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/
Now we are staying at a health and wellness resort, trying to break some bad eating habits and shed extra kilos! So far, it's going well. We got upgraded to a nicer room which is cleaned daily. Toilets in Thailand do not "accept" toilet paper, which is discarded in a nearby bin.
Similar to Cambodia, we have occasional gecko sightings in our room, and loose packs of dogs patrol the streets (these dogs look better fed).
The other guests at the resort are a lot of fun--all from Australia--so they've given us plenty of ideas of what to see and do while we're there.
At this resort, we've agreed to try all of the activities, so out next post should have updates on qi gong, muay thai, ice baths, steam baths, physiotherapy sessions, and other new agey stuff.