The last full day we had in Phuket was my birthday. I couldn't think of a better place to be to celebrate. We did the whole pool- sea - beach chair routine again.
At the end of the afternoon I treated myself to a Thai massage right by the beach while David was reading a book. What a perfect way to pamper yourself! Massage, sun and the soothing sound of the waves. Best bday day evaahh
After getting cleaned up we went to another local restaurant for some yummy food
and off to "Simon cabaret" to see the Lady Boys perform. What was supposed to be an excellent cabaret show turned out to be very amateurish as the "ladies" were neither singing (nor knew the English words to the songs they were lip sinking) or synchronized in their dance steps. But oh my goodness were some of them disturbingly beautiful!!! I say disturbingly because if you wouldn't have known they were all dudes, there is no way you would have guessed those stunning women where supposed to be wearing boxers or briefs instead of bikini or thongs..
We had a lot of giggles watching a Thai Tina Turner shaking what her mama gave her and even more watching a chunky Diana Ross singing "I wee swaaa" (or "I will survive" as we know it in America) then having her shimmy her breasts ON the face of some poor Chinese guy sitting in the front row. Hilarious!!
After the show we ventured on to Patong. Another city in Phuket. Patong is where the action is. In fact the place is complete mayhem. It's a bit like Vegas with bars, lights people flicking things at you except that instead of being little cards for strip clubs and escorts it's signs for go-go girls (lots of ladyboys here too) and ping pong shows.. but not the G rated ones if you follow my drift...
There is also A LOT of prostitution happening in the city. We found it quite disgusting to see many older man walking arm in arm with young Thai prostitute(s) on a mission to get to their hotel. But we found a dark pleasure in seeing a few clueless men being accompanied with ladyboys instead of a woman they thought they were going "home" with - which we heard happens on a regular basis to some ignorant tourists going to Thailand for the insanely cheap prostitutes. Surpriiise!!!
We had a few drinks at different bars and ended the night at another bar. Actually a roof top pool party with Amy and a few friends visiting her.
The next day was time to pack our suitcase and go back to Bangkok for our last night. We still had half the day on Kata Noi beach so we were up super early to enjoy every minute of it. We were staying at the airport hotel and arrived around 7pm. Since we have been waking up before 7am pretty much every single day of our vacation to go exploring this amazing country, we decided to stay in for the night as we were both quite tired from our vacation.
We've been to a few countries and each trip is as exciting as the next but we both agree Thailand was the most fabulous and diverse yet. Thai people are outstandingly nice and we will miss being greeted by a happy "Sawa dee Ka" (or Sawa dee Kap for a man) - which means hello in Thai. We will miss the delicious food, especially from Chiang Mai at the Boat restaurant were we found THE BEST Thai food for about $4 for dinner for 2 including drinks. We will also miss culture, traditions and the architecture of this beautiful country.
With heavy hearts we left Bangkok this morning and are back in Japan for our first layover. Next stop: Washington, then home to Boston where we will most likely sleep all weekend to recover from the 26 straight hours of travel, the jet lag and a very satisfying vacation!! When we awake I'm sure the first thought will be WHERE TO NEXT?!?