Here’s Part Two of my Phuket Holiday. I went to Macau, Hong Kong and other parts of China after Phuket, hence the delay in blogging about the latter. XD (You can read Part One here)
What struck me about Patong Beach was the neat rows of beach chairs, stretching as far as the eye can see. I thought there were a million of those:
You can rent one for 80baht, if I remember correctly.
There were also many people peddling their wares, from sunglasses to manicures/pedicures, and even gigantic fans:
My friend, Grily, decided to go para-sailing while I lazed on the beach and sipped on sweet coconut juice. I snapped a photo of her in the air though…
Para-sailing costs 1100baht but we bargained it down to 1000baht (S$41).
Grily returns from her para-sailing experience and exclaims…
“It’s not even 5 minutes, can?!”
Apparently, para-sailing’s not really worth the money. XD
Lunch back at the restaurant was pretty good, especially the pineapple rice which Grily ordered:
We then booked an Island Safari tour with the lady stationed at our hotel lobby:
The tour cost us 900baht each after a discount (usual price: 1200baht). That’s S$37!
First up was an oxcart ride:
Then we got the opportunity to get a photo taken while seated on a buffalo. The expression on this fat boy’s face is priceless:
Truth be told, I was scared of the fierce-looking buffalo too!
Some Chilean tourist actually requested for my friend’s help in taking a photo for him – he told her to get onto the table to shoot from a higher angle. My friend’s too obliging!
We were also given a demonstration regarding Thai rice farming. The entire setup was supposed to impressed tourists, but bored me to tears…
Next, we went on an elephant ride which I really enjoyed.
Our elephant handler turns around and strikes a pose:
On numerous occasions, we were asked to buy bananas for our elephant. These people are really smart at making us spend money!
We then had a cool photo opportunity with Samlee, who is going to be Miss World 2012.
Despite ignoring me during the photo-taking, Samlee was most reluctant to let me leave, as though she had taken a real liking to me. Awwww…
The Monkey Show followed…
Monkeys really behave just like little children. Want to keep one as a pet?
We were then treated to a eye-popping Elephant Show. Who knew these gentle giants could perform all these tricks?!
-> Some photos before the show started:
This is a sight I’d never before seen:
And elephants raising their hind legs:
And walking on two legs to execute a slam dunk… *faints*
Ever played soccer with an elephant? Best if you don’t get in the way of the ball! XD
The talented elephants go on to demonstrate their dart-throwing skills…
And massage skills (which I didn’t dare to try)…
This old man from Korea got more than he’d bargained for. The elephant handler stuffed some bananas up the man’s pants, and let the elephant look for them. Hehe!
And finally, an elephant spinning a hoop using its trunk:
Souvenirs they wanted us to buy at crazy prices. Needless to say, I didn’t get any. Simply snapped a photo of them XD
After which, it was back to the hotel again. And we ended the day with a fantastic dinner at a place called Sunset Corner. Just look out for this sign:
We ordered the appetizer “Potato Undergrown” (65 baht). It was delicious, with a cheese filling and tartar sauce dip!
I ordered the “Roasted Duck Red Curry with Rice” (90baht)
Grily patronising me when I asked her to smile for the camera. XD
I love the “Sunset Corner Special” drink! According to the menu, it has “orange juice, rambutan, lychee, honey”. A must try at only 75 baht!
Hope you have enjoyed reading about my Phuket holiday! Go visit Phuket if you haven’t already done so!
Come back soon for my blogposts about my China trip, where I recount, among other things, my 20 hours on a “Torture Train”.