On our group cruise in Southeast Asia, we stopped in Phuket for an overnight visit – two days on the tropical island. The cruise pier is south of Phuket City and is in a remote location, no nearby shops or tourist sites. The only way to reach the tourist areas is on a structured tour or to take a taxi into the city. It seems that all the venues are an hour or more away from the pier.
On our first day in Phuket, we booked a beach break tour at the Dusit Thani Laguna Resort on the west side of the island. This is the famous beach area of Phuket. Unfortunately, it rained most of the day and when not raining, it was hot and muggy – not the best day to enjoy the beach. Since It was a 90-minute drive each way to/from the beach, we did get to see a lot of the island.
We returned to the ship in time to change and have dinner before attending an “Azamazing Evening” event in the city. There, we enjoyed a folkloric event of song and dance by Thai performers in native attire. An “Azamazing Evening” is a trademark event offered by Azamara where everyone on the ship is invited to a nearby venue to learn about the culture of the visited country.
Day two was another rainy day and we decided to have a quiet day on the ship and not go ashore. We spent the day enjoying the shipboard offerings of the Azamara Quest. On a cruise ship, a port day is a great time to relax and enjoy the ship while many of the passengers are off on tour.
Our next port of call, three days in Myanmar.
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