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Oh Summertime, Summertime!

  • June 24, 2013
  • By 50 Shades
  • 4 Comments
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Kata Beach, Phuket

 

Sometimes it is just the thought of it that sends me off to a faraway place!  It conjures up images of warm balmy evenings by the seaside, wearing nothing but a bikini and a sarong, sipping on a pina colada from a coconut shell and lazily plunging into the ocean to cool off.  It is my favourite time of the year – Summertime.

It makes me think of the lyrics to this song called ‘In the summertime’ by Thirsty Merc:

 

“Take me back to the sweet times
The hot nights
Everything is gonna be alright
In the summertime
Baby, in the summertime
And even if I have to wait til next year
I don’t care
All I know is that I’ll meet you there
In the summertime
Baby, in the summertime
That is where I’ll be”

Don’t we all want to be there?  You betcha we do!  So every year we escape our Australian winter and take a holiday to somewhere tropical like Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi in Thailand or Bali in Indonesia.  In fact I would say that thousands of Australians do the same.  We escape the shores of Australia in our droves to these Asian destinations because they are not only paradise, but they are extremely cheap.

In fact it is probably cheaper for the average Australian to holiday in Asia rather than destinations in the tropical north of our country.   Holidays in Northern Queensland on one of the many beautiful tropical islands are extremely expensive.

Whereas, for example in Phuket you can:

  • Get a great hotel room for $50/night or a private villa with a private pool for $250/night.
  • Eat out every meal for under $20 a day.
  • Get a taxi (or tuk tuk) for $3-$5 depending on distance and you can hire a private driver for a whole day for $40.
  • Get a hour massage for around $10
  • Buy extremely cheap replica brand name clothing
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Railay Beach, Krabi

There are also a lot of things to do and see in Phuket (apart from lounging on the beach!)  You can go elephant trekking, visit the Buddhist temples, go out on a boat cruise to many of the surrounding islands, visit the monkey caves, go white water rafting or go to the Fantasia Show.

But I have to admit my favourite thing to do in Phuket is to sit atop the deck at the After Beach Bar at Kata Noi and watch the stunning sunset over the beach.  It is the one thing that reminds me of how much I adore holidays and Summertime.

 

Annette 50th 185

After Beach Bar, Kata Noi, Phuket

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By 50 Shades, June 24, 2013 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

4 Comments
  • beverlydiehl
    July 22, 2013

    Sounds like a great place for a getaway. The water, the trees the san – the elephants! But please tell me the name “Phuket” does NOT rhyme with “pluck it.” Cause that would be awkward, if appropriate, explaining to family and friends.

    • Kathy
      July 22, 2013

      Ha ha Bev, fortunately Phuket is pronounced “Pooket “. It is a fabulous holiday destination which would probably be comparable to your Mexico.

  • Phoebe
    August 1, 2013

    Oh, so envious of your access to such gorgeous views! Our friends in Sydney have said, too, how expensive it is to vacation in the north. When my kids were still at home, we would escape Indiana’s cold weather (which btw are MUCH colder than Australia’s winter!) each April by heading to Florida. But, there’s nothing I’ve come across there that compares to your pictures!

    • Kathy
      August 1, 2013

      Phoebe, yes we are very fortunate that we have easy access to some wonderful holiday destinations in Asia. I actually just returned from a week up north in Port Douglas, which is near Cairns, and thought how beautiful and tropical it is up there. Shame it is so costly. Maybe one day you will travel to Thailand or Bali? It is definitely worth the trip.

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