Phuket... Fu ket...!
Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
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Oh, and Phuket also has a Big Buddha perched on one of its high hills. He can be seen from most areas of the island but unfortunately he isn't gold, he's white
All-in-all it was a fairly pleasant place but we just weren't feeling it. It was a bit too towny (bangkok-ish) and I guess the secluded beach feel was still calling to us after our spell in Koh Lanta and the beauty of Phi Phi's beaches were still fresh in our minds.
Well day one was fairly uneventful, but on day two we took the local bus (an experience in itself) into Phuket town as there was a vegetarian festival in progress. It runs for a few days and the streets are fully crammed with stalls selling countless different foods. We ate some potato rosti type things (delicious), spring rolls and some sausage things with nuts (or beans?) in. We even had some deep fried banana that day! It was all very very tasty :)
Fed to bursting, we got a taxi to the bus station to buy bus/ferry tickets to Koh Samui, which is on the opposite coast and a popular backpacker destination. Thinking the taxi was a little overpriced we walked back to Phuket town. We only got lost once and it took us much longer than expected... It turned out that stuff is much further away when you walk rather than drive! Our feet were in tatters by the time we returned to the Pineapple but we got to see much of the island and it was worth the stop in Phuket if only for the festival.
Bye Phuket, we won't miss you but thanks for the lovely street food. Next stop Koh Samui and another Big Buddha. We do hope he is gold.