|We arrived at the pier and main entrance area to Chalong Beach. Here's information about this bay from this site: "Chalong's muddy East Coast shoreline makes it rather unsuitable for swimming but it's an ideal and natural spot for yacht mooring. As well as the Boat Lagoon, Yacht Haven and Royal Phuket Marina, Chalong is a centre for intense boating activity. Early mornings and late afternoons are the busiest times at Chalong, when diving and day trip groups are bundled on and off boats. The Ao Chalong Yacht Club, which organises regular sailing races, makes its base here, and its bar is a favourite spot for sailors to swap yarns and party. Chalong's most noticeable feature is its 720-metre long, seven-metre wide jetty, which replaced the rickety old wooden pier in 2001. A parking area and a number of restaurants, shops, tourist information kiosks and open-air waiting areas have been built to serve the many visitors passing through. There's also a one-stop customs, immigration and harbour master service to assist visiting vessels, as well as a new marine rescue centre."|
|Tour information and sales building surrounded the area, a popular tourist location. Life jackets are ready on the sidewalk for the next tour group.|
|Tourists dining, shopping and staying undercover while awaiting their boat tours.|
|Entrance area for tourists to access the tour boats.|
|Tourists preparing to load the boats.|
|Under usual circumstances we'd have walked this pier. I wasn't ready for such a long walk.|
|Another pier in Chalong Bay.|
|No motorized vehicles are allowed on the pier.|
Photos from Vietnam continue from this point in today's post
I don't know if we could live long term in such a hot climate only using AC at night. No doubt, the majority of the world's population that live in hot climates don't have access to AC and many are without electricity and running water as we've seen in our worldwide travels.
None of our vacation home landlords have prohibited us from using the available units located throughout the houses we rent. That's why they're available, for example, in each room of this lovely house in Phuket.
|The shoe stores appeared to have all knock-offs. Kong advised us to negotiate.|
Yesterday, after we uploaded the post we decided to head to the beach for photos on the sunny day. Also, the idea of being in the AC in the less-than-stellar rental car was somewhat appealing.
|Although reasonably priced and nice looking I had no interest in buying jewelry.|
|The craftsmanship appeared to be of high quality if one could use such décor in their homes.|
|Interesting use of color and design.|
|We wondered if these pretty plates were suitable for serving food or merely decorative. One never knows when purchasing products such as this, if lead based paints are used in production.|
Have an pleasant last day in July or first day in August depending on which side of the International Dateline you reside!
Photo from one year ago today, August 1, 2015:
|This was the first time since we'd arrived Queensland that we saw this many sunbathers at a beach in Australia. The sun was very strong resulting in the use of rental umbrellas and many beachgoers staying in the shade. For more photos, please click here.|