Phuket: sailing due east to west

Having dipped our toes inwards the Eastern Andaman Sea it was fourth dimension to teach westward to political party fundamental Patong and to sample the luxe life every bit solely a Banyan Tree resort tin deliver it.

As nosotros were all locomote writers, nosotros couldn't but hop inwards the van together with go, nosotros needed a novel experience.  Luckily, that meant sailing aboard the Sea Breeze for a Siam Junk Cruise.

What a treat. This beautiful, 112-foot long, 23 feet wide, two-masted teak vessel provided the ultimate inwards comfort, attractiveness together with hospitality. Managing Director John Bethell (a existent foodie!), his associates together with crew entertained together with coddled us throughout. 

Hearing how they cruise the waters of Burma together with Republic of Republic of India every bit good every bit those of Thailand, tin bring a masseuse on board together with bring chefs for Thai, fusion together with Western-style cuisine made me desire to assemble a grouping to create sum the 6 tasteful staterooms, each amongst bath. Dibs on i of the VIP suites. They tin suit every bit many every bit l for a solar daytime cruise amongst gourmet meal.

The real loud firecrackers laid off over the bow yesteryear the crew did their job. Ours was an auspicious together with totally pleasant journey.

The bounding main was every bit beautiful but the scenery was non every bit dramatic every bit what nosotros had already seen. We anchored off Patong Beach for tiffin together with felt far luckier than the passengers on our much larger neighbor, Cunard's Queen Victoria. 
NOTE:  Go to my other blog, Food Afar - Recipes from a Travel Writer - together with banking corporation tally the Apr archive to reckon what nosotros ate together with how you lot tin create it at home.

Tip: Transfers from solid reason to boat are fairly easy, but detect out how just they volition hold out handled earlier booking. No employment at all from a marina; the walk out to the boat tin hold out long but at to the lowest degree you lot know it is going to hold out flat. The transfer to the Six Senses boat was a cinch but getting from boat to the isle resort's pier was a chip dicey. We padded through the sand to a zodiac together with thence climbed upward a real curt ladder amongst lots of aid to teach to the Siam Junk. Getting from junk to zodiac was slow every bit was getting off at Patong Harbor.

Landing inwards Patong was going from the sublime to the ridiculous. The beach was filled amongst bikini-clad bodies, a few of which were designed for skimpy swimwear. 

The sidewalks were filled amongst sarong-wearing  recent beach goers who shared streets together with sidewalks amongst motor bikers joy riding or hell-bent to teach wherever faster.

Offerings were titillating.
Come slumber amongst us - racy apartments personally staffed. 
Touch Villas. 
Laundry together with massages. 
FBI, Finest Bar inwards Thailand. 
From custom tailoring to a companion of the minute or x-rated apparel, it was yours for the shout for together with paying. 

Two spots hither Westerners volition detect appealing. Joe's Downstairs overlooks a rocky promontory, serves first-class drinks together with is a bully identify to sentinel the Sun teach down. 

Right adjacent door, Baan Rim Pa, i of Thailand's nearly celebrated restaurants, features dishes solely establish inwards the country's Grand Palace. Staffers bring raised vegetable together with fruit carving to a fine art. 
Warning: With Joe's to the left together with Baan Rim Pa, the 2 brand for a lovely eve but you lot volition bring to negotiate flights of stairs.

 We returned to the sublime amongst an all likewise brief remain at Banyan Tree Phuket inwards their divine, luxuriously appointed puddle villas.

Warning: Some of these villas characteristic beds that are on a raised platform but at flooring level.  This tin hold out a employment or a giggle depending on your mental attitude together with physical dexterity. However, the resort is on even out terrain together with you lot rarely run into to a greater extent than than iv steps upward or downward betwixt buildings. Golf carts ferry you lot from i goal to about other inside the complex together with villas come upward amongst bikes. 

Banyan Tree is at the northern, nearly individual cease of what is billed every bit Asia's outset integrated resort, Laguna Phuket, amongst 5 hotels sharing an 18-hole golf game course, corporate preparation facility together with an idyllic stretch of white sand beach. All were appealing but the Tree was the nearly elegant. 

Do NOT immature adult woman the spa. You volition bring to dig deeper into your pockets for a massage here, but create it.  The massage rooms are the nearly beautiful I bring e'er seen. 

Not that you'll bring your eyes opened upward i time you lot hitting the table. 


And amongst that, I had to piece of work out Thailand for the long, l-o-o-n-g haul home.

Phuket: sailing due east to west