September 30 was our last day in Phuket, and we flew to Sydney that night. We both lost weight (Dale lost 8 kilograms; Darcie lost 4), discovered that we like Muay Thai, and learned some better health habits at the resort. We also visited Phuket Town, an older part of the city with shops and restaurants.
Our resort in Phuket focuses on Paleo meals and encourages us to drink a lot of water. We also start off each morning with a cup of "Bulletproof Coffee," a controversial concoction of coffee, butter and coconut oil that totals about 450 calories (compared to 300 in an Egg McMuffin)! By Day 2, the staff apparently recognized that they might need to supersize Dale's TP supply.
Also, each morning we go for a walk at a different location in Phuket, which has included a lake, dam reservoir, beachfronts, and dinosaur park.
The first syllable of "Phuket" is pronounced "poo," which leads to just as much sophomoric joking as the intentional mispronunciation that Darcie's mom enjoys when she asks about our trip (i.e., "How's fuck-it, you two?").
In any case, back in Siem Reap, we took a 5:30am tuk-tuk ride to the airport in the middle of a monsoon downpour. Actually, it wasn't bad: we stayed dry and alive.
This was our first experience flying Air Asia, a discount airline (and the one who had a fatal crash in December 2015). Overall, the experience was pretty good, with quick luggage check in, (which we paid extra for) efficient boarding, decent seats (which we paid extra for), a small breakfast (which we paid extra for), and a smooth flight. The biggest issue was the other passengers, who had bad manners which they were passing-on to their toddlers, in our humble opinions. Total cost for 2, one-way flights from Siem Reap to Phuket? $166.
Another issue we faced was that Dale broke a tooth in Cambodia, so we needed to get that fixed ASAP. Our resort in Thailand found a local dentist who is able to make a crown of Dale's tooth during our stay. Thank you, Smile Island Dentistry! www.dental-clinic-phuket.com/