Spending The Holidays At Kata Noi, Phuket, Thailand

This is a view from Kata Noi Beach on the southwest side of the island of Phuket in Thailand. This photograph was taken ten years after the devastating tsunami on December 26, 2004. At about 7:59 local time, a mild earthquake was felt along the beach. People were not alarmed because they hardly noticed that there were any tremors. However, it turned out to be shock waves coming from a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra, Indonesia. At about 9:30 people who were playing on the beach noticed that the water has receded by about 100 meters in just a span of 5 minutes. Everybody was wondering about the phenomenon because even the local vendors have never seen such thing.

Suddenly without any warning or any visible signs of approaching danger, the sea rose again and everybody ran to higher ground. Phuket and other nearby areas sustained heavy damages particularly the major beaches and villages along the coast.

When I visited Phuket for a week in December 2014, there were no visible signs of the devastations. Everything was back to normal and tourists have forgotten what happened 10 years ago. The most popular of the beaches which was Patong Beach was overcrowded with tourists that there was hardly any space to sit down. Tourists were fighting over whatever space was left so we decided on Kata Noi which was definitely worth the experience.

food stall

Street food can be found all over Thailand including Phuket. If you do not know what to order, you can be overwhelmed with the number of choices. One of the most popular dishes that you can find in Thailand is Som Tam, a papaya salad with a flavor that is definitely refreshing and healthy. However, if you are not fond of spicy foods, just tell the vendor that you prefer the milder version.

Noodle soup is also popular in Phuket and most vendors will throw in an assortment of vegetables to the chicken, beef or pork stock with the noodles you get to choose and either sliced meat, meat balls or wanton. If like your noodles spicy, just ask for some chili. Street food is very convenient and alongside the noodles and salad, we treated ourselves to fresh fruits.