the hastings family reunion really kicked into full swing when we all (blaine, lindsay, daniel, cedar & i) met up with our brother ben & his girlfriend lindsay in bangkok. we had found a great deal on a trip to phuket, so we headed to the beach!
we had NO idea what we were getting into. i think i thought that phuket would be like our beloved kep, but just bigger & with more hotels.
not even close.
phuket was tourist-filled beyond anything we'd seen in southeast asia. despite the tourist trap vibe, we had a good time relaxing at our hotel (which turned out to be completely full of russians, even the menu & signs were in russian!) & taking a really amazing boat trip out to phi phi island. turns out phuket is popular for a reason; its beaches & islands are fantastically bright & beautiful & even a boat full of feisty russians couldn't ruin that.