25.11.2004 32 °C
A busy day today. Spent the morning shopping - got a few bargains. We had a quick lunch and then headed off to the beach. Unlike Bail you have to pay to sit on the beach chairs - although it is not expensive. The water is nice but doesn't seem to be as warm as before.
After dinner we went out and to our luck there was a festival on that night. The Loy Krathong Festival -
Under the full moon, Thai's float way onto waterways, Krathongs, small lotus shaped banana leaf boats, containing a lighted candle, glowing incense, a flower and a small coin to honour water spirits and to wash away the past years sins.
We watching a dancing show - lots of 'ladyboys' and then we headed of for a drink at one of the bars. There are lots of bars but unfortunately most of them cater to men - sadly there seems to be an awfully large amount of prostitution in Phuket. Phuket doesn't come alive til after 11pm so it was our first real late night escapade.