Beautiful Kamala and awful Patong
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March 16th, 2008 – by: Pearl510
Once having breakfast I feel a lot better. The beetle in the hallway has dissapeared and I'm just loving my toast and eggs. It is again a wonderful day and it is so hard to imagine that tomorrow all this will be just a memory. But no more time to loose. I say goodbye to the waiters and start of on a walk to Kamala. When I got my introduction on the first day here in Phuket, the tourrep told me Kamala is way to far to walk. But I can see Kamala from upon the beach in front of the hotel, and it doesn't look that far of.
Kamala is beautiful. On the end most close to the hotel there are many little longtailboats waiting to be hired by tourists. They lay so picturesque there in the water, them alone are worth the walk up here. Further on the real beach starts. There are many little beach huts where you can hire a chair and a parasol. As I don't know which vendor to choose I keep on walking. When almost at the far and of the coastline I notice there is a guy strolling in front of me for quite some time now. He is alone, just like me, and clearly not checking out the renting stalls.
The view is amazing here. Just in front of me there is a little piece of water bordered of to keep jet skis and boats of from the "swimming zone". But they are useless really, as there is no jet ski nor boat to be seen. The sea is perfectly quite, and so is the beach. Not even half of the chairs are rented and it turns out most tourist stay at the other side of Kamala, to save the walk up here. Or that is what I think is the reason. I expected beaches in touristy Phuket to be more crowded, so I'm looking for a reason why this isn't so. But whatever, I'm glad I came to the beach today.
It was a good choice. I've put myself in the shade of two parasols, drink next to me, pure shores in front of me, quietness all around. I went swimming quite a lot to. Floating on my back watching the blue of the sky. Just lovely. At 3 pm I notice I might be a bit burned, which is strange as I've been in the shade for almost all the time. I've just been drying up in the sun for 10 minutes, that's all. But when I put my hand against my belly skin I can feel it glow, so I decide it might be better to return to the hotel. Besides, I got a bit bored after almost 5 hours on a beach chair.
After showering and again discovering that I am ones again burned a lot (floating around has given the same effect as snorkeling, but now on my front) I lay down in the bed for a second.
Patong is hell. I'm sorry to feel this way about it but I do. As soon as I start walking down the street vendors come up to me. Every two seconds, no kidding, some guy wants to shake hands. They all do the same "Were you from?" "Hello, do I know you" "Want to come in miss?". The taxi driver should have warned me for them. They are so pushy! I don't know if it is because I'm alone but they just won't give up trying. The first ten times I did actually reply to them "I'm from Belgium" "Not interested, thank you". But I gave up quickly. I swear, I can't stop for two seconds here. If I do, I get surrounded by people trying to sell me stuff. What is wrong with this place. Even when taking a picture, they just come up to you, stand in front you, showing you their shop. They piss me of, and after a good 15 minutes I don't try anymore to look friendly.
The heat in Patong is heavy, the city stinks and the noise is awful. So many cars and people. Drunk people in the bars, pushy people in the shops, unfriendly people in the restaurants. I planned to have dinner here but I've changed my mind. I'm no longer hungry. I flee the streets to get a chance to sit at peace for a second, so I get up to the beach. This is just next to one of the main roads, how exotic, and just next to the noise and the dirt. The sunset is nice but the view is not. Too many chairs, to many litter in the sand, to many boats and jet skis drifting away after a busy day. This place looks like a Spanish costa, and I hate it. I didn't mean to, but I'm fed up.
Standing in front of the reception of the hotel, I decide to make the best of what's left of the night. I've seen this little bar at the beach just down the hill from the first day, but I haven't visited it yet. They have about 8 little tables on the sand, and a wooden stall where they make cocktails and sell food. This is the place from where I watched Kamala beach just after arriving here, and took my first picture of the clear water that I adore so much. It is peaceful here. Still sad I sit down at one of the tables, gazing over the water while it is getting dark. I tell the waitress I just want a drink, as my stomach doesn't feel like eating anymore.
Jason and Helen are lovely people really. We chat at length over our diner, which is just as the cocktails, splendid and cheap. They've been in Phuket for 2 days now, staying a bit more and then go to Bangkok for some time. They are taking the Phi Phi cruise tomorrow so I warn them about some people getting sick on the boat and tell my stories about the beautiful islands.
After all, yes, it was perfect.
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