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Minneriya National Park 3-Hour Jeep Safari

On our first day out in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, our driver, Raj, took us to Prasanna Hotel and Restaurant.  This hotel also operates open-air Jeep tours in the nearby Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park Together with Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa National Parks, this is Sri Lanka’s elephant corridor. Depending on the weather and season,…


Cruising the West Coast of Thailand

We cleared into Thailand on December 6th and left Thai waters on February 19th.  Starry Horizons spent two and a half months in Thailand, but David and I flew back to the states for part of it and spent a little over two months in the country.  We spent most of our time around Phuket….


One Week in Phuket Itinerary

Thailand was one of the countries I was most excited about visiting on our around-the-world adventure.  We ended up spending a little over two months sailing on the west coast of Thailand, and a majority of that time was spent on Phuket.  Not everyone has the luxury of slow travel like we do, but everything…


Where to Eat in Phuket Thailand

When I say I was excited about visiting Thailand, it was mostly because I absolutely love Thai food.  On that front, Thailand did not disappoint.  We had so many classic dishes at Phuket restaurants such as Pad Thai and Pad See Ew (David’s favorite and mine, respectively).  Of course, we also got to explore more…


Phuket Seashell Museum Thailand

I love to comb the beach, looking for unique shells and then learning about the animals that make these shells a home.  It’s a fun activity and I learn something new.  However, very rarely do I ever keep the shells; I have a teeny, tiny shell collection on Starry Horizons.  I usually find shells on the…


Lardyai – Phuket Walking Street on Sunday Night

My favorite thing about visiting Thailand – or most of Southeast Asia for that matter – is the food.  Thai is my favorite cuisine, and the food was the number one reason I wanted to come to Thailand.  It’s also, after 2 months in Thailand, my favorite thing about this country.  The food has not…


Ko Phi Phi Don: Hiking & Snorkeling

We visited Phi Phi Don twice; once over the Christmas holidays, and a second time a few weeks later.  Our first impression of Phi Phi over the holidays was not great: it was absolutely packed with people and loud music played every night into the wee hours of the morning.  When we returned a few…


Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

We’ve spent over a month in Phuket now, and one of our absolute highlights has been the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.  I’ve been twice now; David and I took his sister Julie for our first visit (an afternoon tour) and then Carlanna and I went for my second trip (a morning tour). Read our One-Week Itinerary for Phuket, Thailand. Elephant Tourism in…