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The arrival

sunny 26 °C

An early start heading to the airport with the Bear we are both so excited for the trip but sad we were going to have to say our goodbyes to George's dad. Once we had boarded on Singapore Airlines we were both overwhelmed with the excitement of a TV in the seat in front of us and meals and drinks (yes, alcohol) included. After a few rather uncomfortable naps we landed in Singapore Airport and within 2 minutes of getting out of the gate we were inside a Butterfly sanctuary and it quickly hit us that we were in the BEST airport for transit! We were fed, massaged, entertained and amazed and agreed our stopover was too quick for such a good airport. Another quick flight and more free food and alcohol we landed in Phuket Airport which was a bit of contrast compared to Singapore with walls falling down, A4 printed sheets directing us and baggage from all 4 flights in 1 pile ready for the choosing, we had arrived. George quickly shot into traveller mode grabbing our bags and me and dragging us through the screaming Thai's who 'had the best deal for us in Thailand' we jumped in a taxi and were headed for the Hotel. The drive was interesting enough, with the taxi driver going 100km and hr speeding from lane to lane and only just dodging the families of 4 on their scooters, by this time Kat was convinced our Hotel was not going to be there and instead just a hole in the ground, but thankfully we pulled up to the beautiful Diamond Cliff Resort.

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We woke early and excited and headed straight for the pool, which we had all to ourselves and then headed to our beautiful breakfast buffet. After a good feed and a few fine choices of food we couldn't wait to head out and explore and after a few warnings of hiring a motorbike we of course walked straight out and hired one for 300 Baht a day. We didn't really at this point have any sense of direction and headed north on the coastal road, quickly deciding that this was a bad idea as we found ourselves on a road going to what seemed to be nowhere. We headed back into Patong in search of markets for someone (mentioning no names) to go shopping and ended up driving through what can only be explained as rush and chaos but eventually came across shops and stalls that mired the resemblance of a town square. Across the road was a run down building holding the local food market, with things from strange fruit and veg neither of us had ever seen before to live sea food awaiting the chopping board. Next on the to do list was cocktails on the beach which was easily achieved and came as much as a relief to George, the relief however was short lived as Kat quickly spotted the street behind us lined with market stalls. Later on in the evening while searching for somewhere to eat we had a 15 minute fish massage which mainly involved the 2 of us sitting there giggling and squealing like 2 8 year olds, both realising that the group of 4-12 year olds we were facing were dealing with the tickling sensation far better than either of us and tried very hard to control the squeals for the reminder of the time. After a number of cocktails, tasty meals and a lot of sun we were both exhausted and headed back to the Hotel only to order more cocktails via room service.

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Posted by Georgeandkat 22:33 Archived in Thailand Tagged me beaches planes thailand holiday phuket patong

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