is the epicenter of Thailand's package tour industry in the south, with
a dozen or more beaches hosting hundreds and hundreds of hotels. Our
main reason for moving here from Krabi is that it has an international
airport. Most of the tourist beaches are on the island's western coast
while Phuket town on the eastern edge is without a beach within town
limits. Phuket Town is however a great alternative because you can find
nice accommodations at a fraction of the price you'll pay on the west
coast. With scooters costing as little as $5 dollars a day, most
beaches were within twenty minutes or so from town. Also absent in the
town was all the noise and hype which is part and parcel of the tourist
haunts. But just as important, we didn't want to stray too far from the
beaches at Phuket run the gamut from mild ripples, to some fair surf
like below. The one complaint I had was that on the beaches in India
chairs and umbrellas were there for free if you were eating or drinking
anything. On all the beaches here you had to pay for a place to sit
down. The nice thing though was that the beaches were free from the
onslaught of hawkers that plied the streets just off of the beach.
we were there for a few days we got a text telling us to go to the post
office. The Thai post office will wire a maximum of 50,000 baht. When
we arrived there were three wires there for us. That still left Yut
owing us just over a hundred thousand. There was only another day left
on Yut's deadline, but I called him and told him we could give him a
few more days. I made it clear our visa would be up soon, and if he
didn't get the money to me on time I would be returning to Bangkok
rather then heading to Malaysia as intended.
With a few bucks in our kip we were feeling better, so we checked
out of the town and went to spend a couple of days on a beach that
catered to Scandinavian and Russian tourists. At the agreed upon time
the balance of our money arrived and within a few days we were on our
way to Kuala Lumpur.
I do want to reiterate here that I really never felt that the problems that we had with the motorcycles here were Yut's fault. On the contrary, I felt that he went above and beyond in efforts to make things right for us. It was just an unfortunate string of events that would probably been avoided in large part if we had done more research about export rules here. I also want to say that anyone looking for motorcycle help in Thailand could do no better than this honorable man.