"flash" packer near Karon Beach on Phuket, Thailand
06.05.2010 - 09.05.2010
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What better way to start another adventure than heading to another country? I say time and time again that the best things in a holiday are the ones that just sort of happen and that is what came of my Thailand adventure. The thing with travel is you meet people along the way and it is very easy to want to stay away longer and travel and experience more. I remember back in September while in the Gili Islands in Lombok when I met Rianne and Robert and they spoke of Thailand. Well, it sort of just stuck. Now, roughly 8 months later it is happening and I am going on advice and word of the people to see where I travel as I visit this 3rd world country.
First stop, The Hilton Arcadia Spa and Resort. I can’t help it but sometimes I is just nice to be a “flash” packer with my backpack. To see the look on the faces of the bus as they dropped me off to this gated property with my backpack was….well priceless in a way. I planned for a day here to plan my travels but I had to stay 3 just because I knew after this it would be totally different. I will take 3 days to absorb the luxury of laying by the pool, breakfast and happy hour in the executive suite, air con, a large bed, a real toilet…basically all the luxuries and amenities one gets back home in the US. Funny thing about all this is that I would leave the property at night to get cheap massages, my laundry done and wander around Karon Beach. Then, go back to my luxury suite for a great night sleep. I was getting the best of both worlds. Life is good.
After a few days of lounging and swimming by the pool and taking on the great fitness facilities (still not sure if it is normal for the gym attendant to sit behind you on the treadmill and just watch you run), I knew I had to make a departure plan. I wanted to make a new rule of a 3 night stay maximum so I wouldn’t get stuck anywhere for too long.
It’s now Sunday, May 9th and 3 days later and time for me to depart. I will miss you Hilton so much. Time for me to go back to my backpacking ways and have to find my own toilet paper. First form of transportation, bus ride to a boat to Phi Phi Islands, known to many from the movie THE BEACH. However, many may have heard of this island after the Indian Ocean Tsunami hit the island on December 26th, 2004. Since then, they have rebuilt the island but it is still sad to think of all those people that were injured and killed. It all happened in a matter of minutes and no one had any warning of what was about to happen. Today, they have since rebuilt the island and I was told the US helped fund a warning device of some sort but was also informed it did not work properly.
The boat ride was not too long and I didn’t get sick so that is good. I arrived in Phi Phi with many people trying to give me accommodation. Where is a girl to go? You soon will find out.
The Dish is out…