March 21, 2014
Now that it's morning I can see we have a pretty nice view of the beach and the pool here.
|Hotel entrance from the street|
I try to fix my e-mail but no luck. I don't understand what the problem is and no one here can help me. Since we got in after 7:00 pm last night and didn't get to the PHUKET SCUBA CLUB in time to register Richard for diving we decide to go there this morning. There's another guy waiting when we get there. Richard has decided he will only do 1 more day of diving. Other than the whale shark sighting the diving hasn't been what he expected. He also wants to spend time with our daughter and grandson who arrive tonight. We only get to see them once a year. Soon Kevan appears and he is just the nicest guy. Richard signs up for a 3 tank dive for March 25th. Pick up at 7:45 am. Unfortunately due to boat maintenance my husband has to settle for Anemone Reef, King Cruiser wreck. He wanted to dive Racha Noi/Racha Yai but that's not to be as schedule has changed due to boat maintenance. Cost for the day with 3 dives 3700 baht. Richard also buys a dive center T shirt for 350 baht and a set of fish slates for 1500 baht. Kevan asks us to stop by later this evening for drinks at the restaurant that is right next door to the shop. He says to bring my I Pad to see if it will work there. He also calls Phuket Sail Tours/Capt. Mark for us as I haven't been able to book my day trips on my I Pad because of my internet problem. He talks to Mark's wife. Mark is in Australia right now. I speak to her and tell her I'd like to book the day trip Phi Phi Islands Sightseeing and Snorkel Tour for 3 adults and 1 child for March 24th. She will send me an e-mail with details. Kevan tells us about a good restaurant on the beach that he wants to recommend. He walks us across the street to the beach and points it out to us. We will go there for dinner.
|Phuket Scuba Club Kata/Phuket shop|
|Street in front of our hotel|
|Few minutes from our hotel is an ATM, Laundry service, and mini market|
|Very nice pool|
|This rock area needs to be refurbished|
|Parasailing from the beach|
|View from our hotel pool area|
|Lots of people at the beach!|
View of the back of the Big Buddha from our hotel pool
Dinner OK-KATA SEAFOOD This is the place recommended by Kevan. It's on the beach so has nice views. We order coke, beer, fried rice, chicken and pineapple with steamed rice. Cost 370 baht and the food is very good as is the service. A very lovely atmosphere by the beach. I was also able to check my e-mail using the restaurant's code. I just don't understand why everything works here and at the PSC but not at the hotel?? On our way back to the hotel my husband wants to stop at the mini mart to get some beers for him and my daughter. We pick up 1 coke for me and 4 beers for them for 177 baht. From our room balcony we see some fireworks but my camera just isn't getting clear pictures even though I've set it for fireworks.
|Chicken and pineapple|
We are waiting in the lobby for our daughter to arrive. Her flight was supposed to get in around 11:00 pm or so so we expect her around 1:00 am. She finally arrives at 1:30 am. The taxi from the airport cost her 900 baht and she bargained for that rate. Ronan is asleep so Richard holds him while she checks in. She is in Room 2406 and I ask the desk clerk why she isn't in a room closer to us but the clerk doesn't seem to understand what I'm saying. I am a bit annoyed as I had made it clear that we were a family when I booked the 2 rooms. She's even in a different building than we are! We get to her room and see that there is a king bed, not the 2 singles I had asked for so I'm annoyed even more. Dorie said it's fine. The bed is big enough for her and Ronan but I know she's tired and doesn't want to deal with this now.