Neither Vietnam nor Cambodia...
03.06.2009 90 °F
Thailand is quite different from the two places we have already been. I knew coming in that Phuket was quite touristy, even since the tsunami. I think I slightly underestimated how touristy it would be and also it is magnified since we are coming from a month in Vinh.
Phuket is what it is, a vacation destination. It doesn't make excuses, lots of tourists (seems like 85% at least are Scandinavian), prices much higher than in Vietnam. We have been forced to be even more frugal since Capital One ATM cards don't work in Thailand.
But on the other hand, it is still a beautiful place and a great vacation. Wonderful, sunny beaches and amazing sunsets. It just has taken me some adjusting which has been smoothed over by yummy Mai Thais and Pina Coladas (though not as good as my Harbour Island specials). We also found an amazing local Thai food place with incredibly flavorful dishes for dirt cheap by Phuket standards.
Tomorrow we leave for 2 and maybe 3 nights on the quieter Ko Lanta, then maybe one night on Phi Phi before heading back to Phuket for a night and on to Bangkok.