Rest at last.

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End May 07, 2008

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The first of our Island stops, we headed straight for the main strip of Patong. Any idea we had of an Island paradise was soon obscured by the bright lights, go go bars and sleezy groups of men everywhere. The beach did look nice if you were fortunate to catch a glimpse of the sand through the throng of speedos and beer guts. Lou was still sick and after having dinner that night I fell ill with some sort of food poisoning and the two of us were taking turns throwing up the little pizza we had eaten earlier. After a sleepless night and plenty of discomfort we dragged ourselves to better accomodationa and a nicer area of Phuket called Kata Beach. Patong is only 15 mins in a tuk tuk from Kata so we had the best of both worlds with a quieter beach in Kata and the bustling nightlife of Patong just up the road.

We spent all day recovering and managed to drag ourselves out of bed around 10.30 that night to wait on Carol and Tony who were due to meet us in Kata at around 11. Two hours rolled by as we sat in the bar accross the road from our accomodation but still no sign of them. Finally we bit the bullet and went looking for them walking toward the beach area and there they were trotting along the road towards us. There was a few tears from the girls and after a moment or two to compose themselves it turned out they had been walking around for at least two hours looking for us and the place we were staying. It was great to see them. Our first contact with home in around six months and we spent the rest of that night chatting over a few beers.

We spent the next day chilling out on the beach and myself and Lou did some snorkelling (recomended highly by Adam and Liz) and we saw loads of exotic fish big and small. We even saw a sea snake gliding between the rocks eating up some of the little fish. Carol spent the day telling Tony to paste himself in suncream only to get scalded on her back and in spots around her nose and forehead. When Tony broke out in a rash of spots the next day we had a great lauigh nicknaming them, Pizza and Blow torch face.

We met up with Adam and Liz that night for the largest meals in the world in an Irish pub and were entertained the whole night in Patong with games of Jenga, connect four and a new personal favourite of the lads which we called "Hammer the nail". Basically they have a huge slab of wood on a tripod and everybody get one shot at a time to hammer a nail into the wood with a pointy hammer. Sounds easy! First person to get the nail all the way down wins and the last person has to buy him a drink. When the pressure was on Tony lost twice having to buy the barman (who played with two nails as opposed to our one) a drink. After that we were entertained by another barman and his magic tricks and juggling and after much of the same the next day and night we packed up and got the express ferry to Ko Phi Phi...
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