Today was my last day as a sole traveller because my happy happy husband arrives tomorrow morning! Hooray!
This morning I went to my last yoga class before packing up and having a last breakfast with a stellar view.
The best part of my solo yoga retreat was the peace and quiet. Two yoga classes a day, amazing food and total tranquility. I even managed to read five books in the short few days I was there.
In case you’re wondering (and even if you’re not!) I read “Not That Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham, “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler, “Wreckage” by Emily Bleeker, “The Book of You” by Claire Kendal and “Only Ever Yours” by Louise O’Neil. Of the non-fiction, Amy Poehler’s book was by far the best. That girl can make me laugh out loud and make me cry in the same chapter and I love her for it. Of the fiction selection, “Wreckage” was my favorite – loved the story line, the twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing until the end.
I was picked up by my Lomprayah shuttle service this morning to take me to the ferry to begin the long journey to Phuket. By 10:30am, I was in the taxi headed to the Koh Samui pier. After checking in and boarding the boat, I got nice and comfy with a few friendly faces. The joy I have for public transparent shines through, I just can’t help it. The ferry took us from Koh Samui to Surat Thani and from there the 8 of us going to Phuket jumped in a mini van for a fun-filled 6 hour drive. Lucky for us, we made a short stop at a scenic rest stop.
There was a buffet of strange meats and eggs. I wouldn’t hit up a random highway buffet rest stop in the US, let alone rural Thailand. Needless to say, I stuck to a small bag of chips and a Gatorade. The minivan has some pretty strict rules… these included no boogeymen, no assault rifles and steak knives, no sex in specified positions, no wolves, no toilet brushes and no smoking. (Un)fortunately, no violations to report.
We finally made it to Phuket Town and luckily the van dropped us just a few blocks from my b&b so I just walked, backpack and all.
I am spending the night at Quip Bed & Breakfast, which is in the heart of old Phuket Town. It is a quirky little B&B with a great location.
But the best part was the crazy night street festival going on just down the street. Highlights included: the cutest beauty pageant where everyone was crowned a winner, the largest grapes ever seen, tons and tons of weird and wonderful street food and many interesting sights, sounds and smells.
Wandering around the night market / street fair by myself was a nice way to bring my time as a solo traveller to a close. After exploring for a couple hours, I finally decided to have dinner at a nice restaurant not too far from the B&B.
Cafe du rendez-vous came highly recommended on Trip Advisor so I decided to give it a go. While there were plenty of Thai options on the menu, I really just wanted some pasta so I opted for the creamy salmon penne – best idea. Wanted something with cheese and carbs and this hit the spot! Anyone who knows me knows my great love for cheese and noonies. The owner was so gracious and friendly and the service was top notch. The bartender made a mean margarita, which is always appreciated. I finally made it back to the B&B and stopped by the lobby for a little night cap…. of the cookies and cream variety.
It has been exciting and empowering two weeks of traveling alone. I am so happy that I decided to travel alone – everyone should do it at one time or another, especially in a very foreign country.