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Tsunami Memorial

After clawing ourselves away from our lovely hotel room in Phi Phi, we took a ferry across to Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Having spent time in some heavily-developed tourist areas on the islands so far, we fancied a bit of peace and quiet, if we could find any. Although much of Phuket was hit by the tsunami, it is still notorious for being the equivalent of a kind of Thai Tenerife, so we deliberately chose one of the quietest beaches on the island as our base, Hat Kamala.

On the ferry, we did our trademark, "How much?!" when quoted a price for a place on a minibus that could take us the 40km to Hat Kamala.

"Where's my food?!"
We said we would find our own transport there, but, as seems to happen quite often, other means of transport seemed to be suspiciously kept at bay, and thus prices kept sky-high. Off the ferry we were being quoted higher, seen as there were no others going in that direction to share costs. We decided to take a taxi ride to Phuket Town, just down the road, to see if we could catch a cheaper means of transport to Kamala from there. We then managed to strike up a deal with the driver to take us there for a more reasonable price, and he obliged. He even took us to a nice hotel that he knew of. For 300 baht we even got a TV, which almost made up for the crazy temperature levels within. Our fan did no more than blow hot air around, and I must have had to sink a couple of litres of water each night to stop myself passing out.
People fishing at dusk

The TV came in handy for watching the Champions League final that night. I was disappointed the scousers didn't warrant me staying up until four in the morning, failing to repeat what they had done in Istanbul two years earlier.

The rest of our time has been mostly spent at the long stretch of beach in Kamala. Other than that, there isn't very much to do. At any given time, there is only ever a handful of people on the beach and we haven't seen anyone else at our hotel. This is probably due to it being low season, but also due to the fact that the beach was one of the most heavily effected in the tsunami and not much has been built up.

It is a welcome change to have some peace and quiet and a nice, clean beach, but the lack of amenities mean you can get cabin fever pretty quick. We found ourselves eating at the same restaurant three times in one day, simply because there are only a handful here, this one being a fair bit less pricey than the others.

Suitably dried out and crisp from the sun, it brings an end to our relaxing island hopping in the south of Thailand. Time for Bangkok again. Better brace ourselves.

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