The rain stopped after a few hours, so early afternoon we went down to the pool, chilled, then went for a walk along Karon Beach. Karon Beach is the third longest beach on Phuket Island, so we rock-paper-scissored to decide to walk the left half or walk the right half. We walked right.
There is a strong rip current at this beach, and after the mornings rain storm the tropical blue waters were a sandy brown. Karon Beach was hit during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. At the end of the beach there is the dilapidated remains of what looks to have been a home. We wondered if this home is a last remaining result of the tsunami? It is an odd feeling knowing we are at one of the locations where this horrific tragedy took place.
The parasailing on the beach is big business. It is crazy and appears not safe or regulated!! A guy hangs off the lines, without a harness, to control the parasail!!!! Michael also noticed a rip in one of them!!
Atop one of the hills off in the distance, called the Nakkerd Hills, sits a huge statue of Buddha.
The “other side” of what Thailand is known for appears to be simmering underneath. The door is opened a crack, for those who want to open it. Perhaps because there are so many families in the area, that this darker side of Karon Village stays beneath the surface? I’m not sure? This is my first time to Thailand. But I’ve heard stories. So far I’ve seen nothing of what I’ve heard. But not Michael! After supper we planned to rent a scooter and drive to Patong. Michael went to the village to check out scooter prices while I remained at the hotel waiting for the impossibly slow internet to upload pictures for this blog! Not too far from the hotel, he was approached by a prostitute. Shortly after, when we returned to the area together, she didn’t even acknowledge him as Michael pointed her out to me. I guess man walking alone, without family signals fair game! 😉
We decided to hold off renting the scooter and walked around the village. We played a game of pool and tried the Fish Foot Spa!! I couldn’t handle it because it tickled SO much and felt SO weird!! Michael lasted a bit, just a bit longer than me and he too found the sensations of hundreds of fish eating the dead skin off your legs and feet too much!!! We also noticed that the larger, more main street restaurants were packed, realizing that when we ate supper earlier at the hotel no one was there because hotel prices vs street prices!
The weather was electric as lighting illuminated the sky. I managed to get one picture – not the best quality – but I got one!!! Soon after I took the picture, we left the many restaurants, bars, massage parlors and shops behind and went back to the hotel and hit the sack!!
More adventures tomorrow!!!
Love, Stephanie xo