We’re back in civilisation, there’s no doubt about that! We’ve been in Phuket for a few weeks now and it’s like being back in the Med during the height of summer. It is super-busy, tourists everywhere, hour-long traffic jams, packed beaches, restaurants and shops galore, busy anchorages and there is no space in any of the marinas. That last one doesn’t bother us so much, we prefer to be at anchor anyway. But, sometimes, it is useful to nip into a marina for one or two nights in order to organise and arrange some work. And, after having been in “the wild” for two years, we do need quite a few things done to the boat! In fact, the list is quite long: rigging inspection and potential replacement, cushions re-upholstery, canvas work, polishing, anti-fouling, etc. etc.
After pulling some strings and using a few connections, we managed to book two nights in the Boat Lagoon Marina and organised several companies to come and discuss the work we need doing, measure up and prepare a quote. We’ll see what comes back and then decide and plan the work. We might nip out to the islands for a bit first.
Phuket also has very good hospitals and dentists, so it’s not just the boat that’s getting a check-up! Dental and skin checks, eye tests, … We’ve been to one of the hospitals in town and were extremely impressed with the quality of service at a very affordable price. No waiting list or queue there!