Well, our alarms alerted us at 5:30 am telling us that it was time to get up and out of our hotel room to attend one of the Vegetarian Festival parades at 7 am. After a lot of grumbling with the lights still off, we decided that maybe the Vegetarian Festival wasn’t for us. Lynn really didn’t need to see people purposefully injuring themselves anyway. Instead we slept until a more appropriate time of 9 am at which point we headed downstairs to help ourselves to our hotel’s buffet breakfast.
During breakfast we had ambitions of renting a motorbike and touring the island, including the nearby Buddha on the hill. But, when we returned to our room and did a bit more research we were less and less confident. Neither of us had ever driven a motorbike before and supposedly you needed an international driver’s license or a license that included motorbikes up to a certain size, which neither of us had. Doug had also read that the #1 cause of fatalities for tourists in Thailand is motorbikes, so needless to say, we made the over-30 adult decision to forgo the motorbikes and instead spend the day lounging at our resort.
We gathered our things and found two chairs with an umbrella overlooking the beach. Lynn spent the morning making her way through a book about a small town in Texas in the 60s that one of their Sapa trekker friends had recommended while Doug listened to a few podcasts. After completing a few Doug treated himself to a beer and captured some of the parasailing excitement down on the beach. All this was supplemented with a few dips in the very refreshing ocean water.
When 1 pm rolled around it was time for lunch so we packed up a few things and took off down the beach to another seaside restaurant. Here Lynn ordered a kiwi shake and Doug a margarita, which was quite strong despite Doug’s post-tall boy perspective. For food we both intended to share some curry crab and chicken with mushrooms and corn, but Lynn can’t get over the sweetness so she just stuck to the latter while Doug enjoyed the former.
After lunch more lounging was had until some good waves started picking up around 3 pm and the two of us decided to hop in the ocean once again and get a closer look at the surfing action that had started. We stayed out of the way for the most part and laughed at a few missed attempts while sometimes being taken out ourselves. We were only in the water for maybe 15 minutes before a steady rain started to fall and Lynn, always practical, chose to get out to make sure their items were under an umbrella. Doug stayed for a few extra minutes, intending to stay longer, but a jellyfish or jellyfish part got a hold of him and stung him, so he was also out of the water quickly after.
Not to let the rain deter us from Phuket activities, we packed up our things intent on finding Doug an aloe massage and Lynn a pedicure. After a brief stop in the hotel room, we made our way up the street to find a shop that would do both for $22 USD. Doug enjoyed his hour long skin and burn soothing massage while Lynn had her blisters handled and toes painted a delightful coral color. Lynn also got to enjoy the experience with two sleeping friends, a kitty and puppy.
Relaxed and soothed, it was then time for dinner. TripAdvisor had informed us that there was a very tasty Turkish restaurant in town. So, guess what! It was date night! At least that’s what we chose to make it since roughly a year ago we were in Istanbul on our honeymoon. We surprised the Turkish waitress when we ordered some Raki to start (with water of course, because we know what’s up) which she recommended pairing with a cheese plate. When the cheese plate showed up it also came with some homemade pickled beets and cabbage. For the main meal we split a sampler platter which consisted of lamb and chicken kabobs, meatballs, flavored breads, hummus, spicy walnut spread, and tzatziki. And I would just like to say that Doug said (word for word) “that’s some good lamb.” So, it looks like we’ll be eating lamb at home now, you are all witnesses. Then, we completed the meal by sharing a baklava and some Turkish coffee. We could not have asked for a better anniversary meal, so if you are even in Kata Beach in Phuket, please go to the Istanbul Restaurant. We were stuffed and it was time for bed, so off we went back to the hotel.
Daily Walking Mileage: 6 miles
- You can pay $45 USD to take a very exhilarating 3 minute parasailing trip around Kata Beach. You may even lose a limb to a tree or the beach OR witness the guy who helps you up fall from 200 ft in the air into the water. We did not witness either of these, but Lynn could just about imagine it.
- Lynn finished her recommended book, The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry. There seem to have been some very questionable things done with animals in the 60s in Texas. She is very happy that she did not grow up during this time, but she will still finish the 4 book series. Let us know if you have any other book recommendations for us!