Hells' Angels

Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 22, 2011

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Sansuko Ville

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Friday, June 17, 2011

After a short flight from Penang to Phuket we finally made it to Thailand. Sharon, having fond (if a bit vagueish) memories from previous trips, and me having never been before, we were both quite looking forward to it. Having done extensive research on the internet, we already had accommodation sorted and had arranged for an airport pick up. Saying this to all the taxi drivers is by far the easiest way to stop them from continually asking you if you want a taxi.

We were staying in a very nice pool side room at a small resort not far outside of Phuket Town, which was run by a very friendly English couple from Yorkshire. It was a very Thai area that we were staying in so there wasn't too many other western tourists around which give us a chance to see the real Thailand. The owners told us about a couple of good local restaurants and even give us a free taxi service to and from. We went to an excellent seafood restaurant where we had the biggest oysters we've ever seen!

We largely spent the first half of our time here lounging around the pool area, only moving to carry out the essential activities, ie. eating and answering calls of nature. We were keen to explore a bit more of the area though. So we managed to pluck up the courage and rent a motorbike for the day. Having never ridden one before, and given that the Asian drivers are slightly mad, it may seem a risky choice. However, the roads around here aren't that busy and we planned our route to avoid Phuket Town so off we went. After initially been a bit wobbly when starting and stopping, and a little bit on corners, we eventually got into the swing of things and our confidence grew. We headed off towards the west coast, to Patong beach, an area very popular with tourists. And with that comes all the hawkers trying to sell you anything and everything. We had a couple of hours lazing on the sun loungers before heading back, via the local market to pick up some mangosteens, a very tasty tropical fruit quite similar to lychee's.

The evening was rounded off with another trip to the seafood place for some giant oysters, before packing our bags ready in preparation for our trip to the islands.
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