After Songkhla we headed over to the west coast and spent a couple of days making our way up to Phuket. We rode into Phuket on the Monday and with relative ease found the Fedex office and said bye bye to our passports with fingers crossed that we would see them again! We then headed to the beach area of Ao Karon where we checked into a guesthouse and went out to see what Phuket had to offer. The answer to that would be Tourism Hell! It is basically one big resort with not much authentic Thai culture anywhere (unless you count the 'hostess bars' (of which there are hundreds) as authentic. There was a surprisingly huge number of Russians here, so much so that every other sign would be spelled in Thai and Russian. Maybe the Russian mafia runs brothels? Scandinavian bars were also plentiful with many restaurants claiming to serve homemade Swedish cuisine... It was all a bit tacky really and not a place we wanted to hang around for long. The beaches there were actually quite nice but the problem was you could barely see the sand for deckchairs and tourists. We stayed two nights and then started making our way down south again to the islands of the Krabi region.
Doing an oil change on the bike
They call me Crazy Cat Lady
Sunset at Pekbara
Packing up the bikes in Krabi
Heading back south again