We found the desk for a mini bus and bought 2 tickets (which actually turned out cheaper than our driver). Our time in Phuket would be spent a little differently than the rest of the trip as we were meeting up with Justin’s sister Emily and her friend Brooke – which might have been why I was getting a little over excited as our mini bus pulled up to take us to Patong Beach.
We checked into Bamboo Beach hotel and were absolutely stoked with our room, we had booked online but because it was only $13 a night, we really weren’t getting our hopes up. Instead of what we expected, we had a clean resort style room, with a super comfortable bed, a veranda and A SWIMMING POOL. Basically we felt like a King and Queen.
We met up with the girls and walked down Patong’s main strip for the night, we instantly knew we would love it here, even if it is over-run by tourists.
We have been in Phuket for a full 2 weeks, so I’m not going to bore you with the endless days we have spent by the pool or just walking the streets, instead ill just include the days where we actually did something that will excite you, otherwise it would take you a long time to read this one post.
On one of our first days in Patong we decided we would all head to the Tiger Kingdom. We decided to get the package to see the Large, Medium and Small Tigers, whilst the girls got the same plus the Smallest Cubs. The experience is something we will never forget. Not only was it surreal to be up so close to such a beautiful animal, the keepers were hilarious, and loved Aussies. I was pretty happy to see the state of the area, and the way the keepers interacted with the tigers was really special.
My Dad would be proud to know we requested AC/DC, with his reply being "it's too early", but after a few times he played it, even if he did murder it. After that a fire dancer came out and went crazy with his batons and chains. After many cocktail buckets we decided it was time to check out the show, we asked the guy at the bar where to find one, to which he was shocked.. But he knew where we had to go. Once we were on the right road it was super easy to find a show, people are literally standing there shoving ping pongs in your face (with their hands thankfully) and asking you to come to their show.
I don’t really know what to say about the show/don’t know how much I would be allowed to put on the blog and if you don’t know what a ping pong show is, don’t ask, because you’ll think less of us all. It was pretty amazing, and if you could try and not focus on what was actually happening, you realised it took a whole lot of talent to carry it out. Even if it is a disgusting, degrading talent.
Justin loved it and was cheering on the side he picked before each fight. The first round was kids, no more than 8 years old, at first I thought it wasn’t too bad, because they couldn’t have much force behind their kicks, that’s when I saw the huge bump on one kids head and the blood coming from the other ones lip. The older the fighters got the better it became, and the less on-edge I was about the whole thing. During the night there were 2 knockouts and one pretty bad knee injury.
I was thankful that no one was taken out on a stretcher like the previous night.
We decided one night we would book tickets for the lady boy show, which was pretty funny, even if Justin wasn’t really impressed to be there. I was pretty distracted the whole show though, looking for bumps and amazed when there wasn’t any. I wouldn’t want to be a single guy in Thailand; looks can be very, very deceiving.
The scenery around the islands was absolutely beautiful; the water was so refreshing and clear. The people on our boat were super annoying and rude to the instructor, which ruined the day a little bit, but I guess that’s to be expected when you cram 45 people onto one boat.
Before we knew it the time had come to say good-bye to Emily and Brooke. It was so good having people we knew around us, must have been nice for Justin to have a bit of a break aswell…
For the few days we had in Phuket after the girls left we decided to do a cooking class at a local restaurant called ‘Number 9 2nd’. The class isn’t something they do all the time and it was only offered as I was asking them for some information on where we could do one. We were so lucky to be let into the kitchen; it was amazing to see how they cook every day, we were even luckier to have such a fun experience with the chef, Guy, who loved teaching us and telling us about his life. The kitchen was so beautifully clean and everything was neat (which I was thankful for considering we had ate there so many times). We cooked two dishes, Pad Si Ew and a Green Curry, both were so delicious and super easy to make.
Nothing like South East Asia.