March 23, 2014
Richard and I are almost finished with our breakfast when we're joined by Dorie and Ronan at 9:30 am. Luckily I had managed to get 2 of the mini danish for Ronan before they were all gone. We still can't get access to our e-mail but I get connected to the internet. I send a deposit of 4500 baht via paypal for our March 24th Phi Phi Islands trip to Phuket Sail Tours. The balance I will pay in cash tomorrow. I ask reception for another pillow for my bed. We get directions to the BIG BUDDHA.
BIG BUDDHA It takes us about 30 minutes driving to get there. Very straightforward, lots of signs. Big parking area. No entry fee. This is pretty impressive and Ronan is very interested in everything he sees. It is 25 meters across the base. The body is white jade marble that shines in the sun. We spend 1 hr. here. The 360 degree views of the island are great.
|This is what he's making|
|Dorie and Ronan|
|Richard and me-typical tourist picture as we had to wait our turn|
|Ronan liked this image|
|Dorie and I were both born on Saturday. Richard and Ronan were both born on Friday.|
DINO MINI GOLF Dorie says Ronan has been talking about this even before they arrived in Phuket. It's one of the things to do I had mentioned to her during our exchange of e-mails. Whenever they come to western NY for a visit we take Ronan to mini golf. He loves it. He's excited about this as he's into dinosaurs. He can match all the names with the pictures and it's not just the well known ones like T Rex. He's pretty smart for a 5 yr. old as he can also name all the bones in a body like tibia, etc. Amazing what they learn in kindergarten! The hard thing is finding a parking spot. There is no where to park our car! We see a driveway leading into a parking area but a guy tells us it's for the hotel guests (the hotel is right there a little ways away from the lot) but he takes pity on us and we offer him 100 baht to let us park. As we're playing Ronan is telling us how we have to make our shots to get our golf balls into the hole! He gets par on hole #16. Dorie gets the best score. It's been a lot of fun. There are figures of different dinosaurs throughout the course. It's really a neat place. Cost 240 baht per adult and 180 for Ronan so 900 baht total. It takes us a little over an hour to complete the course.
|Eager to play!|
|This place is way cool!|
|Watching grandpa Ricky|
|Waiting for my turn|
|Ronan and grandma Chris|
|Golf advice from Ronan-hit the ball through the tunnel grandpa Ricky! That's how you got to do it.|
|Ready to tee off|
|I took this picture because of the "BUFFALO" sign on the side of the yellow truck!|
Ronan wants to go to the POOL so we do and spend about 1 hr. here. He is getting so much better with his swimming. He has no problem going under the water whereas I don't like getting water in my eyes or nose!
|3 way catch|
|Offers all kinds of food|
|Prawns with cashew nuts|
|Vegetable curry with rice|
|Vegetable pad Thai with rice|