A Jolly Good Crack In Khao Lak.
Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
54Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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Where I stayed
Suwan Beach Resort
Our flight from Jogjakarta to Jakarta took an hour. We got in at around 10 AM and had a long wait until our next flight to Phuket at 4 PM. We had some lunch and as one usually finds when waiting around, the hours soon fly by. 4 PM came and we departed on time, thank God. Mark and Louise were picking us up from the airport and the last thing we wanted was for them to have to wait around for a late flight!! The three hour flight to Phuket went well until we started to land. We ran straight into a tropical thunderstorm, this caused heavy turbulence which Cathy and I quite like. It made for an exciting landing amidst all that lightning and rain. We got through immigration quickly, grabbed our packs and headed out.
Sure enough Mark and Louise were there waiting. It was a delight to see them both. They looked well and very brown, so tropical thunderstorm aside the weather here must be good. Mark ran out into the Monsoon and brought their hire car around. It was a brand new Mitsubishi Shogun!! On the way to Khao Lak we did a lot of catching up. It was nice to get news from home. Cathy and I soon realized that Khao Lak was not as close to Phuket as we had thought. It was a 90 Kilometer drive!!! We dreaded telling them we had a 6:30 AM flight to Bali, cringe !! Thanks Mark and Lou we really owe you one!! We got to Khao Lak just after 8 PM, checked into our hotel and headed straight out for dinner. Mark and Lou had been in Khao Lak for three days already and knew the layout of town. They took us to a nice little restaurant and I reacquainted myself with the good old Thai green curry. In fact I had Thai green curry for dinner every night of our four night stay here. We drank some Chang beer and had a good laugh. After the meal we went back to Mark and Lou's Bungalow next to the beach and had a few more for good measure. It was after midnight when Cathy and I finally got back to our room utterly shattered.
We got up late and had a great buffet breakfast, after we checked the hotel out as it was dark when we arrived. It was a nice hotel with a smashing pool
That night Mark and Lou took us out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate Marks' birthday. The meal was fantastic and we all had a good night. Unfortunately we could not have to many drinks as Cathy and I were leaving in the morning at the crack of dawn and poor old Mark and Lou were taking us to the airport!! We set off at 4 AM the next morning. At about 5 AM Mark and Lou dropped us off, we said our farewells and Mark and Lou headed back to bed I bet, I know I would have done!! We had totally enjoyed our stay with Mark and Lou and my face literally ached with laughing non stop over the last four days. Great fun with great company.