Travel to Phuket and a night in Naithon

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Luckily we were early getting to the 9am ferry to Phuket because by the time the ferry left the jetty, a lot of people were without seats and had to sit or stand on the deck. We were able to sit together, although we had to have our backpacks on the floor where our feet should have been. For 300 baht each, we arrived in Phuket's main port about two hours later.

Once off the boat we were accosted by a taxi tout and we were soon off in an air conditioned car to Naithon for 700 baht. The drive took roughly a half hour. After the driver almost mistakenly dropped us off a hotel much nicer than the one we paid for, we were redirected to the Naithon Phuket Resort. By now I realized that resort is a very loose term in Thailand.

Naithon's beach side includes one strip of about 5 low rise hotels and about a handful of restaurants. Some of the resorts are very high end with room prices well over 10,000 baht per night. The beach itself is wider than most we've seen and has a single line of cushion topped reclining lawn chairs available for rent. The sand was orangey-brown, super soft and the water got deep reasonably quickly. There was also a breeze which meant some small waves, which were the only ones I'd seen other than at Haad Rin.

The beach seems to attract an older crowd, which compared to the average age at Koh Phi Phi, made us feel like spring chickens. Half the people staying in the area had to be over 50 years old but we did see a few younger couples.

Once again, the beachside restaurants were calling and we chose the restaurant associated with our hotel, Mayan Restaurant.

The beach location was much more serene compared to Koh Phi Phi and Salad Beach and was one of the best meals we had during the trip. The peanut chicken curry was to die for and the shrimps wrapped in glass noodles weren't too bad either. There's something to be said about eating dinner by candle light, hearing the ocean and sitting with your feet in the sand. I drank my first beer since the Chang episode, but this time switched to Singha. It went down surprisingly well.
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