The bus journey from Samui reminded us of what can only be described as a tin can on wheels:) With no toilet (Lou moaned the entire trip that she needed to go) air con which didn't work, thai comedy with no sub titles, thai karaoke (the funniest thing we've seen in a long time) and bizarre goo on the floor from what one of the drivers described as an accident in the loo, we were fully relieved (in all senses of the word) when we arrived in Phuket Town!!!
Our hostel in Wat Chalong was empty and basic but our landlady is wonderful ailke all the Thai people:) As it is the hottest month of their year the resorts are empty and times are hard for all who live here. I'm so glad we came here last as it makes Samui look like Blackpool.........\
While remnants of the Tsunami are apparent wherever you go, the breath taking beauty of this place still out classes anything we've seen to date. We came across this amazing little resort known as Bann Kiki near to our hostel on the 1st night. Owned by Ole (a Danish 50 yr old) and with 5 Thai women as staff and a kitten called Kiki (we thought about bringing with us) we made the place our home here late evenings.
As we were their only customers we were spoilt rotten eating the best and hottest Thai yellow curry we've had yet:) It was not without drama, on the 2nd night the police turned up as Ole's Thai mistress had tried to kill him with the candelstick in the pool room (and no were not talking Cluedo here). By the 3rd night all was back to normal, the european men over here seem to be nursing broken hearts and thai nurses seem to be medicinal in the short term for their wounds. (We did see a disgusting 70+ man with a little thai girl on the beach yesterday and Paul wisely prevented me from giving him a piece of my mind).
You have to hire a bike to explore the island and we saw over half of it on our 1st day out. Nai Harn and Kata beaches are by far the best and we found a lovely bar with a view of over half the bay to eat lunch in when the sun is too hot!
It was not all easy rider stuff, we were stopped by the Thai police (all V,scary) but were only charged 300baht for driving without a license!!!!!! Note to self - look out for road blocks and avoid @ all costs! In order to try and resolve this Lou had her 1st and last bike lesson for a while, she managed to avoid injuring herself in true louise style and gashed up Pauls leg good and proper - our thai ladies iodine helped to ease the pain!
We decided to try our luck with the dinosaurs and played a round of mini golf, Paul only beat me by 1 much to my amazement:) We were both rubbish it has to be said. Between lazing by the pool, bathing on the beach and eating far too much this is a place i'm sure we'll come back to. We leave for a 20 hour trip to Hat Yai, Butterworth and ending up in Kuala Lumpar - wish us luck eh!!! Just hope theirs a loo on this one:)