Location: Phuket

Today the group experienced their first true excursion on Thailand soil. Several shipmates took a tuk-tuk (a kind of open-air taxi, i.e., a truck with benches) up to the “the giant Buddha of Phuket.” A monument so huge that it can be seen from pretty much anywhere in Phuket. Others took advantage of cheap vendor swag, and of course, many replenished their chocolate stocks. After lunch, we moved to a more secluded anchorage at a tiny beach called Ao Mum Mok, where an abandoned Seuss-like resort barely stood, and a statue of a large goat were all that told of past attractions. We retired that night, looking forward to an intense BA and the upcoming Kings Cup!