Thursday, 26 January 2012


January 26th Mai Khao

As planned we have been touring the island on a scooter.  We managed a complete lap yesterday including phuket town, the big Budha, Patong, Surin, Kata, Karon and Kamala beaches. It was dark by the time we got back and we were both fairly saddle sore!  Today we didn't go as far but I did have a Top Gun moment riding alongside the runway of Phuket airport, well I was on a scooter and there weren't any fighter jets.
New set of wheels, the helmet almost matches my top as well!

Wat Chalong

Very calming inside

Not so much in the market outside!

Says it all

45m high, it is a big Budha

Our bungalow on the beach

Helmet hair, but a nice view

A little better than Bradwell on Sea

The island is quite hilly but not as bad as some may make you believe but the roads are quite busy so cycling would not be as much fun as the rest of the ride so far.  I am sure you can stay off the main roads to a certain extent but you will also be missing some of the main attractions.

Phuket is one beach after another, at this time of year many are packed and Patong was just mayhem.  This is not my cup of tea and much prefer the relatively quiet beach at Mai Khao where we are staying.  The place is a little remote with 4 or 5 resorts scattered over 2.5km and not much in between, you need to be a beach lover or get some transport if you stay here. Seaside cottages are the cheapest in the area but were full when we arrived but Mai Khao Beach Bungalows are nice and our air  con room cost 1300baht.

If I wanted just a bit more life my first choice would be Nai Thon Beach.

We have a couple of days left to plan where next, getting a bus is turning out to be a pain as the operators will not agree to take the bikes until they Can see how busy the bus is that day.  We might cycle back up to Surat Thani or Chumphon to get the train, we haven't decided yet.  I think we are going to forget going to Krabi though.

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