Ate an American breakfast at a restaurant across the street. Rode the minibus to the Ko Phuket airport and arrived at 1:30 PM. Ate lunch at Burger King and then had four or so hours to kill. Drank some beers in a bar to use their free wifi. Flew to Chiang Mai at about 7:30 PM and arrived at about 9:30 PM. Rode a taxi to my hostel, A Little Bird Guesthouse, in the old quarter of the city.
Rode a minibus to a nearby pier and boarded a ferry bound for Ko Phi Phi. Was a little worried about my pack — as I usually am — after I stowed it on the deck like everyone else, but it was soon buried under a bunch of packs. Safety in numbers. Got off the boat without trouble a couple hours later. Wandered the streets of Tonsai Village for over an hour in the burning sun, sweat running down to my chin and in my eyes, looking for a dorm bed somewhere.
Decided to stay in Ko Phuket one more day to see a beach or two and get a feel for the place. Got up at 9 AM, ate toast for breakfast, got ready, and was out the door by 11 AM. Walked twenty minutes to the bus spot in Phuket Town and rode a bus to Hat Kata. Got off and followed a woman to the beach. Beheld the beach, took some snaps, then walked along the surf for a little ways.
Woke up and felt much better. Went on a boat and kayak tour of the Phang Nga islands to the north of Ko Phuket. A minibus picked me up around 8 AM and took me to Ao Por Pier in the northern part of the island. The boat was large and had two stories. There were about forty to fifty customers on board. Visited the famous island that was in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
Woke up still sick. Went downstairs for a breakfast of cereal and toast. Took a while getting ready. Called Tess. Wanted to talk to the hostel staff about getting a map of Ko Phuket, where to get lunch, and where to rent a scooter, but I couldn’t find anyone. It was already past 1 PM, so I left on my own. Found a small place for lunch and had pork fried rice.