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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket September 12th 2022

Patong, on the west coast of Phuket island, is hedonistic holiday hell for some! Come in the wet season as the country starts to open up after a pandemic though, and it's much calmer and a nice place to stay for a few days. Even more so if you manage to find a great hotel like the R-Mar Resortand Spa. What a great place to chill out by the pool in the afternoon after a morning of walking up and down the beach. That's pretty much what we did! There was another reason for our visit. Patong has a small immigration office, much quieter than the one in Phuket Town and even more so in these strange times. We went there at 1pm on the Friday afternoon just as they were opening after lunch. We had ... read more
Patong Beach
Quieter place to eat and drink

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket September 7th 2022

Phuket (careful with that pronunciation now - POOKET) was never a place we really wanted to go due to its popularity with foreign tourists, but as numbers are so low at the moment we grabbed the opportunity. Our stay on the island began with three nights at the Memory at On On Hotelwhich, Wi-Fi problems aside, was a great hotel. Located in the heart of the old town, it is the oldest hotel in town having been established by a Chinese migrant in 1927. It certainly has a lot of charm, and the free tea, coffee and biscuits during the day on the first floor veranda is a really nice touch. The hotel featured in the 2000 film "The Beach" and was renovated in 2012 when new owners took charge. It's fair to say we didn't ... read more
Colourful buildings
Mural outside the Shrine of Serene Light
Illuminated dragon

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket January 29th 2022

Although I didn't want to leave Langkawi or the boat in the shipyard, we were forced to leave to renew our visas as we haven't left Langkawi island for 2 years during Covid lock downs and restrictions. Anyway, I set off with Brent and Doni and we were off to Phuket for a couple of weeks. It started with PCR test at the doctors on the island before flights, tests on arrival at Phuket Airport, we were entering on 'The Sandbox'. We had to wait on test results before we were allowed to leave hotel but they came through pretty rapid, then it was time to head out to play. It's been a while since I was in Phuket and actually I've never stayed over in Patong as it's the busiest but not now which is ... read more
Nice outfit!
Langkawi Airport
Ahh.... holiday beer time

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket February 3rd 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020 We left home at 8 a.m. to be chauffeured to Alicante train station by our son Nick. The fast train to Barcelona departed on time at 9.25 and just four-and-a-half hours later, having stopped just three times on the way, at Valencia, Castellon and Tarragona, we alighted at Barcelona Sants station in brilliant sunshine. We have excellent trains in Spain, fast, smooth, quiet (on modern track) comfortable and excellent value; we paid twenty-four euros each, in First class. Very civilised! By 3 p.m. we were at Barcelona International Airport, so had a long wait until our 9.35 p.m. departure. Fortunately, we were able to check in the rucksacks straight away at the Qatar Airways bag drop, then had a leisurely lunch of barbecued ribs and browsed the smart shops. Barcelona is a ... read more
Squid and Octopus keebabs! Delicious!
We choose all the fine dining spots!
Our hotel, a renovated old Chinese ¨Shop'house

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket December 28th 2019

A trip to Thailand to go round shipyards. First stop was Satun to see my friend Brennon's boat 'Seander' which is being refitted in Tammalang. I always loved the look of this boat on the dock at Royal Langkawi, now his mission is to make it his own with a full refurb. Here's some photos of the progress. Next it was a drive up to Phuket where I caught up with Lars and his boat 'She-Ra' which is also currently in the yard after he lost his prop while doing the Phuket Regatta! A drive about yards in Krabi on the way back down and a brief visit ... read more
New paint job

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket November 8th 2019

Dag 31: Old town Phuket vanochtend nemen we na het ontbijt de longtailboat naar de pier en konden we (een uur voor vertrek) al op de ferry. ongeveer een kwartier voor vertrek begon het enorm hard te regenen. GIETEN! Iedereen die binnenkwam was doorweekt. Bij het vertrek hield het niet op. er was enorm veel wind en de boot schommelde op het water. Bij het verlaten van de pier zag ik een andere boot opeens heel dicht komen. Te dicht. Niet veel later botste de andere boot tegen ons (of wij tegen hen). Het was gelukkig niet in volle snelheid en er was geen schade. Toen we bijna de baai uit waren zagen we wel wat activiteit op een boot naast ons. We naderden (deze keer gecontroleerd) de boot en we zagen mensen overstappen naar ons ... read more
2019-11-07 13.03.22

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket August 18th 2019

So... after being on yachts for the past 6 years, I decided I should get some basic qualifications. I was inspired by the Captain and Crew on MY Bravado when I crewed from Langkawi to Singapore, and I loved the experience. It makes me realise how much I have taken on looking after Aria on my own. I decided to book a Maritime and Coastguard Agency approved Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) course in Phuket Yacht Haven. One, for my own progress and to keep my options open for new opportunities and for my own safety on possible passages on Aria. We were thrown in initially with our Security awareness followed by an examination, it's starting to sink in what I'm letting myself in for! Security awareness is all about security plans, company and ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket May 28th 2019

De reis van Koh Tao naar Phuket was erg lang. In de avond namen we de nachtboot waarmee we 10 uur onderweg waren naar het vaste land. De bedden waren niet erg comfortabel en de airco stond wel erg hard, dat we ze maar dicht hadden gedaan. 's ochtends vroeg namen we de taxibus naar de andere kant van het vaste land (wat ook weer 2 uur duurde) en toen moetsen we nog eens 2,5 uur met de boot. Gelukkig kon ik alles bij elkaar wel genoeg slaap krijgen om me op Phi Phi fit genoeg te voelen. De Phi Phi eilanden zijn al prachtig als je aankomt, groene, rotsachtige heuvels die in de zee verdwijnen. Toen we er aankwamen werden onze grote rugzakken op karren opgestapeld die door 1 persoon per kar voortgereden werden naar ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket February 10th 2019

After an eight hour flight we finally arrived in Phuket International Airport, we had previously booked a transfer from Phuket to Patong which takes about 40 minutes but having been an accident in the hills it took an hour or more and we finally arrived at our hotel at about 9 p.m. large rooms and a beautiful rooftop pool with the breeze blowing everyday to cool things off a bit. It has been around 30 degrees everyday and 24 overnight, the weather has been absolutely perfect and we enjoyed the lovely breeze as we walked around each day. This holiday was for total relaxation so we've done lots of walking around 10K everyday. We haven't been to Thailand for over 26 years and now we realize why we haven't.... Patong is a shithole but there are ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket October 31st 2018

Hehe it’s a rude pun. At 8am we were up, dressed and on a ferry taking us to Phuket. We were there by half 11 where we made a bit of a boo boo. We had been using the Grab app to source taxis, which we realised was super expensive in Phuket. We were to be charged 25 pound for a taxi from the pier to our hostel, which meant we had to wait for the next minibus to arrive to take us with the next ferry… at one o’clock. Thankfully we could find food from the stalls at the pier which kept us going. Yet more disaster followed. We arrived at our hotel only for the owner to inform us that half of his business had been shut down and he had nowhere to home ... read more

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