When I finally got to Phuket Airport I was able to confirm what a lot of us knew already: Phuket Airport is the slowest, most inefficient and barely functioning airport in the world.
Facing facts I acknowledge Thailand is a country of council workers - for every legit job there are at least 5-too-many people hanging around. But come on, I just went from one painfully slow-moving queue to the next... feel my pain? Luckily, when I finally reached the ticketing counter (needed to be prodded out of my slumber) I must have looked pretty displeased because I was immediately upgraded to High Roller Royal Orchid Luxury Super VIP. At the time I thought "that's nice", but when I was shown my seat on the plane I thought "holy shit". I took a couple of photos for prosperity, and let me tell you it will be a struggle to return to cattle class.
Side note: The girl in the photo asked me "why do they use these ice cylinders instead of blocks?" Now, I have no idea what the real reason is, but I told her it must be because the water will freeze faster and cool the drink faster due to increased surface area... anyone have a better idea?
A few interesting things have happened since my last entry.. Firstly, I had an extremely entertaining taxi ride to the Phuket Airport. Not only did my mate the driver try out his mad english skills on me, but he also tried out his front bumper on a motorcyclist as well. Crash assessment works a little differently over here - no calling the cops in case of injury or damage. Instead, you yell at the other driver as fast and loud as possible for a couple of minutes, and if you're lucky they're more injured than you and their ride is totaled so you can make a quick getaway. Phew! I'm sure glad I didn't miss my flight on account of that blokes leg pointing off in the wrong direction...