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.
In Phuket Town, we visited a dragon fountain built in honor of the Thai Queen's 72nd birthday.
And, no trip to Thailand is complete without an elephant siting. This kiddo lived just down the street from our resort.
We left the resort for an overnight flight to Sydney on Jet Star, the budget airline affiliated with Qantas. We booked Business Class seats because by the time we added up all of the extra fees for the right to choose a seat, check bags, carry-on bags, get food and water, board early, etc., economy tickets were not that much cheaper than business class. Also, Jet Star did not allow on-line check-in, and restricted airport check-in to a 2-hour window. (Miss that time window, and there's a fee!!!) When we arrived, a line of about 100 people had already formed for check in, but...Business Class had their own line with only 1 other person in it! Ditto for boarding! Business Class on Jet Star is more like "Delta Comfort" in our world: wider seats, free movies, your choice of 3 dinners, and a refresher kit with toothbrush and sleep mask. Otherwise, it is clearly a budget airline.
Landing at the Sydney airport was confusing. There was very little signage and even less live help explaining which line was the appropriate immigration line for us. Really surprising, given that less-developed countries have this process perfected. Nonetheless, we fumbled through the crowds and started our Australia leg of the trip.