Sawadee kah.... me in Phuket!
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I went to Phuket a day before New Year 2007. Me and Lin found cheap AirAsia tickets and decided to give it a go.
As it was a last minute thing, we didn't book accommodation in advance. No problemo, as Phuket is a tourist haven, I was confident to find a place. Only problem was the prices doubled being New Year's eve. We managed to secure a room 15 minutes walk from Patong Beach at 1,600 baht a night.
My 1st suprise of the trip : As we were having lunch at a North Indian restaurant, I saw a familiar face.
I gathered my courage as he finished eating, walked up to his table and asked, "Hi, are you Mr. Floyd from Floyd's Kitchen?"
Bulls-eye! He smiled, was very pleasant, agreed to have his picture taken with us, came to our table to hand us his card as he's got a restaurant in Phuket, wished us a pleasant trip and left. The restaurant owner came up to us and asked in his thick Indian accent, "Is he from Hollywood?"
For the rest of the afternoon, we just strolled around, to the beach, to the many shops and stalls selling poor imitation goods and expensive local stuff.
NEW YEAR'S EVE (night) : The clubs thumping loud music, people drinking and shouting. Not my scene. We decided to head to the beach. 3rd suprise of the trip : There were lots of people on the beach, lighting lanterns and releasing it to wind which then lifted it up to the sky. Hundred of lanterns littered the sky. Gorgeous sight but I couldn't help wondering where would it all fell later? Where would they make a mess of? Clock strikes 12, ships and yachts blared their horns, fireworks, etc. It was beautiful but I was ready to leave Phuket.