Phuket Pt 1

Trip Start Sep 16, 2012
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

We are staying at Swiss Palm Beach Resort again this year, which is a little place across the Soi from Gracelands. We love it here as its quiet, great location away from the madness of Patong but still only a 10-15 min walk or 150b-200b trip in a tuk tuk. Best part of Patong Beach & some great restaraunts & bars close by.They treat you like old friends here & we really wouldn't stay anywhere else now. We book a 2 bed apartment which is big & make ourselves at home.

One of the disadvantages of staying at a place like Swiss Palm is there is no 'Buffet' breakfast, they do a a-la-carte breakfast which is ok & you are looked after by the lovely Dang, but not the choice you have at a larger resort. We didn't include the breakfast as part of the booking this year & thought we would check out some of the breakfast's at restaraunts close by. But, most don't open to 9-10am & i'm walking on the beach by 7am.

Anyway, a beautiful morning for AFL Grand final day greeted us & when enquiring about the best breakfast with Sue & Colin the night before they told us 'The Islander' had a great breakfast, the Islander is in a Soi off Bangla, so Sue & Colin joined us for breakfast & we caught a tuk tuk to Bangla Rd a wandered down to The Islander around 9am. It was a good breakfast, & we must come back one day for dinner one night as the menu looks great.

After breakfast, Matt & myself were to meet up with some friends at the Aussie bar to watch the Grand Final, but when we wandered down the place was already packed. I made the executive decision to lob at the Kangaroo bar across the Rd. (I'm still yet to put foot in the aussie bar)
We all had a great day, the weather was hot & sunny so the beers were going down well. People kept ringing the bell & by 11:00am we already had, had about 8 shots. Di & Melissa went shopping but returned for a quick drink but even they stayed here & had a ball. Amongst the passing parade of sellers in Bangla Rd, Thai ingenuity at its best, a man was selling Meat pies on a tray, classic. Great game of footy & happy to see the Ducks get up. Ended up getting a bit messy & wandered back to Swiss palm after the game around 5:00pm (I think) & thought it would be a good idea to go for a swim. Apperently the people who were already in the pool & sitting around soon scattered as i attempted to ring the bell over the pool bar & kept falling over. Oh well, cheap shout for me. :)

Somehow got changed & headed to one of our favorite places to eat, Sabai Beach for a great meal, then a banana & chocolate pancake on the way home put an end to a great day.

Sunday i woke up a wee bit seedy but went for a walk on the beach around 6:30am. Another beautiful Phuket wet season day dawned, don't know why people say not to come at this time of the year. I really wouldn't want to be anywhere else.Had breakfast at Ken's Inn this morning which is on the Cnr of Soi Eden & Rathutit Rd, it was ok.

Went to Gracelands Tailors, my daughter ordered some suits for her boyfriend, they still had his measurements from earlier that year, i had some trousers taken up. They are good reliable tailors & they don't hassle you.

We had our Driver take us to Phuket town & we visited the cashew nut factory for our supplies of cashews, $60 later we exited. Went to Rang Hill & had lunch at one our favorite places on the Island, Tunk-ka cafe. Had another great meal here which included Fried chicken with pandamus leaves & garlic, pineapple fried rice & some spring rolls. Had the obligatory Tunka-ka cafe iced coffee, beers & fruit shakes. The cafe has a new viewing deck which has some nice views of Phuket. Its a great place for lunch or dinner if you are in the area.

When we returned to Swiss palm, we wandered up Rathitit Rd towards Top Charoen as i wanted to price my glasses here as my Vietnam visit didn't work out. I heard that Top Chareon was a good place to get them. Handed over my prescription, i need multi-focals & i wanted transisioned lenses as well, picked some frames & the quote was over 16,000baht, more than i would pay at home. Headed back & then popped into a little optical shop on the way (P.D.Opticical) & the quote was 8,700baht. So ordered them & i''ll pick them up later in the week.

Just relaxed around the pool after we got back & just grabbed some Thai fried chicken for dinner from the Warung on Beach Rd past the old soccer pitch. One stop take-away warung, with ribs, fried chicken, seafood etc etc. 200b for for 1/2 doz pieces.

Up early again for a walk along the beach next morning, another cracker of a morning, breakfast at Sabai Beach this morning was ok. Had a Thai omellette, very good. Good fruit shakes.

Kids wanted a day on the beach so they reserved the beach chairs & we spent a pleasant morning having a swim. Melissa lived dangerously & hired a jet-ski, but she is well schooled in this & took the pics of the ski & said a ll the right things. I had a squirt on it as well, they certainly go. Had lunch at Ken's Inn which is Melissa's favorite restaraunt from her visits, big menu & she loves the spag bog, they have a green curry spaghetti that i must have a crack at one day. Had tom yum goong & spring rolls, they were pretty good.

Di & i spent the afternoon by the pool, as i was feeling a bit off.
i hear alot about No 6 restaraunt so thought we would give that a go for dinner, place was packed but we asked to be taken up the hill to the other restaraunt in the courtesy bus. Lovely setting & a bit cooler, great views. Food was great, Green curry, Red curry, Fish cakes, rice some soup. Beers & cocktails was pretty cheap. The curries tasted good & were spicy, so maybe i now know why its so popular. They pack em in & they pack em out, so returned back around 9pm. By this stage i really wasn't well at all, there was alot of gastro going around. Sure enough a couple of hours later she all came back up, hot on the way down & just as hot on the back up. Both ends worked overtime during the night.

No walk along the beach this morning, felt terrible, waited for the chemist to open & grabbed some stuff, no milk or alcohol blah blah. A few mates popped in from the Sth end 1/2 an hour later so had a cappucinno, showed them around swiss palm then onto Legends for an ale. I forgot what the chemist told me. Lunch at legends was spring rolls & chicken. By this stage i was going down hill fast. So went back & sat around the pool while Matt & friends attempted to drink the Mini mart dry of breezers.

Had a very early night, no dinner, but feeling a little better, we are off to Phi Phi tomorrow for the Simba Sunrise tour, so i got some rest.

Til then cya

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