Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Headed South

From Chiang Rai we traveled to Phuket, an island in southern Thailand.  It was mostly a travel day stopping in Bangkok for a couple hours before our transfer flight.  Nick ate some kind of candy that he said tasted like feet, but I opted not to try it.

Flying into Phuket was a bit unnerving, we watched the beautiful bluegreen waters of the Andaman Sea/Indian Ocean from the plane when I saw the short runway in the distance.  We had to make a very sharp left turn to hit the runway and it looked like we might land in the ocean.  It had nothing on some of the runways in San Diego, LaGuardia and Boston where you feel like you could land in the water.

It took us an hour and a half to drive from the airport to the hotel, but we made it safe and sound.  The water is as clear as any oceanwater I’ve ever seen, is delightfully warm, and must have a very high salt content.  Well, either that or I have gained a bunch of fat since I was last in salt water.  I’m incredibly buoyant in the water and have just floated for minutes at a time.  We’ve just been vegging for the last two days on the beach.  Luckily, we have 50 spf sunscreen and with the exception of a couple of missed spots on Nick’s arm and hand, are thus far unscathed from burnt skin.  It’s a big worry since we’re just a few hundred miles from the equator.

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