02.01.2011 - 04.01.2011 34 °C
A nine hour bus ride through the night and we finally arrived in Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island. We were once again ripped off by a tuk tuk when our guesthouse ended up being a few minute walk from where we were. If only there were some other form of transportation, those guys are the biggest scammers! Poor George gets angry every time and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was formulating some elaborate plan of revenge in his head.
When we did get to Patong, the most popular beach on the island, it was beautiful. Soft white sand, warm turquoise water, what more could you ask for? Since I wasn’t feeling well (and am still trying to fight off this cold) it was the perfect day to sit under an umbrella and get up for nothing except for a swim in the beautiful water.
it's a screecher! (Dad's inside joke)
are you getting as sick of these self pics as we are?
We found that Patong is an interesting place once night falls. Thailand itself has a certain seedy undertone to it in most parts and it is definitely evident here. Patong felt to us a little like the Vegas of Southeast Asia. It’s fun to be a spectator but at the same time, leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.
you can take the girl out of McDonald's but you cant take McDonald's out of the girl
people watching - and the people are definitely interesting to watch!
Las Vegas!...Oops, I mean Patong
We were supposed to meet Mary and her friend Carolina on our second day there but true to Southeast Asia form, what should have been a 5 hour ride from where they were to Phuket ended up being 16 hours. I was beginning to think Mary would come all the way to Thailand and we weren’t going to see each other! We made another plan to meet on our way to Ko Phi Phi, another island (where The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed). Our van to the pier was running late and we feared we would miss the ferry and again, miss Mary. Thankfully, we made it on time and as we stepped out onto the pier, there was Mary! It was so great to see a familiar face from home and after a warm embrace, we knew the next few days would be a blast. Little did we know what kind of adventure was ahead!