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Dancing Queens in Phuket

B: Let's get out of here- next round's mine.
(walk across the street and order a few Tiger's)
Ging: Hmm. Look at that, it's 10 to 4.
B: 10 to 4?! We're taking these to go.

This city, does not sleep. As a confidant of B once said- this place is like Vegas on acid with ladyboys. Agreed.

Thursday was our last day in Thailand, so we knocked a few things off the list- morning sun session at the beach. You can rent chairs and umbrellas for THB100 each. A steal of a deal, mainly for the umbrella, as the day goes on the sun can be a killer. I also (finally!) got to practice my newly formed frisbee skills as taught to me by Ming in Hawaii over Christmas. There was a lot of flailing and some near misses on frisbee casualties- but we made it work.

We took a team time out in the afternoon, as the Ging and B wanted to get massages and I went out for a shop. Upon reuniting, the girls reminded me of how you get "tossed around a little" during Thai massage. B said to me "the girl started getting a little rough and I thought- I bet Ging has no idea this is supposed to be happening." Too funny.

We made reservations at White Box for dinner. The restaurant is a THB500 taxi ride from the Patong Area, at Kalim Beach. The restaurant is quite literally a white box on the beach, with a deco-mod rooftop patio, where we were able to enjoy the sunset before dinner. White Box is hands down the best meal we have had on our travels thus far. To start I enjoyed the proscuitto wrapped mango and mozzarella, while Ging had the duo of spicy salads and B enjoyed the pan fried rock lobster- all were fantastic. For mains, the girls had red tuna while I enjoyed a spicy green seafood curry. The sound of the ocean in the background, we reminisced about the weeks prior over great food and good wine- exactly the way we wanted to.

The next event was the Simon Cabaret (THB900). I am not sure how to categorize this, other than Ashlee Simpson dressed as Big Bird on SNL- lots of feathers and terrible lip syncing. But it was an absolute treat to try and guess which were "she's" and which were "he's", and the costumes were beautiful (much nicer than Big Bird). I would recommend this as an excursion- even for you skeptic conservative boyfriends/husbands/brothers/fathers. You are sure to get a laugh out of it... But grab a cocktail first.

The night was rounded out at Seductions on Bang La (after a weak pit stop at Tai Pan). Seductions has no cover for ladies, and a mostly foreigner crowd and three different dance floors. We threw it down with some rowdy travelers until... Well you read how it ended. This city never sleeps- and sitting in the airport waiting to head back to Singapore- we wish we could have had a few more hours in bed...

Danced Out,
The Trio

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Thai Me Up

Oh Phuket- how you have changed in all the ways I thought you would. This is my third time to this Thai tourist haven, the first in 2004, the day the tsunami hit. The second in 2008 with little brother Ming, and now in 2012 with the Tender Trio.

From Singapore, getting to Phuket is cheap and easy. You no longer require a visa to enter Thailand either, so the process is very seamless. It is, however, teaming with people ready to rip you off and take advantage of many peoples first visit to the country.

From the airport, a taxi should be about THB700, or you can take a shuttle which is about THB450 per person. The drive is about 45 minutes to Patong, depending on the traffic.

We are staying at the Bel Aire Resort (THB2500/night, including breakfast). It is two blocks from the insanity of Bang La, and two blocks from Patong Beach. It's clean, has air conditioning and we get clean towels every day. Deluxe in our books, but again- its all relative!

With 3 full days in Patong, we have planned to do an excursion to Pha Nga and Hong Island, spend a day on the beach and another exploring.

After traveling for what seemed to be days, we opted to have dinner and pack it in. We chose Savoey for dinner- their fresh seafood on display was just too tempting, and was enough for us to overlook the steep price tag. The Tom Yum was delish, the seafood cocktail was catch of the day fresh, and the papaya salad was a welcome addition to the table as we are all so excited to be able to eat raw veg again!!

After hearing "maaaahhhsssage" or "yes shopping, cheap price" several dozen times on our three block walk back to the hotel- we are ready to sleep until we wake up. Finally- we'll be in one place for longer than two nights.

Tired in Thailand,
TT

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24 Hours, 4 Countries, 3 plane rides

Every traveller has their preference. Some would prefer to get to their destination as quick as possible with the least number of connections. Others are cost-conscious, but aware that a 42 hour transit is a little unnecessary. And then there is the ultra budget traveller who will fund their adventures by cutting corners and saving on their flight costs at the sacrifice of a few days travel.

In this trip, we're a hybrid of #2 and #3. We landed great fares from Calgary to Kathmandu and returning Singapore to Calgary through edreams. The company is based in Spain, and this is the second trip I have used them for and had zero problems.

So on top of our main round trip flight- we had to get from Delhi to Kathmandu at the end of our tour to trek through Annapurna. After the trek we had to get to Phuket, Thailand, for some down time in the sun. After some creative planning (and the good fortune of having parents who live in Singapore and who have been more than helpful in the planning process) we managed to get extremely reasonable flights from Kathmandu to Phuket, flying via Kuala Lumpur and Singapore... However now after leaving Kat at 1130pm Sunday, we are now on our third airplane in less than 24 hours,countries been in 3 different countries since yesterday (and have the passport stamps to prove it), and last but not least- all that saved up sleep we had banked from Annapurna is slowly being drawn down- as we haven't had a proper sleep since Saturday night.

Airport Insights:
1. Wifi is available in most airports. For free wifi, search for a coffee shop, which usually offers free wifi to customers (The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in KL for example)
2. If you're not there long, use your credit card and save the hassle of changing currencies (side note- the only country which will exchange Nepal Rupee is India. KL and Singapore won't take it)
3. No matter where you are, airports are triple the price. In Kathmandu we rarely paid more than NPR200 for a meal- at the airport it was 220 for a coffee.
4. Don't bother buying coffee once you're through security. Airports in some Asian countries have another security point before entering the gate for your plane... And no your NPR200 coffee cannot come.
5. Ladies lines make the process faster! In Nepal and India there are separate lines for women- and when there are only 5 women on the flight from Kat to KL- this means you get to buzz right through.
6. USD is still the king of currencies. If you have it, they will take it. And usually if you need to have a visa to enter, they expect it paid for in USD.
7. Don't be afraid to venture out of an airport on a long layover. Many Asian airports are well connected to the city by train, so check your boarding time and go see something!
8. Don't discard your bag tags, departure cards or visa receipts. These things get requested at random and it can be a hassle if you don't have them.
9. Lines ups don't exist in some places. It's more of a crowd than a line. So for my fellow Canucks- drop the manners and be assertive!!!
10. Patience is key. We have been very fortunate that we have had no delays or changes to any of our flights, no lost baggage and no long line ups for immigration and customs. But waiting is part of flying, and letting it ruin your travel buzz isn't worth it. To pass the time, we suggest the spotting game (or spotting BINGO), or the "guess what this is" game (best played in small souvenir shops with local food).

Only one more flight after this one... Thailand- the Tender Trio is coming.
L, B & the Ging

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