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Roxy Bar, Phuket

15 Dec

This place is my favourite bar of the entire trip. We go there to play pool and drink every night, the barman is a legend – a long haired, tattooed Thai in pseudo-rasta clothes called Pod – and the vibe is top.

All the locals are really friendly expats, and the bar is soundtracked by a playlist that rivals The Garden State’s in terms of brilliance: classic rock, classic indie, little known dance gems, and the occasional pop treat. Love it. I have to pop over the laptop every so often ro check the song so I can Download it when I get home!

Last night they had a live music night.

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The act were Arvie, the singer, and Dennis, guitar/backing vox. They were awesome. Arvie’s voice was stunning, she was owning all her covers and made Jessie J look especially ordinary. She would destroy X Factor and should definitely be signed (not that doing well on X Factor equals talent, it’s just a measure so the kids will understand!)

Here we are with the madam herself

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Anfield Cafe, Phuket

15 Dec

We came across this delightful restaurant-cum-cafe-cum-bar (ergh, distinctions…) in the old part of Phuket Town, which is somewhat unsurprisingly located on Phuket.

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I don’t know where they got the lettering from but it’s impressive, as is the array of collectible scarfs hanging from the ceiling, the pick of which is obvs Arsenal’s 1999 double winners scarf (that is my own unbiased opinion…)

The people who own and run the place are Joe and his Ma and Pa, a collection of three wonderful Thais, who speak perfect English and love having guests. We’ve gone back 4 days in the trot to eat, drink and chat footsie with Joe and his Dad.

The food itself is cheap and tasty, both are perennial qualities of a decent meal in my book.

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Above is the pan fried chicken and cashew nut with rice. The oyster sauce that the meat and cashews is cooked in is delicious, and the cashews add a new dimension to the plain chickeny taste of chicken. The rice was nice (if anyone from Uncle Ben’s is reading this, email me and we’ll talk slogans).

One of the best all round places we’ve been to, insofar that when they got an order wrong they let us have the dish on the house, rather than blaming us for ordering wrong like most other Thai restaurants!

Excellent, excellent shit!

Mr Zen Art Gallery, Phuket

15 Dec

I never got to meet Mr Zen, but I stumbled upon his gallery and lapped it up. Dig his pix:

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A temple full of penises

15 Dec

We went in an island tour whilst in Krabi during which we came across this shrine:

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Yep, dem’s a whole lotta wangs. Apparently it is a shrine for local people who go and pray for their family, good luck, prosperity (#theusualsuspects). The only difference is that the local goddess is a fertility goddess, so every single offering is a PENIS.

You can get big ones, little ones, coloured ones, boring ones, pretty ones, etc, etc. it’s kind of like Pokemon except a lot more erotic – ‘gotta wank ’em all, Cockemon’

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Sunset on Koh Tao

12 Dec

We were lucky to witness some beautiful sunsets on Koh Tao; enjoy – we did.

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Big Blue Scuba Diving on Koh Tao

12 Dec

We spent a few days on Koh Tao at the beginning of last week, lounging around and warning our SSI Open Water Dive qualifications. Yes, we are both now qualified scuba divers, although I prefer the term “professional”.

We have membership cards now and I kind of wish I’d given them the wrong name so as to have my own McLovin moment:

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Oh well, it could be worse, they could have misspelt my name…oh wait:

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Anyhow we both have cards, we’re both legit and we both loved our time at Big Blue. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the dives were serene, tranquil and otherworldly. Koh rap is also the cheapest place to do it worldwide.

Do it.

Living on Koh Rong Island

1 Dec

After staying in sihanoukville for a couple of nights we grabbed a ferry to Koh Rong Islsnd, situated about 2 hours off the coast of Cambodia, where we would spend a night in, well, a tropical paradise.

Upon arrival we took a boat taxi around to the far side of the island, to Broken Heart beach – a 7km stretch of white sand. We rented a small two bed hit on the beachfront with some Canadian friends, and spent the rest of the day enjoying the squeaky white sand and crystal clear water. I can’t stress how insanely clear the sea was, it’s being in a bath, it was incredible.

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That evening we waited until dark (playing relentless amounts of cards) and until the island’s generator had been turned off, and then headed to the beach. The sky was cloudy but the moon was so bright it still gave everything an eerie, ethereal glow. We swam out about 100+ metres from the shore and that is when we saw that we were surrounded by magic.

Every move we made in the water resulting in a flurry of flickering blue lights, shimmering like electricity below the water. Sparks flew with every kick and stroke as the microscopic bioluminescent life forms floated beside us. The flashing was so quick that at times it felt like a dream or a trick of the light. When our heads hit the pillow later that night it was definitely a rewarding sleep.

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We were only spending one night on Koh Rong and wee grabbing our ferry in the afternoon, but when I woke up to the above view…man, I wish that we could have stayed at least another night! A truly beautiful place.

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On our way back to the mainland we were treated to the stunning sight of the moon, huge and almost full, just dangling over the sea like a lost star.