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Finding Nemo

3 Island snorkelling

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Last time we came every trip seemed to take up off the island of Phuket and past the the monkey cave (personally I quite like the monkey cave visits, but just not every time), this time we seem to have been able to find local trips. This has meant 1/2 a day doing something, and not travelling for the other 1/2 day. Score on both counts.

Posted by peter.dudley 17:00 Archived in Thailand

Man Flu

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I've been suffering from flu like symptoms for the last 36 hours and have just been asleep. Camilla and the boys have been occupying themselves heading off to Kata Noi beach just south of where we are staying. A nice walk and a lovely beach.
I'm feeling a little better, my nose is still streaming but the muscle fatigue seems to have gone. Just as well as we have a buggy ride planned up to the local 'Big Budda' later today.

pcd

Posted by peter.dudley 19:16 Archived in Thailand

The morning after the night before

Bangla Rd

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Having overdone the Sun on the Friday, Saturday was spent doing very little, mostly sleeping after updating the blog. We had however agreed to head up to Bangla Rd in Patong for the evening to check out the 'lady boys'. We used a TukTuk to get there but TravellersPoint seems to want me to create a Vimeo account before I can upload the video.
Getting to Bangla Rd was itself interesting, we arrived in Patong and the driver seemed to know where he was going, however there were roadworks happening. How in Australia there would be diversions, flashing lights, warnings and the like. Not in Thailand, they just start digging up the road and keep going 24X7 until it's all done. If they have to a clay section will be fabricated around the section being worked on. The driver tried to get through but just could not so joined everyone else in turning around, only to be met by a huge bus that had grounded itself trying to drive down one of these mud sections - I'd hate to think what would have happened if it had been raining. The bus ended up having to unload all it's passengers before it could back up. With that there was a rush of all the trapped vehicles trying to get to where ever passing within 5cm of the bus. The drivers over here cetrainly know the width of their vehicles.

The street gets closed off at 18:00 and the partying begins, we arrived about 21:30 and the place was just starting to warm up. With it's reputation you gets all sorts there, both locals and tourists. There are people with (heavily) drugged animals wanting to charge you to pose with the monkey / lizard / other exotic animal. Most bars seem to be offering 'Ping Pong' - some kind of sex show, along with very reasonably priced drinks. The catch seems to be that you end up buying for your hostess, and receive a highly inflated bill.BanglaRd

BanglaRd

Finally the lady boys came out, in all their finery, just like Priscilla.

Thai Lady Boy

Thai Lady Boy

Thailand is an amazing place, chaos that just seems to work, even the pharmacists get in on the selling of fake goods, here's one who also sells DrDre headphones.
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Clearly there have been issues in the past but I got the feeling that the 'Tourist Police' were now as much part of the entertainment as the Lady Boys.
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The whole time we were there this one was on the phone!
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The cleaners want our room. More later.

pcd

Posted by peter.dudley 21:15 Archived in Thailand

Photo's to date

Some photo's of Patong / Kata

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The GoPro video whilst interesting for me really only showed the waves crashing in and would be of little interest to any one. Also I feel they they probably need editing before being uploaded to remove the boring parts. However here are some photo's.

NBN Thai style

NBN Thai style


Just consider what might have been.

Can't get away from those Australians

Can't get away from those Australians


The Aussie bars are everywhere, this photo is taken from the Aussie Bar in Banglo Rd looking over the street to the Kangaroo Bar.

Black Canyon Coffee - one of few decent coffee places

Black Canyon Coffee - one of few decent coffee places


Finding a good coffee over here is a challenge - these guys do great coffee and some very nice cocktails in the evening.

Camilla and her Kobo

Camilla and her Kobo


Before leaving Camilla scored a new HTC One and a New Kobo Glo eReader, her she is playing with the eReader.

Posted by peter.dudley 23:18 Archived in Thailand Tagged 2013 photo's

Why 'Lets.Sea'

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So why is the blog called 'Lets.Sea', it's a play on the Europe blog in 2011 'Lets.See' when I met and traveled for a brief time with Alex and Olivia in Europe. Alex had a blog called ??? (I forget) and 'Lets.See' was a play on that. Thailand is about having a great time and where we are the Sea plays a significant role in everything that happens. Hence 'Lets'Sea' what happens. You will have guessed that the last 3 blog entries have been made earlier today and I'm still trying to sort out the time of them as it all needs to be in GMT to get them in the correct order.
I am yet to post any photo's and need to consolidate them on the laptop. Once that is done I'll try to update the blog entries with the pictures. Keeping a blog is taking away from time around the pool.

It's warm an humid, they had several days of serious rain just before we arrived, but that seems to have gone for now. This place is wonderful!! We were stopped for a survey yesterday (I half expected another time share presentation) and I was asked where are you staying Rico's Bungalow was my reply, and where is your ideal destination I was asked next Rico's Bungalow was my response.

pcd

Posted by peter.dudley 22:21 Archived in Thailand

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