Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
22Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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Ever since watching the movie The Beach many years ago, I have always pictured this amazing island located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phuket
It has been about ten years since the last time I was on a scooter and by no means are they hard to ride. But this wasn’t a normal scooter ride. The first thirty seconds was careening down a steep hill, dodging huge trucks, all whilst donning a way too small helmet. After the initial shock I realized it was a great eight dollar investment for the day. I took the scooter to Surin Bay beach, about twenty minutes from my new hotel. I left my first hotel in Patong Bay and decided to stay in Kalim Bay, which is a little further north with less people and less shops around. It was great to see the island by scooter and all the major roads weave up and down rocky cliffs overlooking incredibly clear ocean water
The food in Thailand is an experience and I think I ate pad thai just about every night. One of my favorite parts of Phuket was when I decided to go for a run along the ocean. It was a great run and a 6'9 white guy with his shirt off with a huge tattoo running through the streets and beaches of Thailand defiantly got a lot of looks. I remember one guy high fived me and yelled "you big." I felt like the Thai version of Rocky.
At one point during my time in Phuket I remember looking for something in my hotel. I was tearing my suitcase apart and going through my backpack but couldn't find it. I was opening dresser drawers and even the refrigerator. To this day I can't remember what I was looking for but I opened up a desk drawer in the hotel and there was a book named The Teaching of Buddha. I figured if I was looking for something that wasn’t that important and this book literally appeared in my hands. that it’s more than just a coincidence. Usually if a book comes across my path I open it up to a "random" page and read a line from it to determine if I should read it. The line I read made me realize that I needed to continue reading this book. I asked the front desk if I could buy it and they told me it’s free and I could take it.
"A fool who thinks that he is a fool is for that very reason a wise man. The fool who thinks that he is wise is called a fool indeed."-Buddha