Posted by: gardner310 | July 18, 2014

World Cruise, Party Hearty in Phuket

 

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Phuket has grown tremendously over the years. It was one of the original island resorts of Thailand and today it may be a bit over the top.  Shopping for anything – jewelry, t-shirts, carvings, women, men, you name it.  Having said that you can go from Phuket to other islands that are less populated if you prefer or do what I did -take an elephant ride.

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Siam Elephant Park was a delightful surprise in how well it was laid out and run. We learned about Thai cooking, Thai tea and coffee, using a water buffalo in the rice paddy, how to shred a coconut and what to do with all of the parts, watched how they trained the young elephants and then had our ride through the jungle. Such a fun day and we all have a photo on an elephant to prove it.

Patong Bay was our anchorage which was literally on the small beach with a much larger beach just around the bend. Lots of shops and local taxis are there to supply you with your touring or shopping needs.


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