Patong beach, phi phi islands
03.11.2005 - 15.11.2005
After a week in Bangkok, we decided it was time for a little more relaxed atmosphere at the beautiful island of Phuket. Portions of this island were devastated by the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami but they were well on their way towards reconstruction. Locals told us their stories of that dreadful day. Thai people who couldn't speak English point all the way out to the horizon and then motioned their hands quickly inward towards land to signal the rush of the wave they came face to face with.
One activity I remember most about the trip was when a friend and I spent a day on the beach playing soccer with the island natives. None of us spoke the same language, but we all knew the rules of Futbol.
We stayed at the Merlin Beach Resort. This place was absolutely beautiful. It was a little way from the patong beach, but cabs waited outside the building all day and night. The have a swim-up bar, several pools, man made waterfalls and great room service. They offer scuba classes and boat tours to other islands including the Koh Pee Pee islands, better known as the Phi Phi islands. This island is also home to the filming of the movie "The Beach." if you tour guide is laid back he will take you close enough to feed the monkeys that live on the islands. They usually swim up to you. It's a lot of fun.
Patong beach has all the life a tourist can ask for. Massages, water sports, drinks delivered to you in your sun chair and plenty of bars will keep you busy all day and night. However, Patong beach is not a safe place to be alone at night. Taxis will surround you and compete for your service and so will the prostitutes (both men and women). So it is best to keep with the buddy system. But one great bar I can remember being a ton of fun was club Banana. This place is a mix of locals and tourists with outside and inside seating. Don't get too drunk because cops with machine guns will ask you to leave. (It happened to a friend)