“People love escapism and there should be a place for it.” – Tom Hiddleston
How do you escape the humdrum of everyday life? I enjoy books, travel, photography and unashamedly, Netflix ha-ha especially with good series like ‘La Reina del Sur’, ‘Reign’ and ‘Outlander’. Don’t you just love Francis and Jamie, these remarkable fictional characters epitomize “honor” … I digress! Back to escapism and on to Phuket. Thailand is one of those inexpensive travel destinations that is, “better to see once, than to hear about a thousand times” (anon).
The more I travel, the larger the map imprinted across my heart grows. I believe that each journey expands our worldview in incredible ways, bringing with it a deeper sense of appreciation. However, travel does not ‘fill’ my soul as the ubiquitous Pinterest quote may advise. It is Christ and Christ alone who saturates my soul with joy and wonder. On to Phuket 😉
After visiting a place, we invariably wish that we could have seen more, done more and photographed more. Here are a few photography moments from my time in Phuket, Thailand.
’Slow down, this is not the mainland!’ Phuket (silent ‘h’) is the largest Thai island and offers a rich variety of experiences. Phuket houses some of the most attractive hotels and spas in Thailand. This trip was more about relaxation, palm trees and beach-bumming than touring and traversing the land.
Good things to know: Thailand is the leading rubber-producing country in the world. It is also one of the world’s leading rice exporting countries. Jasmine Thai rice is my personal favorite, yum! We can thank them for this by saying: “Kob Khun Krup” for a male, the ‘r’ is often dropped and “Kob Khun Kha” for a female. And more often than not, it’s accompanied with a smile and bow-like hand gesture, think ‘Namaste!’ In addition to rubber and rice, Thailand is also economically reliant on its tourism and palm oil industries.
Island hopping from the famous James Bond Island, Koh Panyee, Phi Phi and other islands with occasional stops to bask in the sun, enjoy cocktails and a bite on quiet beaches. Other highly recommended activities that I enjoyed are the cave canoeing, sea kayaking and scuba diving that are squeezed in on these island tours.
Thai cuisine is not my first choice when dining out. However, being adventurous, I tried eating locally but the Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup) was not for my palate. Also, I prefer a fine red wine or tequila to beer so was pleasantly surprised by the local beer, Chang, it was much better taste experience than the Tom Kha Kai 🙂
Let’s wrap up our escape with these majestic creatures. They are so beautiful yet so incredibly frightening. Tiger Kingdom was memorable! As much as I enjoyed getting up close and personal with the tigers, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that the constant patting and poking were quite bothersome for them. The trainers are very good and one can see that the tigers are loved. Yet, I wish they were roaming free instead but that’s for another kingdom … wink wink!
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen”. – Benjamin Disraeli
Until next time,