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Published: November 24th 2007
Sun, sand, beaches, beaches and beaches.
Hello to everyone and we hope that the holiday was kind to you all and you got your fill.
It is hard to believe sometimes that we have been delightfully unemployed for over 4 months and have spent the last 2+ months in Asia. At this point, we decided it was time to take a brief respite from all this fun! Believe it or not, all this traveling is a bit tiring and we needed to kick back for a little while. Now when you stop laughing, remember that this should never be construed as a complaint.
For those of you that know us well, you know where we would head for some rest and relaxation……..the beach! And since we were in the neighborhood, Thailand seemed like a fine choice.
Southern Thailand is ready to cater to tourists. Miles and miles of beautiful beaches and many offshore islands within reach for exploration. You can find beaches that offer restaurants, clubs, bars or you can find quiet and lonely beaches. It just depends on your taste.
We chose Patong Beach which is about 20 minutes west of the town of Phuket.
Actually, Patong Beach chose us- it is high season and we tried about 10 other hotels before finding this one available. We originally wanted to stay a little north of Phuket….but alas we are in lovely Patong Beach. Miles of beach chairs and umbrellas, which lure you to spend your day lounging by the Andaman Sea. The sun dances on the waves in the bay and creates several lovely shades of green ocean. A breeze makes it comfortable to sit back with a cold beer and people watch.
The more active or adventurous can para-sail or jet ski. Plenty of boat day trips to deserted islands. There is plenty of diving and snorkeling available.
There are massages to take, restaurants to visit, and of course copious amounts of sunscreen for those fair of skin.
This area finds tourists from many regions, including Oceania, Europe, and more recently Eastern Europe. There is something for just about anyone seeking the sun, sand, and surf….
Although a devastating tsunami struck this area just under three years ago, the region has recovered nicely and tourists abound.
We had a delightful Thanksgiving Day lying around the beach and the pool.
We had to pace ourselves. We had dinner in a lovely Austrian restaurant and then wandered down to Starbucks for dessert. We need to write Howard Schultz and let him know that we used up a Starbucks gift card that we bought in Seattle. That was cool!! …and the girl behind the counter had never seen a gift card like the one we used and was excited to find out it was from Seattle. I teased Dave that if he wanted turkey we could go to Subway and get the turkey sub.
We intended to go diving at least one day while we were here but the prices didn’t meet our budget and the dive site too far away. Things happen for a reason….. we’ve explored seven countries and frankly we needed an extended period of time resting and relaxing. We got what we needed here in Phuket.
We are sad as our time in Asia is coming to a close, we only have Bali left. One of the most fantastic things about this region of the world is the food. We will miss it terribly. In Southeast Asia they know how to use spices and can make
your mouth water with fine culinary creations.
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