01.01.2007 - 02.01.2007 32 °C
After another pleasant Air Asia flight we arrived in Phuket and headed for Kata Beach. On arrival we went to what appeared to be a very nice hotel indeed - featured on all the websites and looked really nice. And reasonably priced too so we were onto a winner - or so we thought....
After taking 2 hours to get checked in by the biggest drunk imbecile in the world, we went to our rooms. The rooms themselves were okay - clean and reasonably comfortable - but the service was absolutely abysmal. The best way to describe it was probably "3.5 star room, less than no stars service". Appalling - don't EVER consider going there if you're wanting a stressless holiday.
Anyway checked out this morning and headed to the beach itself. Spent a good few hours on a sun lounger under a parasol - very, very relaxing. The beach was pretty deserted - don't know whether it's just because it's off season or because of the tsunami, or maybe a mixture of both.
Speaking of the tsunami some of the damage is still pretty obvious however they are doing an absolutely sterling job of getting it back to normal again. Huge tsunami detection towers have been built and signs put up to show you where to go when there's a tsunami warning - it's all a bit odd to think that there was so much death and destruction here less than 18 months ago - quite spooky in a way, but life goes on.
Heading to Patong Beach now - hopefully it'll be a bit more lively than Kata and have a better hotel
Next update, soon - as long as the beach doesn't suck us in