December 21, 2013

Phuket (Day 4 and 5, 20 & 21 Dec 2014)

We're home! 

Didn't really do much today except have breakfast, take a final walk along the stretch of shops outside the hotel and before you know it, it was time to check out and depart for the airport. The flight was delayed for almost an hour, which was unusual so we killed time using up our last baht in DFS. 
Yesterday we went elephant trekking which the travel partner Nick works with in Bangkok helped to arrange through their local office. It was a lot bumpier than I expected and I kept feeling like our seat was going to fall off. I paired up with Nat while Sasha went with her daddy. We had a pregnant elephant and the mahout coaxed her along as she ambled along the uneven terrain. 
We were 'held hostage' at one point when the mahouts stopped to help us take photos etc but very quickly fished out a box of elephant trinkets and persuaded us to purchase for good luck. I felt compelled to buy because I didn't want to be stranded on top of an elephant in the middle of nowhere! 

After the excursion, we were brought back to the hotel and we tried their Italian restaurant. Again, kids eat free so they lapped up their carbonara while I had a prawn, scallop and tomato linguine which was very affordable by hotel standards and fresh too...about $12? 
We said goodbye to the froggies and on the way back to the room, there was a giant teddy bear sitting all alone in the courtyard. Coincidentally, I had just watched the movie 'Ted' the night before so I did wonder if the bear would come alive! Nick had a conversation with him. 
We had one last swim in the kids pool before hunting for hermit crabs and seashells on the beach. It's a pity we didn't spend more time on the beach but Patong isn't particularly secluded and the shoreline looked more inviting in Kata, Karon etc. Next time we shall stay there. 
Dinner was at a place called Cafe del Mar which we stumbled upon along the Patong stretch. They had a reasonably priced set meal for 2 and we just added a horfun for the kids. 
It was a nice end to our brief holiday and I daresay we shall be back. The kids loved running up and down the long hallways at the hotel and if they remember nothing else about the trip, they will certainly remember that! 

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