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PATTAYA AND PHUKET A PHOTO VIDEO PART 2

Here is Part 2 of the Pattaya Phuket Video Photos.  I did this and pretty sure I got it right.  Sometimes it is hard to tell with this bad connection I have up here

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Posted by on June 24, 2009 in Pattaya, Phuket, Video

 

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Phuket – The Islands Tour

We decided to take a tour of the islands around Phuket including the James Bond Island.  The trip started off at 8AM being picked up at the hotel then 1 1/2 hours later we were on the North East side of the island at the pier. The trip begins with a light rain shower and cloudy skies.

We start off  headed for Panak Island. This is a nice small island about 40 minutes away from the pier.  Very nice lagoon in the center of the island.  Of course you have to go through the Bat Cave to get to it 🙂

Yes, they will try and steal you snacks 🙂







We leave Panak Island and take a 20 minute ride to Hong Island.  We will stop here on the way back for an hours swim.





Now its off to Ping-Kan Island ( James Bond Island)


James Bond, straight ahead


By all means bring cash to a remote island





These are the oar boys from the main boat that row us around the various islands


Time to leave and head back to Hong Island for a swim.



They jumped but I missed it



Got it this time


Staff playing around


Swim is over and time for and time for the trek back to the pier then the bus back to the hotel..


It was a great tour but I must say that the James Bond Island was not as nice as the others.

john

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2008 in Phuket

 

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PHUKET ISLAND PART 2 SEPTEMBER 2008

I slept so good last night that I woke up at 8:30AM. That is extremely late for me. Headed downstairs for some coffee and breakfast.. Just lovely first thing in the morning aren’t I.



We headed out after breakfast to look at some of the sites. When we hit Patong Beach instead of turning right towards the main part of town we went left which took us to the far south side of the island.








We have now headed back North and are coming to the South end of Patong Beach which is the main beach on Phuket Island.








Starting to leave Patong Beach now and heading North.  About 20Km up the road was one of the worst parts of the island hit by the Tsunami.







Time to have some lunch and the continue North





These next photos are of the Surin Beach area..  This area was hit very hard and parts are still being repair or rebuilt







Afternoon snack.  Fish is excellant. It is prepared on a grill and is very similar to our Catfish






Thats plenty for now.. I will post a section on the Islands around the main Island of Phuket shortly.

john

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2008 in Phuket

 

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Phuket Part 1 September 2008

Phuket Part 1 September 2008


Not knowing what to expect since I hadn’t flown Air Asia before we got to the airport just a bit early. Had Bell Transportation Company pick us up at Two Guys and take us to the bus terminal. From there switch to a big bus, nice bus and we were off to BKK airport.. Hour and half later we were there.. All for 150B each.. Just cant beat it.

We were two of six people there when we arrived. I got there way early since I know they bump people.


Choa’s first flight. Only problem he had was a bit of ear popping

Got to the Phuket airport about 1:15 minutes later. Nice smooth flight. We were picked up by a driver arranged by the hotel Club One Seven and we started the 45 minute drive to the hotel.. Airport is on the north side of the island and most of the fun for us was going to be on the South side.

When we got to Club One Seven ( www.cluboneseven.net ) we were greeted by Daniel See and his staff. They came out to the car to meet us and introduce themselves. A nice touch. Once the registration was done it was up to the room. I chose a deluxe room on the 1st floor since I cant handle steps worth a damn. Room was fine and came with electronic safe, frig, and TV.. My room over looked the swimming pool. Bed was quite comfortable. Also the shower has extremely hot water. Have to love it.

They have wifi through out the hotel and two computers in the lobby if you don’t bring a laptop. During my stay I asked Daniel many questions since it was our first time to Phuket and he could not of been more helpful. Just loads of information on night life as well as tours and driving around on your own.

Would like to add that the room rate includes breakfast for two.. There are 5 or so selections of Western breakfast and a Thai selection also. Also was offered coffee refills which I took advantage of





After renting a motorbike across the street we decided to head to the beach so we could start to get our bearing straight. The beach is about 15min or so walk but only 3 minutes on a bike. We did a quick ride up and down Patong Beach with idea of hitting it full force the next day.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2008 in Phuket

 

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A Little Bit About Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island (approximately the size of Singapore) and nestles against the Indian Ocean coast some 890km (556mi) south of Bangkok.

Phuket derives its wealth from tin and rubber, is blessed with teeming marine life, and has enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the main trade routes between India and China and was often mentioned in the ships’ logs of Indian, Arabian, Chinese and European visitors. The Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traded with Phuket. Other visitors were less friendly. The island’s most famous monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sisunthon who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders.

The island is blessed with magnificent bays, powdery, palm-fringed white beaches, sparkling island-dotted seas, sincerely hospitable people, comfortable accommodation, superb seafood, tropically vegetated mountains, lovely waterfalls and parks, and delightful turn-of-the-century Indo/Portuguese and Chinese-influenced architecture which create an enchanting ambience.

Phuket’s Indian Ocean coastline boasts the finest beaches while the eastern coastline overlooks some 30 lesser islands occupying largely tranquil seas. Islands vary greatly in size. Some are large enough to sustain fishing communities, coconut plantations, sea crocodiles, deer and wild boar. Others are little larger than massive rocks, while still others resemble fortresses and are riddled with caves containing birds’ nests prized by gourmets.

Climate

There are two seasons. The rainy season from May through October and the hot season from November through April. There are many sunny days throughout the rainy season and showers customarily last little more than 2 or 3 hours. September is the wettest month. The best months are November through February. Year-round average temperatures range between 21° and 34° Celsius (70° and 93° Fahrenheit).

Places of Interest

Run Hill

The Hill offers a nice view of the town of Phuket and has a Fitness Park.

Crocodile Farm

Southern Thailand’s largest crocodile farm is just outside town. It contains a colorful aquarium and some 1,000 marine, freshwater and estuarine crocodiles and alligators,

Handicrafts Center

The Handicrafts Center on Thepkasattri Road has artisans manufacturing lacquerware, silverware, jewelry, parasols, as well as weaving silk.

Thai Village

The Thai Village on Thepkasattri Road, open every day, serves a typical southern Thai lunch, followed by a cultural show including Thai dances, sword fighting and Thai boxing. Elephants are also presented, and there is a display of handicrafts.

Transportation

For transportation information, please see the chapter Transportation to/from and on Phuket Island after the entries on the various beaches.

Patong Beach

Phuket’s most developed beach is 15km (9mi) from town. Cabin and bungalow complexes, hotels, bars, nightclubs, discotheques, shops and restaurants front the crescent bay. Windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, sunbathing and swimming are among the activities offered.

Karon Beach

Karon Beach is 20km (13mi) from town, the next beach south of Patong Beach.

Kata Beach

Kata, 17km (11mi) from town, is a long and peaceful beach, suitable for swimming and sunbathing.

Nai Harn Beach

Nearing Phuket’s southernmost point, the beautiful white Nai Harn Beach fronts a shallow lagoon and is protected by verdant, steep headlands. Swimming, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and sunbathing are popular activities.

Phromthep Cape

Phromthep Cape forms Phuket’s southernmost point and is the perfect place from which to witness spectacular sunsets coloring the island-dotted sea.

Rawai Beach

On the eastern side of the southern tip of the island, the palm-fringed Rawai Beach, 17km (11mi) from town, hosts Phuket’s sea Gypsies. Several offshore islands have gleaming white beaches and dazzling underwater scenery which attracts dedicated fishers and scuba-divers.

Pansea Bay

North of Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, Sing Cape, Surin Beach and Pansea Bay, 24km (15mi) from town, unfold in rapid succession. A public nine-hole golf course fronts Surin Beach where swimming is not recommended due to powerful surf and treacherous undertow. The northern end of Kamala Beach, however, is suitable for swimming.

Sports on and around Phuket

Diving

Near Phuket, on Thailand’s west coast from Ranong down to Krabi are a large number of excellent dive sites. However, the area is sometimes tricky and can be difficult during the southwest monsoon from June to November.

Good sheltered water is found around the island at all times of the year. Spear-fishing though not encouraged, is fair to good down to a depth of some 15m (49ft). Thereafter, coral mostly run out and give way to a plain, fairly flat, sandy ocean bottom between 18-36m (60-120ft). The reefs are very colorful and picturesque and are particularly suited for snorkeling and photography.

As Phuket’s popularity among divers of all nationalities has increased, so has the number of dive sites. Nowadays, regular trips lasting up to two weeks are made to distant island groups in the Andaman Sea. Many of them are uninhabited and absolutely pristine, with dive sites to rival the best in the world .

In Phuket, half day tours are available to the west coast where a short trip by motor boat takes the diver to the coral reefs. By far the most popular tours, however, are the full day trips to the islands off Phuket’s south and eastern coasts. These islands include Ko Racha, Shark Point, Ko Dok Mai and Phi Phi islands.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2008 in Phuket

 

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