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    • Feb4

      Day 57 - You’re Beautiful……………………Really!

      February 4, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

      At 8am the alarm rang on our final morning in Thailand. We drank copious amounts of instant coffee & water, then showered, packed & headed to reception at 10am.

      Our receptionist was waiting with his car & he drove us 2 minutes up the road to International Departures. We arrived 2nd in the Thai Air queue, behind Sue & Larry Hook who are in their 70’s from Dorset. Sue was a Mrs Bouquet character & asked Jackie how long we had been in Thailand for. When Jackie told her 2 months, Sue Bucket said that they had only been away for one month, but quickly added that they normally go away for 3 months & they always go back to the same place in Khao Lak. Sue Bucket then tried to impress us further by listing all the places they had been to in India. I zoned out, but I think Jackie out Asian country’d her.

      We had to endure this point scoring for longer than necessary, because the Thai Airways check-in computers had crashed. Eventually we able to check in & we had to show proof of our Passenger Locator Forms & proof that we had been fully vaccinated.

      As we went airside, a lesbian security guard who was only about 20 years old, asked Jackie to remove her mask, then gasped “Oh. You’re beautiful”. FFS, I’m not going to hear the end of this!

      No-one complimented me on my looks, instead at the search area my rucksack was searched over & over again until they found the unidentified article, my new mini hip flask, a Christmas present from my parents.

      The duty free shop was deserted & staff were just starting to re-stock the shelves after probably being closed for the last 2 years. There were no cigarettes on display & the only ones available to buy were Chinese.

      We boarded the Thai Airways 777 at 12.30pm & discovered that it was less than a quarter full. This meant that Jackie & I both had a set of three seats to ourselves including a window. It promised to be a good flight.

      Shortly after taking taking off, the crew came round with our very satisfactory dinner of chicken curry. Over the next hour or so, Jackie managed to eke 5 glasses of red wine for us each from the crew despite a tannoy message to say that alcohol would only be served with meal service.

      Our flight took us out over the Andaman Sea, over the Andaman Islands across the top of India. It was then over Pakistan, north of Karachi & then over Iran, where we were treated to clear skies & fantastic views of the barren mountainous landscape below. Sadly as we approached Tehran, a carpet of thick cloud obscured the view of planet earth.

      Around 9.30pm, Phuket time, the crew came out with a 2nd meal which was absolutely farcical. We were offered a choice of shrimp or fish. Jackie chose shrimp, but they only had fish left. She opened up her dinner & immediately put the grey fish, grey rice & grey vegetables to one side.

      In the meantime, I had politely explained to the steward that I was fish & seafood intolerant, but I would take the rest of it with a glass of wine. The baffled steward offered me another chicken curry, but I would have to wait 10 minutes for it to cook. Whilst waiting I decided there was nothing else on my tray that I wanted to eat.

      10 minutes later my chicken curry arrived & it was as dry as a bone, because it had no doubt been heated up again from the 1st meal service. I nibbled at it, then the crew offered me a vegetarian meal, which looked like Jackie’s fish without the fish.
      I declined, then they brought me out some posh bread rolls from down the front of the plane. I took a bread roll, then cheekily asked for some cheese & biscuits. I was presented with a selection that I accepted & shared with Jackie. We also managed to get a total of three glasses of wine each out them.

      I should add that I wasn’t the only fussy one, Mrs Bucket had a field day with her complaints. The weirdest thing about it all was that as soon as the crew had cleared in the trays & stopped serving alcohol, they randomly handed out to each of us a triple chicken sandwich. I couldn’t even contemplate attempting to eat it, but Jackie had a good go.

      The evening sunset was quite spectacular as we skirted the southern shores of the Black Sea. The sun sank down into darkness as our journey continued across Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Belgium & finally good old Blighty. Our 13 and a half hour flight landed at Heathrow at 7.45pm. A long flight, but made so much easier when you can stretch your legs out over three seats!

      Getting through the arrivals procedures at an empty Heathrow was an absolute doddle. The immigration process allowed us to go straight through the E-reader booths & there were no requests to produce our Passenger Locator Forms. Our luggage came out with minutes & there were no customs to stop us.

      As a result we were able to catch an earlier National Express than planned, giving me the opportunity to watch the FA cup football on my IPad & the disappointing penalty shootout at home, which was lovely & warm thanks to our neighbour, Emma.

      Song of the Day: You’re Beautiful by James Blunt.
      Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver.
      Planet Earth by Duran Duran.
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      Traveler

      Welcome home! Enjoyed reading about your trip and all your adventures! xx

      2/5/22Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      Thanks Chris. How’s the orangery coming on?

      2/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      It’s Angela! Orangery coming along, roof is tiled and glazing next week! xx

      2/5/22Reply
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    • Day17

      🛫 von Singapur nach Phuket 🛬

      January 18 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      Heute heißt es Abschied nehmen von der Mein Schiff 5, deren Crew 🛳️ und von Singapur 🇸🇬. Es geht mit Scoot per Flugzeug ✈️ nach Phuket in den Süden Thailands 🇹🇭. Von dort aus starten wir den zweiten Teil unserer Südostasien-Reise - 4 Wochen durch das Land des Lächelns.

      In Phuket wollen wir ankommen, wieder festen Boden unter den Füßen spüren, entspannen (ja, auch Massagen) und Ideen für die nächsten Stationen unserer Reise sammeln.
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      Traveler

      Lieber Markus, vielen Dank für Deine tollen Berichte und Fotos. Wir leben Eure Reise richtig mit und wünschen Euch noch schöne, auch erholsame, Wochen in Thailand.

       
    • Day243

      I love sunsets!

      November 19, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

      Headed north today on Phuket to get closer to the airport for an early morning flight in the morning.

      Went to the beach and caught a GREAT sunset tonight. Love the different phases they go through.

      1.8 miles
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      Traveler

      That is incredible. What a beautiful sunset. Thanks for sharing.

      11/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wow!!! Indescribably gorgeous!!!You are going to have a whole book of sunsets!!!

      11/21/22Reply
      Traveler

      Watching sunsets is a nearly every evening pleasure, here. We are not quite 500 feet above the S.F. Bay, so with water as the foreground, and the sun making intense colors as the world goes up, we take a few moments to just enjoy the daily experience. Autumn not only shortens the day, but the period of time between a whole round sun on the top edge of the coastal mountains, and the last slice of the solar circle. Once in a while we get to see the unusual blue or green "blink" phenomena. A few moments with "sunrise" and "sunset"(as the world rotates), make everyday better, where ever it is seen. Thank you for sharing this experience in your travel photos.

      11/22/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Doesn’t it tho?!? I love them. Need to make it a priority to enjoy them once back to “normal” life

      11/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Sunrise and sunset are a constant we can count on in life, always interesting, and just take a few moments of attention. Kind of a reset to remind us of " normal".

      11/22/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Yes!

      11/22/22Reply
       
    • Day24

      Oeps foutje, wel naar Bangkok

      July 31, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Vandaag op tijd opgestaan, we gaan vliegen naar Bangkok. Bij aankomst op het vliegveld kwamen we erachter dat we dus niet op 31-7 hadden geboekt, maar op 31-8. OEPS FOUTJE.
      Maar gelukkig konden we nieuwe tickets boeken via ThaiLion die een 25 minuten later vertrekt. Dus gelukkig niet te lang wachten op het vliegveld, gezien het feit dat de meeste vluchten pas in de avond vertrekken of heel laat op de avond.
      Nu nog even wachten en dan kunnen we boarden. straks nog naar even kijken wat we met onze vlucht van 31-8 kunnen doen. Oh ja, ook nog even een leuke foto die je hier op elk toilet ziet om te voorkomen dat men bovenop het toilet gaat staan, te grappig :) Xxxx
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      Jack Homann

      beetje jammer ja

      7/31/22Reply
      Hammetje76

      Gelukkig wel snel een plekje op een andere vlucht bemachtigd :)

      7/31/22Reply
      Traveler

      foutje bedankt

      7/31/22Reply
      Hammetje76

      Tja, het was even niet anders

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    • Day2

      Gelandet im Paradies

      December 20, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Puh, das war ne lustige Tour bis hier her. 😅 Ich bin jetzt seit knapp 20 h unterwegs und nun endlich am Ziel. Beide Flüge ohne Zwischenfälle und immer in netter Gesellschaft.
      Nun sitze ich im Minibus Richtung Patong.

      Los geht’s
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    • Day21

      Phuket City by car

      July 28, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Vandaag gaan we onze auto ophalen bij de airport. Wel zo handig als he wat wil zien van het eiland die net zo groot is als singapore, dus een grab besteld na het ontbijt en richting vliegveld, zo’n 20 min rijden.
      Gelijk doorgereden naar Phuket old city, vol met oude Chinese handelshuisjes. Vanuit daar een tuktuk genomen die ons naar een mooi uitzichtpunt bracht en vervolgens naar een tempel. Daarna door naar een slangenfarm, tja, wat zal ik daarvan zeggen behalve dat we zoiets nooit meer gaan doen. Op papier leek het wel ok, maar de werkelijkheid was toch anders. Dus naar weer aflaten zetten bij Phuket old city, daar lekker geluncht (eggs benedict :)) en door naar de grote witte boeddha op de berg.
      Prachtig uitzicht, gigantische boeddha en ook apen die zomaar eten uit de handen van een klein meisje griste, jakkie!
      Bovenbij de boeddha kwamen we zelfs een aantal monniken tegen (check de foto bij stijn en Emma) en genoten we van de bijna zonsondergang.
      Omdat we best wel laat geluncht hadden, maar terug naar ons huisje en daar laat op de avond gegeten. Uiteraard niet zonder mijn paps te videobellen, want die is jarig vandaag! Happy birthday, paps!
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      engelien van hout

      ideaal!

      7/28/22Reply
      Hammetje76

      Ja die tas moet je ook hebben he :)

      7/29/22Reply
      engelien van hout

      mmmm

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    • Day53

      Phuket

      February 16, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

      Von Miami aus ging es mit rund 16'200 km um die halbe Welt nach Thailand. Das bunte Treiben is typisch für Phuket. Streetfood-Stände, Massagesalons und Tuk-Tuks so weit das Auge reicht. Die Herzlichkeit und Freundlichkeit der Thailänder bleibt aber trotz aller Hektik nie auf der Strecke. Nach ein paar gemütlichen Tagen im Pool entdeckten wir einige Tempel und die riesige Buddha-Statue auf der Halbinsel.Read more

    • Day99

      Hello THailand- Phuket

      November 5, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      🇩🇪
      Hallelujah🙈🙉🙊 48 Stunden und 4 Corona-Tests später sind wir in unserem Quarantänehotel auf Phuket angkommen, welches wir bereits buchen mussten um die Erlaubnis zu bekommen überhaupt in den Flieger steigen.
      Nach vier Stunden im Hotel, haben wir einen Anruf bekommen, dass das Ergebnis des 4. Tests "negativ" ist und wir überall hingehen können wohin wir wollen. ABER wir haben viele viele Stunden geschlafen 🛌💤💤💤
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      Alleluja 48 godzin i 4 testy koronowe później dotarliśmy do naszego hotelu kwarantanny na Phuket, który musieliśmy zarezerwować, aby w ogóle uzyskać pozwolenie na wejście do samolotu. Po czterech godzinach w hotelu dostaliśmy telefon, że wynik czwartego testu był „negatywny” i że możemy chodzić, gdzie tylko chcemy. ALE spaliśmy wiele długich godzin 🛌💤💤💤
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      Hallelujah🙈🙉🙊 48 hours and 4 corona tests later we arrived at our quarantine hotel on Phuket, which we had to book in order to get permission to get on the plane at all.
      After four hours in the hotel, we got a call that the result of the 4th test was "negative" and that we can walk anywhere we want. BUT we slept many long hours. 🛌💤💤💤
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    • Day20

      Relax relax in phuket

      July 27, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Vandaag een dagje helemaal tempo doeloe, lekker lang uitslapen voor stijn en emma en relaxen maar!
      Eerst samen nog even boodschappen gehaald bij de 7 eleven, jeetje wat een prijzen hier voor een taxi, terug naar ons appartment en na een ontbijtje lekker plonsen in onze 6 zwembaden. Boeken mee, telefoons mee, handdoeken mee en naast een lekker lunch en afwisselend in het zwembad en de zee even lekker niets. Het tentje hiernaast had heerlijk eten tussen de middag, dus ook daar in de avond maar gegeten, nadat we natuurlijk de prachtige zonsondergang hebben gezien. Voor de komende dagen een auto gehuurd, net zo makkelijk en flexibeler als een taxi. Morgen gaan we hem ophalen bij het vliegveld nu even lekker nagenieten van onze heerlijke relax-dag. Fijne (relax) dag allemaalRead more

      Traveler

      welterusten allemaal.❤️😴❤️

      7/27/22Reply
      Hammetje76

      Xxx

      7/28/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Finally there

      December 21, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      Lucky we came today - from tomorrow on there will be 7 day quarantine again.

      It's a well organised path through the airport: CoVid - Thailand pass - Passport - Baggage - Test (which is btw much cheaper)

      And then the humidity and heat hits - at a mere 27°C ;)
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