4 weeks and 19.5 baht in our pockets

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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Where I stayed
Chinotel Phuket Phuket Town
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We can't believe it.  We've been gone 4 weeks as of today.  Doesn't feel like 4 weeks.  

And we said goodbye to Thailand with 19.5 baht left in our pockets.  That's 62 cents to be exact.  Yup, we cut it close.  Or Adrian's an awesome RTW trip financial manager.  Couldn't even buy water at the airport when we arrived.  Lucky for us, we had stocked up on 7-Eleven (our new favourite store) prior to leaving the "city" and had snacks with us.

It was sad leaving Thailand.  

Don't get me wrong.  I don't exactly miss the constant smell of sewage + rotting garbage mixed together, or watching everywhere I put my feet because I never knew if I was stepping in something filthy, or avoiding mangy street dogs for fear of fleas or rabies, or hearing and seeing live wires buzz 5 feet above my head, or avoiding looking near curbs or sewage grates for fear of seeing cockroaches running inches away from my feet, or the annoying shouts of "taxiiii!" or "where you go?" from drivers wanting our business when we were both happy to walk and be left alone.

BUT, we loved the breathtaking scenery of blues, greens, and yellows, or the fantastic street food we weren't afraid to try or at least smell, or the people so ready to smile back whenever we smiled at them despite being a total strangers, or the amazingly sweet and juicy array of fresh fruit, or the incredible sea life we got to peek at underwater around coral.  So I guess it boils down to nature + food + people make an amazing country to visit. 

We have learned that we DO NOT like very touristy experiences.  Our boat day trip to Angthong National Park near Koh Phangan was so much more enjoyable because it wasn't overrun with tourists despite the "speed boat" (i.e., large but fast moving junker) we rode.

Our boat day trip to Koh Phi Phi, Khai Island, and Maya Bay Beach were completely tainted by the insane number of tourists literally covering the areas.  I had a phenomenal 1/2 hr of snorkelling, and the fancy speed boat was great to ride, which salvaged the tour for us.
  
We know already that we will be back to Thailand.  Maybe not as backpackers, but there's so much more of Thailand we would like to explore.  It's an easy place to discover for a month or more.

Oh, and can I say that in 5 weeks, we've been on more boats in number AND type, than I've been on in 5 years?  We've been on slow boats, long boats, speed boats, fast junkers, catamarans, and ferries.

 

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