Phuket Thailand | Cruise Stop | Asia Tour 2017

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Tender cruise destination – Phuket Thailand. No big plans other than Patong Beach, but a rainy sky threatens the day. Time to find some good eats!

Food to Go - Phuket, Thailand
Food to Go

Unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate for our Phuket, Thailand stop.  We tendered to land under a very overcast sky. Decidedly, instead of the original plan of hitting Patong Beach for drinks and massages, this was a perfect day to try Continue reading “Phuket Thailand | Cruise Stop | Asia Tour 2017”

Colombo, Sri Lanka – One day, on a budget – Asia Tour 2017

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Our cruise ship was docking in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka – formerly Ceylon. We had one day and a budget. Here is what we did!

Following Cochin, India was the port town Colombo. As always, we had to hunt down the most affordable Tuk Tuk driver and ask what he was offering in his price. We were told we would visit a beautiful temple, go to the beach and visit a restaurant for a cup of the famous Ceylon Tea. Negotiated price: USD$25 for 4 hours of Colombo, Sri Lanka highlights.

Side Street - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Side Street – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Winding our way in and out of heavy traffic, checking out the city life of Colombo was already interesting. Eventually, after
zipping past a few temples which apparently our Tuk Tuk driver did not see and apparently did not understand when asked to go back, we arrived at the Buddhist Gangaramaya Temple.

Buddhist - Gangaramaya Temple - Colombo, Sri-Lanka
Buddhist – Gangaramaya Temple – Colombo, Sri-Lanka

The temple is an ecclectic mish mash of culture and architecture and is also a museum; many photo opportunities, some antique autos and a holy place of prayer. Entrance fee: USD$8

Just down the road, on an island connected with a bridge (within walking distance), is the  Seema Malaka, a gathering area for the monks. It is wonderfully peaceful and here we saw many locals working to perfect the surrounding area.  Watch out for monkey and snake handlers, before you know it there is a snake around your neck or a monkey cuddling up to you and a demand for a huge amount of money!

Seema Malaka

Next, we headed to the beach area called Galle Face Green. Many stalls lined the beachfront promenade selling treats and juices, school children played on the shores, chasing the waves and a peaceful demonstration against outlawing Tamil bullfighting was being held in the grass area.

Galle Face Green Waterfront - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Galle Face Green Waterfront

We purchased a water for USD$1, a bag of popcorn for $1 and some crunchy fried yucca sticks for $1. The locals sitting around were friendly and curious. These prices seemed budget worthy!  Please keep in mind, this is not the kind of beach you swim at; enjoy the views, enjoy the locals and eat some Sri Lanken treats.

Truthfully, I found Colombo, Sri Lanka underwhelming and less exciting than I had hoped for; we decided to head back to the ship without stopping for tea. Perhaps, like India, one needs more than a day to truly appreciate the country and it’s culture. I won’t hurry back.

Total cost: USD$36

Next Stop: Phuket, Thailand

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Photos of Langkawi Island, Malaysia – Asia Tour 2017

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Langkawi Island, Malaysia has so much to offer, sandy beaches, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and more; and don’t forget the amazing array of food. My Photos.

Check out my blog on Langkawi to learn more about how we stayed on this marvelous Island on a budget! In the meantime, enjoy the photos!  Click any photo below to enlarge. Continue reading “Photos of Langkawi Island, Malaysia – Asia Tour 2017”

One Day – Cochin / Kochi, India – Asia Tour 2017

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Cruise ship arrival, One Day, on a Budget, in Kochi / Cochin, India. Must see attractions included a Hindu temple, trying some Indian food, the beach with the incredible fishing nets, the Laundry and Jewtown, a jewish sector. Let’s go!

Kochi Street Life - India
Kochi Street Life

We quickly found a gentle young man who would be our taxi driver / guide for the day and negotiated a price of Continue reading “One Day – Cochin / Kochi, India – Asia Tour 2017”