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Phuket: Island Hopping

January 27, 2010

6:30 – 7:30 AM : Early day today for our island hopping tour.  Had our complimentary breakfast buffet from the hotel to energized us for a whole day of fun.

7:45 AM: Our tour pickup  is right on time and we are off for a one hour ride to the port. Time to catch some sleep while on the way to the port

8:45 AM: Reached the port and there is a complimentary coffee for some java jolt and some bread and jam. You can buy here a loaf bread for 40Baht for feed fishing and rent a fin/flipper for 100Baht.

9:30 AM: Time to board the speedboat. Best place to be will be in the bow of the boat for a clear view of the emerald sea and vertical cliffs but this best position is not without a trade off as our tour guide puts it – “Sit in the back — like Thai Massage, Sit in front — like Thai Boxing”. It’s about 1 hour speedboat ride before our first stop which is snorkelling at one of the side of Phi Phi Island.

10:30 AM: Time to suit up and grab the mask,snorkel and life vest to go snorkelling. We were docked a few metres from the beach and there were several speedboats tour as well in the area so it’s a bit crowded. We were given 20 minutes to snorkel and we opted to just stay near the speedboat so will be ready once they call us. We brought some bread slices to feed the fish.

11:00 AM: After snorkelling, we passed by Monkey beach but we didn’t  docked in the beach since the tide is high. After passing by Monkey beach we headed to Maya beach which is the location of the Hollywood movie ‘The Beach.’ Upon entering Maya beach you will notice two vertical cliffs that serves like a gate going into the turqouise water and white sand of this paradise like beach. Since there are also several tours visiting the same islands – expect throngs of sunseekers in the beach.

12:00 noon: Just in time for our lunch – since I can feel the start of hunger pangs. We went to the island’s Tourist Center where there is a large mess hall. There is buffet lunch, fruits and drinking water. There is also a souvenir store where you can get some small trinkets to take back home.

1:30 PM: We headed to another island for a longer beach time.

2:15 PM: It’s another 45 minutes speedboat ride to the island. Upon reaching,we rented a beach chair which is 150 Baht for a pair and munched on roasted corn cobs. We were also offered fruits and cups of soda which is inclusive in the tour package. After lounging and relaxing for 30 minutes, we headed to the beach and enjoyed the cool water.

3:30 PM: Time to head back to Phuket after a beach-filled day.

4:00 PM: Arrived at the Port and we are headed back to our hotel.

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  1. February 5, 2010 3:53 am

    Phuket! one of my next destination this year. I hope! hehe =) I love the pic, under my umbrella! Keep the post coming! =)

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