Saturday, July 14, 2012

Adventures in Thailand: Phuket

Part 1: Phuket
What could be more fun than going on an adventure with two of your best girlfriends? Meeting your dad and stepmom on the way! Amber, Kendall, and I met my dad for 5 nights on the first stop of our trip, Phuket. I had always heard wonderful things about Phuket and the incredible beaches there. I was thrilled to go somewhere tropical, but a little disappointed when I realized that we were going during the rainy season so our odds for sun were not great. we stayed at the Phuket Marriott Beach Club and it was GORGEOUS. Seriously, one of the nicest resorts I've ever stayed it. It had perfect touches of asian  design and the infinity pools were to die for. The only downfall was that it was quite a way out from Phuket town...a small compromise to make for a lovely resort!
 Enjoying the sun and a good book on our first day in Phuket

The first day in Phuket was gorgeous. It was a bit overcast, but the sun was still strong enough to tan and the pool was the perfect place to cool off. I can't explain how relaxing it was to just lay by the water and read!
Our resort had these adorable baby elephants- the perfect teaser for our upcoming trip to the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai. this little baby was so sweet. She gave kisses and was so playful!
 Baby elephant kisses
 Enjoying a delicious treat at Swenson's Ice Cream shop

Unfortunately after that first sunny day our luck ran out. We spent the next day in Phuket Town perusing the shops, but it rained like crazy and the locals didn't want to bargain with us. We had high hopes of going to the Phi Phi Islands one of the last days, but those days were dreary and rainy also. Thank God for Kendall and her optimism and making the best of a cloudy situation- she kept the excitement up throughout the rest of our time in Phuket.

 Seeing this guy was the highlight of my time in Phuket. It had been a year and a half since I left the States, so it was great to see a familiar face. Thank you for sharing the resort with us, Dad!

In spite of the rain, Phuket was a gorgeous place. I'd like to take Turf back during the sunny season and explore more of the beaches in Thailand- Krabi, Phi Phi, etc.
From Phuket Amber, Kendall, and I ventured on to Chiang Mai while my dad and Tami hit up some of the other beaches in Thailand. More on the rest of our adventures to come!

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