Finally land and my own hotel room!
Day 4 : I am so relieved this was the first day I didn’t take any meclizine and I did not get motion sickness even through quite a rocky ride all the way through. After setting sail, I scrubbed the cockpit out of restless boredom and again was told I was raising the bar. After 5 hot hours we pulled into Ao Chalong Harbor where a giant buddha statue overlooks the harbor, though hard to see at such a distance, we made our way through a couple hundred anchored boats, found a spot, dropped anchor, packed our land bags, boat trash and laundry into the dingy and went to shore where mounds of boat trash greets all arrivals. Customs and immigration took a grueling 3-4 hours. I have to hand it to Ed. Ed manages everything on this trip. Its like having a free tour guide. I dont have to plan or figure anything out whatsoever other than how to avoid gluten and how I am going to find coffee for the boat that is actual coffee and not whatever Ed is drinking that is pretending to be coffee yet stains his boat in about 10 seconds when my starbucks coffee does not stain the boat.
Once through immigration we made our way to the Phuket Yacht Club see pictures haha! Then we found a hotel where Ken and I booked our own rooms (Ed is sleeping on the boat to watch the bilge, he’s worried about water collecting in it). Ed knew exactly a good place to eat, so we went there and I had my first thai food in thailand, Then back to the hotel for a shower, a beer and to plan tomorrow.
Things are crazy cheap here. I picked up a thai sim card which was $11 for 3 G data for one month. Chicken and Basil with rice lunch with bottled water= $3.36. My hotel room which is nice by western standards is $28. A cold beer $1.12 which is the bar price.
Tomorrow we will stay in Patong which I guess is a crazy party town.
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