[Editor's note: This is the second post in our temporary "Two for Tuesdays" campaign to catch our blog up to near real-time.]
12/16/09 – 12/17/09: Patong Bay, Thailand
Are you tired of my post-title puns yet? Because there’s more coming, don’t you worry. What with all the lying on the beach and drinking fresh fruit shakes and getting massages for $6 – well, there’s a lot of time in all that to think of puns using “Thai.”
I actually have a lot to say about Patong, but I have spent a few minutes trying to organize my thoughts and can’t think of any good way to really do it, so I’m going to have to go with a list (yes, it’s lazy, but it’s late and we have to get up early to go snorkeling – I know, tough life we lead).
- We got here on the first day of “Patong Carnival 2009” which means we have eaten all but one of our meals at the Carnival food stalls along the beach. This is good and bad – good, because it cuts down on our “searching for the good food” time, which usually takes about two hours out of each day, and bad, because we end up eating a bunch of fried things.
- Patong is pretty normal during the day, aside from the topless sunbathers ironically sitting in the shade and the old men walking around with their Thai “girlfriends” and the other old men who are wearing too little and have spent too much time in the sun. You know, the usual stuff you’d see at the Jersey shore. At night – well, at night it’s not exactly PG-rated. While we were walking down Bang-la Road one night, Kevin whispered to me, “When we have kids, let’s not bring them here.” And I can’t lie, that made my heart melt a little. Not because Kevin was concerned about the welfare of any future little Currys, but actually because thinking about babies makes me smile. (Don’t worry Mom and Dad, it’ll be nine months at least before any little Currys!)
- The pad thai we’ve eaten from the food stalls is better than any pad thai I’ve had in the States. What’s the magic? Is it in my head?
- I think Patong Beach might have been really beautiful a few years back, but today with all the jet skis and parasailers and loud people everywhere, it’s not as nice as it could be. We’re now on a quest to find a quiet, tranquil island to stay for a couple of days.
- Bodega, the hotel we’re staying at (~$30/night) is awesome. The staff is super friendly, they have free food around 5pm, and I got a coke for solving their Rubik’s Cube! Guess which of those three things made me happiest?
- I got my first Thai massage today, which was really really good. I tried to convince Kevin to get one too, but he seems to think full-body massages are some strange form of torture. He looked at me askance when I asked him if he wanted one too. That’s right, I just used the word askance.
- Going to the beach is always one of those things that is better in your head than it is in real life. Because I don’t know if you noticed this, but there is a LOT of sand at the beach. And it gets everywhere. I just found some in my eyebrows. The water is nice though.
- Tomorrow we’re going to the Phi Phi Islands (pronounced “pee pee,” haha, which makes me laugh because I am five years old) on a day trip to do some snorkeling and swimming, which I’m really excited about.
See you on Phi Phi! Hehe.
Thought of the Day: I always thought tuk-tuks were man-powered. But they’re not. They look like little fire engines.
Picture of the Day: Me and my monkey friend – he just hopped up on my shoulder.