Aquarium, Take 3.

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Two dorks at the Phuket Aquarium.
We seem to be hitting a lot of aquariums on this trip. In Osaka, we went because we really wanted to see a whale shark. In Kuala Lumpur, we went because we needed somewhere to escape the heat. On Phuket, we went because …well, we really couldn’t think of anything else to do. It’s a small island, and we’ve been here two weeks now.

The Phuket Aquarium is by Cape Panwa, on the southeast side of the island. Uncharted territory! (We thought we had seen every corner of Phuket, but this spot somehow was overlooked.) Before visiting the fish, we ate lunch at Cape Panwa Hotel, which seemed like a very nice place. The food was good, and there was a nice breeze where we sat, near the pool.
Mr. Grouper: not the prettiest fish in the ocean.


The aquarium itself seemed a little grubby and neglected to me. The tanks needed cleaning, and I felt they were too crowded (but I always think that). Nonetheless, we entertained ourselves there for quite awhile. I would highly recommend you go -- I think they need your entrance fee!

Now what? We were both feeling so sleepy. We decided to go to the mall (Central Festival). While I bought a new tank top at Zara, Steve sat by the mall’s koi pond. He reported that it was a healthier marine exhibit than we had seen at the aquarium! I watched the lively fish darting around in their clear water, and had to agree.

On our way home, we stopped at an outdoor market just because it looked interesting. It was a ramshackle collection of tents, and there were few tourists, which is always promising.
Bins of food for sale. It smelled like curry - yum!
We strolled the aisles of food, which looked soooo tasty, and I wanted to try everything (unfortunately it seemed that everything contained meat or seafood). Vendors were selling grilled squid-on-a-stick, and there were bins of various Thai dishes on display. It wasn’t all that sanitary (lots of flies, uncovered food), but no worse than any other outdoor food market I have been to.

Steve used two simple Thai words to ask about the spiciness of the curry dish he was buying. Some people near the booth laughed, but the man knew what Steve was saying and replied that it wasn’t too hot. People laughed anytime either of us said anything in Thai, which shut me right up (I only know how to say hello and thank you anyway). Steve persisted though -- he is determined to use as much of the local language as possible, wherever we are. But…why were people laughing? This is not something we have run into in any other country (usually, there is encouragement) and it perplexed us both.   

After Steve bought his curry dish, I picked up some of that incredible, fantastic, delicious, mango-sticky rice dessert. I had to get a small portion, since I couldn’t trust myself with more. Whatever I bought, I knew I would eat right away. It is the best food ever made. It’s dessert of the gods, I tell you.

Frankly, we are counting the days until we leave Phuket. Just two days left! Tomorrow we will face tourist hell -- the tour boat to the infamous James Bond island!

cmgervais says:
Oh, I can't even think about it. That will be a 6-month project right there! Where will I find the TIME to start a new business...
Posted on: May 16, 2008
abuglio says:
More great pictures. How many iPhoto Books will this RTW cost you?
Posted on: May 15, 2008
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Two dorks at the Phuket Aquarium.
Two dorks at the Phuket Aquarium.
Mr. Grouper: not the prettiest fis…
Mr. Grouper: not the prettiest fi…
Bins of food for sale. It smelled …
Bins of food for sale. It smelled…
Me outside the Phuket Aquarium.
Me outside the Phuket Aquarium.
Me taking a picture of the turtles…
Me taking a picture of the turtle…
Yellow cichlid (aka gold fish?) at…
Yellow cichlid (aka gold fish?) a…
Lion fish at Phuket Aquarium.
Lion fish at Phuket Aquarium.
At Phuket Aquarium.
At Phuket Aquarium.
Shrimps.
Shrimps.
Me outside the Phuket Aquarium.
Me outside the Phuket Aquarium.
Bubble headed fish.
Bubble headed fish.
Goodies for sale.
Goodies for sale.
Squid on a stick. Steve had one bu…
Squid on a stick. Steve had one b…
Steve placing an order.
Steve placing an order.
At a food market just outside Phuk…
At a food market just outside Phu…
Food for sale.
Food for sale.
Fruit for sale.
Fruit for sale.
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photo by: Aclay01