Land Ho, Thank GOD!

Trip Start Aug 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 18, 2009

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

One last ferry ride from Phi Phi to Phuket. It sounds so simple, doesn't it?  However, the waves weren't cooperating yet again, so it was a two hour roller coaster from hell.  I haven't been to magic mountain for quite a while, so this may sound a bit dated, but do you really want to be on viper for 2 hours straight with no break.  Some might, but even Bill was turning green this time.  He said that he didn't become sea sick much before he met me, but I'm not sure he went on as many boats either.  But luckily, we reached Phuket, and there will be no boats in our future for at least a while.

So my one requirement for staying on this island was to actually get a hotel across the street from the beach.  I didn't want to have to lug my stuff very far this time around.  However, while we were on the ferry, a lady was trying to have us a pre book a taxi to our hotel, but neither Bill nor I were any state to have this conversation.  So we basically told her to get lost; however, when we finally got off the boat which was about 90% tourists, all the tourists dispersed to these minivans and about a handful of us were left.  It's funny how on these islands we didn’t see that many tourists until we get to a boat or bus and there they all are.  Though Bill and I were still disorientated, so we just sat down for a while, and he went to see what options we had left.

He brought over a bunch of fliers from different hotels we could stay at.  The lady kept bringing more over, and we finally chose one of the nicer hotels on the beach.  Bill got them to lower to price for staying two nights and throw in breakfast.  We figured it was time to splurge at bit.  However, transportation wasn't included and we had to pay for a taxi.

We were actually staying in a "normal" hotel that had space and hot water.   For once, we didn't have to take a cold shower.  Now, I do have to admit since it's so hot and humid most places, a cold shower isn't bad but a hot one does make a difference.  I won't take them for granted anymore.  So we finally were staying at a hotel and not a hostel that contained a pool and a balcony.  So first thing we wanted to hit the pool, but since it was overcast, it was a bit cold to be in the pool though that still didn’t stop Bill.

We strolled down the beach towards town to get dinner. As we looked at the beach, the waves looked huge and crashed down pretty hard.  We also noticed red flags and signs that show a red circle with a line through a swimmer.   A beach you couldn't swim at???  Yep, we were staying across from a beach you could go very far in before the lifeguard started blowing his whistle at you to come back as the rip tide was close to shore.   Aren't we doing well for our beach holiday?

No matter, we decided to stroll to town and look around not thinking about sun screen.  It was so hot, that we took seconds to jump in the pool when we returned and spent the rest of the afternoon there rather then being whistled at by a lifeguard.  Later, the sunburnt realization hit, but luck struck again as it wasn’t too bad.

Basically, we relaxed for a few days enjoying the pool and a normal hotel.  But our real adventure starts with our bus ride to Bangkok.  Stay tuned.

Michelle (Bill's trying to make some travel plans next to me, I think I get the better job)
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