This is the final part of my JBR. The earlier parts were “Do it Yourself Phi Phi in a Day” and “Gibbons – No photos”. I also did a report on the abomination which was the Sydictive Element Dance Party at New Year.
This was our fourth trip to Phuket. The first was almost by accident when we were dropped off in Phuket for a day on a cruise from Singapore. Since then we have returned each year at New Year because this is the only time we can grab annual holidays and because Phuket is such an electric, happy place at that time.
Because we had first-timer friends with us, we went to some favourites. We went to Big Buddha and Wat Chalong where we let off some firecrackers in the kiln to bring good luck. It seemed to work as our trip went like clockwork with the exception only of the Sydictive Element Dance Party which caused us to move from our apartment for 2 nights to a quieter part of town so that we could get some sleep.
We also went with John Gray’s for a day where three cooks worked hard all day while we canooed and swum around and admired the scenery, to produce the most delicious lunch and dinner. We hired a car and driver for a day and went to the Monkey Temple where we also saw the huge reclining Buddha, Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, Phuket Town, the Portuguese houses, the weekend market. We also went to Mom Tri’s for dinner – superb food, service, views and atmosphere and value for money.
We spent Christmas day taking the Andaman Wavemaster to Phi Phi, then hiring a longtail boat and going up to Laemtong Beach for Christmas lunch at Jasmin Restaurant. I wrote separately about this under “Do It Yourself Phi Phi in a Day”. The best day “ever”.
Now that Table Tennis is an Olympic Sport it seems the Thai people are getting right behind it judging by the number of small placards in Bangla Road promoting “Ping Pong”. My poor night vision did not allow me to read the small print on the placards – nor did my partner.
We are now back at home waiting to see which one of us will be the first of us to say “Lets go back again next year.” I will probably be the first to break - I can’t wait much longer.