Patong Beach Nightlife

After a long day on the water to James Bond Island, the group decided to check out the Patong Beach nightlife.  Patong Beach was just a short taxi from Kata beach, so we left our hotel and hailed down a van, because there was 8 of us.  Half way down the road we saw some other foreigners, farangs, so we asked the driver to pull over and see if they needed a lift.  It was a couple looking to go to Patong Beach as well, we said get in.  They were to college students from Australia, although I don’t remember their names.  We finally got to Patong, the group and the Aussie’s headed to the Crocodile Discoteca.  It was still early in the night, so we were practically the only people there, which was nice because we got to choose what the DJ played.  For some reason the group’s song was Jamelia – Superstar. There we were, 8 of us up on the stage at the Crocodile dancing in sync to Superstar.

The bar was dead, so we decided to head back to the main road and walk it to find a bar that had more going on. As we got to the main street the ladyboys were out. A couple of people wanted take a picture so I grabbed the camera.  While the three were posing with a ladyboy, one grabbed one of the girls in my groups hand and placed it on her hand on his/her chest.  The picture is priceless and unfortunately has a spot on facebook.  Half way down the street the guys in the group were grabbed by an overly obese Thai lady stating that we had to come to her bar, so we obliged.  It was a very narrow bar with a set of tables/booths set up on one side and a bar on the other.  The lady showed us where to sit and again we obliged.  She said would you guys like something to drink, we said sure, so we ordered a beer. The lady said 800 baht, we said no, price of beer is around 50 baht.  She got angry, so we ran outta there.  It was a shady back ally bar that was most likely going to have a “ping pong” type show.

Back on the main street again, by this time I wasn’t feeling the whole scene anymore.  It happened when I saw a portly middle aged man being walked down the street by a scantily clad lady.  I use the term lady lightly, because she looked young enough to be considered a minor.  I have heard this place is known for these types of issues and was really hoping not to see it.  Patong Beach is an amazing place, but only if you are young.

Phuket – Boat

After James Bond Island we set out to small island for snorkeling.  I had never been snorkeling before (in the ocean, pools don’t count) so this was exciting.  We stopped at an island that was no bigger than a football field, and that might be an overestimation.  We set out to snorkel near a reef that looked like it was home to thousands of different fish.  After a little snorkel a couple of us took off to walk around the island, it wasn’t much so didn’t take that long, but was a nice leisurely stroll on the beach.

After the boat ride back to Phuket, we were just in time for a sunset at Phrom Thep Cape, the most southern part of Phuket island. I’ve seen beach sunsets before (Maui), but never looking at a large Buddha on an island off the southern tip of Phuket.

That night the group decided to head up to Patong Beach to check out the night life.  The journey was only about 20 minutes from Kata Beach.  We hailed a van to take us and a little ways past our hotel we saw some people who looked they were looking for a ride so we asked the driver to stop.  We asked where the two were headed, they said Patong, get it that’s where we were going.  The two were from Australia, backpacking around Asia during summer break. More to come from Patong Beach it would not only be the place I stayed 2 nights before I left Phuket, but also some of the more interesting things and stereotypes people hear about Thailand.

Phuket Beach Time

After a month long of classes at CMU, we got a chance to head to paradise.  While the study abroad experience was officially over after this 4 day experience in Phuket, I did not to want to end this journey abroad, luckily for me, I was about to start a two month internship back in Chiang Mai. What can you say about Phuket, and to me it was a better version of Hawaii, not because it has better beaches, but because it was six months after the Tsunami that I arrived in Phuket.

We stayed near Kata Beach, an alumni of Washington State owned a hotel near the beach.  We arrived at the hotel around 9 at night, and everyone wanted to go to the beach, but for some reason I got into funks when I was in Thailand, I don’t know if it was the heat or just tired from the travels, but I went straight to bed. I don’t know if it was the heat or the malaria pills but after that night and the severe sunburn in Bangkok, I decided I was done with those pills.

The next day was my biggest adventure yet, because I was going to be James Bond!  We got up early and headed for Rawai beach to get on a speed boat, but I was hoping for a long tail.  I am glad we got on a high speed boat as the ocean was choppy that day, yeah I guess it wasn’t so bad for those sitting in the back, we were in the bow of the boat and got crushed by almost every wave. The trip was a long one, it seemed like it took hours to even get close the the limestone islands on the way to James Bond Island.

I thought we would never get to James Bond island, but when we finally arrived, it was like I was in the movie, flying in low with the little seaplane.  We came around to one side of the island, I was like this isn’t it.  The guides on the boat said to follow the path.  I was giddy, almost like I was 8 or 9, the first time I saw the Man With The Golden Gun.  For some people Bond is a great movie series, but James Bond was one connection I had with my father.  We watched so many when the cable tv channels would run the series during the holidays, I think my Dad and I watched each 2 or 3 times.  James Bond to me is one of my last memories of my father, he tragically passed in an airplane accident when I was 14, so this trip to the island, brought me back to that place in time.

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