Our last sojourn into Thailand was to enjoy a bit of the island life. So as a last farewell to Thailand here’s the 411. Before we got to the islands we had some drama with the bus people from Phnom Pehn to Bangkok and then missed our flight. Long story short, we were really annoyed but silver lining we met a great guy from Catalunya and was our happy selves by the time we arrived in Phuket
Phuket – three days of watching the sunset from the roof of the Meir Jarr hotel. Nice little place just off Patong beach with cocktails at 100 baht. Being agog at the spectacle in Bangla road; mostly farang making fools of themselves and of course the obligatory invite to a sexy show. Lazy days on the beach in the hot sun where the melanoma waits for you with eager smiles. It’s a beautiful town with many hills and many more hotels and bars.
Koh Phi Phi Don – we took the fast ferry across to Phi Phi for another three days of sun. Swimming at monkey beach with no monkeys in sight. I reckon the tourists scared them off. Snorkeling at the Peleh lagoon and getting canoodled by an overeager crab. I nearly died! Late afternoons soaking in the clear blue waters of the pool at PP Casita. Making new friends and spending nights dancing on the beach to mostly eighties music. I can safely say that late nights are not for me anymore.
Koh Lipe – another long ferry ride to Lipe to meet up with our Thai friends from Chiangkhong. The tiny island is like a little lost treasure. Songkran was a quiet affair which I liked and we spent the nights on the beach listening to the music from the nearby bars and watching all the fire twirling. People in Thailand like playing with fire. We hired a longboat to take us snorkeling around the islands and what a awesome day out. You need your park ticket to go on to the islands so don’t leave it behind. The sunrise is something not to miss and together with the jumping fish it’s worth getting up early. The sunsets are equally breathtaking.
Satun and Had Yai – got back to mainland via Pakbara in the Satun province. Stopped off at the Phu Pha Phet Caves or Diamond Mountain Caves. Worth visiting if you have a day to spare. Back in Had Yai we roamed the many markets but the best was seafood buffet at Onemai seafood. All you can eat and drink of the best seafare the coast can offer. Do get a tuk tuk back to your hotel, because walking is not an option.