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desireekoh13 28 March 2011 2 comments

Of all the cold beer joints in all the party towns in the world, we walked into Patong, Phuket, which is like (eternal spring break + extrovert full moon) x go-go bars + (souvenir peddlers)². Yes, Patong can get formulaic – fresh, colorful seafood unfurling down the strip as waiters urge you to come to their restaurant, go-go glamor pusses vaulting around poles vying for your attention, the bombastic blare of Muay Thai promoter pick-up trucks, and trinkets, trinkets, trinkets being hustled at you from all directions. That’s Patong to me, a garish, cheesy postcard, except that it’s alive, larger than life. It’s not even worth writing home about.

While dodging SCUBA dive touts and fake Rolex peddlers, I happened to turn my head to the west, and saw this. What a relief from the neon, disco balls and headlights on the other side! I weaved through a sea of tuk-tuks and rushed down to the beach, to erase the sights of Patong from my mind and inceptionize this nature-sent seascape into my consciousness.

Because it’s scenes like this that blow the postcards out of the Gulf of Thailand.

The Gulf of Thailand, off Patong Beach, Phuket.

The Gulf of Thailand, off Patong Beach, Phuket.



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2 Comments For This Post

  1. RJtravels RJtravels Says:

    Great shot!

  2. desireekoh13 desireekoh13 Says:

    Thank you! The sunset was striking a lovely pose.

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