Friday, October 10, 2008

On the move

Last week we'd been staying in Phuket Town so that we were right in the middle of the action during the festival. Now that it's finished we've moved over the hill to check out Patong.

Before leaving town, we decided to have lunch at this little jungle cafe on the top of Rang Hill called Tung Ka Cafe. The view over Phuket Town and south down the coast to Rawai was stunning. The food was really tasty too, chicken satay and a lovely fresh stir fry with cashew nuts (back into the meat now!). They even had soft seats. It sounds weird but comfy furniture is one of those things you don't realise you miss until you have it again. I had to giggle when I noticed they were playing Christmas songs in the background though.The coffee afterwards was served in the traditional Thai way, with a refreshing cup of tea alongside.
Patong is one of the most popular beaches on Phuket, it's on the west coast just north of Karon. It has a long white sand beach, several large malls with a cinema and supermarket, beautiful green hills all around, and a pumping night life (apparently!).It also seems to have a bit of a reputation for being one of Thailand's major destinations for sex tourism, however, unless you're out at 3am, this aspect of Patong goes largely unseen.

If you put aside its reputation, Patong is actually pretty cool. There are loads of different places to eat, ranging from cheap road side stalls to high end internationally acclaimed restaurants. In Kata/Karon area we found it a bit tricky finding cheap eats as it's a bit more resorty.

Bighead and I do like to be close to the action and the food, so perhaps Patong is the one for us??

Today however, we're off to Phi Phi for a couple of days to do some diving. We've never been before so I'm looking forward to seeing what the fuss is all about.