July 12th, 2004

made it to Phuket

Just a quick note to let you know we made it safely to Phuket (pronounced poo-KET). It turns out the hotel we had made reservations at went out of business! We managed to find a different place at the same price though. We're staying at a place at Kata Beach, which is one of the three popular beaches of Phuket island (Patong is the most popular, and the most developed).

So far all we've done is walk down to the beach (which is REALLY pretty) and have dinner (at the beach). The plan for the next two days is basically to sit at the beach and "unwind" (as T put it). They have rentals of boogie boards, surf boards, and snorkelling equipment, so I think we'll have stuff to do. We're also considering a canoe trip, depending on how much it costs.

Unfortunately, our hotel isn't one of these right-on-the-beach resorts. Instead, it's up on this steep hill, and our room has a balcony overlooking the parking lot and dumpster. Well, at least it's air conditioned, and it has HBO! (Though that's the only English channel it has . . . ) It's less than 5 minutes walk from the beach, though. I'm curious how much the beach resorts cost.

Hopefully it won't rain much while we're here -- last night in Chiang Mai there was some sort of tropical storm, and after we got drenched getting back to our hotel from dinner, we could hear the rain really loudly (it sounded like a plane taking off or something). Pretty crazy! It had stopped by this morning.

Our plan for right now is to wander around the town a little and try to find the other beach (Kata beach is apparently actually two beaches). And after our two full days here, a really really really really long day of traveling to get home: Phuket->Bangkok->Hong Kong->Los Angeles! I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and having a really nice shower at home.