|Motorbikes parked at the beach.|
It rains a lot in the tropics and there are plenty of cloudy days. Since our arrival in Phuket over two weeks ago, at least 75% of the days have been cloudy with rain no less than 40% of the days and nights.
Many years ago (around 30) BT (before Tom) I vacationed in Thailand, staying in Phuket at two different resorts, one week each and if I recall, it was cloudy and rainy many of those days as well. When the sun is shining, its a scorcher.
Its so hot, people often walk with umbrellas to protect themselves from the heat of the sun as opposed to using umbrellas in the rain. Yesterday, we compared weather conditions for both Phuket and Bali which overall are quite similar.
|Tourists dining under thatched roofs drinking cocktails with umbrellas and pineapple slices.|
We don’t remember feeling this hot in Bali although it was hot each day with high humidity similar to Phuket. Islands typically have high levels of humidity but after a little research we discovered many inland countries/cities have levels of humidity in excess of what may be the case on a tropical island.
|Fruit and fruit drink stands are popular in Phuket.|
|There are many restaurants located near the beaches.|
The only apprehension we’ve had, particularly Tom, has been the prospect of the required three days of four hour round trip drives to Lovina, Bali to renew our visas toward the end of the first of our two month stay.
|Many tourists use money exchange facilities such as this. We’ve found its more economical to use ATMs for local currency.|
|Many hostels and “rooms for rent” are seen along the highway. Many young tourists come to Phuket for water activities and stay in lower cost facilities.|
Last time we had to get the visa extensions, Gede made the third trip without us when we’d authorized him in writing to do this on our behalf. This avoided us making the third four hour round trip drive. By staying in a hotel, we’ll have only two hours to get to Lovina and another two hours to return to Sumbersari on Wednesday afternoon having completed the second trip to the immigration office. Tom liked this idea.
|Taking photos through the car’s windows and windscreen in tricky with some sort of worn film is covering the glass.|
In checking prices on hotels in Lovina, Bali, rated at least four star we can easily stay at a very nice location for an outrageously low price under US $75, IDR $984,225, THB $2,631 per night plus the cost of a few meals and low cost taxi.
|Road construction is prevalent in most countries, slowing down the flow of traffic.|
It can’t always be perfect. We don’t expect it to be. We accept the limitations we currently have in our midst while continuing to make the very best of each and every day. We laugh, we smile, we find ways to entertain ourselves and each other. What more could we ask for? Not a thing. Not a single thing.
Enjoy your weekend!
Photo from one year ago today, August 6, 2015:
|Amazing sunrise over Trinity Beach, Australia where we lived one year ago today. For more photos, please click here.|