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Stuck in Thailand? Please don't rescue me........

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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

After trawling the net and finding an excellent flight from the Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur for $220AUD (including tax!!) I left the expensive world of Australia behind me and headed to South East Asia. The only problem was where to head next. Thanks to budget airline Air Asia the choices are endless, ancient temples or exotic beaches? Be warned, the connections at the abysmal LCC terminal (not to be mixed up with the excellent KLIA airport) are always long, but who can complain when the flights are so cheap? Apparently they now also offer a flight to London for $297 AUD. Anyway despite the building turmoil in Bangkok I headed to Phuket.....I had friends there.

 

Now Thailand is not as cheap as it once was,last time I was here a bungalow in high season was 190 baht (NZD $8), unfortunately that’s now the price of a Pina Colada. However if you do want to live cheaply its still possible, you just have to be savvy. Fried rice is 40 baht ($2NZD)and any kind of freshly squeezed juice is only 60 baht ($3NZD) and a songtow bus is about 30 baht ($1.50NZD). There are endless ways of stretching your buck if your desperate, I just came back from helping out at a wedding in Phi Phi and had a wonderful feast in a beautiful resort for my troubles. Tomorrow I’m heading to the world renowned Similan Islands with the MRS Germany contestant to write an article for the Phuket Post.....

As a footnote, I read on the NZ Herald Blog site that the NZ government was sending the Air Force to help evacuate New Zealanders. For the love of God, please don’t rescue me! Phuket is still lovely and peaceful - well apart from Pattong and the Thai's are suffering from a decline in visitors and serious damage to their tourist trade. I hardly think anybody needs serious rescuing, in fact a friend of mine declined to be evacuated as he didn’t mind spending the extra week in Bangkok. Really and truly, what kind of picture is the media painting?

Photo Credits

Phuket: Ahoerstemeier

Phi Phi: Dionysus

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