Winter Vacation Night 1 Phuket: the Shady and Confusing Arrival

Our winter vacation started off with a one hour plane ride from Seoul to Shanghai, in Shanghai we picked up our friend Natalie (who would be with us the whole trip). While in Shanghai we caught up with our old friend and tasted our first Thai beer, Tiger Beer (funny because at the time we thought we were drinking Chinese beer). After the 3 hour layover in the Shanghai we all hopped on the 5 hour plane to Phuket.

Our meal on the 1.5 hour plane ride from Seoul to Shanghai...consisted of some snacks, orange juice, water and orange chicken (?) with rice.

Our meal on the 1.5 hour plane ride from Seoul to Shanghai…consisted of some snacks, orange juice, water and orange chicken (?) with rice.

After picking up Natalie on the 3 hour layover in Shanghai we were treated to another airline meal...this time a mystery hot dog sandwhich!

After picking up Natalie on the 3 hour layover in Shanghai we were treated to another airline meal…this time a mystery hot dog sandwhich!

We arrived in Phuket around 2 in the morning, waited in a surprisingly long immigration line and then met our driver, Mr. Boom. Mr. Boom helped us load all our luggage into his Toyota SUV and then we headed off for what was a pretty sketchy drive through a beach neighborhood. All three of us at one point or another thought we were headed towards death and organ removal, but Mr. Boom ended up being a cool guy who took us to our Air BNB which we thought was a one bedroom condo. Once we were loaded up with 7 Eleven snacks (4 drinks, 4 beers, pringles, pastries and candy…all for under $12) and Mr. Boom had dropped us off we soon discovered that we were in a 3 bedroom villa….kind of surprising but we were all pretty travel tired and figured it would be best to email our Air BNB host and sleep it off. But, our host decided to come over to the villa immediately (which was about 4:30 am at this point) and give us a long story about how our room was under construction and that we would be moved the following afternoon when we woke up. After that the three of us went to sleep and woke up around 11 the next day, ready for the vacation to begin!

Just hanging out in the huge living room of our villa

Just hanging out in the huge living room of our villa

Beautiful wood staircase that leads up to the bedrooms

Beautiful wood staircase that leads up to the bedrooms

One of the three bedrooms in the villa, each one came with its own balcony and AC unit!

One of the three bedrooms in the villa, each one came with its own balcony and AC unit!

Josh’s Collage…

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