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Phuket, Thailand

Overpriced Island

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Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars and discos.

I stayed at Kata beach on the south west of Phuket. The beach and the area are really nice but like all of Phuket a lot more expensive than Thailand in general. That is not unusual for tourist spots anywhere in the world though. I stayed at a place that seemed to be central to all the food and local amenities , so that was helpful.

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Decided to go on a speed boat tour with a company called Vitamin Sea, it was priced at $3500 Baht per person or $180 NZD. It was a whole day and included round trip transfer from your accommodation to the wharf, all the stops at different islands and bays, buffet lunch on Phi Phi island, water, coffee, tea, soft drink, fruit, soft drink, masks & snorkels and most importantly, insurance. The staff on the boat were superb and spoke good English.

First stop Bamboo island where we swam in the Andaman Sea for roughly an hour. The water was clear and probably the warmest ocean water I have ever been in.

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The next pictures are of the famous Maya Bay where they filmed the movie the beach. Unfortunately they no longer allow the tourist boats to land on the beach. This was due to the amount of people coming here every day and it was damaging the coral.

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I don`t remember the other bays but here are the pictures anyway.

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These pictures are from Phi Phi Island where we stopped for lunch.

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Posted by Geete01 02:13 Archived in Thailand

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