Jen's One Night In Phuket *2005* (again) !
I was in Phuket again last weekend (on 5 Feb 05, actually). Some friends I met in KL a few days ago, invited me to join them for a weekend in Phuket.
Checked on my schedule that weekend ~ no need to come in to office + managed to get unbelievable cheap tickets to Phuket ~ so I was going !
Since I was there only for one night, there wasnt much 'sightseeing' to do. All we (Stephane, Christelle, Stephanie and me) did was mainly to head to the beach to catch the sun and plunge into the water. So, I have lots of pictures of sunsets and the beach ..etc, but not much other 'useful' tips in the conventional sense ;-)
We hung around Kata Noi beach. It was a little surreal there ~ felt like it was low season. But ever since the Tsunami tragedy, the tourism in Phuket have suffered badly. There was only very few tourist about. The hotel I stayed in had only less than 20 rooms booked. There were many closed shops and rebuilding + reconstructing was going on everywhere in the island.
Life goes on.
Flight AK872 from KL was delayed for an hour.
I was pissed.
Frantic sms-es to Stephane to let him know of my misery of being stuck in the airport.
An hour later, we took off --> HOORAY !!
Phuket was HOT and SWELTERING.
A smile on my face.
I am here :-)
Got into a limotaxi (650bhat oneway - non negotiable) to Orchidacea Resort over in Kata beach, south west of the island.
Journey was long - an hour.
Truly glad I was in the comforts of air-conditioning :-)
Found them lounging at the poolside.
Shall we go to the beach ?
In the sweltering heat and unforgiving sun, even a 5 minute walk seems like forever.
But worth the short torture.
The sun suddenly relented. Its rays were not so strong after all !
Its nearly 5pm (local time) and people were slowly coming out from their hiding places.
The beach was long and water quite calm (& not too cold).
All of us stripped off clothes and plunged into water.
It was very relaxing and cool there.
Stayed there for an hour or so, until it got too cold for us.
Then it was lying in the sun and catching whatever's left of it.
So we waited and waited for the sun to set.
We were not the only ones.
After seeing the transformation of the skies from startling bright blue to yellow-gold, to reddish glow to deep red, we could finally leave.
Headed back to the hotel to shower and get ready for dinner.
Decided to have a drink first as we were not too hungry.
Chang beer is really nice ~ especially after a long day in the sun !!
For dinner, we headed out to Patong (250Bhat oneway from Kata).
The tuktuk driver took us to a restaurant in the middle of that area.
All boys .. Full of boys ~ Old boys, Young boys, Fat boys, Slim boys, Pretty boys, Biker boys, Non-thai boys, Thai boys .. we were at the probably the Gay area of Patong.
No problem, as long as the food is good ;-))
After a good dinner, we had coffee in a little cafe opposite the restaurant.
By then, we were all so tired and sleepy. Unanimously, we decided to head back.
The time spent in the sun,the Chang beer and the good food did us all in ... zzzzzzzzz ...
Next morning, was up bright and early.
We went for our breakfast in the hotel and what a spread it was !!
Bacon, ham, eggs, different types of breads and danish, a good salad selection, wonderful freshly cut fresh fruit, local thai breaksfast of noodles, rice and cooked meats, coffee, tea, fruit juices, cereals ...etc.
I got dizzy just looking at the array !
After breakfast, we were off to the beach again !
The weather was good - clear skies, sunny sun and a cool breeze in the air.
We played hide & seek with the sun as we keep looking for the shade to lie down.
Once in a while, we were in the water, to seek refuge from the heat.
And then I was off !!
The taxi was waiting for me.
Got to the airport on time and it was Goodbye Phuket !
I will be back soon :-)