just back from 10 days in Phuket. First trip overseas and what an eye opener.
Arrived Thursday night, not much to see and do. Straight to bed and up early for Mr Sam on Friday.
Mr Sam was a fun day, very informative. One thing for me anyway. Day trip was 1800bt for us both. He asked us if we wanted an Elephant trek and monkey show included. Ws said ok because it was on the 'to do',list. Price went from 1800bt for two to 2300 each. Anyway the trip was ok.
Disliked the elephant ride immensly, couldn't wait to get off the beast. I'm an animal lover, and so wanted to shove the spiked stick he carried in places that would make him move very fast. Its just me. I understand the pro's and cons but thats just me. Same with the monkeys, my wife laughed and enjoyed them, she would take them home if she could, i just saw the cruelty of it all. Chained and tethered in realy small cages.
Anyway the rest of island was glorious. Big Buddah, lighthouse, Temples, all were beautiful.
Saturday was the first taste of what was to become the baine of my trip. Shopping. My god what an experience. First tip for other first timers. Do ur homework. We shopped and thought we had done well, til i showed Vickie, (my wife), the prices on Garry and Cathy's website. Boy did she get hot. Will do a post for first time shoppers, so be on the look out.
DVD shopping was great, all sellers were realy honest about quality.We came home with around 100 or more. Tv boxed sets were best value. Make a list before u go. All were 50bt per disk, but i noticed on our last night all sellers had put them up to 60bt for the high season.still less than $2 aussie.
Sat night was BBQ night with Richard and Megumi. No need to go into it, there are plenty of posts on here. Would just say to people go and have a ball for little cost.
Will do the next posts over the next few days. I will get vic to do her shopping report asap.
We are no experts but if any first timers, like us have questions let us know.
Can i take this opportunity to thank all the regulars on here, Cathy and Garry, I think it is Richard with his Phuket guide, and Rex. Everybody helped, while none of u helped prepare me for the suit sellers and other sellers and Taxis, (that is just something u have to experience to believe). All the other info was invaluable and helped make our trip an experience.
Just one last note is there anywhere you can donate for all the stray dogs. My wife adopted two that were around where we stayed. Fed them everyday, brought dog food and other treats. We actually brought extra food at dinner for her to take home to them. She felt bad leaving them.