Aquarium, Take 3.
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May 13th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
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.
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.
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!
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