Tag Archives: Thailand

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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Cafe Barn, Phuket

15 Dec

Cafe Barn is a pleasant little cafe just down the road from the Anfield Cafe (see below). With minimalist decor, comfy sofas and architecture & design mags on every table it was a really nice place to lounge, drink coffee and read for an hour or so!

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I had a delicious (if a little pricey) homemade brownie that was super rich and gooey, along with a hot chocolate (read: hot frotholate). It was nice but certainly no Cacao Nong (see: Vietnam).

Good shit

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!

An ode to icecream

15 Dec

In between ferries I had time for an ice lolly. Check this gem out,

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Not only is it banana flavoured, but it looks like a banana! Including a frozen jelly peelable skin. Import this to Britain NOW and I may just stop complaining about the lack of Maxibons back home.

Ps. If anyone else misses Maxibons please leave a comment. together we can make a difference.

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gone but not forgotten

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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Don’t let fish smoke

12 Dec

So that’s why you don’t smoke on the beach.

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