On November 30th, we flew to the island of Phuket for a relaxing 4 day weekend. It was a public holiday in the UAE and we had Thursday and Sunday off. We arrived in the evening and took our airport transfer to Point Yamu by Como, located on the eastern tip of Cape Yamu, overlooking the Andaman Sea. We had previously stayed at a Como Hotel in Bali and were looking forward to another experience. Luckily, we made it in time for happy hour before digging into some Thai food for dinner.
The next morning, we joined the Hatha yoga class, enjoyed a beautiful breakfast, and then relaxed by the pool reading our books. It was a bit overcast so we decided to go for a walk around the resort and found some secret stairs down to the beach. We walked for a ways, finding some interesting critters along the way, and then turned back before the tide came in. Plus we did not want to miss the afternoon yoga class. We soon realized that even though it was cloudy, the intense sun rays still found us as we got a bit burnt on our walk. We figured we had better pick up some sun screen (not sure how we forgot this – rookie mistake I know) and some cash so we grabbed a taxi into town to the local 7-eleven where we grabbed some SPF 30, singha beers, lays chips, and some Thai baht.
We made it back in time for happy hour at the Breeze Bar down the road which had some interesting cocktail concoctions with a Thai twist – the Thai Basilito and Thai Tini being our fav’s. We continued walking to find Lay Yamu in town for an authentic Thai dining experience. We ordered the papaya salad, grilled squid, and pad thai (which we could not resist).
The next morning, we were up early for another 8:00 am yoga session before hopping on the bus to take us to Como Beach, sunscreen in hand. We arrived at the boat terminal about 30 minutes later and then jumped on the traditional Thai boat which took us to the private beach. We read, lounged, swam, ate, and kayaked (well Dan did anyways). It was a nice day so we decided to take the last boat back at 4:00 pm. At around 3:30, we could hear thunder and the clouds turned dark … a storm was definitely brewing. We hightailed it to the boat and decided to take a chance and sit in the front. So far no rain, but that didn’t last long and all of a sudden we were on the open water and getting absolutely drenched. We soon disembarked, hopped on the trolly and ran to the bus.
After freshening up, we enjoyed our 7-eleven beers and snacks on the patio before heading for an early dinner at the hotel’s Thai restaurant once again. We got some local recommendations including the pork neck salad, spinach in coconut milk and a noodle dish. All totally delicious.
Our last day, we hung at the pool and then went for a massage before our afternoon yoga session. We were able to sneak in one more happy hour (which included banana chips and deep fried anchovies) before heading up to the airport. I would be flying back to Abu Dhabi and Dan was continuing on to Taiwan to meet his friend Zack for a boys surf vacation.