Phuket for Christmas

When you can’t go home for the holidays to visit with family and friends, only one thing to do. Go to Thailand, Phuket Thailand that is. The next few posts will cover some wonderful restaurants, one of the most beautiful beach’s I have ever seen, see some elephants, visit Big Buddha, and of course chat with some lady boys…ThailandPhuket2013-131Phuket 1ThailandPhuket2013-344

It’s a chilly 90 degrees outside and something surreal about lying under a palm tree and hearing Bing Crosby sing White Christmas, just not right but we will make the best of it. We stayed at the Avista Resort, quite nice with a great view and just south of the infamous Patong Beach. More on that place later.

From Kata viewpoint you can see the West side of the island, from top-down are Patong, Karon, and Kata beaches. Although somewhat crowded but still nice I wanted to see something pristine.ThailandPhuket2013-123ThailandPhuketBB2013-64ThailandPhuketBB-2ThailandPhuket2013-43

Talking with the hotel director she told me of a beautiful private beach not far from our hotel but it is only accessible by boat. Seeing my disappointment she smiled and said, “You could hike down the mountain, through the jungle and across private property but that’s not safe.”

“Hmm…” I pondered.

“If you go,” Miss hotel director pointing at the front desk,  “leave your name at the desk just in case.”

The next day I went off on my own, ignoring the no trespassing sign I squeezed through the fence to what is known as one of two entries down to Freedom Beach. There were maybe five people swimming and walking around, It proved well worth the effort…ThailandPhuket2013-331ThailandPhuket2013-281ThailandPhuket2013-291ThailandPhuket2013-320ThailandPhuket2013-315ThailandPhuket2013-322ThailandPhuket2013-326

Now in contrast to the above beach, later that night we went to the Boathouse for dinner in Kata Beach. Not bad for a French restaurant on the beach. Stuffed crab and lobster ravioli. ThailandPhuket2013-338 ThailandPhuket2013-339 ThailandPhuket2013-341 ThailandPhuket2013-343Phuket 2

Next, not so fancy. We get local with the locals at the Gypse boat village …

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