VagaBabe's Phuket story:
Last weekend we went to Phuket, Thailand. It took an hour and a half to get there on the plane. It was 8:00 when we arrived in Phuket. We went to our hotel and got dinner. I got a delicious Pad Thai.
In the morning, I ate a delicious breakfast. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw two baby elephants. I raced over to where the elephants were coming from. I was lucky, because I got to play with the elephants before they came out to play with everyone else. The first elephant I met was named Lucky. Lucky kept kissing Hubby. He also played the harmonica. Another little boy came along and walked Lucky to breakfast. I walked with them too, but I didn't hold Lucky's trunk. When we got to breakfast, I played with Lucky and rode on him. Then I went over to say "hi" to Lilly, the other baby elephant. Lilly is one year older than Lucky. Lilly was 4 years old and Lucky was 3 years old. Lilly gave me a back massage and she lifted me up by her trunk! The next day, I walked with Lucky and held his trunk. Next, I finally got to hold Lilly's trunk. Then, it is true when people say that elephant's have good memory because the next day Lilly remembered me and grabbed my hand to walk her down to breakfast. I was very sad to leave the elephants. They made it so my new favorite animals are....elephants!!!! I searched and searched for stuffed elephants so that I could remember them. Well, that didn't happen for awhile, but luckily I found some at the Night Safari in Singapore.
The last morning in Phuket, I thought I would never see Lucky and Lilly again. But, in the afternoon, I was at the beach and Lucky and Lilly came to play on the beach! I watched Lucky play mini golf with the harmonica. He was holding the harmonica and would whack the ball with it. We also saw Lucky playing in the ocean. It was so cute and hilarious. I have never seen an elephant go in the ocean before! Oh, how I miss those elephants!!
We went on a sea canoe tour. When we got on the boat, the staff gave us drinks. They were all in glass bottles so all of the soda and water tasted better than in plastic bottles. I got a Sprite. It was like dessert! While we were on the canoes, we went into 3 caves. One was called bat cave. The second was the oyster cave. The third was the mangrove cave. We had to lay down in our canoe when the ceiling of the cave was really low. I did not like the bat cave because there were a lot of bats in there. I was scared of the bats because I thought they would suck the blood out of me just like bats suck blood out of cows. Apparently, these were not blood sucking bats. I kept my eyes closed the whole time. Hubby asked what was dropping on our heads. He wanted to know if it was water or bat pee. Well, what could our tour guide say? He told us it was just water. The oyster cave was covered in oyster shells. I thought it was made out of oyster shells. That cave didn't really freak me out. The mangrove cave was easier to get through. The ceiling was tall.
When we came through the caves, we arrived in jungle lagoons. I thought that was pretty cool. But, we did not see any monkeys because it was a cloudy day. I learned that monkeys can swim. I saw jelly fish in the lagoon. I didn't know that some jelly fish were not poisonous. So, when our guide picked up one of the jelly fish, I was a little freaked out.
We were on the boat all day. We had lunch and dinner there. We had Thai food for lunch and seafood for dinner. While we were waiting for dinner, we swam off the back of the boat. Hubby did a cannonball and made a huge splash. I used my snorkel, but did not put my head all the way under water. I was a little scared. The staff were watching out for us and told us that there were jelly fish in the water. After swimming, WanderMom, Noi, and I made a loy kratong. Since it was my Mom and Dads' anniversary, our tour guide helped us make love birds for our loy kratong. Later, we took a canoe to another cave and lagoon, we lit four candles on our loy kratong, made a wish, and then released the kratong into the water. On the way back through the cave, we saw sparkling water. It was so cool!! When you splashed the water with your hand there were little flashes of light. It looked sparkly! That was one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life.
On our last day in Phuket, we went to a massage and hair braiding hut on the beach near our hotel. My Mom and Dad got massages and I got my hair braided. I got beads at the end of all of my braids. I picked yellow, pink, and green colored beads. There were three people braiding my hair at the same time. Sometimes it hurt and sometimes it didn't. When they were done, I thought my hair looked cool and gorgeous. I have to say, I did like my hair down a little better than it being braided. I liked it down because it was easier to sleep. With the beads, I have to sleep in a weird position to be comfortable.
One thing I really, really, really didn't like about Phuket was that I could not swim in the ocean because there were rip tides. I was pretty smart about the rip tides. I saw the red flags flying on the beach which meant it wasn't safe. I really wanted to swim in the ocean but I didn't get to do that. At least we had a really, really, really, really, really long pool at our hotel. It was like a giant snake. There were bridges over the pool so I got to swim under the bridges. That was fun! I think I made a world record by snorkeling around the entire pool without coming out of the water once. I needed to practice my snorkeling.
That was my trip to Phuket!