, or inspired you to visit this fun island in Thailand!!

Mollie xo