We boarded plane mid-afternoon headed for Phuket. The lady next to me hogged the window seat, but made up for it by giving me some pearl earrings and laughing at my face as I looked down on the area.
But just look at the place:
Whereas I have seen a grand total of zero mosques in Isaan, they were everywhere in the south. Rubber trees, and giant mountains jutting up out of nowhere, next to the sea. One of the most odd and delightful combinations of scenery that I have ever experienced.
Our time in the South was Split between Krabi and Phuket. There was a bunch of general confusion about where things were and what was and was not open during the rainy season, but overall, things worked out. And I took so. many. pictures. This entry will probably be more like a photo album with commentary. To start, we went sea kayaking!
Then on to a beach that evening when we attempted to take a long boat ride but were thwarted in a number of ways.
I'M ON A BEACH. WITH A BEER. IN THAILAND.
We left Krabi for somewhere actually ON a beach... Patong Beach on Phuket island, to be specific.
More skidoos than anyone could ever want.
Our new hotel was awesome. They even left us a fruit plate.
The next major adventure was island hopping on a speedboat. This was SUPERB.
But it was very hard to take photos from a bouncy speedboat.
NO MATTER--LOOK AT THAT WATER. I mean, if you can even see it. You know, because it is the clearest water I have ever seen.
Daddy, wishing he owned another boat.
That's right! no stopping at this island.
Monkey being cliché.
Monkey being a litterer
How they collect the spittle-nests of a certain bird to make bird's nest soup.
The way down that we did not take.
The beach out of the movie The Beach. I've never seen it.
We did not drink these drinks.
The south was stunningly beautiful. We were lucky to go during the low season when there were much fewer people than normal. I don't think I could have stood those beaches if they were packed. We also managed to avoid the rain except for the occasional afternoon shower. Even with all of that, though, it was hard to find what I have come to know as "Thailand" to share with Daddy. That would have to wait till we met the Northeast.
Daddy, studying up on the plane.