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Mar 29, 2018 - Phuket Thailand

History: Often called the “Pearl of the Andaman iSea” the Thai island of Phuket offers more of than picturesque beaches and sparkling azure waterfront and emerald green hills. The island was long a major stop on trade routes between India and China. Very beautiful island with clear water, needed more time to explore all its beauty.

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Mar 29, 2018 - Phuket, Thailand – One last Beautiful beach day

Day before we get there, we realize Thailand resort town, Phuket is the last beach town on the trip. We are scheduled for the included city/temple bus tour, but put our names on the waitlist for the Coral Island beach excursion. Come back from dinner to find tickets waiting for the beach!!! It’s a beautiful day and so is Phuket. 2 million visitors a year so beachfront is lined with bars and restaurants. Our excursion is out to Coral Island, one of the surrounding islands to a private beach resort. It’s a bus and boat kind of day. First we...

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Feb 24, 2018 - Saturday - Khao Phang Nga

James Bond Island is a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay. It first found its way onto the international tourist map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. A distinctive feature of this famous bay is the number of sheer limestone cliffs that vertically jut out of the emerald-green water.

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Feb 17, 2018 - Saturday - Sydney - Phuket

Saturday 17th February 2017, travelled by train to Central Station then bus replacement to Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) to enjoy 10 nights in Phuket Thailand. Rona travelled with 25kg checked baggage, Steve with 7kg cabin only. Weather, warm and sunny. Jetstar to Phuket International Airport, amazing airfare $752 return for us both, nine hours flying, arrive Phuket approx. 9pm. Easy to get taxi, air-conditioned Toyota Camry, 800TB to Patong Beach. Conversion approx. 24.5 TB to AUS$ throughout our stay. Free WIFI Phuket...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Phang Nga Bay

We first became aware of Phuket (please pronounce it foo-kette) during the Viet Nam War. This island beach resort at the very southern end of Thailand was an R&R spot for weary soldiers looking for a respite from jungle horrors. The Thai are good hosts and an accommodating people and even in the late 1980’s when we took a group of our students there for their own version of R&R from the big cities of Asia, there were signs of the drugs, sex and rock and roll still clearly evident. We took the kids to a beautiful beach and we spent the day...

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Feb 13, 2017 - Sailing the Adaman Sea off Phuket

Time to leave Singapore and start our next adventure. It is a quick drive to airport through consistently very clean and modern neighbourhoods. Singapore airport is incredible with every high end shop as you can imagine. We have over a 3 hour wait so we go for most expensive mimosas ever. It is only a 45 minute flight to Kuala Lumpur but as we are only in the airport Gail informs me that it doesn’t count as a new country. The KL airport is different, long narrow with virtually no food choices unless you want chocolate. They are everywhere...

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Southeast Asia 2017

Jan 26, 2017 - First day in Thailand - Hello Phuket

Not great weather at a sea day so the day spent primarily inside which actually works out well. We have our meeting for back to back cruisers and then a wine tasting. Old world vs new world. Here we have an hour long tasting of 12 wines for comparison. There are a few we enjoy, others not so much. The additional hour and half time change is taking its toll so we are not late tonight. Our morning is somewhat at leisure as we are not scheduled to arrive in Phuket till 11 am. So breakfast is in the main dining room. It’s the only way you have...

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Jan 12, 2017 - At sea

Relaxing, cruising along in a very calm sea. Activities punctuated with eating and falling asleep on a lounger. I learnt how to make the towel animals (sadly my elephants legs were so fat that he did the splits). Dinner with a nice Auckland couple and then a game of ? On the deck (forgotten what you call it - caused by the influence of a few wines). It was a good day.

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Where is Shirley?

Jan 11, 2017 - Phuket

Leisurely brekkie and morning. Midday and off on a tender to visit Phuket and attend a 'booking'. Walk along the promenade with my hand constantly up - NO, I don't want a taxi, a lady or a tour. A little retail therapy then off to attend my 'booking'. A 3 hour Spa Pamper - Foot massage & Reflexology, an Almond & Salt body scrub all finished off with a coconut cream massage. I was in heaven. I floated as I wandered back to the pier to get a tender back to the ship. Late dinner then I fell asleep at the show.

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Jan 26, 2016 - Patong Beach

Quiet morning, just relaxing & reading round the pool. At noon we were picked up & transferred to a hotel in Patong, about ten miles up the coast. Not such a nice hotel but at least we got to explore a bit of Patong. We walked along the promenade in the late afternoon but the whole place was a bit of a disappointment. The beach was crowded as were the roads & it reminded me of the Spanish Riviera. We did wander around to the popular walking street it is closed to traffic in the evening. There were little bars & restaurants lining both...

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South East Asia 2016

Jan 25, 2016 - Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

We had decided not to go on the travel company's day trip to Phi Phi island but to do our own thing. We were told about a Gibbon Rehabilitation Programme that had been set up in a National Park in the North East of the island. It sounded different so our guide had organised a mini bus & driver to take us the hour drive to the park. We had to pay about £4 each to get in the park but the Gibbon Rehabilitation centre does'nt charge so a cheap deal. We were met by an English guy who works as a volunteer & he told us all about the Programme. The...

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Jan 24, 2016 - Phuket Island

We arrived on time at 6am & were picked up & taken to our hotel in Karon Bay on the West side of the island. However, as expected, our rooms weren't available at that early hour so it was off to find some breakfast & hang about till they were. When we met with our local guide & mentioned how tiring the coach ride had been he said that we could always fly back to Bangkok instead of returning on another overnight journey. We decided that it was worth the extra money so we told him to go ahead & book it for us. We also got to have an extra...

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South East Asia 2016

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