This is post 7 in a series on my recent Southeast Asia trip. To read about our trip to Phang Nga Bay the day before, click here.
After a full day of fun the day before, we were tired on Tuesday! We ended up cancelling another day trip we had planned, and decided to stick to easy sightseeing instead. Our day started with breakfast, of course :)After breakfast, we took a taxi into town to visit Phuket Butterfly Town. We enjoyed an hour of walking around the garden outside and admiring the butterflies. Mike and I were both avid insect collectors when we were young, much to our moms’ dismay. I guess I wouldn’t be too happy either if our future kids paraded into the house with spiders, stick insects, grasshoppers and who knows what else in jars and insisted we keep them alive as pets!After our walk, I spotted a small cafe and checked their menu to see if they had Thai iced tea – Mike and I had wondered before whether Thai iced tea was called just “iced tea” in Thailand? Nope – they had regular iced tea in addition to this good stuff!Afterwards, we asked our taxi driver to drop us off at a restaurant popular with the locals in Phuket Town. After the last couple of days of unimpressive food at the resort, we were dying for some good, authentic Thai food! And we found it at Khun Jeed Yod Pak Restaurant. For the equivalent of $5 USD, we got a bowl of Pad See Ew (rice noodles with meat), Lad Nar (noodles in gravy), and spring rolls. So, so good. Our only lament was that we didn’t find this place a few days sooner! Happily full, we spent the rest of the afternoon in a tuk-tuk (motor rickshaw, cheaper than a taxi) touring the town and buying souvenirs. I loved riding the tuk-tuk – I know it has no seatbelts and we could have fallen out of the open windows, but it was refreshing and fun. We went home, tired and happy and grabbed a quick dinner near the hotel before heading to bed. We had an early taxi ride scheduled the next morning to go the airport!
Quick Stop in Singapore
We said goodbye to Phuket in the morning, and arrived back in Singapore around lunchtime. The plan was to meet up with my aunt in the afternoon because she and my uncle had generously offered to host us for a night before we headed to Malaysia the next day. So we ate a leisurely lunch at the airport and watched some Korean drama episodes on our laptop to kill time! It was nice to relax for a bit. I liked being able to order food from a little screen at our table – so efficient! The smoked duck ramen, however, did not hold a candle to Toki Underground in D.C. I’m completely addicted to that place.
I was a bad blogger and put my camera away for the rest of the day, so no pictures of my family or the famous Singaporean chili crab and pepper crab we all enjoyed that night.
Next week: last two vacation posts from our last Southeast Asia destination – Penang, Malaysia!