From Laos, we headed back to Thailand – but instead of going back to Bangkok, we went to Phuket!
Anyone you ask has a different opinion about this mystical place based on their mentality.
One person will say it’s dirty, loud and full of tourists.
Another will say it’s like Candyland for adults, filled with locals and friends and all sorts of naughtiness!
I think it’s a mixture of both.
Here’s what we did:
We climbed up onto a platform of wood and bamboo to wait for our elephant and the man who would guide us through our adventure. Even before we started to move we felt rather insecure, perched up there, with only a rope as a “seatbelt”. Slowly we moved off. I was all grins and happiness! At first the ride seemed fairly smooth, but soon we were traversing the slopes of the jungle through narrow pathways. It was like a fair ground ride – I was thrilled and exited and scared stiff at the same time!
Experience Loy Krathong Festival, Thailand’s “festival of lights”. Before sending off our krathongs afloat, we had to light our candles and incense sticks that came with the floats we bought. With the glowing candles and burning incense, not just our prayers and wishes were offered up, but our troubles were carried away. We watched the flickering light diminishing down the stream, as long as we could. I was so glad to be able to experience one of Thailand’s beautiful traditions.
Fell in love with thai-style omelette as well as all the other traditional dishes!
Enjoyed live bands with majority of them being Filipino singers!
Most of the tuk-tuks in Phuket are funky and colorful, and have music blasting from speakers fit for a stadium not a car.
As hectic as Patong looks during the day, it gets a hellovalot hecticer at night. A few words come to mind when I think about Bangla Road:
Colorful, confusing, intoxicated, a night to remember than you actually won’t, how did she do that, loud, an experience, woman or man…the list goes on and on.
Everywhere you look: bar, restaurant/bar, go-go bar, tailor shop/bar, dentist/bar… the way alcohol flows here you’d think it was going out of fashion. Soon it was time to go home, a few dollar’s poorer, but with a bag filled with stories and memories that will last a lifetime!