Day 3 had arrived and this promised to be a fantastic day, travelling around Phuket to see some of it's special places. Last time we were in Thailand, we met a lovely Thai family who owned a touring/ transport business and we became friends. On this visit, we contacted them again and went on a tour to some places that were truly amazing. Join me now as I show you what we got up to on Day 3 of our Thailand getaway.We started at a beach that was further down south, out of town. Now this is what I see in my mind when I think of Thailand; magnificent white sand, clear blue sky and crystal blue water. It was magnificent.
This beach was not over crowded and people, young and old, were basking in the sun, playing in the sand and swimming in the cool sea. It was pristine, it was spotlessly clean. it was magic.
I had to have my photo taken on this white sand, close to the beautiful water, because for me, this is most certainly what I call a beach! I wanted to remember being there, feeling the hot sun beating down on me as I stood in awe of this beautiful place.
Our next stop was a famous look out where you could see the whole of Phuket. We had been here before but wanted to visit this spot again as the view was breath taking.
I like this photo of my husband and I with this view of Phuket in the back ground. It was a hot day, with the temperature reaching about 37 degrees. This was the same each and every day, where there was plenty of sunshine during the day and the nights were always warm.
You can see here how magic this place is. I really loved these beaches south of the island. On our next visit to Phuket, we will spend more time here, away from busy Patong.
What a sight for sore eyes! It is really worth a visit to Thailand to experience this beautiful place. If you enjoy hot weather, stunning beaches and scenery, like to eat spicy food, then I highly recommend you travel here.
We moved on from the beach to another spot where we could really appreciate the coast line. It would be fantastic to be on one of these boats and travel to this little island.Look at the colour of the water! Isn't it just heaven? To swim in it is amazing, it is cool, not cold and is crystal clear.
By this time, we are getting a great appreciation of these more remote places, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I am loving the sun, to feel it's warmth and to gaze in amazement at the stunning scenery.
Next stop was the Botanical Gardens. We hadn't been here before and being the keen gardener that I am, this was a real treat.
It was a lush garden, very diverse and green. I enjoyed looking at the plants and landscaping that was so very different to what I usually see at home.The garden beds often had sculptures scattered throughout them. These were interesting and this mass of flowers was beautiful.
As you enter the Botanical Gardens, one of the first things you see is this heart shaped wreath. It is very large and colourful. My husband wanted to take a photo of me standing behind it......isn't he lovely?!?
We walked on and it was spectacular. The garden was very well maintained, it was eye catching, had plenty of variety and you could see that much effort had been put into its design.
These colourful statues are so very Thai, with bright, bold colours that provided such a sharp contract to the greens of the garden.
As we walked through the garden, I took many, many photos.......it was a magic place. Here are just a small handful of them to give you an idea of what it was like. Here is another peaceful statue, carefully placed in the garden. A truly special place.
I couldn't leave the garden without taking a shot of these pretty orchids. They were so healthy and the bold pink against the white was stunning.In another section of the garden was a cactus garden. I really like cactus and these ones were huge. As with the entire garden, they were thriving.
As we walked around the garden, there were little spots like this everywhere. It was so tastefully designed, incorporating traditional Thai figures with native plants. I have very fond memories of this place when I look at photos like this.
Everything in the Botanical Gardens was thick, healthy and lush. Here is a good example. It also had many contrasts of colour and a large variety of themes throughout. It took a good hour and half to walk through the entire garden and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our last stop for the day, after having lunch in Old Phuket town, was The Trick Eye Museum. This place was loads of fun. It had interactive paintings on the walls and you could become a part of this little fantasy world. It made some great and fun photos.
The photos turned out well and you wouldn't know by looking at them that these scenes are all physically 2 dimensional, but the results are really good!This photo is fun......now this is something that my husband would actually do to cause trouble and it gave us a big giggle.
These wall paintings were brilliant. Here I am running from the stampede. Great illusion.
I just had to have my photo taken on a scooter. This was a common sight in Phuket, there were scooters with side cars everywhere. Amazing 3D effects.
My husband's dream.....to break open a bank vault filled with cash.......yes, he would like that!We are now back at our hotel and it had been a wonderful day. We were so happy to be here, feeling like teenagers again, away from reality and our usual commitments for a while. We had planned this holiday for months and were thrilled to finally be experiencing it. It was only day 3 and we had 8 more to go! Yes, this promised to be a great escape, full of fun and adventure and we embraced it with open arms. Join me again soon when I walk you through days 4 and 5 of out Thailand getaway :) xxx