One of the reasons for coming back to Phuket was to visit our friend Bar. This trip, she suggested that we visit her hometown near the tourist district of Khao Lak, a place called Takua Pa.
Takua Pa is about two hours drive from Phuket. We had breakfast at Phang Nga before proceeding directly to Takua Pa, arriving there close to noon.
Bar’s mother lives in a little wooden house in a Muslim kampong. At eighty three, she was cheerful and friendly to Bar’s foreign friends, many who had visited and even stayed over. She was disappointed to hear we were only there for a visit since she lives alone. Her youngest son lives in another house a stone throw away.
The house has an open living room and a small interior. Upstairs houses a large empty room for her brood of nine children and their families when they visit. We love the rustic house with naturally de-stressed wooden walls. Around the garden, hammocks tied to trees enticed us to take a sway.
Bar’s brother Coren telephoned and invited us to lunch at his favorite restaurant, Pata (Grandmother’s Eye). The restaurant oversees a view of field with mountainous backdrop. What I like about traveling in Thailand is that you can get consistently good food regardless of where you go. Bar ordered the local vegetable in coconut water, young ferns with squid salad, fried fish.
Paired with Chang Beer, it was perfect on a hot afternoon. After lunch, we went back to Coren’s house for coffee. Coren shares a garage business with two other brothers and his beautiful house with a large patio is testament that business is good.
We couldn’t leave Takua Pa without visiting its beach. The powdery sand and glittering water looked inviting but the weather was just too hot for even the locals, for the beach was empty, sans a few brave folks frolicking in the shallow end.
We decided to adjourn to Khaolak National Park, a small park with granite rocks lying randomly on the beach.
This would be a good place to watch the sunset but Bar’s sister, Mai, who works in Laguna Khaolak Resort invited us to see the sunset there instead. And so we made our way there, a five – minute drive away.
The view was breathtaking. After which we were served juice from the bar, a cool relief for a hot hot day.
How lucky am I to have experienced such warm Thai hospitality.
Sincerely to Bar and family: ขอขอบคุณ kopkhun ka. (Thank you.)