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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Phuket, Thailand - 2010

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 20/07/2010 19:11:21

Time for more random travel, this time to Phuket, Thailand.

The Setup

Similar to our last random travel, the destination of Phuket came in a round about way. Jules had two weeks off from work, and decided he wanted to go skiing or somewhere tropical. I joined him on the trip to the travel agent - in case his holiday sounded fun enough for me to ride upon his coat tails. When one week in Patong Beach, Phuket was decided upon - I jumped upon the afore-mentioned coat and road along .

Flights

Jules asked if there was any chance we could sit in an exit row seat, for the added leg room, and it was granted. When we finally sat down on the plane - we saw that the exit row seat comes with about two metres of leg room! Coupled with the fact that the third in our row of three seats was unoccupied - I can safely say best flight ever! Oh - and I saw a great Michael Cera movie on the plane, Youth in Revolt. Go and watch it now, I'll wait.

The Resort

The view from the resort
The fantastic view from the back of the resort

We stayed at the Impiana Resort & Spa on Patong Beach, and it was fantastic. One of the few resorts that opens directly to Patong beach, it has a fairly upper-class spa and restaurant on-site and the staff were polite and helpful.

We splashed out on the first night and enjoyed a fancy dinner at the award-winning Sala Bua Restaurant. It was a pretty incredible meal, but got a little too romantic of Jules and I when the candlelight came out.

Our love-heart rice
The pretty love-heart shaped rice that Jules and I shared

I was getting a little worried about the room-service bill towards the end. We each had a 2-hour spa massage, our fancy dinner, a few normal meals and around 25 drinks charged to the room. In the end - the bill came to around $200 each - I was expecting far more!

The Locals

On our first day we met two groups of locals that really helped us with suggestions for eateries and night-time activities.

We firstly walked past a Fisho Spa, where little fish nibble on your feet for ex-foliation purposes. The fish-spa was fun, but the girls running the place were quite nice and provided helpful tips on places to eat and shop.

Fisho
The Fisho Spa

Also on that first day, we decided to have drinks at the Aussie Bar so we could play a few games of pool. The bar staff were quite nice (and not the type of "bar girls" you find in most of the places there) and we ended up drinking and playing pool at Aussie Bar for most night we were in Thailand.

Aussie Bar
Aussie Bar became our local

Phi Phi Island

We spent a day doing a speed-boat tour of Phi Phi island, which was fun. The weather wasn't perfect but we got to see some amazing islands, and cheeky monkeys. We also played a bit of beach volleyball, which was fun - but reminded me that I hadn't done much exercise lately

A small island
We went past some really nice looking islands that would be fun to retire to

Monkey Boarding
At monkey beach the monkeys knew how to get their bananas

Monkey Eating
The monkeys were cuter before the tour guide told us they all had rabies

Summary

It was a great week, nowhere near as relaxing as I thought it would be - but I had a lot of fun!

Creepy Ronald
Ronald doing a traditional Thai greeting



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Monday, June 21, 2010

Random Travel #2 - Thailand

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 21/06/2010 22:58:23

Jules has a few weeks of annual leave coming up - so wanted to do another random travel experience. After getting approval for a week of leave from my team leader ("Well Joel, I guess I won't stop you - put it that way") I joined him on his trip to Flight Centre in-case his trip sounded like something I'd want to join in on.

His brief to the travel consultant was not incredibly focussed ("I'm thinking of skiing or something tropical") but with a bit of discussion Phuket, Thailand was decided on. It did sound pretty fun - so I also decided to join in on the adventure. So it's a week in Thailand for Jules and I in about three weeks time



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