|Kong took this photo of Tom and a tarantula!|
First, we begin our post with a few points regarding our stay in Phuket. With 37 remaining days on the island, we want to make the very best of our time here considering my current circumstances.
After analyzing the higher cost of taxi service here, we reconsidered the possibility of renting a car. As it turns out a short trip for shopping will cost approximately THB (Thai Baht) 700, US $20 with more for sightseeing and dining out.
|The kitchen is spacious and relatively well equipped. We certainly appreciated the size of the refrigerator, the drip coffee pot and the double sinks.|
As a result, the kindly local owner of this house, well aware of high taxi fares, offered us a rental car for the balance of our stay for a total of THB 9000, US $256. Gregory will deliver the car on Thursday morning, the first day we’ll need to use it.
It’s an older car, but has AC, seat belts and works well which is fine. For our local exploration and shopping this will be fine regardless of how old or worn this car may be.
As for our past day, we were a little worried when there was no running water yesterday afternoon. Within minutes of reporting this to Gregory, two workers arrived at the house, spending several hours repairing the issue. This reminded us of similar issues we’ve encountered without water and electricity in less developed countries throughout the world.
|We dine at this table.|
There’s a bottled water dispenser here, which would have seen us through the night if necessary. Unfortunately, the water quit while Tom was in the shower after soaping up.
When he appeared in the living room, covered in soap, I suggested he take some bottled water to get the soap off until we had water again. He did so, but felt dirty and sticky until hours later when the water was working and he was able to finish his shower.
|We won’t be using this sofa, preferring to spend time in the living room. Photos will follow tomorrow.|
We postponed dinner when the workers were attempting to resolve the issue right outside the dining room door. Finally, they were done. The water was running again and we were able to quietly enjoy our meal, most of which we’d prepared earlier in the day.
Here are a few more photos of the house taken from the listing here. We’ll be back with Phuket photos as soon as we get out and about later this week. Thanks for your patience.
|Delicious pho without noodles.|
In my old life before my special diet, pho was a favorite Vietnamese soup which I often enjoyed with son Greg at a local Minneapolis Vietnamese Restaurant. At that time I was able to have the wide noodles added to the delicious broth along with the vegetables and basil.
|The server passed this plate of appetizers…tarantulas, tiny whole frogs and crickets.|
|I made up this plate for this photo although I never took a bite since they’re soaked in sugar to make them more palatable.|
The remainder of the meals on both on the ship and at a number of restaurants included in the cruise/tour were varied and overall excellent. Most of my meals were good, especially on the ship although, a few restaurants had a more difficult time often presenting me with overcooked steak, boiled fish and steamed bok choy for a bland and unseasoned meal.
|Tom took a few small bites.|
Tom gained back 10 of his recently lost 20 pounds in Bali but now since our arrival in Phuket he’s already rapidly dropping those pounds by eating homemade meals befitting my way of eating based on what we were able to find at a local market.
|A tarantula leg was resting on my tooth making me look like I was missing a tooth in this goofy photo.|
|A beautiful bouquet already made by nature at the Cairns Botanical Garden in Australia. For more photos, please click here.|