We had moved the time we go away from Mr Mitch’s birthday / our wedding anniversary (only a wise woman does not give a forgetful man another date to remember!!), and this year our stay included my 7.28*7.28 birthday. So we had pre planned a meal with Mrs and Mr RingO at Two Chefs at some time during the trip, and realising it was my birthday we went out to celebrate the eve of my birth! The food is very good, and if you fancy an evening of very nice food away from Thai cuisine then this is the place to go. It is not the cheapest of places, but for a special evening [as ours was] it was just perfect. Topped off by a surprise cake with its own firework, delivered with the happy birthday song by the staff and other clientals! Lovely evening indeed!
After the lovely pre-birthday meal with Mr & Mrs RINGO, it was an early to bed [shock to Mr Mitch’s system], as we had an early start in the morning on another Phuket Sail Boat Tour. This time the Sail Boat Hong tour. Woke to grey skies and drizzle – just like being at home, only a lot warmer!
The bus came on time, and then the 45min run to Ao Po where the sail boat is anchored. Rained most of the way. Transferred us from the beach to the “SAKAI” on the little dingy. The dingy outboard decided to be naughty all day. Ever prepared Captain Mark and Captain Eck had a spare, which also decided to play up. This proved really frustrating for Mark, added to which [Mrs Clumsy that I am] I knocked his pipe in the sea . . . trust me! I was told that this was a keelhauling offence . . .
The day [my birthday] was not much spoilt by the weather [the one thing even Captain Mark can’t control], as it meant that every other tour or long tail boat was trying to be in the same place at similar times and see the hongs and caves on the sheltered side of the island. However, it did not spoil the day and added to the fun of trying not to fall over other tourists in the dark caves who are not given their own torches as we were!! We also walked into one cave where top end make up, beautiful dresses, high heels and fabulous hair styles where being modelled and photographed, I did wonder if we had walked into the making of a porn movie . . . .
The weather got better during the day, and we even managed to raise the sails on the way back, which was fun!!
We went for a meal afterwards with Mr & Mrs Mark at a local thai food restaurant, Emmy Thai Food. Very good food. The bar had a Karaoke on going during the evening. Now I can’t sing. I know I can’t sing, so I try not to inflict my singing on too many [although my work colleagues might say otherwise, as my rendition of Abide With Me is known far and wide], but every the entairner Mark did a very good impression of Elvis and [my all-time favourite] Johnny Cash – much to the amusement of the local Thais, who love so see us Farengs give it a go! I was also treated to another birthday cake, which was mostly eaten by Captain Mark who has been on a diet and was doing pay back for the pipe dropped in the sea! I was eaten alive by the local mozzies, but otherwise a great evening. Got a taxi back to Kata.
What a great birthday, and one of those special few days that you keep in the memory backs for the cold dark British winters!!
Thanks guys for a memorable day!!
Our last full day in Phuket – as many last days are – was fill with not knowing what we really wanted to do!! Walked down to Kata Central / Karon, but as they sun was out at it’s full strength every single sun bed was full, and I didn’t really fancy sharing one of those little sunbeds with Mr Mitch!
Tuk Tuk back to Kata south. The tuk tuks really are starting to price themselves out of the market. It makes people like us, who would not normally even consider hiring a bike, hiring a bike as it works out cheaper!
Anyway, snoozed in the sun, swum in the sea and just relaxed until a big black cloud headed our way and we had a 30min tropical down pour! That is the time to head for a massage! So, that is just what I did. A welcome foot massage. Prices range for 300-400thb for an hour, and quality does vary.
Spent a last evening in Kata chatting with Mr & Mrs Ringo.
Never really sleep when I know we have to get up, but all 3 alarms went off and after packing, brekki and checking out we were picked up at 10am to the airport. 1200thb – what a rip off!! Still it was pay that or not!
We flew Bangkok Airways, and as a member of the FFP get an extra 10kg on the luggage and use of their lounge, so all checked in with no excess and then free drinks! Result!
Flight away on time, good flight, and some lovely views of Phang Nga bay, including James Bond Island – which I tried to photograph but you have to know what you are looking for or a very vivid imagination to see it . . .
Thanks for reading our little tales!