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Old Dec 28th, 2015, 11:56 AM
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"Kathie on Dec 28, 15 at 11:00pm
We also went to EM Quarter (on Hanuman's advice) and walked down the helix, chose a Thai place for lunch. I think you will enjoy it, Guenmai."

Thanks, Kathie. I'll also check out the grocery store as I might need to buy groceries. One thing I miss in Rajdamri is a really good grocery store although Villa is about a 20-minute walk away, but it's not one of my favored stores. A couple times, last year, I just sky-trained it over to my regular grocery store in Emporium and did my grocery shopping there.

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Old Dec 29th, 2015, 06:28 PM
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Good morning from Novotel Resort Chumphon Beach. It was about a 6 hour drive to get here, and we have another 4-5 hours drive to reach the Marriott Phuket Beach Club (our favorite). This is a resort plus golfing. It is quite nice, probably the best of the best for this part of Thailand. It doesn't compare to 5-star in Bangkok, but would certainly rank 4-star status.

Our room is quite large. We have a HUGE king sized bed (puts a California king to shame). DS and his GF have an even bigger bed. Maybe they are designed for families! Haha!

The bathroom is small, but the shower is big and has a bench for sitting. There is a rain shower head and also a hand held wand. Water pressure is so-so. We have Fox News, which was a real big surprise because we are WAAAAAAYY off the beaten path here in Chumphon. There is train service from Bangkok to Chumphon, but the station is probably 20-30 minutes from this hotel.

Foodie Lars advised us NOT to eat at the hotel for dinner last night, but to try one of the beachside places for seafood. We took his advice. I did a google search and found the #2 TA rated place, called Pirate's Terrace, and located about 20 minutes drive from Novotel. Reviews indicated that THIS was the place to have PIZZA so DH got excited about that idea. He doesn't eat seafood. Turns out, none of us did. I had pad thai, DS had spaghetti and his GF had tom yum gung. There was no fresh seafood listed on the menu, even though Pirate's Terrace is on a beach north of our Novotel. The food was quite good. Wine was lacking (it was BOX wine). DH says it was the best pizza he has had on this entire trip, so it was exceptionally good. He had the piki neu (sp) peppers. One tiny bit per bite was enough to burn his mouth, but he loved it. Next time we will BYOB of wine.

We are thinking about staying at one of the extremely BASIC hotels along the beach where Pirate's Terrace is located when we are on our return drive to Bangkok on Sunday. I will have to study them and see what is available. Probably will cost $30/night? But the beach is nice. Lots of beachside food places. The road along the beach is barely 2-lanes wide. This place probably hasn't changed an iota since the 60s when soldiers from Vietnam were on R&R. It has REAL CHARACTER.

Looking forward to 4 nights at the Beach Club. More later...

Carol
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Old Dec 29th, 2015, 10:17 PM
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I'm enjoying your report! Chumphon sounds like an interesting place.

Last Christmas we saw all the packed boats leaving for Asiatique, but never got there - next time!

Have fun in Phuket! I'll be following along.
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 04:39 AM
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Sounds like an interesting part of Thailand. Have fun in Phukett at the Marriott BC
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 04:58 AM
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you have convinced me never to consider that drive....
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 06:03 AM
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The drive today was at least another 5 hours, maybe closer to 6. Amazing scenery! We were about 45 minutes out of Chumphon and my Thai phone rang. It was the Novotel. They still have my passport! Yikes! They said they would send it on to Phuket by bus. I said OK. But then when we thought about it, I had Lat call them back and ask them to just keep it for me until Sunday when we will return for another night's stay on our way back to Bangkok. I think that's a much safer idea!

We checked into our Phuket Beach Club condo about 4:30 and got settled in. We are in a different building this year, a reverse configuration of the condo we have had the last two years. Nice touches like the word "welcome" spelled out in flowers across our king bed, a bowl of fresh fruit and a bottle of Australian red wine (which was pretty good).

We walked to the Anantara time share next door to eat at Crust, a really great pizza place. Good food, good wine, live music sung by an older Thai guy with a karaoke music set up.

Sleeping in tomorrow! A nice long sleep Wil be great!

Good night from Phuket!
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 07:56 AM
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Hi, I am following your wonderful holiday. I have a question. Have you been to the Phi Phi islands and what did you think? Can the ferry be done easily on your own? I will be in Phuket on a cruise ship call for the day in February. I just want to go plop on a beach for a break from touring. Any other suggestions for Phuket for the day?
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 08:04 AM
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Close one with the passport, one of my fears when traveling. And yes, much better idea to retrieve it yourself. Happy & healthy New Year to you and your family.
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 03:32 PM
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Hpeabody I went to Phi Phi many years ago, as a day trip from Phuket. It can be done, yes. There are also organized boat tours (for beach plopping) that visit several islands in a day. My son and his girlfriend did that one just a year ago and enjoyed it. I don't know how long your ship is in port...maybe only long enough to visit Phi Phi?

I'm first one up this morning, having my coffee on the balcony. I can hear the surf, which is just steps away (can't see it, however) and the birds in the tropical jungle below are singing their glorious songs. Life is good!
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Old Dec 30th, 2015, 04:08 PM
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I'm also up and can hear the birds singing in the trees across from my terrace here at the apartment. My water view is the full, swimming pool, one floor below me. I'll pretend it's the ocean. LOL!

Now, to get out of bed to walk across the street to hotel breakfast buffet as I'm on vacation and am not cooking like I used to do. I have a big day out today with a Thai friend who's dropping by at 10AM.

Have fun Carol. If you have time when you get back, just e-mail me or call me at the apartment as you have my landline phone number here.

Happy Travels!
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Old Dec 31st, 2015, 06:54 AM
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Happy new year from Phuket! We have just one hour left of 2015. We ended up having dinner at Turtle Village and are relaxing before fireworks on the beach will get going.

Hoping everyone has a pleasant evening, where ever you celebrate 2016.
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Old Dec 31st, 2015, 08:00 PM
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First one up this morning, again! But much later this time. It was 6:15 yesterday, 8:30 this morning. Must have been all the revelry last night.

Today we had hoped to have lunch at Mom Tri's Kitchen but they are fully booked. So instead, we will head to the mall and Sukishi lunch. Lat will cook!
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Old Jan 1st, 2016, 05:12 AM
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Wow is Phuket that busy? It is amazing the party goers can get up for lunch
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Old Jan 1st, 2016, 10:28 AM
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It sounds like you are having a fine time, Carol. Like Bob, I wouldn't consider doing the drive from Bangkok to Phuket when the flights are so cheap and quick!

It was a close call with your passport - yikes!
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Old Jan 1st, 2016, 04:49 PM
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Karen, yes, Phuket is busy! But where we are staying you'd never know it. I'm pretty sure the condos are 98% occupied, but each is spacious and very quiet. Nature is all you hear.

Kathie, I'm glad we did the drive. We have seen great scenery, eaten delicious food along the way and discovered some of Thailand's off the beaten path places. I don't know that we would do a repeat, but it has been a nice experience, even though a long drive.

Today we have a 2pm reservation at the Kitchen. We will leave the condo by 12:45 as we anticipate heavy traffic. We will drive along the beaches on our return, allowing Lat to see a friend in Patong.

Foodie Lars has a new restaurant for us to try in Bangkok on soi 39. I think we will give it a try before we go home. It is a French place. Name? He didn't mention the name, just pictures and how great it was for January 1st lunch.

Today will be our last day on Phuket. We leave tomorrow morning for Chumphon Novotel, and another visit to Pirate's Terrace!
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Old Jan 1st, 2016, 07:25 PM
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Hi Carol...
Didn't you use yo stay at Adelphi? I think that's how I found out about it.
I'm coming in March for three months again.Any special rates
Where your at now?
Enjoy....Happy New Year...
Missing Bangkok.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2016, 03:24 AM
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Ellen, yes, I have stayed at Adelphi for many years. I still do when I am traveling solo. I like the location.

Right now we are in Phuket, but will leave for Bangkok tomorrow, driving. We will stop along the way, in Chumphon, for a night at the Novotel again.

Elle, you asked about any special rates.....not here, not now. This is absolute peak season. All places get top rates right now. Rates will be lower after mid February, early March, maybe.

We had a busy day today. We left the Beach Club at about 11:15 and drove to old Phuket Town to visit the B Cat/Cafe, which is owned by a friend of DS and his GF. Interesting place. There is a big room next to the cafe (glass wall in between) that has about 18 cats (special breeds) that are permanent residents. You must clean your hands with anti-bacterial soap before going in to the cat room. You also take off your street shoes and put on slippers. You can go in and play with the cats. If you are eating you must have your food in the cafe. We stopped long enough for jut a coffee, as we had a lunch reservation at Mom Tri's Kitchen for 2:00. We hope to make a longer visit next time, with time to look around old Phuket Town, with its Portuguese influence.

Off to lunch, which was fantastuc as always. Love the Kitchen. We had a nice view of the Andaman from our table. A nice place to spend a couple of hours.

After lunch we drove along Kata and Karon beaches to get to Patong, near the Holiday Inn, to meet a cousin of DS's GF. We are all very happy to be staying far away from the extremely busy southern Phuket beaches. Waaay too many people and waaaay too much traffic! Yikes!!!

Back to Beach Club just as darkness is settling in. No one is hungry right now after our big lunch, but if we need a snack after while we can get pizza from "Crust" at Anantara next door.

Doing last minute laundry so we pack clean clothes tomorrow.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2016, 04:42 AM
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Happy New Year, Carol!
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Sounds like a nice day. Last time we drove thru Phukett town we decided it was waaaaay to busy, and that was not in peak season. Safe drive up to BKK? Hope your passport is still there and waiting.
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Hi Carol...
Yes soy 8 is a great location.Thats why I was wondering why you moved
to soy 16 to the Column? What to make sure I'm not missing something....lol
I Never heard of it..?

Im flying into Hong Kong end of March.Staying for a week.
Then back to the Adelphi for 3 months in and out of corse.

Looking forward to your trip updates.
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