We only stayed in Phuket for a couple of nights, as the island itself did not seem especially beautiful to us (the real stunning scenery would come later in Phi Phi and Krabi). However, it was a pleasant, relatively quiet place to unwind after our long journey across the country.
|Our route south from Chiang Mai to Phuket.|
|From Chiang Mai to Bangkok we took a sixteen-hour sleeper train. It was loud, stuffy and generally very uncomfortable.|
|After my hospital visit, we had several hours to kill before our next night train, so we went shopping at the massive mall in Siam Centre.|
|Posing at a promotion space for The Amazing Spiderman 2.|
|We also watched Darren Aranofsky's new film Noah at the cinema there.|
|In the morning, we woke up to found ourselves soaring over a sea of palm trees.|
|We departed the train at Surat Thani, a small city near the Gulf of Thailand, and then took a bus across the Malay Peninsula, passing some spectacular limestone scenery.|
|Crossing the short strait between the mainland and Thailand's largest island, Phuket.|
|We stayed at Kata, a relaxed, tourist-friendly region with a beach on the Andaman Sea.|
|The next morning, we paid a visit to Bangkok Hospital in Phuket Town. The hospitals we've been to in this country have all been of a very high standard: clean, efficient, and with very competent, English-speaking staff.|
|After the hospital, we went straight back to the beach for some sunbathing.|
|That evening I ate one of the best salads I've ever had, with cucumbers, tomatoes, chicken, bacon, egg, cheese, peppers and a bazillion other delicious ingredients.|
|The next day, it was time to leave Phuket behind us.|
Phuket was a nice place, but it was our next destination that would really prove to us what a beautiful country Thailand really is. Coming up in the next post: The Phi Phi Islands!