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Sa-wàt-dee Kaa~! (Post #2)

In Travelings on October 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

*Updated some pictures in Sa-wàt-dee Kaa~! (Post #1)*

To Recap

After our dinner at Restaurant # 1, we strolled along the infamous Bangla road. You’ll noticed a total transformation from what it looked like in day time. A very different atmosphere all together. There are number of pubs with hundreds of people from all over the world and you’ll get to see a lot of Ts and As. It is, indeed, the most happening street ever in Phuket island (or so I think it is).

As we were ‘sibuk-ing’ taking pictures and ‘WAH-ing’ the street performers demonstrating their lil ‘magic tricks’ and ‘OO-lala-ing’ Agogo pole-dancing on the stage from far, we bumped into these two lil adorable babies. It was, as if, the lil girl was trying to ‘Woo’ the lil boy-in-pram =P No joke. They were soOo CUTE!

After the ‘OMG, you two are so adorable!’ and ‘Say Cheese!’ sessions, we head on to Dolphin World Massage Centre for Thai massage. It was only 200 Baht for one hour! So I went ahead for it with the others, and mind you, that was my first time getting a massage (yea, like after my twenty-plus-years of life …loser huh?). I must say, I enjoyed it a lot! It was ticklish at first, then turned sore-ful, but, very NiCE.

*****

Day 2 (Phuket Island, Thailand <–> [Phang Nga Island] Ao Po Pier <–> Panak Island <–> James Bond Island <–> Hong Island <–> Lawa Island <–> [Naka Island] Ao Po Pier)

We got up early in the morning and had our breakfast at the hotel’s cafe. And the tour group driver picked us up at 7:30am (blardy early isn’t it? I remember I was still half asleep) from our hotel and took us to Ao Po pier. We boarded on the high-speed craft (HSC) half an hour later and head straight to small lil islands around Phang Nga. The service was OK, light snacks, fruits and non-alcoholic drinks included, and they sell Singha beers as well.

Day 2 - Island Hopping Map

As you can see on the map-picture, our first stop was at Panak island (and it took us a blardy long ride to finally reach the island) where our ‘tour boat-guide’ gave safety instructions to everyone. We were then guided to canoe in and around the caves and lagoons of Koh Panak for sightseeing. It sounded a lil dodgy to canoe on our own, so none of us in our group did the the actual paddling; we had our own Thai canoe guy to do it all for us (yea, we’re lazy bunch =P). Two people to a canoe and a Thai guide, we paddled through the Bat cave (and I saw BATs!! It’s black in color! … duh~), Mangrove cave (where you’ll see mud skippers and a family of monkeys, if you’re lucky), and even saw rocks (in the cave) which looks like glittering and sparkly shiny ‘diamonds’ in them when you flash your torch light towards it! The colour of the water was amazing, very blue/green and the caves and the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. Also, the ‘kayaking’ session was so peaceful and tranquil and awe-inspiring. It was just amazing.

Then our second stop was at James Bond Island, which was originally and locally known as Khao Phing Kan, found fame through the Bond film, “The Man with the Golden Gun”, in 1974. The film starred Roger Moore and Christopher Lee (as the three nippled arch-villain Scaramanga) but it was the scenic topography that helped make the film into a firm Bond favourite. It also turned the previously unknown Phang Nga Bay into a major tourist attraction. We were (or rather I was) excited about the island and eagerly wanting to see the ice-cream-cone-shaped-look-a-like pinnacle where the famous “Bond” once stepped foot on.  It was packed with market stalls in middle on the beach selling corals-made-necklaces, bracelets, hats, beach wears, snacks etc. The minute we got there and stepped foot on the island, it started to drizzle for a good couple of minutes and when it finally ceased down, we went strolling around the island. And because only small amount of rain fell, the temperature at the island was extremely humid! Despite that, we managed to take photos. I was glad. Otherwise, I’ll probably be cursing and swearing all the way… =P

Us at James Bond Island (minus-ing Harry..no, not Potter, but Peh and Chau Hua)

We boarded on our rather-old-looking HSC to head to Hong Island and Lawa Island. On the boat, we had buffet lunch provided by our tour guide. The food was OK and there isn’t much to complain about it. If I remembered correctly, we had Tom Yum Kung, Thai-style fried fish, some fried vegetables and pineapples, fried chicken drumsticks,  kebabs etc. After lunch, we stopped for a swim and for those who wanted to canoe while on our way back to Ao Po pier (then to Phuket island). Most of us went for a swim and most of them wore life jacket. I remember I was happily telling Darrent that I do not need a life jacket because I know how to swim. So there I was, happily showing off my cacated-swimming skills, trying to swim from where the boat landed and anchored, to the shore. And this is the interesting part – I nearly drowned and died in Andaman sea.

*Drama*

When I half way through swimming in the “ocean”, I kinda ran out of breath =P It’s not like I was choke or something, I guess I was just being nervous. Deep blue (not very blue) sea wei~! What do you expect?!

Well, I guess the reason why I was paranoid for a while there is because I haven’t been going for swimming over the years and I guess I wasn’t ready for it that time. LOLz. I’m glad that I’m still alive and can still blog about my stupidity and laugh about it.

Yea, OK, now you can stop laughing. Thank you.

Then we spent about half-an-hour or so, swimming and showing off our swimming skills while other tourists in the tour group canoeing before heading back on our boat.

That evening , after we got back from our first-day-island-hopping tour, we had a quick shower in the hotel, then went looking (all over) up and down for Restaurant 99 to have our dinner. Some of us in the group apparently saw the restaurant was crowded with people (when we passed the stretch of road on the first day of our arrival in Phuket island) and thought the food there might be good and affordable – I mean that would, logically be the reason why it is flooded with people, right? I mean, Right?? (Hmm… come to think of it now, they are probably the unfortunate-conned-victims – just like how we ended like it).

Back to the Restaurant 99-hunting-part, we didn’t mind paying a lil extra for food that evening (since Restaurant 99 serve seafood as well); everyone seems to be ready for the gluttony fiesta! =D Besides that, we wanted to have something ‘fishy’ that day because it was Fooi Think’s birthday. We were all kinda prepared, so to speak, to spent.

So, when we finally found the place (after 1-hour search I believe), we plunged-in, sat our ass on the designated sits and quickly ordered our food (we were all like hungry ghost) . The dishes was served quite slowly, and we waited for like, hours before the waiters served us our white rice! We had to asked again and again for our rice. All of us got really annoyed and nearly gang-up with those N.O.O.B. waiters and waitresses who served us there. But of course we didn’t. We are civilised people, so, we “played” it differently =P So anyway, our rice FINALLY came to us like almost 100-years late, we gobbled on everything we had on the table. Really, like as if we’ve never eaten for centuries =P

So, after we have happily ate like a horse, we found something really disgusting in the bucket of ice cubes we ordered for our coconut drink.

What we found, you asked?

Well, a gawd-damn soaky-wet tissue paper!

We have no idea if it’s contaminated and trust me, we don’t even want to find out if it is! GOSH. We only realised it was soaking in the aluminium pail when we were  finished the whole bucket of ice. It totally grossed us out and we immediately stopped drinking and eating or even touch anything on the table. Hah! It was that horrible. Go see it, in the auto-slides attached below, for yourself .

(I feel like barfing to even just think of it now…geez!)

After our unsatisfying dinner-disaster, we went for food hunting again and bought my all-time-favorite banana-coconut-chocolate pancake! Sigh…heavenly yummy~ After that, we do some more shopping at the 100Baht per T-shirt shop and then head back to hotel to ZzZz *pig-snores* =D

It was a long day for all of us and we were all exhausted. No doubt.

I’d say the overall day 2 trip was quite interesting. Don’t you think? Especially the part where I nearly drowned (totally ignoring the tissue-in-the-ice-bucket-drama). At least I think it’s not something you get to do very often. ROFL.

Here’s the pixies of our Day 2 trip:

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As usual, stay tuned for my Day 3 post! =)

xoxo

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Sa-wàt-dee Kaa~! (Post #1)

In Travelings on October 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm

It has been two weeks since I got back from Phuket. So I thought I should blog something about it today.

I have recently joined a group of 11 ‘crazy-bf’s-friends’ to travel to Phuket, Thailand, for a five days four nights trip. I must say, it has been the most exciting yet burning-hot & semi-adventurous trip I’ve ever been to so far.

Day 1 (from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia <–> Phuket, Thailand)

We left home at about 5:45am to LCCT and board on our flight at 7:30am. Everyone got very excited when we finally made our stop at Phuket International Airport later in the morning.

However, the journey from the airport to our C & N hotel near Patong beach was a dragging one. Everyone actually fell asleep in the (hotel) van. But when we were approaching the stretch of Rat-U-Thit Song Roi Pee road, a few of us woke up and spotted on quite a number of restaurants…for our dinner galore in the evening. When it comes to food, no one could resist huh? Lol!

OK, I don’t think I should get too excited over this food-section as yet, so back to the part where we were approaching our hotel; we practically had a shock (well, to me, more like an ‘electric’ shock) when we saw the condition of ‘our’ hotel we booked online (just weeks before we depart to Phuket).

You see, this is the thing about purchasing/making orders via internet/online, you (or rather we) will never know the exact condition of the particular product or for this instance, our hotel in Phuket. We could only rely on photos and perhaps, reviews written by other ‘been-there-before-occupant’. And because of the tech-ie cameras all of us have these days, to deceive one’s eyes, is not a hard thing to do, don’t you think? So yeah, based on the affordable price rate per room per night we saw on the website, we had decided to booked our four nights stay at C&N Hotel (nope, not the resort, but the hotel).

Well, pardon me for the drama and lengthy description about online transactions, I was just making a point there. Honestly, the condition of the hotel was not bad at all on the inside. It has a rather clean lobby, comfortable room (but with crappy TV channels I would say … mostly in translated into Thai language), average cafe service from the waitresses but the food was OK. Like I said, it was a rather comfortable-stay.

So “What’s up with that ‘shock’?” you say?

I think it’s best you have a look at it …

See that cluttered/jumbled/jammed-up electric wires along the road? It’s indeed very near to the building where we were staying. Scary isn’t it?

That was why I got a “shock” to see the condition of the place where we stayed for four nights.  It was even scarier now to recall what we heard (electrocuting-sound) that night when we walk pass one of the electric post =P

Anyway, on the first day when we got there, we had our own activities after our quite-tasty lunch at the restaurant right opposite of our hotel. Couples were seen dating around Patong beach and at Jungceylon shopping mall as well as at the infamous Bangla road in Phuket island. We went out in a group of two and soon got separated into a group of … I really dunno.

A mini group of six of us departed from our hotel (the other five people left the hotel earlier to make bookings for our three-days outdoor activities which costs around 3,000 Baht per person. Just after a few minutes walk, I could feel the heat from top (the sun shining brightly) and bottom (the road). So, we made our first stop at Jungceylon shopping mall. If you fancy Thai crafts and culture-related stuffs, I’d suggest you to drop by to have a look. Loads of variety in here. Eventually, Darrent and I got splitted with the other members of the group because we were busy camwhoring…

Then after a round of window-shopping and one camera-whoring session =P, we head out and walk further down along Rat-U-Thit Song Roi Pee road to do some window-shopping (again) cum price-surveying-shopping. Later on, we went to Patong beach to take a few hot and sunny beach-scenery pictures.

We hang around for a couple of minutes to an hour and soon found ourselves super-dehydrated, so we went to Thai McDonalds and ordered a set of Samurai Thai burger. It comes with a Large soft drink – Coke  (where I remember gulping it like there’s no tomorrow) and french fries. My verdict? The pork meat tasted a lil porky which is not so much of my liking and the chilli sauce is so … weirdly-different from ours. But it was cool tho. Well, despite that, I ate ‘Samurai’ twice (or was it thrice?) when I was in Phuket. Hahaha. I guess I was just so fond of the fact that  McD Thailand serves pork burger … and you don’t get to even see that in Malaysia very often. No, I should say, At all.

Comparing this McD’s Samurai Pork Burger in Phuket, Thailand with the hot steamy pork bun I had in one of the stalls at Macao back in 2008 , I still prefer the one in Macao. Real authentic pork bun minus-ing the porky smell =)

Back to the beach, the weather was extremely humid and even my sweet-pinky-fan didn’t help cooling me down much. The sun was burning my skin that afternoon. I immediately got sun burnt – in the same square-neck-shape as my lil dress I wore that day. Damn.

Anyway, everyone was kinda exhausted after the sunny-city-explore , we decided to check-into our hotel rooms and recharge our ‘batteries’.

As dusk approaches, the ‘crazy-bf’s-friends’ and I began to emerge, and of course, like hungry wolves, we were ready to eat. We went for food hunting and have successfully set our target at Restaurant Number 1; just right across the road (from our hotel). The food we had turned out OK. Not so much on the Tom Yum Kung but I like that green curry chicken!

Hmm … I’m missing you, Green Curry Chicken @@”

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Come back soon to see Day 2 post =)