The monsoon stays longer than hoped for but is not a major issue
24.08.2011 - 24.08.2011 29 °C
Awaking to the sound of monsoon rain it was an easy decision to plan for a relaxing day, indoors. I caught up on emails and travel planning whilst Trey and the boys took to the ocean to surf. With a broken fin and arguments over who should pay adding to the difficulty they found in surfing the relatively small waves it was a slightly bruised and tired group that wondered back to the hotel.
For myself the break in our schedule also provided the opportunity for a haircut. Always an interesting proposition in a foreign country I was able to communicate quite readily with the young girl who shaved and trimmed my hair into a more respectable bouffant. Hopefully, this will be my last haircut before returning to the UK.
Whilst we had been able to explore the beach at Kata, climbing rocks and building dams a brief lull in the rain, in the evening convinced us that a ten minute tuk-tuk ride to the main tourist town of Patong might help make us feel like we had achieved something.
It was only after to paying an extortionate 13 USD to ride to the town that we realized 5,000 US sailors were also in town – lucky Dwayne! The previous day we had noted a relatively small looking carrier ship off the coast of Phuket, flanked by three destroyers and a supply ship. This proved to be the USS Boxer. A wasp class amphibious attack unit carrying helicopters and marines. With the broad shoulders and short haircuts on display it was apparent that a large number of their crew were on shore, in Phuket, tonight.
Undeterred we found supper in a quiet backstreet, only to be greeted by the returning monsoons as we prepared to leave. Wondering the town for a brief while, in the pouring rain, we were soon back in our tuk-tuk heading for the hotel. Whilst the weather had been decidedly wet, today, the brief downtime would probably help prepare us for what we expected to be a fun and interesting trip to Cambodia.