We tracked down a taxi at 9 am (a small feat in this up late, late to rise town). Everyone but the fishermen seem to sleep-in in Rawai, where we are staying. We wanted to head to the Phuket Botanical Gardens before it got too hot to walk around.
After speaking to the taxi driver’s friend on the phone to help translate the location, then negotiating the price, we were on our way.
We were greeted by a staff member from the park the moment we got there. We then asked the taxi driver if he would wait 1 hr for us to come out. We’ve been finding that the drivers prefer to wait, so they can be guaranteed the fare back (as they have to go back, anyway).
The gardens were spectacular.
It was gorgeous garden after gorgeous garden, all under a canopy of greenery which kept the temperature down and allowed us to walk the huge park. We were there early enough to be the only tourists there, aside from one woman who was having University grad photos done.
The gardeners were toiling away, also taking advantage of the mild weather.
The park had educational sections all over, such as a garden with dried native herbs, samples of juices from native fruits, and a coconut station. I haven’t seen this at other botanical gardens I’ve visited in Canada.
We all had a great time visiting a giant pond filled with koy fish. For 20 baht (less than $1 CA), we had fun purchasing a bag of fish food. Evey squealed each time we fed them. I’ll have to upload some videos from our other camera.
By 1030 am it was already getting hot, so we admittedly skipped a few sections. We also had to stop in a garden for an emergency diaper change (travelling with baby, am I right?!).
We made it home in time for afternoon naps and pool time 🙂
Our quiet time in Phuket.