We left Surat Thani in the morning and made our way to Phuket. It was about 3.5 hours journey in a car. During the drive, we stopped at a bridge to check out the scenery. The smaller bridge on the right was built in the WW2 era.
New and old bridges.
Sea and boats.
We arrived at See Tho’s Phuket office as the man himself had arranged for us a Thai cooking class. I was really looking forward to it because I’ve never been in a cooking class.
Notice the gold plated letters? They’re actual gold!
Fooling around while See Tho was working. PICTURE TAKEN BY KY.
We were taught to cook tomyam (red and clear) and mango salad.
Slicing ginger (really slowly).
Pounding. PICTURE BY NIGEL.
Smash out the flavour!
Chef wannabes. PICTURE TAKEN BY NIGEL.
Our masterpiece – Tom Yam.
Our 2nd masterpiece – Mango Salad.
Then, we sat down for lunch that we made ourselves! Of course, there were also grilled crabs and fried noodles and grilled fish that were already prepared by See Tho’s staff. Hehe.
After lunch, it was time to check into a new hotel, Millennium Patong. It was attached to Jungceylon, a popular shopping complex in Phuket. Lovely, 5 star luxe :)
We were welcomed with some lovely lime based mocktails. Very sour but I loved it.
Hugging the ball.
My room at Millennium Patong.
It would have been perfect if it weren’t for some really noisy kids running up and down my hallway. Eventually I opened my door and scolded them. Golden silence since :)
The view from my balcony.
It was a day to chill. No more activities lined up except dinner. Well, dinner was at a Shogun-like japanese buffet restaurant, which was nothing to shout about. That’s why I’m not posting any picture of the dinner. I guess See Tho wanted to give us a break from Thai food overload but I would have been very happy to eat more Thai food.
After dinner, it was back to the hotel and more free & easy time. It rained for a while so we hung out at Jungceylon till the rain stopped. After that, we went to Patong to check out the night scene and do some shopping. As I’ve already been to Patong before, I decided to skip the night life and head straight for the shops but the thing with travelling in pack is that someone will always manage to disappear without informing anyone and expect other people to be constantly keeping track of him/her. So anyway a lot of time was wasted waiting and finding this person so many shops had closed by the time I decided to just like, f-k this s-t.
I did manage to snag a couple of lovely tops. My mission to find the shop where I got bikinis for 100 Baht a pair failed too (thanks Nigel and Kellster for accompanying me!) :(
We walked so much that by the time we got back to the hotel, I was already majorly pooped. Yeah, it was a lovely sleep.
Stay tuned for my last day in Thailand!