Thailand Time Out.
few winter nights years ago. From
Town did not go above the equator, not unless you were travelling over a period of
But that was going to miss out on sailing to
we could visit
So what, that we would probably have no wind from
And then have to sail the following 2000 miles into the South West Monsoon.
Which would be hard, wet and windy. The choice was made their was no way I was
Going to sail on the recommended routes and miss visiting these colourful countries.
Even if the sun would be shinning and the winds behind us on the southern route. So
July 07 saw Penguin Parked in the Boat Lagoon Phuket in the middle of the south
West monsoon season the rest of the globe trotting boats were either South of the Equator
would not be arriving in
Situation was that we no longer travelled amongst a group of other cruising boats which
Had always been fun. Oh well! we would have to make our own entertainment, and if we
that hard in
Will had jumped ship whilst we had been
full moon party on one of the
Niamh was also off on a live aboard
diving trip on another group of
up with a friend from
Rock climbing, Cycling, temple visiting and Thai cooking, that for sure was going to keep her amused.
Rob well He had a special treat install
for him, two weeks Vacation with Jackie flying into Phuket from
The whole time we had been in NZ our time together had been spent in Budget Motels
With the occasional half decent rented house for a few days. As Jackie was Handling most things back in UK Including getting Jo and Nick back settled after their time away.
She was well deserving something special, She had also spent the last two weeks worried
About Jo who had been very ill, and had thought she might have had stayed home if things had not improved before her flight.
So on the 3rd of July I picked Jackie up and took her to the Dusit Laguna hotel very smart, certainly not the usual Rob York Style but what the hell, She’s worth it.
I had hired a car so that we could get
around the southern area of
travel not being part of our itinerary. The first week was to be spent on
Staying in a rather flash hotel. The ever attentive staff found it hard to work us out as most of the other guest where happy enough staying in the hotel complex, they thought
It a bit weird that anyone would want to go walking in the tropical jungle with so much
sweat, rain and leeches, it was also a mystery why anyone would want to spend
time in the grimy, run down, cockroach ridden city of
Where you find things interesting then that is where you should be.
We did do a Thai cooking course at the Hotel along with using the Tennis Courts, we attempted to play one morning and 40 minutes later had to give up as we were both being
Roasted by the Sun, so we had another try that evening before going back to our room
watch the second week of
flown out of
View to the sea from our hotel balcony.
The Warnings for young Thai Girls are painted on the walls of the temples.
Jackie being told she must not corrupt young Buddhist Monks.
During our second week we travelled around the coast to Krabi. Have enclosed photos as my words would not do the scenery justice, also included encounters with Elephant’s,
Gibbons and one or two visits to Buddhist Temples.
Beautiful National Park.
During the second week we ran across Niamh and her friend Ailes they had spent the previous three days doing a rock climbing course on the Spectacular limestone cliffs
And where full of themselves. And so we past our time exploring the area’s forest’s ,
Time to head back to Phuket for our last night at the Dusit Laguna. Also time enough
For Jackie to give me my last thrashing on the ……..Tennis Court, before She was back
plane to dear old
In a 44ft Plastic tube floating on top of the Ocean Did not suit Jackie.
Penguin had been left in the Hands of the boat doctors in the Boat Lagoon and I was expecting to arrive their put the Antifoul back on the hull and Launch Her ready for
were still working on the
The work would be complete. Which was very frustrating but the work was being carried
extremely good standards at 1/3 the
price of the
get on and get it finished. Their was certainly plenty to do and after a couple
of days I was able to start painting the
Mustering date, so on the 25th of July we once again had a full crew and a Smart Ship
Shape Yacht to go Sailing in. We also found ourselves with one extra crew, Niamh`s friend Ailes had been persuaded to give this Sailing thing a go, So she signed herself on
for the trip to
Next 1100 miles into the South West Monsoon winds and it was going to be wet windy
And pretty uncomfortable, but these Irish Girls are a Hardy bunch she was happy to give
go. On the 26th July we
did a big stock up and got our Clearance out of
At 8 oclock the following one of the guys from the boat yard Piloted Penguin down the
Channel through the mangroves and back out to Sea. We then made our way to the south
was ready to give it a go, the next land was to be
That would be in 7or 8 days if things went bad it might take us 14 days, but I don’t think
That thought came into the equation.
So their you go another Land visited and another chapter complete, Hope I still have at
Least one reader left out their If not I am sure all this will keep me amused when I am old
And Grey. Bye for now.
to a whole new World Ailes steering across