Back from Phuket, Thailand

Rumiko and I returned from a 12-day trip to Thailand last week. We stayed on Kata beach, some say the nicest beach in Phuket, at the Kata Beach Resort. Our room was originally on the 4th floor, but after one night we upgraded to a 1st floor room with direct access to a swimming pool that ran the length of the building. The best decision of the trip. Waking up and walking into the pool before the coffee made for a great way to start the day.

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Our chief concern was rest and relaxation, so the entire time in Phuket was spent either at the pool or on the beach, with two forays into town for dinner. After a day of reading and resting, I found the hubbub of town grating, so we kept our visits to a minimum. We came across this ingenious set up:

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A tuk-tuk modified into a one-man bar selling a limited range of cocktails. Having never tried Mohitos before, we dropped B79 or about ¥210 per drink and sipped from bar stools and tables arranged along the street. This would be a great money-maker in Tokyo, if you could get the licensing…

It was August in Phuket, which meant a bit of rain and high winds. Well, we got the winds but the rain never fell. I’d hoped to rent sailing dinghies on the beach, but the winds and the big beach break the entire length of the beach scotched that idea. The hotels, including Club Med, either didn’t have dinghies or had kept them locked away waiting for gentler autumn and winter breezes. The beach, though, was fine…

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All in all it was a relaxing time and both Rumiko and I got the rest we needed. Next trip will most likely be to Bali.