Sunday, August 30, 2009

Phuket, Thailand

Here we come - we are so looking forward to this - for me this feels like a real vacation. While we loved Xiamen, it was 'work'-related. In Phuket, I have no other obligations except to rest and rejuvenate. But really, the whole summer has been great......


Small islands sprinkled throughout the region on the way to Phuket, Thailand - we took Tiger Airways - they had a promotion - 16 cents per person - yes this is not a misprint, though airline taxes were high - $125 per person in Singapore dollars.


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We booked a tour package where the room, breakfast and round-trip airport transportation were included - we went during monsoon season as costs were affordable.


It suited us just fine to come during the monsoon season - as you can tell, the beach is not crowded at all....


The sand here rivals that found on Lake Michigan - wide open beach!


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We were thrilled....


First evening at the beach - it was so refreshing


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Always finding things - guess what David found this time...


You can tell we were glad to be here....


I love this picture of daughter and Mom...


Perfect sunset on our first day at Phuket. We were told it rained all weekend before we came.


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Dinner by the beach - it was around dusk - it was perfect temperatures with constant sea breezes and good Thai food...


Thai Green Chicken Curry.


Thai Pork Stir-fry with Green Beans.


Nice hotel lobby - so typical and very Thai - we loved it at first sight....


Fit for royalty...


Where breakfast was served....


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Lunch by the Pool Restaurant.....


Thai Set Lunch - Green Shrimp Curry by the Pool Restaurant.


They are really glad to be here - as you can tell from their genuine smiles.


The 'regular' pool - the other one snakes around the hotel - cleverly designed, see below.


This pool snakes around several buildings - the first floor hotel rooms can access the pool from their bedroom. There is also a private balcony area with pool chairs for relaxation - you don't have far to go to enjoy the pool.


Another view - these rooms are appropriately called the Pool access rooms.....



Like fish to water....


The watering tower....


King David's throne/bed.....


Another interesting design - this time in the bathroom where one can access from the bedroom....


The next day, after breakfast, we decided to do some surfing....




Learning to surf for the first time - now I have great respect for surfers on 10 foot waves....


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As the video shows, I didn't make good progress but that's ok since I had fun....


After surfing, we relaxed a bit more in the pool and later did some shopping in around town - there were jeepneys everywhere...


Almost like a convertible......


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The Prata lady - this snack/food originates I believe from India and is very common in Singapore - surprise to see a Thai vendor preparing this snack by the roadsde.....


On the third day, together with two Aussies, we chartered a private boat to take us deep-sea fishing and snorkeling...


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Gerda starting out detailing our fishing and snorkeling expedition....


We first bumped into them in Singapore at the airport - later on the streets of Phuket - and together chartered a boat to go deep-sea fishing and snorkeling. These guys are high-energy to say the least....


Our young skipper...


Relaxing and enjoying the breeze before the big strike....


The Big Strike - I caught three big ones on a single line.....


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Live action - see video...


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More actions....


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And then some....


So this is not another fish story - proof of my catch....


The Skipper got one....


These smaller fishes eat anything - fried chicken, watermelon, and anything edible you throw at them and then see them in a eating frenzy.....


Lunch break - David thinking about feeding the little fishes with some of his leftover chicken drumstick and fried rice.


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Using his toes to feed the little fishes...


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Hannah starting a feeding frenzy....


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Dinner and a show - I meant lunch and a show - he is a man of many talents - what do you think he is going to do?


We docked at this island for a break - the water reminded me of those in the Caribbean.


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Live action of our snorkeling....


Snorkeling - the water was clear and we could see the bottom quite clearly.....


Dinner is taken care of tonight.....


Fruits of our labor - I meant our catch of the day - a local restaurant vendor took our 'loot' and prepared several dishes - shown here is Spicy Red Curry with Lemongrass.


Deep fried fish steaks Thai style.


Lime flavored Steamed Fish.


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Phuket - we will come back again - to the same hotel and do the same activities - maybe not the deep-sea fishing since the waters were choppy. Also we were sun-burned - so our Vitamin D quota for the year is reached.....


This photo pretty much explained our conditions at the end of a three fun-filled days in Phuket.....

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