Monday, December 25 – Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday morning we took the subway to a station with the Skyliner, which is a high-speed train that goes from Tokyo to the Narita airport. Super early. Too early.
Alex still managed to wear her Santa Hat. I wanted coffee.
Because we bought cheap tickets, we got screwed on flight times. We flew China Air from Tokyo to Shanghai.
Spent 8 plus hours in the Shanghai airport.
Monday night we flew from Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur. I think we got in at 2 or 3 a.m.? The highlight was discovering Christmas tree doughnuts at a Dunkin’ Donuts at the airport.
Then we had to take a taxi to a different airport, and take a short flight to Phuket. Whew. We got to Phuket at around 6 a.m. AHHHHH, happiness!
Phuket is, like, a HUGE island. We were staying at the very southern tip, so it was a long taxi ride to our place.
But we made it to THE BEACH!
And we parked ourselves there for the rest of the week.
All I brought was my swimsuit from swimming class. Our beach was mostly Russians on vacation, so I was wearing more fabric than anyone on the beach. Ha!
The 4 hours of sleep in 48 hours, after a six-hour eating/drinking party combined with a day of travel, WIPED me out. I slept for most of the first day and had little appetite.
My Christmas dinner was boiled potatoes. Sad.
Our time in Thailand was mainly spent at the beach: drinking coconut water, swimming, and reading. We also had a pool at our place.
And a pool cat.
Our place also had a little restaurant/bar. They served a complimentary breakfast in the morning. I usually went with corn flakes and fruit or The American. I’ve been eating instant oatmeal for pretty much every breakfast in Japan, so this was a nice change.
Alex and I did not want to leave Thailand. If we could go back, we both said that we would spend more time in Thailand, and travel to different parts of the country. It’s just such a long country. Chiang Mai was too far to make it to this time.
But Malaysia was super interesting!
Next: George Town, Malaysia