14.9.10 95 °F
Signing up for the dive courses with Ban’s was great for many reasons. One of them is that, every day that we were in the program our room was paid for. Usually this is just a standard bungalow with no a/c and no TV, but lucky for us, their bungalows were all booked. We got upgraded to a fabulous air-conditioned room which would have cost us twice the price of the bungalow, for free. It was awesome.
Unfortunately we were done with our dive training and as of today, if we wanted to stay, we’d have to pay.
Ban’s was a little pricey so we decided to walk around and check prices on other resorts. We traipsed up and down the beach with no luck. Everything was either full or our of our price range. We decided to stay on the island for one more night and we booked a ferry to the island of Koh Phi Phi for the next day.
I had a lethargic day laying on the beach, reading, and making seashell necklaces.
After the sun cooled down we decided to venture out of the Ban’s area and go explore the town. Dave told us of a great Korean BBQ place in town so we grabbed a cab and headed to the town of Mae Haad. We walked around forever and could find no BBQ place. We were sweaty, sticky and starving and were desperate for a glass of water and place to eat. We decided that the next fairly edible place we stumbled upon would be our dinner. Like a gift from the heavens, as sign appeared with the word’s “Buffet Barbecue”. Yes!
We walked in to inspect cuisine and make sure it wasn’t some bootleg operation. We were elated with the array of goodies sitting before us. This was no ordinary buffet. This was a dream. Not only did they have platters of every kind of sushi imaginable, they also had a salad and pasta station that was to die for.
The best part was the troughs with raw meat that you could pile high and cook at a small grill that adorned your table.
In addition to the grill, we had a steamer on our table to cook shrimp and an assortment of sauces to dip or grill with.
I piled my plate full and had a great time grilling meat and peeling shrimp until I was good and full.
We were stuffed. We rolled ourselves back to Ban’s and enjoyed a few drinks at the bar before calling it a night.
- SIDENOTE: The show I was working on at AMS Pictures in Dallas TX, entitled "Ma's Roadhouse", premieres on September 15th at 9pm! http://www.trutv.com/shows/mas-roadhouse/index.html
From Executive Producer Andy Streitfeld and AMS Pictures, comes Ma's Roadhouse a new reality show on truTV!
Rick Fairless is the owner of Strokers Dallas, a Texas motorcycle shop, tattoo parlor and biker bar. His greatest asset is his 71-year-old mother, who's also his best, but most outspoken, employee. Can Rick keep his business afloat? And can Ma keep her hands off the bartender?
I wish I could be there to watch it with all the hardworking people at AMS but at least, by then, I will be back in the states and watching intently from my TV at home You guys are the best!