Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
163Trip End May 02, 2013
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Travelling into the unknown can be exhilarating, but also stressful. It's high season on the coast of the Andaman Sea so accommodations can book up quickly. One never really knows whether to 1) chance wandering around looking for a place to stay or 2) book in advance, unsure what the selected room will actually look like. When Jason visited three other Thai islands in 2003 (Kos Chang, Samui and Pha Ngan), he and his buddy Mike opted for option 1, with good success, albeit during an off-peak time. Today we went with option 2 for Phuket and the pickings were slim. However, with a little help from the Lonely Planet guidebook and Sylvia’s smart decision to bring a phone and buy a local SIM card, we managed to make a reservation. A few minutes later, Jason checked the weather forecast online, which told us to expect a 90% chance of around 25 mm of rain per day for the coming week
There were a few anxious moments at the airport because we didn’t leave ourselves quite enough time. Luckily, the flight was delayed so they checked us in anyway, failing to tell us about the delay. We unknowingly sprinted to the gate. After a short flight we arrived on Phuket, the largest island in Thailand. We grabbed a local map and hopped on a mini-bus to Kata, a destination chosen for its beautiful beach and more laid back atmosphere.
A short hike up a steep hill led to our new digs – a basic bungalow with a bathroom for 500 Baht (~$17) per night. We walked to Kata Beach to enjoy the sunset. Afterwards we explored the town and picked a restaurant for dinner. Sylvia had Thai iced tea (it is red!) with milk and tom yum soup with noodles again while Jason enjoyed chicken phanang curry with rice. This dinner was double the cost of last night’s dinner – the price we pay for dining in 'paradise’.