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Published: March 21st 2009
Maybe Song Kran has come early to Thailand? It is very wet!
Saturday 21sy March2009
It is raining heavily here in Phuket. Tourists have enjoyed brilliant sunshine for months, until we arrived, trailing the thunder, lightning and torrential rain in our wake!
Our ferry trip from Langkawi to Georgetown on Thursday started and ended in rain! In between, however, it was a smooth and sun-blessed crossing. The flight yesterday from Penang, on a small prop plane, was wonderful, as we watched the sun setting over the islands in the Andaman Sea. We had no problems on arrival at Phuket airport and got our 30 day stamp in our passports. This was what we flew to Phuket to obtain; otherwise we would have been in Thailand on Thursday having arrived by sea. As soon as we left the airport, however, the rain came down in rivers and our taxi driver got lost! We think that most of them only know the large hotel resorts and package-tour locations.
We are staying in Surin Beach, a fairly quiet beach resort. Nice hotel (but bad-tempered Italian owner), nice resort, but a bit expensive. We are leaving tomorrow for Ao Nang near
Krabi, which we are told will be a lot cheaper. Hopefully the sun will shine in the morning. We are going by early ferry from Phuket Town.
It is so nice to be back in Thailand. We haven’t been here for nine years and had forgotten how friendly and welcoming people are and the food is WONDERFUL! Tonight we ate pork! First time this year, not being able to eat it in Indonesia or Malaysia, being Muslim countries and it is scarce in Oz too. We asked for Thai spicy pork “mahk mai” (very hot and spicy) and our lips are still tingling!
Despite the Italian who has just tried to con us on our hotel bill (didn’t succeed) we have had a good brief time here in Phuket; told him “Jai Yen” (keep cool) as his Italian temper was getting the better of him. Sad isn’t it, that someone who has been in business in Thailand for seven years didn’t know what Jai Yen meant (the Thai girl behind the bar was smiling). Oh well Jai Yen Yen - are we bothered!
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