Thursday, January 28, 2010
On the main website you will see a link to Thai Cooking.
There are several Thai Cookery schools nearby offering anything from one day to two week Thai Cookery courses.
rest of us with a fine fish based Thai dinner last night.
'amazing' and of course it's all about the interesting people you meet. There were Italians, French, Koreans, Japanese and Swedish on the course so plenty of new friendships were established, emails swapped...and maybe our guests will be off to their new friends' countires in the future to meet up again and cook for each other.
Just got back from fishing on the longtail boat.....Gary, Paul, John
and me......baracuda, blue runners and trevelly.....all caught on the ever trusty Portland Rig with long strips of squid bait...
Flat calm, warm......great way to spend the evening.....hope it's not too cold back there in Weymouth.............
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
English, Spanish food on offer as well as Thai. Nice place to sit about and have a beer overlooking the flashy boats in the Marina. In many parts of the world it would be too expensive to even do this but for visitors to Thailand that is not the case. The prices are high compared to Thai prices but they are still much less than we would pay at home.
after him very well throughout his two week stay with us. Lower photo...the group are joined by Jeff who has concentrated on his diving this holiday and improved amazingly.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I keep banging on about diving but the snorkling is excellent here. We have several beaches with very gentle sandy bottom. This is good if you are out of practice with your snorkling and need to build up confidence in shallow water with no nasty rocks to step on.
Once the confidence is there .....the sandy bays are surrounded by rocky shoreline which are full of fish.....plenty to see. And then a lovely sandy beach to flop down on and top up that tan....
There is one particularly beautiful inshore coral reef in Phuket which is easily accessible from the shore.
Kata Beach is a 15 minute drive away from the house. We take the freshly filled scuba tanks and all the necessary gear to the beach; get suited up and waddle across the sand into the sea....
With inflated BCD's we paddle gentle out to sea for about 10 minutes into an area roped off to keep the whole reef clear of longtail boats, jet skies, speedboats and general mad people.
Dropping down 7 metres, the first fish we swim through are baracuda with juvenile lionfish on the sandy seabed beneath them. The sandy seabed is ideal for beginners to gain balance and control before we move onto the coral reef itself.
Sometimes there are very large (and harmless) jellyfish drifting by. They make a fine sight and good material for photography. The whole reef is excellent for photography with stacks of fish to photograph in good light at a maximum of 10 metres.
Here Jeff, staying with us for 2 weeks, is practicing buoyancy control with the Fin Pivot exercise.
Once good control is established (essential if you'd like to try some
photography) the diver can level off into an energy saving position
with hands free diving. Jeff now has the skills necessary to try photography on our next outing.....
A solitary lionfish glides by towards the reef.......
It's always a challenge to get a good close up of a fish without spooking it or nose diving yourself into the seabed.
My little group of divers is expanding. I now have two charming Air Asia hostesses, the Phuket Nature Home Site Foreman and our local mechanic all learning. Next Wednesday we are joined by Graham from Weymouth who is keen to learn plus Captain John, a fellow skipper running a boat out of Dubai and here for a couple of weeks to try scuba.
I like the bartering approach preferred by the Thais. The lessons are for free and for friendship and sharing my love of diving but Thais love to 'return the favour'. Thus I have 2 open tickets to Hong Hong presented to me; Jai's car has had a free service and my front gate and wall has been repaired....
Last night Gae (Offshore Rebel Thailand's glamorous Managing Director) took all of us to the Timber Shack in Phuket Town. This is an excellent night club featuring an outstanding Thai Rock band....we staggered back at 3am today so this morning's planned dive has been somewhat delayed......... report will follow once we have sobered up enough......
Bookings for the next 'season' are coming in now. Nov 2010...week 4 is booked; December 2010 is available; Jan 2011 is booked for weeks 2 and 3. There is one room available week 4. Feb 2011 is fully booked. March 2011 is booked weeks 1 and 2. Weeks 3 and 4 qare available. April 2011 is available. Because of the low interest rates is UK the house rental prices will remain the same as set up in 2008. BUT, due to new car rental rules in Phuket, I cannot offer a car...customers must now rent through the various car rentals available here. (But I can help with all this).
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
These Gods are the three main Hindu gods Vishnu,
Brahma and Siva.
The middle structure is by far the highest and features very steep stairs to the top. These are the sort of buildings you will find at the Angkor Wat temple complex in Northern Cambodia. Again, IF you have time, a visit to ANGKOR WAT is utterly mind blowing. A return flight on Air Asia Bangkok to Siem Reap (where Angkor Wat is) is about £100 return.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Pretty underwater scenery. Water temp 29 degrees...........
Saturday, January 2, 2010
A Ride down the Chao Praya River in Bangkok
Early this morning our family flew off to Bangkok to finish their holiday with a couple of days in the City. Warren, being a wizz kid with the old Technology, sent me through these photos of what they've been up to today! Clever gadgets, Blackberries!
First the river...it runs through the centre of Bangkok and it is LOADED with fish.....zillions of them....
The Chao Praya River has many fabulous sights to see along its river banks. One of these is the Royal Barge Museum.
The Royal Barges are decorated with exquisite and complex carvings depicting scenes from Thailand's rich mythological past.
Here Warren, Hayden and Louise pose by one the craft used in Royal Processions down the river.
Amazing characters from the Ramakian (Thailand's great epic story taken from the Indian myth the Ramayama) act as figure heads on the Royal barges.
The seven headed Naga can be seen everywhere in Thailand and is often seen behind the Buddha. The Naga is a powerful, benign and protective spirit. Nagas are especially numerous in Temples (Wats) where they can be seen coiling up stairways and protecting entrances.
The temples viewed from the Chao Praya (River of Kings) make a colourful and imposing sight. The river night trip is amazing with the Temples all lit up. If you ever get to Bangkok....you MUST do the river trip at night!!!!!