Phuket Town, Thailand & Singapore

Yet another nice surprise that Phuket wheeled out. Given the floods in Bangkok and the two day trek it would have taken me overland through Malaysia, the easiest way back to Singapore was via Phuket International. Which is how we found ourselves in Phuket Town for one night.

There’s nothing spectacular here but it’s streets and architecture make it. We stayed in one of the hugest double rooms I’ve ever seen, with arching balconies and French shutters, just like an old châteaux. Yes, i’m savoring every last bit of romance I can, as sadly this was goodbye for M and I.

A blurry, sobbing, tear-streaked two hours later and i’m back in a pouring down, depressingly grey Singapore, much like my sad mood.  The whole city around Boat Quay is hibernating as it’s a National Holiday. Apparently the party mood is over in Little India which is busy celebrating the Festival of Light. Everything else is closed for the day. I’m glad I picked up some (hideous) 50 baht (£1) shoes yesterday so that I don’t have to brave chilly Japan/China in flipflops. Singapore is so different from the electric atmosphere of the F1 a month ago. But it’s fine by me. I hide out in my bed till a 5am taxi back to the airport at dawn.

Upps – I Totally forgot to do this, so here it is…


Where I stayed: Price of Wales Boat Quay/The Drop Inn Two Boon Keng

Love: The view of Boat Quay after dark view from ‘My Spot’ (The steps outside Raffles Place MRT near the Boletto sculpture) Fort Canning Park, Floor two of Bugis Market, the old photo prints inside the shopping mall at Marina Bay Sands, the pancake egg mayo things i’m addicted too from the stall near the MRT, the Sinapore slings and view of the F1 track from Altitude Bar.

Dislike: The fact that first MRT is at 6.01 and AirAsia schedual their flights before that meaning a $27 taxi one expensive morning in October. Little India. Slumming it in Boon Keng for the price hike F1 weekend.


Where I stayed: Khao San Palace Bangkok/M&K Guesthouse Patong Beach Phuket, Tong Tip Mansions Koh Samui, Pong Phen Kanchanaburi, White Sand Resort Koh Samet, JJ October Koh Phi Phi, Talang Guest House Phuket Town.

Love (and always will) Khao San shopping, the rooftop pool at the Bangkok Palace; the best curries at the ‘Burmese’ place on Koh Pgan Yan, our $50 baht food stall just behind KSR, the hidden mirage bakery Koh Samet, the chocolate moose to end all choc mooses Phuket Town.

Less so: Full Moon Party (Off the cuff is more fun), the aweful floods and everyone affected by them at the moment, Koh Samui and anyone involved in the hiring of Mopeds there, Ping pong shows.
 : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

Blasts From The Past…

October 2011

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