I had acupuncture for the first time today. I've been suffering with a bad neck and my physio decided to try a course of this. It was a very unpleasant experience. I lay on my stomach and had needles poked in my neck and ankles, and - despite what some claim - some of them did hurt. So far, it has had no effect on my neck, but the physio did say it make take two or three sessions before I started to see any benefit. Including today's, I have a total of seven sessions booked, and I'm not looking forward to the rest.
Wed, Jan. 29th, 2014, 11:27 am
On our way home
Wednesday 29th January 2014
And so the end arrives. Tracey and I got up reasonably early and had a final walk up and down Kamala beach before back to the hotel to shower, pack and check out. We still then had four hours to kill before our shuttle to the airport, so we had lunch, played cards and had a drink in a beach bar. I’m now writing this at Phuket Airport waiting for our flight. We change at Abu Dhabi and will arrive at Manchester very early Thursday morning.
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – part two
After eating, Tracey and I went down to the beach to let off a couple of Chinese lanterns, each with our name on it. Tracey then had an early night and I had three German HB Dunkel beers down the Aussie Pub.
Tue, Jan. 28th, 2014, 11:07 am
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – part one
Today is our final full day in Phuket (sniff!). Both of us had a latish breakfast and then headed for Patong, and the beach. A couple of hours spent lounging, reading and swimming later, we wandered down to the Jung Ceylon shopping centre for some air-conditioned browsing in the basement market, where we bought some more souvenirs. Chips and beer then followed at the Full Moon brewpub, and I got to chat with the brewer. We are now back at the hotel and will be going out soon for our evening meal.
Tue, Jan. 28th, 2014, 01:07 am
Monday 27th January 2014
After yesterday’s quiet day, Tracey and I decided to have another adventure day, so we went on our second island hopping tour. Leaving in the morning from Ao Po Pier near Phuket Town, we were taken on a slow boat to Panak Island. Here we switched to canoes and were taken by our guide Juan (oddly wearing a Chelsea shirt – I thought they were all Manchester United fans round here) to a little beach from where we entered a cave. Wading through water and ducking to avoid hanging rocks, we reached a place where we could stand and Juan pointed his torch upwards to bats hanging from the ceiling. We carried on to where it opened up again, this time to the sky. We were in a lagoon at low tide, and it was breathtakingly beautiful. Some of the lagoon bed was mud and we could see little walking fish scurrying along. Time to stoop low again on the trip back to the canoe. John then rowed us to another cave, and this time we could sail straight in to another lagoon at low tide. Again, jaw dropping scenery.
Juan took us from there back to the main boat for lunch and on to Hong Island.
There were about forty of us on the trip, and when the canoes took us all to a little beach on Hong Island, we were the only ones on that beach. Time for a little swimming and relaxing before going back the big boat and onto our final destination – Phang Nga, also known as James Bond Island as it was used for some of the filming in the 1973 film “The Man With the Golden Gun”.
Long tail boats were used to transfer us to the island, which, as you might expect, is a bit commercial with a lot of souvenir shops with over aggressive sales people. We took pictures with the famous tall rock from the film in the background. Tracey came close to losing a flip-flop in the mud when she waded out towards the rock for a better picture.
And that was that, back to the hotel for a meal tired but happy.
Sun, Jan. 26th, 2014, 04:18 pm
Sunday 26th January 2014
I had a bit of sunburn on my shoulders and Tracey had a heat rash, so today became a stay-out-of-the-sun day, which meant lounging on the shaded couches near the bar before an evening trip to Patong to wander round the shops. This, of course, involved a visit to our two main Patong haunts of Full Moon brewpub and U2 bar.
Saturday 25th January 2014
Today was a bit of an odd day as I had some work to do, so after having breakfast together, Tracey went to the beach and I to my room to write an article. I joined Tracey during the odd break and for lunch. The work was finished mid-afternoon, so I then went to the beach with Tracey till teatime.
I’ve now started my second holiday book – “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, an SF novel set in a post-apocalyptic USA. Not read anything by him before and his rather unusual writing style takes a bit of getting used to. For example, he uses a lot of sentences that are just not sentences. His use of apostrophes is erratic – he puts apostrophes in some contractions, such as “He’d” and “We’re” but not in others such as “can’t” and “don’t”. And he just ignores speech marks. Despite these flaws, the story is actually quite good.
After dinner, Tracey and I had a little walk round Kamala village and a drink in the hotel bar. She then retired early to bed and I headed back to the village to discover all the good bars were shut; something to do with election day. I knew the Aussie Pub would be open, but was too tired to walk there so took that as an omen and I’m now back in the hotel catching up on a few things online before having an early night myself.