Our last day in Patong was spent in the best way: having Sunday lunch with Jody and Claudette at the great Italian restaurant Gusto. Jody also showed me a great massage place called Nalee where I had one of the best Thai massages I've ever experienced, thank you Na!

Then off to the airport to catch a plane to Chiang Mai!

We arrived so late on the first night that the best we could do was head to town for a wind/cool down and some beers. This turned out to be an eye opener as this is a party town! Think Blackpool meets Vegas meets Soho. 

Really, this was a short stop over while we travel north to Chiang Mai, but we wanted to make the most of it and it was especially exciting as we knew that Jody lives here and so was the perfect opportunity to spend some time with him (and his lovely mum who is visiting). 

The first night we managed to take in some of the worst live singing ever in a local bar - its was so bad we couldn't stop laughing! Here's a short snippet of it... cover your ears!!
Quite outrageously bad... yet very funny!

The next day Jody was kind enough to show us around his city and we also had fun trying to understand the Thai postal system. In the evening we were lucky enough to see Claudette and Jody at their hotel (where they surprised with a wonderful bottle of prosecco as a wedding present - thanks again!) and then we hit some bars and a pool hall with Jody and his girlfriend, which was great fun:
Phuket is also in the south, but on the East coast instead of the West (by the Andaman Sea). In order travel there, we needed to a cab, ferry, 2 coaches and then another cab. We were advised this would take no more than 5-6 hours. By now, we know to double any travelling estimate and 11 hours was about right (argggh!). 

The most exciting part of the journey was the 5 hour ferry journey. What started off as a great opportunity to sunbathe quickly became an urgent "retreat down below", as the the sea became really choppy in the middle and it was hard to stand up! Check out the contrast in these 2 videos:
After this, the journey was pretty uneventful, although we stopped twice: once at a shack to change coaches (which allowed us to buy some lunch: fried rice with chicken - yummy!), and then a "leg-stretcher" just outside Phuket. Then straight to the hotel to check in and then go out for a well-deserved beer or 3!