There are tons of things to do around Phuket. On our first full day there, we chose to not do any of them. We just relaxed and stayed in town.
We rented these chairs for the morning for 100฿ each, or about S$5. There was a little stand on the beach that sold beer for 70฿ a bottle. Vendors kept coming up to us to try and sell us things like aloe vera and coconut gel for sunburns, beer and snacks, water, jewelry, dresses, bedspreads, tablecloths and headbands.
The power lines in Phuket are such an eyesore. They are hung right in front of businesses and store fronts and buzz and snap loudly in some places. Not only do they look dangerous, but they also look ugly.There are tsunami evacuation signs everywhere along the beach. We wondered if there were this many before the big tsunami in 2004. There were also signs for a tsunami evacuation drill that was to take place on Monday (yesterday).
We had a late lunch on Saturday at a little hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant down an alley off Thaweewong Road (the road along the beach). There was only Thai food on the menu, yet the decor was all from Holland. The magazines on the wall were in Dutch, as were most of the signs inside. The women working in the restaurant were all Thai, too. Odd decor aside, they served the best Massaman curry ever! I'll have to get the name of the place and share it when we go back.
This cat was sitting under the tables of the restaurant. He was sitting in the chair next to me for a while, too. I think he belonged to the restaurant.
These little trucks are called tuk tuks and are essentially like motorized rickshaws. Walking along the sidewalks of Phuket, tuk tuk drivers will always shout "Tuk tuk!" as you pass them, offering their services. We didn't take a tuk tuk anywhere because we mostly stayed in town. They are funny looking little cars, and at night some of them light up inside and blast music as they drive passengers around.
Phuket has a wide selection of places to eat besides Thai restaurants. Although the Thai food is amazing and my mouth is watering just thinking about the delicious curry we had earlier that day.
Day 3, coming up!