For the past few days we have called Phuket home. Yet somehow it's been possible to technically be in city, without actually seeing the city.
While in planning mode we opted to make this stretch of travels our "down time" with little desire to explore our surroundings. We did just that while staying at the luxurious Radisson Blu located on Cape Panwa.
This small peninsula located south-west of Phuket town is home to a handful of resort hotels and guest houses, no more than a dozen restaurants, and only a few bars.
Daily we've had to enforce relaxation, since we are planners through and through, always wondering "where to next?" and even creating a detailed itinerary for this trip in our shared Google Drive "Thailand" folder. Seriously- we plan, document, organize, and track- and we're damn proud of it.
One of our favourite little bars here is called the Small Bar. Owned by the always smiling and truly upbeat Gaye, who has adorned her little drinking hole with hand-made jewelry, strings of beads, carved statues, painted buoys and a tiny bar from which she serves up the stiffest drinks around.
It was at Small Bar where we discovered our new favourite game- Shut the Box.
Shut the Box was not created in Thailand, it's history is slightly muddled but apparently goes back centuries ago with roots in France, England, and even the Hudson's Bay Trading times. But the Thai's have their own twist, varied rules, and a required competitive nature that we can relate to.
Shut the Box is mostly a luck-driven game of rolling dice, and is highly addictive. In beer bars around Thailand the locals are well known for making bets against unknowing tourists and earning themselves some serious Baht.
We played so many rounds we simple had to buy the game to bring home as a memento of how awesome I am at it (Dylan will dispute this, but he's a poor loser)! I managed to "shut the box" several times- a rare feat. (Insert applause here.)
We're now leaving the secluded comfort of our swanky beach-front resort for the more-crowded Koh Phi Phi.
As I write this we're jam-packed inside a questionable boat that makes BC Ferries seem like a luxury cruise line. But, this is what we signed up for and I wouldn't have it any other way.