Anchored off Ao Chalong, Phuket, Thailand

December 18th 2010
Published: December 15th 2010
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We made landfall in Thailand on 14 December after a longer than anticipated passage from Penang - sunshine and showers and 25-30 knots of wind on the nose most of the time. Good to be here! Cleared customs at Ao Chalong in the south of the island. A number of friends anchored around us, who we haven't seen in months, so good to catch up. Walked around the small town and found a great grocery store with western style food. The local food is delicious and incredibly cheap but sometimes you can't beat something you can identify.

Explored the island by car - north along the coast to Phuket Town and stopping into the boatyards enroute. More to follow .......... What a hair raising experience it is to be behind the wheel with so much traffic and everything coming at you from every direction. Perhaps a bus journey would be easier next time. We dropped our desktop computer in with Hewlett Packard to fix as it probably bore the brunt of a lightning strike in Rebak Marina. Made accommodation arrangements at Boat Lagoon and met Samran whose team will do the paint job aboard Marnie.

Island hopped as being in the anchorage was rather noisy. Now anchored off Ko Long with friends aboard Lucky Lady a fascinating 80 year old boat built on the south coast of the UK.

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8th January 2011

sounds lik a bunch of phuket to me !!!!
good to hear from you,sounds like you're enjoying thailand so far.It's been really cold here at the bch since the day before xmas---would you believe 8 inhes of snow on xmas day !!,it's now jan7th (happy new year and there's still little piles of snow in the parking lots--taking this long to melt due to the cold weather.If one can beleive the media the economy appears to be improving and the stock market is reacting accordingly.with the exception of rental apts. the RE market hasn't is still sucking wind.sorry to hqave to report that jan had a mild heart Attack shortly after you left,she's doing fine now!LARRY

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