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at the Royal Palace

To convey everything via e-mail and a weblog that I allow myself less than one hour to do! Over 400 pics, countless kilograms of food, numerous trips to the toilet and immeasureable new experiences...how does one convey the vastness of this experience? IMPOSSIBLE to do, at least I am learning for me!

So since we last chatted, I finished my tour de Phuket. I can honestly say I didn't care much for it. The scenery was nice, the fish were nice, the people were nice and it was all...so....hmmm, South Beachesque. Very westernized and so many farrang walking around I felt like I was back home. haha The hotel was nice and I will give it a review later. It was Best Western, Phuket Ocean Resort. Interestingly named because it lies on the Andaman Sea, is this considred an ocean? I don't know.

Me at Royal Palace


From here, we jetted through an un-air conditioned "international" airport back to the MASSIVE one in Bangkok (the largest in the world) where a friend picked me up and took me to Koh Samet. Koh in thai means Island. So this was Samet Island. Very nice. A good mixture of foreigner and thai. Enough to have a flair of hospitality and yet remain very local as well. We stayed at the Sand something or other bungalow thing. Luckily, we got a bungalow with an AC cause it was warm. The ocean breeze was nice. Someone lent me their goggles to go snorkeling in. I highly reccommend this experience! For me, having only been in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, this was an amazing opportunity! Just floating around in 1 meter of water, you could see sea weed growing on rocks, tons of bright and colorful fish darting in and out of cracks and crevices everywhere.
Ornamentation @ Royal Palace
Unfortunately, I didn't have the thing to breath through to just stay there nad let the fish come out, they kept running (or swimming) away with every move I made. In spite of this, I cannot describe to you the colorful fish I saw. I had a small standoff with a crab though. It was greenish in color under the water, rushed out and stared straight at me moving its tentacles back and forth before retreating.

I also would suggest a massage on the beach. There's just something about getting a traditional thai massage with the authentic thai breezes cooling your body. Can you tell I like getting massages? And here in Thailand, they average like $10 US including tip. who could pass that up? Mom--it's not for the faint of heart though!

What else, tomorrow is the King's birthday. Intense celebrations are planned! I hear the fireworks are more grandiose than Thunder Over Louisville--this from someone who has BEEN to Thunder. I will let you know in my next entry!

Not sure what lies for me today, going to meet Paul for a movie as he has only a little bit of time today. Then...who knows. Food on the streets for sure. We're trying to go to the Park later this week or next. Pics of that I am sure.

Donald

dianne1119 says:
Hey Donald.
The pics are AWESOME!!. THe pic of you in the Tuk Tuk? You needed to hang on for dear life?....lol. The serenity pics........I can just imagine u being there in awe and relaxing...
Love ya
Dianne
Posted on: Dec 04, 2006
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