This is going to be a really short post - because this stop on our honeymoon was the least exciting. We had been told by a few people not to waste our time in Phuket but on the other hand we really wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I mean, isn't this the place Thailand first became famous for? We decided to find out at the famous Pattong Beach.
In the end I'm glad we were only there a day and a half. We arrived in the evening, much later than planned. Unfortunately the hotel on Phi Phi Island gave us a big scare by temporarily losing my luggage. In the hour we stood on the dock panicking, the last boat left and our hotel rep was running around shouting things on the phone in Thai. He ended up working out a deal with a Chinese tourist boat (yes, like 200 chinese people on this boat) so that they would take us back. This boat is slower than the ferry so it took almost three hours. When we finally arrived in Phuket, our new hotel's shuttle took us through the hour and a half drive on the very windy roads - not good for someone like me who gets car sick. We were happy to finally be at the hotel.
This hotel was pretty cool, much more modern than before and we had a room with direct pool access! We wound down from the day's travels and then decided to head out to find a bite to eat and walk the wild streets of Phuket. We had a couple beers on the main strip, were invited to about 857692 Ping Pong Shows, and decided to check out the world-famous ladyboy show.
Whats a ladyboy show like? Well its basically a glorified Karaoke show where everyone is lip syncing something that sounds totally different to the original song (songs are in English, I'm sure they have no idea what the songs say!)... oh and there is the very common wardrobe malfunction. It was actually a lot of fun and John left very confused about Thailand; he wasn't sure who was actually a woman anymore! Some of those women are so beautiful that its amazing to think they were born men!
The next day we relaxed by the pool - we didn't dare tackle the crazyness of the beach. Plus, I didn't think that beach was even half as good as the ones in Phi Phi. In the late afternoon we went out for a foot massage and then to find a restaurant. We had an amazing foot massage only to realize we had been missing out on all the other days when we didn't treat ourselves to a $7 hour-long foot massage. Then we had a fantastic lobster curry dinner. We chose not to battle the crazyness and head in - happily knowing that we were headed to Chiang Mai very early the next morning.
To end our time in Phuket, we checked out of the hotel around 4am - just around the time that about 6 drunk young guys came back to the hotel with two women, clearly "women of the night." Ohhhh Phuket...