June 7 2008

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
Trip End ??? ??, 2009

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

This morning we woke up and packed.  We checked out of Phuket Backpacker hostel, it was a good budget place to stay in Phuket town.  But we were ready to head to the beach.  When we walked out of the hostel we had a tuk-tuk guy wave us over.  To go to Surin beach he wanted 500THB, Jes offered 250, he said 450 was the lowest he would go.  He said he could do 300THB but only if we stop at a tourist shop so he could get a stamp for commission, we'd have to spend 15 minutes and didn't have to buy anything.  It was tempting, a good way to save some money, but we had all our bags and I'm sure it would have been more of a hassle.  We told him we didn't wanna do that, so we moved on down the street to find another driver.  We had another guy flag us down and we told him where we wanted to go, he had a chart of costs, 400THB for Surin.  So we agreed and hopped in the tuk-tuk.  The driver went pretty fast and after about 30 mins we arrived at our inn.  We checked in around 10:40am, settled in a bit, then went for something to eat.  The restaurant in the inn has some of the best food we've had.  Jes had the club sandwich, that I had yesterday, so good.  After we finished eating we headed down to the beach.  The water was pretty rough, some big waves.  The red flag was up, which means its dangerous to swim.  We decided to go up the hill and find the beach at was around the cape, Leam Singh beach.  It is supposed to be one of the nicest beaches in Phuket.  After a short walk we found the trail down to the beach.  The beach is only about 500m long, but it is very quiet and serene.  There was a guy who asked us if we wanted chairs, for 150THB for two, he runs one of the restaurants on the beach and told us if we need anything, he's got it.  We chilled out the whole afternoon, there was more people around than we though there'd be.  So it was fun people watching.  Jes played in the waves a bunch.  There were quite a few sellers walking along the beach, but if you said no thank you they left you alone. There was a guy that came along with a little Gibeon monkey for people to take pictures with, its illegal to own them.  So we tried to take some pics from afar to send to the Gibeon rehab centre in Phuket.  The weather was beautiful the whole afternoon, with a nice breeze.  Come 4pm we were ready to call it a day at the beach.  So we walked back to the inn, chilled out and freshened up.  We went to the restaurant for dinner and it was awesome, again.    We relaxed a bit with a beer on the patio.  We went to the mini-mart a few doors down and picked up some snacks.  We went back to the room to watch some tv.  Unfortunately, we found out that my Grandma sadly has passed away.

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