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Udon Thani to Phuket - June 28

Last leg of our journey! :/

sunny 93 °F
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This morning, for the first time since we’ve been in Thailand (and one of the few time so this whole trip!), we didn’t set an alarm. So I woke up to the girls knocking on our door at 9:30! The time difference is still affecting me some.

After breakfast, we requested a late check out and went and used the pool (on the 5th floor, but on the side of the hotel so it’s outdoors even though there are 13 floors) for awhile. Nudi was asking why we like to be tan, since here it is the opposite. She says here, it’s a status/social class symbol - the lower class have jobs where they have to work outside, so they get dark, while the people who have better jobs work inside in the air conditioning and their skin stays light. So they want to have light skin. So, despite it being a sunny, gorgeous day - we had the pool area to ourselves.

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We were also talking about snow, and how she felt about seeing it for the first time, and how she felt by the end of winter, etc. She said that although they of course don’t get snow days, she did have her college classes canceled for a day a few months ago because of how bad the air quality/pollution was in Bangkok during the hot season. Crazy to believe with today being 93 with a ‘feels like’ of 107, now is not the hot season! This is ‘rainy season’, which seems to mean it rains once or twice each day, for 15 minutes or less, and otherwise it’s sunny to partly cloudy.

After we checked out, we went next door to the large mall, and Terri and Natalie got gel nails - $30 for both of us, and they don’t tip here! Nudi had just had hers done, plus she said the mall is really expensive compared to where she goes, but she interpreted for us.

We noticed a lot of kids at the mall, hanging out together and easily identifiable by their school uniforms. Since it’s a school day, and still school hours, Nudi’s best guess is a teacher inservice? Nudi says it is very typical for kids to hang out at the mall together, just like they do in the States, especially because it is very uncommon for them to go to each others’ houses.

For lunch, we at Kentucky Fried Chicken in the mall, at Nudi’s suggestion. She told us it’s realy good here and quite different from in the U.S. We had to wait for our order for 30 minutes (we agreed to this before paying) because they hadn’t cooked the rice yet. She was right - SO good! She also told me that McDonald’s serves kao pad basil, (now one of) my favorite Thai dish!

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We had a bit of a panic when it was time to go to the airport. When Nudi had said she thought leaving the hotel at 4:00 for a 5:45 flight would be good, I mentally questioned that, but didn’t say anything, thinking that I would be taking care of our transportation and would arrange for 3:30. When we found that our same driver was taking us, I didn’t speak up. Well, our driver got held up in traffic and didn’t get to our hotel until 4:30. It was a 20 minute drive to the airport - so we arrived at about 4:55. Thankfully, it’s a small airport and also Nudi’s mom was there waiting to tell us goodbye, and she knew one of the ladies doing check-in, and there was no line, so we had no problem and even had to wait about 30 minutes before boarding began - phew!

Our VRBO in Phuket was about an hour’s drive from the airport - again I underestimated the size of the town - so I was really glad I had prearranged transportation. This place was kind of my “splurge”, though the price was only slightly more than the other places we stayed. It’s a house with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a great view of town and the beach, and a ‘9 minute walk’ to the beach. It’s beautiful, but being in the hills, we are having flashbacks to Croatia - hills and stairs!! ;)

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After we started some laundry and got a little Seattle’s, we walked down the hill to get something to eat. We chose a place on “Pee Street” that was delicious!

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Posted by Rowlandfamily 06:58 Archived in Thailand

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