After recovering from our party on the beach the night before; Josh, Natalie and I packed up our bags and took a two hour ferry back to Phuket from Phi Phi. On the ferry ride we sat behind a Chinese family which included a pretty excitable two year old girl. I thought I was being friendly and making friends with the child but alas apparently I scared her with my funny faces. All is well, we later made peace and she gave me a pistachio.
We then took a cramped van from the pier to our hotel which was about an hour ride. The van ride was pretty exciting too, somehow we managed to fit 10 people in a van that was made to fit 9 people max. As you can imagine there was also too much luggage in the van that was threatening to crash down on my head for most of the ride (luckily a Scottish gentleman held the luggage in place for most of the journey). If you are ever on the ferry ride back from Phi Phi to Phuket, don’t get suckered into a group taxi. There are dudes roaming the ferry making it seem like they are doing you a favor, they’re not. There will be plenty of taxis for the people disembarking and you aren’t saving any money taking a group taxi. A highlight of our group taxi ride was two ladyboys on a scooter who managed to spot Josh in the van and blew him kisses while navigating through Phuket traffic…not an easy feat by any means.
We finally managed to get ourselves to our place of residence for the night which was Capsule Hostel Patong. The setup was pretty similar to the capule hotel we stayed at in Tokyo only not nearly as nice. The capsules were built out of wood instead of the plastic setup in Tokyo and overall the place was a lot dirtier. But, it was only our home for the night and was in a great location. It was in the basement of a building right in the heart of the main party street in Patong and somehow managed to be extremely quiet.
For dinner we found a nice hotel and ate some more delicious Thai food! This trip was amazing because Josh shedded his former picky eater ways and tried ALL the food!!! It was on this trip that he finally tried both Thai and Indian food (Thailand had quite a few amazing Indian restaurant so you better believe we took advantage!) and decided he loved both! The Thai food we had on this vacation was all amazing. My favorites were the panang (which is a red curry) and the Khao Soi (a curry noodle soup that is the specialty in Chaing Mai). But honestly I only remember having one crappy meal on vacation at it was at an Indian restaurant in Thailand and somehow the food was incredibly bland.
After dinner we enjoyed some more Thai night life before calling it a night. Nothing too exciting to report on this night as we had an early flight to catch to Chiang Mai in the morning.