Actually, you don’t land in Phuket, you land at a resort location on the otherside of the island which really doesn’t make much difference at all. By the time you get to shore, all the water borne excursions (other than those run by the cruise ship) have left for the day.
It was tenders to shore again today. Phuket is primarily a holiday location. Tourist shops, restaurants, massage parlors and clubs line the streets opposite the beaches. The sidewalks swarm with taxi drivers looking to take you wherever you want.
Of the options today, we chose to go with the “wandering around one.” Joining another couple, we attempted to head over to another town. What we discovered is that all the fishing, touring and “James Bonding” excursions start early in the morning. No one is going anywhere by 1400 in the afternoon.
It actually was ok with me. We stopped for something to drink then caught another taxi back. George and I had a lovely supper on shore enjoying real food, good cooking and excellent service before heading back to the ship. The tenders would be running till quite late but I was getting tired.
As we headed toward the ship, the sky was dotted with light. Apparently a local custom – balloons carry lights aloft finally flaming out and crashing back into the ocean.