We finaaly make it to Phuket
Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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We finally made it to Patong beach.
The over night bus journey was just about bearable, I got some funny clips of Alex trying to get some shuteye (see vid). I don't know if any of us actually got a decent sleep but everyone managed to get a bit of shuteye. We got to Sarat Thani around 6am this morning, we weren't told this at the time we purchased the tickets, but we were supposed to change buses there. Everyone on the bus got off and we all waited in what you could call a café. We hadn't eaten since 5pm yesterday, we all thought the bus would stop for food somewhere but it didn't. Linda got the ball rolling with a Pot Noodle and most of us followed suit. After being on the bus for nearly 12 hours, we had to wait another two hours for the mini-van. We met a lady in the café who was also going to Phuket, she was really sweet and I could tell she was dying to talk to someone (I have been there many times myself!)
When our mini-van eventually arrived we all jumped in (the lady, this Japanese dude and us). We drove for about 5 minutes and then they made us get out and change vans, we were already wound-up from the two-hour wait and this was just pushing it! To top it off the new van was older and more battered than the first. Anyway, we left Sarat Thani after 8pm and made our way over to Phuket, everyone was still pretty tired so it was a quiet trip. We stopped for food around 11am, I was still really hungry so I had scrambled eggs on toast, it was like the best breakfast I have had in ages!!! (if you don't count the Amari) When we got to Phuket, the mini-van took us to a travel agent in the middle of nowhere, we were supposed to go to Phuket town so we could get a taxi or bus to Patong beach, but they wanted us to take the mini-van for Bht100 each. It was only 12 km away, and when you consider it cost us Bht550 to get from Bangkok to Phuket, and that took 16 hours, they were asking waaaay too much for the last 15 minutes of the trip
While the guys were sorting out the room, this Singh walked into the hotel saying he was a fortune-teller. I just got talking to the guy in Punjabi and he persuaded me to let him have a look at the palm of my right hand. I have NEVER had my fortune told and don't believe in any of that stuff but this guy was good, it was a bit freaky actually! He knew a lot of things about me and he did this thing where he got me to write a wish on a piece paper, then screw up the paper and hold it in my hand, he then looked at my tongue and my eyes, then wrote EXACTLY what I had written on my paper. I gave him Bht100 for his troubles, but I wouldn't want to do that again, it freaks you out!
The hotel room is very nice, I'm sharing with Derek. Alex & Colby are in one room and Linda & Scott are in a hotel across the road from us. The boys were dying to go down to the beach so we got down there around 3pm, now you know I'm not really a beach person, but we chilled on the beach and went for a swim in the sea. It was good fun and we got some temporary tattoos done too, Linda had one on her ankle, Alex had a Popeye put on his bicep, Derek had the word 'Farang' put on his shoulder in Thai (it means white foreigner) and I had this thing put on my head (see pic). We had our lunch down on the beach, Linda got me some 'fish-n-chip', and they were delicious! I will be having more of that I'm sure!
We got back to the hotel for around 6pm and made plans for a night out