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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 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
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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

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket October 11th 2018

Not a lot happening today or is it??? We had another awesome breakfast and met Mr Mow, our buffalo tour expert, confirmed our flight back😢 then showed us the best packages for what we wanted to see woohoo bring on James Bond Island and Fantasea and tiger kingdom for a great price. We are all seeing the first two. We walked along Patong Beach road and down Bangla road to the shopping centre. Loved the guys stopping us to ask us if we are Australians and then trying to get us to go to a motel for 90 mins so they get paid a certain amount of Baht based on the tickets we got and the money they make off them! But you must leave immediately to claim. No thank you. Bit of retail therapy, ride ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket October 10th 2018

Day 4 another awesome breakfast to start the day and then what was a quick trip to the Bangkok Airport and would you believe the guys had Macca’s! Also Steve supersized his. Flight was great and then we were in Phuket, the guys went off for their smoke at the airport and met their First Lady boy, to quote Simone “new it was a lady boy as she/he had a five 0’clock shadow, worse than mine” The trip to our motel took a fair amount of time, the scenery reminded Simone and I of Fiji. Get to our motel to be encouraged to upgrade, we were going to then didn’t, once we got to our rooms, that opened to the elevators. I quickly had a look at the view of someone’s back yard and walked next ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket September 5th 2018

We set off on January 18th with the kids in tow and stayed the night in Melbourne for an early morning flight the next day. We met up with one of our friends Chris (from our home town) and also my son Trent and his girlfriend Vic who flew in that morning from Adelaide at the airport. The trip over was pretty uneventful with a small stop in the Kuala Lumpur airport. The kids were amazing on the way over on the long flight, both desperate to be the one to sit next to Trent. They were made to swap halfway! We met up with my parents in the KL airport for a quick meal before Mum and Dad flew out to Bangkok for a few days and once we headed for Phuket. It was after ... read more
Dessert pancake at Lazy Moes
On our way
Airport fun

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket July 23rd 2018

With sunny weather in the forecast, we planned to spend the bulk of the next two days on the beach. We picked url= Beach for a Sunday Funday and url= Harm Beachfor a more laid-back Monday. We packed a six-pack of Leo and headed for Patong. We grabbed lunch near the shore and picked up some beer coozies at a convenience store. The sun was sizzling, so we sought a shady spot to sit and sip our suds. We spent the day switching between the surf and our refreshing beverages. Eventually, we started ordering Leo beers from a vendor. Brad put his newly minted MBA skills to work and ... read more
Kristy at Nai Harm
Kristy and Brad at Chalong Bay Rum
Kristy and Brad at Surface 1

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket February 3rd 2018

It's our second to last full day in Phuket. On Wednesday we got up at 5.40am to go on a full day boat trip around Phang Na Bay (and a few other places). We got onto this pretty big speed boat which could fit all 18 of us comfortably on board. We first stopped at Koh Phanak where we explored some of the caves and had to wear torches to see where we were going. We came out the other side of the cave into this large opening where mangrove trees were growing and they had those walking fish (mud skippers). After that we went to Koh Hong where we were taken on these inflatable canoes and taken into more caves (where we had to lie down to get through some of the openings). From there ... read more

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