A little business with the Phuket police.
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May 4th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
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.
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 didnâ€™t have the exact Elph I wanted.
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.
Along the way we were treated to wonderful views, as the road climbed high when it wasnâ€™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 ï¿½" on the other side of the island! Neither of us can figure out how that happened.
In the evening we ate at Mama Tiâ€™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 youâ€™d find in either of those cities, Iâ€™ll give Mama Tri that. But the food wasnâ€™t better and prices just werenâ€™t warranted.
We both went to bed feeling (again) we might need to bail out early on Phuket, even though weâ€™re paid up for the month. Itâ€™s just too touristy and too expensive. Hopefully tomorrowâ€™s dive trip will change our minds!
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