Sunday June 23rd, 2013 – Patong, Thailand
Yet another fairly early rise – whyyyyy is it so easy to get up early when on holiday? I guess the heat and light helps.. especially compared with a -1, black as night, morning in Christchurch. Another amazing breakfast – pastries, donuts, waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, fried rice.. take your pick, followed by the massage deal of the day – 2x cocktails, canapes, and an hour and a half of massage bliss.
We decided to take a trip into Patong for the day – the resort has a daily shuttle departing at 12pm or 3pm, for 300 THB per person, per one way – and we would get a taxi back to Nai Yang. During the 40-odd minute drive down to Patong, we passed through Phuket Town where we happened to see the biggest, ugliest, hairiest spider I have ever seen scuttling across the car in the lane next to us. I really wish I got a photo of this for you, but it climbed under the window shade where the driver then jammed it’s leg in the window
So when we finally arrived in Patong, our driver dropped us off at Jungceylon Mall (we later realised that this is because the one way system at the beach front makes it too hard for them to get back north) where we had some food and made our way towards the beach front to find a tailor to make a suit for Craig. We stumbled across a tailor down a side street (which isn’t hard, as every second shop seems to be a tailor) called Princes, where the sign outside promised a jacket, pants, shirt, vest and tie for 95 USD ($122 NZD/2944.00 THB). However once inside, the sneaky (albeit quite lovely) Pakistani owner let us know that this included stitching and measurements only – the material is separate. In the end it cost Craig 5000 THB ($161.35 USD/$207.70 NZD) for just a jacket and pants (a tie thrown in for free in the end).
A quick trip back to Patong (dropped off at Jungceylon again, of course!!), and a quick look down BangLa Road where we couldn’t resist a pic with the wee cutie on Craig’s hand (I do know this isn’t very PC, but it was just so cute), and we had the first fitting completed and jumped in a taxi back to Nai Yang Beach – 900 Baht, ouch! We did get the pleasure of discovering this song though… tempting itunes download for sure! Listen to the song here!