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Phuket – Day 1

We got to Phuket via plane from Bangkok on Thai Airways, it was actually a very nice airline, which included a small breakfast meal – and it was only a 1 hour flight! Phuket, ah… what to say, what to say without being offensive to this little gem of a city or without getting too ‘adult’. Lets just say Phuket is the Vegas Epcot center of Thailand, whatever you were into or fascinated by or shocked by was in Phuket. The ‘legal’ side of the sex industry was apparent, 1 out of every 10 people/couples walking down the street was an older, overweight, balding western man and his thai ‘girlfriend’. Eventually I was able to ignore it, but it took awhile to stop being grossed out before that happened. Phuket by day – by day you are constantly, literally constantly, accosted walking down the street by vendors of clothing, food, tuk tuk drivers, and taxi drivers. Vendors want to sell you ‘lucky elephant’, restauranteurs want to sell you ‘cheap meal’, and tuk tuk & taxi drivers want to know ‘where you going?’. Eventually you learn to overcome your instinct of smiling and saying ‘no, thanks’ but after a couple attempts at this you learn that engaging them with eye contact or any words only brings more accosting. So after a couple of hours in Phuket you learn to just ignore them,, it seems cruel, but it is a much needed act of self preservation, self sanity protection. Phuket by night – by night you are also constantly bombarded, but by a different crowd, the vendors, restauranteurs and drivers continue to harass your sidewalk stroll, but now a new crowd from Th. Bangla chimes in to offer many more unnecessary purchasable commodities, lets keep it PG and just say you can use your imagination if you picture the red light district of Amsterdam combined with the Vegas strip combined with a third-world feeling of seediness. Needless to say, we did not partake in the offerings of the nightly accosters, so you must just use your imagination about what kind of tales could be told here. We stayed at The Sea in Patong Beach, it was a very cheap hotel that offered little in amenities compared to the amazing grandeur of SIam@Siam, but it was a great way to stay close to the city and beach and spend little money. Although there was no room service and the room felt constantly damp and humid, it was well worth $25 a night! So after a full day of traveling and sight seeing, we crashed at the hotel with plans to check out a local beach the next day.

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