Tuesday, 12 July 2011


We have recently had a busy time with visitors here in Phuket. Ley Langford from Crystal Blues, currently based in Singapore, flew in for a four day visit and stayed aboard Taipan in Yacht Haven. We had a fat time eating Thai for breakfast lunch and dinner...well not quite breakfast but it was fun. We actually took the whole four days off and just drove about checking out developments and shopping. This is  the new Ao Po Marina hardstand. Its much easier to get into than Boat Lagoon and they use a Sealift machine instead of a Travel-lift so no overhead stuff. Looks promising for the future. 
L to R. Alan Jan David Tim Vanessa Mike Carole
On the 4th of July Tim and Vanessa, Davids son and his fiance, flew in from Australia for a two week break from their mining jobs in the North West. Vanessa's parents and Aunt and uncle were in Phuket too so we had a family day out up to Ko Pan Yai and back on Tuesday. 

Wednesday we all dashed into Phuket to do some provision shopping and then departed marina at 3pm for Ko Naka Yai about 11 Nm. The weather was lovely and it was great to be out into the Bay again.
Thursday morning after a brief swim and slow breakfast we made our way to Phi Phi Don arriving in the early afternoon. Two glorious days a Phi Phi with cocktails on the beach enjoying the afternoon sunset. Awesome Pizza and much fun at the fish doctor. Small fish attack your feet and nibble off all the dead skin. Sent Tim and Vanessa into paroxysms of giggles! On Thursday afternoon we hired a long tail for a run over to Phi Phi Lei. It was amazingly blue! but we have never seen so many tourists. Phi Phi Don was packed with people and boats.
Saturday we headed up to the Bamboo group for some snorkeling and after a short shower of rain we spent a couple of pleasant hours there before heading onto Hen and Chicken anchorage for the night.
Long Tails in Phi Phi Lei
Sunday morning paddle and swim and snorkel before heading west to Ko Yai to anchor for the night. We had a huge rain squall and were besieged by yachts seeking shelter just after we settled our pick. Its a roomy place though so there was no harassment. The squalls passed and the sky cleared for the night.
Monday has come all to quickly and we headed back to Yacht Haven for Tim and Vanessa to take a luxury break at the beautiful Indigo Pearl Resort at Nai Yang Beach not far from the marina. After they were settled in we caught up with Davids brother Steven, his wife Kerry and the two not so children, Hannah 13  and Tom nearly 18. They are also at Indigo Pearl and we are looking forward to them  joining us aboard Taipan later this week for a Phang Nga Bay adventure.