It was odd being in a place that was pretty much destroyed only a few years ago. I was able to identify a few of the places I saw in the Tsunami videos I saw taken in Patong. It really was the prefect storm. The tsunami hit at the very peak of the tourist season, on the day after Christmas. Patong was very close to the epicenter of the earthquake and the hills around Patong serve as a giant bowl to keep in the water and raise the levels. It really couldn’t have been worse. You see tsunami evacuation signs, but I can’t help but believe that if there was a real tsunami warning, it would be a mad house trying to get everyone here to high land.Food prices here are pretty cheap, as is beer. Everything is pretty cheap except for transportation. This is the low season, so the hawker to tourist ratio is very high. I still need to figure out what the hell I’m going to do after Phuket. There are lots of islands in the area, but I’m not sure if I want to visit any of them or go right to Bangkok. I do think I’ll be going to Chang Mai, which wasn’t on my original itinerary.
Language issues are a bit more than what I experienced in Malaysia or Indonesia, but not so bad as to prevent me from doing anything. I’ve had lots of street food, but I have no idea what the name of the foods I’ve eaten, so I can’t really brag about my Thai food adventures.