19 Oct 2006
It was a long journey for my wife and I, we realised this after we looked back at the map in the hotel.
We started in the morning, riding motorcycle from Karon to Kamala beach, one of the beaches worst hit by tsunami back in Y2004. We saw the efficiency and the care of the Thai government in promoting their tourism business, signboards are placed everywhere to lead tourists to safer place in case of any recurrence.
We stopped by a hut to get some drinks and rest, before we continued our journey to Surin Bay, the water was crytal clear and the weather was fuming hot. Next to the beach is Laguna Phuket, where some of the 5 star hotels and resorts are located.
We were ambitious enough to continue our journey to Phuket town under the hot burning sun, the ride took us another 40 minutes or so. By the time we reached the town, my wife just could not bear the heat any longer, we headed to a fast food chain and ordered the BBQ pork in rice paste, something we do not get in the fastfood chain in Malaysia. We were rejuvenated and grabbed some beers and dragon fruits before heading back to hotel.
For the night, we headed to Kata beach and savoured some local Thai food. Look at our rock lobsters. There are lots of western restaurants in Phuket, but as for us, local food in every country will always be our priority.
More pictures HERE
October 18th 2006
Thanks to Air Asia and now everyone can fly, I can’t help but to promote this airline of Malaysia. Both my wife and I had been using Air Asia to reach Phuket island for the second time, first being two years ago for our Honeymoon.
It was nearing the end of Monsoon season this time round and the weather was so good, and hot. It was exactly the beach weather we were expecting. The tour bus dropped us off at our chosen hotel in Karon Beach, a choice we made as we wanted a quieter place to stay for this trip. The hotel was not by the sea but every room in the hotel has access to the swimming pool. Karon beach has undergone rapid development for the past two years, we saw more new hotels mushrooming here and there.
The first thing we did after checking in was to look for transportation, which will bring us about for the next few days, and to the food outlet immediately. We rented a motorcycle and scout around for quick bites, as we wanted to catch the sunset at Promthep Cape, an activity we missed two years ago.
WE MADE IT THIS TIME, we just managed to catch the sunset and we never regretted it. The scene lasted for less than 15 minutes before the sun totally disappeared from the sky.
We then crossed the mountain and got ourselves to the Molly Malone’s in Patong for our dinner. The way back to Karon beach was a long ride as it was still drizzling then and certain parts of the roads are without street lights. Worse still, I sacrificed my Adidas sunglasses as it just flew off my shirt during the ride.
More pictures at HERE