For the final few days of our trip, we headed back to
the mainland a larger island.
Come to think of it, I haven’t actually been anywhere BUT islands for 6 months…
Instead of returning to the crazy party atmosphere of Patong, we opted to go to Kamala Beach, also on the Western side of Phuket, just north of Patong.
We really enjoyed the more laid back, family friendly atmosphere of this area. It’s nice to be set apart a bit from the craziness, but still to be close enough to Patong that one could enjoy the many attractions and restaurants that it has to offer.
We stayed at Kamala Regent Resort, and highly recommend this hotel! While it is a 10 minutes walk or so from town and the beach, they provide a shuttle service four times a day for those that do not want to walk. It was priced very reasonably, and the staff was helpful. It was set back a bit from town, and was the perfect place to relax.
The first day, which was unfortunately quite rainy, we spent at the beach. It is a long beach, and much less crowded than that of Patong. We enjoyed grilled corn and coconut ice cream (in coconut shells!) for an appropriately beachy lunch, then escaped the rain for a night in.
Christmas Eve was spent around the hotel, soaking up lots of sun and enjoying the pool and some pretty crazy cool lawn chairs. Now we’re trying to round out our time here with something Christmas-y, but that’s rather hard to come across here.
Tomorrow we’ll be headed out to our respective locations – Hannah to the home in Chiang Mai, and myself to Bangkok to meet my family!
In summary, here’s a quick overview of my holiday season, to date:
1. 11 days in Southern Thailand with a friend from home. We’re talking beautiful beaches, fruit smoothies, legit pad thai, and everything else good. Including Reese’s.
2. Meeting my family to spend more time at the beach and exploring Bangkok. That’s 6 wonderful people, all the way from the good ol’ US of A. They have also all formerly proven themselves as excellent beach buddies. It’s about to get real.
3. Taking a through-the-night train with my family on New Year’s Eve to work with the Remember Nhu ministry in Chiang Mai. This is a super cool ministry that I have been interested in working with for a long time. Can’t wait.
4. We’re going to ride freaking elephants.
Also, my beloved parents are bringing me an entire suitcase full of things that I miss. That’s 50 pounds of American goodness, folks.
BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER.