A Travellerspoint blog

May 2012

Relax, explore and see where the place takes us..

sunny 30 °C

For the next few days we stuck to our plan well; relax, explore and see where the place takes us. Every morning we would eat too much, float around in the pool, discuss different points and tips that our guide books recommended, quickly forget about them and instead pick a direction to head for the day, it was clear we were in holiday mode! We are not saying this plan was bullet proof, we did end us up on a 6 lane main road both of us holding on tightly in our swimmers looking for the best option to get the hell out of there, as well as leading us through a rainforest on a dirt road and nearly getting pushed off the side of the road by a large truck that came swinging around the corner. But it did lead us to a number of amazing beaches on the Northern and Southern sides of Patong, one in particular was Paradise beach, the name couldn't have fitted the destination better.


It was hidden throughout the rainforest in a little cove and the view looked out to to the fishing boats heading in and out from the main Patong beach. It was quiet, stunning & relaxing, well at least until we arrived bouldering in the water together and pushing one another back and forth on the rope swing hanging from a tree near by. We quickly noticed a slight theme to the visitors of Paradise beach, as all the men seemed a number of years older and the women, some Thai were all stunning and years younger than their partners on the beach, this lead to fantastic people watching for Kat while relaxing in the sun. Of course we were in Thailand so every beach we came across was generally gorgeous and the water pretty much called out to you enticing you to come in but our favourites were always the ones with rocks to climb and jump off, logs to try and run on or of course old swings hanging from the trees. The days passed quickly but were spent with many cocktails and hours on the beach and unlike our early plan we barely explored the remainder of Phuket as we didn't see how things could get any better. The one BIG problem we experienced while there was the purchase of alcohol! After drinking throughout the day on our 1st day it was clear we needed to purchase our drinks in some sort of bulk form for our times on the beach and in the Resort. However we quickly found out the no beverages were on sale that day due to the current election taking place. Without noticing we were both sadly standing outside a bottle store looking in and must have been giving out some sort of desperation vibe, as we were quickly approached by what can only be described as a hippy advising us of a little shop who were still selling alcohol down this alley way, around this corner, and down through the next street. We quickly summed up the pros and cons together and agreed that yes we did need a drink that badly! So through the alley ways we went and as the streets got smaller and darker Kat started to regret the decision thankfully we eventually came across a small shop with a fridge full of booze. The next evening we drank our pre purchased drinks and headed out for a night of partying, we were dropped off by the tuk tuk in the main street to find it absolutely rammed full of tourists wandering round wondering why nothing was open, little did we know it was the 100 day anniversary of the princess of Thailand's death, which did indeed mean no alcohol or music was allowed to be played after 8pm over the next 3 days. GREAT!

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Sa-wat-dee kah/kraup

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.


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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