Saw this nice Honda cruiser near the tailors with the Grim Reaper airbrushed into the tank and rear guard - paint looked an inch thick!
Cool paint job
That evening, we decided on a bit of entertainment and trotted along to a show just north of Patong Beach called "Fantasea". We knew that you got a feed and the show involved elephants but that was about it. The location was superb and the organisation faultless. The huge grounds were set up like an old-fashioned carnival and shops but with modern decor so that you could amuse yourself after eating and before and after the show. The evening meal area was a buffet of beautiful foods and could cater for 4000 people at a time! Organisation was excellent and it didn't feel at all cramped or rushed in the dining area.
Entrance to dining area
A small section of the dining area
After the meal, we took part in some of the carnival/funfair attractions, one of them being on the pistol range. I hadn't fired a handgun for over 30 years and was simply amazed (so were the attendants!) to score all inners and bulls, winning a lovely stuffed elephant toy which will be going to our granddaughter.
The stage show itself was spectacular. The storyline was an old Thai story about a prince combating evil, but using modern sets, laser light, fireworks, elephants and other performing animals - incredibly well done. We weren't allowed to take photos from the show but here's a selection of shots outside taken in the grounds.
A neon-lit bar
Entrance to the show
2 metre long catfish in the lake - yup...2 metres!
The following day was time for a bit of action - kayaking off the north east coast of Phuket Island. A boat took us to an area which was a little reminiscent of our March visit to Halong Bay in Vietnam, and let us loose on inflatable kayaks at several particularly beautiful islands. One of them was "James Bond Island" where part of The Man With the Golden Gun was filmed many moons ago. Another island was riddled with caves and a central lagoon. To get to the lagoon, some of the caves were so narrow that you had to lie down in the kayak and push on the walls with the paddle!
Crab fishermen in the bay
Some of the limestone islands
Yours truly off for a paddle
Some nice toys
James Bond Island - a few hundred metres wide
Market stalls on James Bond Island
Massive fault in the cliff - maybe 80 metres high
Entering the cave system on an island
Big Water Monitor lizard at cave entrance
Jennie and I laying flat to get through a narrow squeeze
Entering the island's inner lagoon
Part of the inner lagoon
Old-looking monkey on the lagoon walls
On the way home, we noticed the following sign near a beach. Wondered if it meant that you were only safe from tsunamis at an altitude of 300 metres vertically above the sign!!!
Not a reassuring sign......
What a fun time! More to come.......