(Day 152 to 155)
22.04.2010 - 25.04.2010 36 °C
The intense heat hit us the minute we set foot outside and although we were happy to finally arrive, we couldn’t wait to get to the hotel and submerse ourselves into the pool! Upon arrival we met up with Martin’s parents and it was fantastic to see family after 5 months away. Inga had very kindly organised that our gorgeous room be set up as a true honeymoon suite with orchids and candles everywhere, with some photos of our wedding spotted here and there. This was the first honeymoon vibe we felt and it felt fabulous! Also a grand upgrade from the backpackers we got so accustomed to. (We also got handed special flower necklaces on arrival!). We all headed to the pool after this and began the catch up, talking ten to the dozen and swapping news and stories.
We spent a few days relaxing at our lovely hotel (Ban Thai Resort), lying by the pool, browsing the many little shops selling imitation designer bags and the likes, and having sundowners on the beach. The Thai food is as delicious as was expected, and possible to eat as healthy or unhealthy as desired! It has to be mentioned that during our little interlude in between Peru and Thailand I (Steph) ate European/ International food and treats like it was going out of fashion. I think that it was a relief to eat familiar food and I must have put on at least 2 kilos in the process!! No regrets though, plus it is so hot here in any case that all we want is fruit and salads and gallons of water; so that will help me lose my “excess baggage” soon hopefully Martin of course remains as thin and healthy as usual, the lucky fish.
The Thai people are extremely gentle and kind, courteous, friendly and extremely good looking. The touts on the street give us a regular giggle with their exaggerated Australian accent shouting “Hi maaayyyte” and “Howzit goin’”! There has been an incredible amount of Australians in Phuket and I guess this is a popular destination for them – hence the Thai speaking “aussie”! Very funny.
We also went to see a very good Thai show called "Fantasea". It was very touristy on the outside with shops and a mini zoo etc, but the show itself was fantastic.
On Sunday morning we all took a ferry over to Ko Phi Phi Island.