Thailand Port of Call: Phuket Shore Excursion29 January, 2010
For our port of call at Phuket, Thailand, the ship had tendered out at sea instead of docking at a pier like in Port Klang. To get to the mainland, you will need to secure a tender ticket for a boat to the Phuket beach. There are several timings available and each boat interval takes about 5-10 minutes. If you had booked a shore excursion like what we did, then they will arrange for you to meet your guide at a designated area and all the boat arrangements would already have been made.
The transfer to the mainland was a rather quick ride – about 5-8 minutes. Along the way, you will be able to see the local sampans as well as private yachts all along Phuket beach. Keep your tour sticker on or else once you arrive at the pier, you will be mobbed by touts selling their Phuket tour packages.
We had to walk a short distance to our tour bus for our shore excursion. There are many interesting sights along the beach as well e.g. mobile massage and manicure/pedicure tents. Do note that those colorful beach chairs are not free though – staff will come around to collect their rental fees.
This is Part I of III of our shore excursion at Phuket. Stay tune for more…