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November 6, 2006 11:32 AM

Crazy Phuket

IMG_0702[1]PHUKET, THAILAND - I picked Phuket as our first destination in Thailand for two reasons; it was close and I'd heard of it. I'd had this vision that Thailand was full of secluded and laid back beaches. I had visions of clear water and hammocks dancing through my dreams.

If you've ever been to Phuket, you can imagine my shock as we arrived late last Friday night. The last 3 days have been reminiscent of our time in Cabo San Lucas; way back in Mexico.

The recent coup, combined with the lingering effects of the Tsunami have made the street hawkers and touts desperate to sell you everything and anything; A stark contrast to the laid back Malaysians. There's even a Tsunami: Wave of Destruction the DVD it out in force on the streets, though I'm sure they've pirated it from themselves.

We've stayed long enough to get the obligatory Phi Phi Island photos and are ready to move on (I'll upload them when I get a chance).

These quiet, relaxed beaches that everybody keeps talking about must be out there somewhere. Tomorrow we set off to find them.


Jonathan said:

Hey Ryan... I've seen these timers that some websites have and I think you should get one. You could have one that shows how many days, hours, minutes and seconds that you've been away. That way I could stare at it at work with the seconds ticking by wondering why I didn't join you.

November 7, 2006 02:13 PM
Jason said:

Is that my photo from Maya beach?? You should check out Thong Nai Pan beach on Ko Phangan. A nice break from the full-moon partiers. I know you're on Samui now, so you might want to check it out. the beach is only accesible by 4X4.

November 10, 2006 07:04 AM
Ryan said:

It was your picture. Your pics of Phi Phi were better than mine. I've just swapped it for a picture of a bar scene. I my mind it's more representative of my time in Phuket.

November 11, 2006 05:02 AM
Jamie said:


Oh dear, you came to Phuket, but you only found Patong. You are right, the quiet beaches are out there, but you have to make an effort to go and find them. Patong is not Phuket. On the other hand, you will struggle to find the "travelers ideal beach" here (you know, the one with beach bungalows, a groovy little bar and cool people just chilling).


November 28, 2006 10:49 AM