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Let’s Bungle in the Jungle

Chapter Five

Yesterday was a day off. Completely. No sun. No sea. No sand. Spent the day catching up on computer work and hoping the tickle in my throat was gonna disappear.

And it did. So today we got up early to make the most of our final Phuket day.

Rubber tree

Rubber tree

Phuket is huge and we haven’t seen all of it but I’ve seen enough to know I am grateful we chose to stay on the Northwest coast away from the throngs of people on the southern coast, lined up body to body on the beach. Laguna Phuket has been a fabulous destination and I recommend it. Quiet and so beautiful with the sea on one side and the jungle on the other.

Secluded cove at Banana Beach

Secluded cove at Banana Beach

Today we decided to take a hike, as part of our training commitment for next fall’s Camino de Santiago. We walked north along the coast and over a small mountain just unde five miles to a secluded beach called Banana Beach. The hike took us through

Giant Spider

Giant Spider

some very humid jungle terrain where we saw rubber tree harvests, gigantic spiders and teeny bananas. Oh my.

We also saw a young couple on a scooter going way to fast on the wet pavement wipe out and slid about forty yards. That’s gonna leave a mark.

It was steamy in the jungle and it rained for about ten minutes – the humidity thick as the foliage.

A romantic setting

A romantic setting

We weren’t sure what Banana Beach was going to have to offer but what a great surprise. A small protected cove with a nearly deserted beach greeted us.  A tiny beachside hut serving fresh caught fish was also an unexpected bonus. We picked out a fish from this morning’s catch and they tossed it on the BBQ. We ate it with our fingers and some fried rice and cold beer.

As fresh as it gets

As fresh as it gets

Nothing could have tasted any better at that moment.

Sadly it was time to make the trek back, which we did with a full stomach and a happy smile.

Farewell Phuket.  Next stop Koh Samui.

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