The magic of arriving in Phuket Old Town was somewhat hampered by the fact that we spent an hour driving around the same block looking for our hostel. The taxi driver spoke literally one word of English, “OK” he would say and then we would go around the block again and find a new person to ask for directions. The interesting thing was that the driver actually had our hostel pinpointed on Google maps the whole time and was really just terrible at following prompted instructions. Ricky took one look at the phone and directed the poor guy straight to our hostel.
It had been a long yet surprisingly easy day of travel. We had flown from Denpasar, Bali to Singapore where the stopover was so short it had us quickly stuffing our faces with a delicious sushi burrito before racing back to board our next flight from Singapore to Phuket in Thailand. The flights were so short, in fact, that Ashton and I didn’t even get to finish one, albeit long, movie over the two flights!
Much to our delight the boys behaved amazingly well during the entire trip. I think Rory, the lazy child that he is, actually prefers the travel days. With a pocket full of somewhat healthy coconut candy (no artificial ingredients at least!) as well as unlimited time on his Nintendo 3DS during the flights that little boy is in his element. As much as I despise and try to minimise the boys time on mindless video games, there are times when I really do appreciate and send thanks up to the creators of these technologically advanced pieces of equipment.
Despite the relative ease of the day it was with great relief that we were able to step out of that taxi and into our newfound place of rest for the next week. And while the room was merely a four person dormitory with two sets of bunk beds, both the room and the rest of the hostel were clean with a friendly atmosphere and the beds themselves looked to be of king single size which to us was a huge bonus. The smallest of unexpected surprises could have us smiling these days!
The staff were wonderfully helpful and informed us of a night market that was just around the corner which, of course, we excitedly decided to check out. The street was lit up with beautiful fairy lights and the space was buzzing with Thai school children in uniforms as well as families. There were a myriad of different stalls selling all types of Thai snacks as well as clothing, shoes, watches, electronics and toys. I was delighted to spy a stall selling sugarcane juice and the boys jumped up and down upon setting eyes on a stall which had small Pokemon figurines and fake Lego mini figures on display.
Beside the markets was a convenience store selling many kinds of cut up fruit, small bowls of rice as well as steamed corn all for 10 Baht, approximately the equivalent to 35 Australian cents! Everything was so cheap, so pretty and the market clothing and shoes even looked to be of decent quality. There were even footpaths lining the street which was a novelty having just come from Bali!
As we walked back to the hostel, ready for a good night’s sleep, I couldn’t help but sing quietly to myself, in the words of Annie… “I think I ‘m gonna like it here”
xx Travelling Fresh