A little business with the Phuket police.

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Me renting a car from... a Phuket policeman?
We were finally able to rent a car today… freedom! Well, a kind of freedom anyway. The car can’t be taken off the island, so we are still trapped on Phuket. But it’s a step in the right direction!

I ended up giving up on Hertz and renting instead from one of those small shops that sells t-shirts and leases scooters and cars. The contract is a little light in detail and favors the lessor just slightly. I believe if the car is damaged in any way I must pay out slightly less than my life savings and maybe a kidney as well. It must be on the up and up though, as  the man who wrote up the paperwork was wearing a gun and an official-looking uniform. A member of the police force doing a little moonlighting, perhaps?

The car itself was not exactly rental-ready.
Checking out the Vomit Car.
It was dirty inside and out and stunk of vomit. It’s very possible this is just some guy’s car and not necessarily a member of a rental fleet. Oh well, I am just happy to have wheels!  

I think I did a fine job driving back to the apartment, especially considering I was sitting on the right side and driving in the left lane. (I had to keep telling myself, Look Right! Drive Left! lest the car wander over to the other side, where it really, really wanted to be.) The minute we dropped off the scooter at home it started to rain buckets. Great timing!

Our first mission was to find a replacement for my lost Elph, which we did in Central Festival mall just outside Phuket Town. Big C had a pretty good selection of cameras, but they didn’t have the exact Elph I wanted.
That man is robbing me! Buying a camera at Big C.
Instead I got a waterproof, shockproof Olympus. It’s kind of heavy, and feels like it could withstand a sledgehammer blow. The jury is still out on the quality of shots. It was hard to give it a fair trial in the rainy, gray light of the day. The thing was priced way too high, of course. But what was I to do? I needed a camera so they had me.   

From there we stopped to buy super-powered air freshener for the Vomit Car. Then we drove around Phuket Town a bit. It was mainly shut up due to it being Sunday. On the way back home we decided to detour to check out some of the beaches north of us (see, when you have a CAR you make a spur-of-the-moment change in plan like that), so off we went to Karon beach, then Karon Noi, and then Patong.
Patong beach in the rain.
Patong beach is really built up and quite busy for low season. The bars were full of tourists driven from the beach by the rain.

Along the way we were treated to wonderful views, as the road climbed high when it wasn’t following alongside a beach. We went as far as Surin Beach, then decided to turn around and head home. This should have been a straight shot south along the coast, but I somehow ended up back in Phuket Town �" on the other side of the island! Neither of us can figure out how that happened.

In the evening we ate at Mama Ti’s Boathouse. It overlooked the beach, with cute little Poo Island just out front. It was completely gorgeous. The service was especially attentive, but the food was mediocre. And the bill? Astounding. It was high by Chicago standards. Heck, this would have been an expensive meal in New York. The view was better than you’d find in either of those cities, I’ll give Mama Tri that. But the food wasn’t better and prices just weren’t warranted. 

We both went to bed feeling (again) we might need to bail out early on Phuket, even though we’re paid up for the month. It’s just too touristy and too expensive. Hopefully tomorrow’s dive trip will change our minds!

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Checking out the Vomit Car.
Checking out the Vomit Car.
That man is robbing me! Buying a c…
That man is robbing me! Buying a …
Patong beach in the rain.
Patong beach in the rain.
Ready to start the day!
Ready to start the day!
Mango stop!
Mango stop!
My new Olympus!
My new Olympus!
People riding scooter in the rain.
People riding scooter in the rain.
Boats just outside Phuket Town.
Boats just outside Phuket Town.
Pier.
"Pier."
Boats just outside Phuket Town.
Boats just outside Phuket Town.
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People enjoying the water despite…
Its a Shell Station. Kind of.
It's a Shell Station. Kind of.
View of Poo Island from Mama Tis …
View of Poo Island from Mama Ti's…
View of beach from Mama Tis Boath…
View of beach from Mama Ti's Boat…
Mama Tis Boathouse. (The last sho…
Mama Ti's Boathouse. (The last sh…
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