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Phuket, Thailand – Day 5

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DAY 2 Part One
DAY 2 Part Two
DAY 3 Part One
DAY 3 Part Two
DAY 4

The last day of my Thailand trip! Our flight was in the late afternoon so we spent the morning visiting another nearby resort that belonged to Millennium. Millennium Patong Resort is a laidback version of Millennium Patong Hotel. It doesn’t mean that the hotel is any less luxurious though.

Millennium Patong Resort.
Millennium Patong Resort.

I especially love the floor to ceiling mirror in the room.

Floor to ceiling mirror.
i <3 me.

Relatively famous.
I like relativity.

After the hotel tour, I sneaked in a swim at my hotel’s pool before packing. Put on the 250 Baht dress I bought from a Patong trader and left for Phuket International Airport.

Me and Kellster.
Me and Kellster, just before leaving.

Our flight was of course delayed for about an hour and because of that I bought an overpriced book to keep myself amused.

By the 5th page, it was boarding time. Damn -_-

Well, I had a wonderful time in Krabi and it’s all thanks to See Tho :)

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Phuket, Thailand – Day 4

DAY 1
DAY 2 Part One
DAY 2 Part Two
DAY 3 Part One
DAY 3 Part Two

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.

Bridges.
New and old bridges.

Sea and boats.
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.

Phuket See Tho.
Notice the gold plated letters? They’re actual gold!

Goofing.
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.
Slicing ginger (really slowly).

Pounding.
Pounding. PICTURE BY NIGEL.

Smash out the flavour!
Smash out the flavour!

Chef wannabes.
Chef wannabes. PICTURE TAKEN BY NIGEL.

Our masterpiece - Tom Yam.
Our masterpiece – Tom Yam.

Our 2nd masterpiece - Mango Salad.
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.

Welcome drink.
Welcome mocktails.

Lobby.
Hotel’s lounge.

Hugging the ball.
Hugging the ball.

Nice room.
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 :)

View from my room.
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!

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Surat Thani, Thailand – Day 3 (Part Two)

DAY 1
DAY 2 Part One
DAY 2 Part Two
DAY 3 Part One

After Kiriwon village, we went to Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat town. Also known as the temple with no shadows, it is the most important temple in Southern Thailand. I borrowed a jacket from See Tho’s assistant because I thought I was revealing a little too much flesh, heh.

The moment we stepped into the temple’s compound, we were greeted by a huge flock of pigeons.

It was right out of a Hitchcock’s film!

Me and Nigel.
Me and Nigel amongst the feathered ones. TAKEN BY KY.

Birds!
Birds!

See Tho
See Tho being friendly with the birdies.

Apparently the year that shadows were seen at the temple was the year Kiriwon was hit by the floods.

Temple.
Temple with no shadows and its gold covered tip.

Chedi-s.
Hindu-style Chedi-s.

Gold covered buddha.
Gold leaves.

At the end of the temple tour, I got myself a Fanta Orange.

Fanta orange.
Sipping Fanta Orange. Taken by KY.

After a day of learning and pseudo pilgrimage, we were treated to retail therapy as a reward. We arrived at a street in Nakhon Si Thammarat town known for silver jewelleries.

Shopping!
All these shops are selling silver jewelleries.

Blings.
Blings.

I bought a couple of earrings as souveniers. Alas, it’s dinner time. From Nakhon Si Thammarat we headed towards Surat Thani town for food, which was not very far.

The path heading towards the restaurant was peppered with stalls selling fresh and salted seafood. There were also many stalls selling fresh oysters. Huge ones and dirt cheap!

Osyters.
15-5 Baht per oyster! That’s RM 1.50 for one XL sized oyster 0_0.

Turn left here.
I’d love to name the restaurant but it’s all Thai! Just turn left if you happened to stumbled upon this place. Hehe

There were houses on stilts on both sides of the bridge which connected the restaurant to the bank.

Houses on stilts.
Houses on stilts.

And if you looked down, you’d see a sea of empty oyster shells.

Oyster shells.
Empty oyster shells.

Of course, we had to have oysters for dinner. See Tho advised us against eating them raw as sometimes, the sources are quite suspicious.

Steamed oysters.
Steamed oysters.

Garnished with chilli, deep fried onions and herbs.
Garnished with chilli, deep fried onions and herbs.

We also had the customary crabs, prawns, fish, tomyam and vegetables. As usual, See Tho had pulled it off again as dinner was par excellence.

We ended Day 3 with a trip to Ta Pi River to watch fireflies. We got into a charming long boat, put on the life jackets and headed into the dark. According to this site, long boats can be chartered at 300 Baht an hour at Bandon Pier.

Tired.
Could I look anymore tired than this? PICTURE BY ANDY.

Three stooges.
Three stooges. Me, Kellster and Nigel. PICTURE BY ANDY.

It was an incredible experience! I have seen fireflies in Sabah but the experience was nothing close to what I had in Surat Thani. The trees literally lit up like Christmas trees. There were so many of them!!

Due to the lack of lighting, it was near impossible to take any picture. This is about the closest I could get that evening.

Fireflies.
If you’re in Surat Thani, you must absolutely check out the fireflies.

We retired to 100 Islands Resort, a humble hotel in Surat Thani. The best thing about the place was 24-hour Internet for 100 Baht!

Day 4 soon! :)

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