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Perfect Phuket - Hello from the other side

Hello from the beach! Spoiler alert if you are snowed in, pandemic bound or just plain jack of 2021 already, you might want to flick straight onto the next blog! On the other hand, if you are looking for some escapism and to tag along for the virtual ride, stick around!


We came for Christmas and we haven't left yet,  so I've only got pictures of sunshine and palm trees and empty beaches waiting for tourists return.

Bangkok is still a designated High controlled area.  Schools, shopping malls and gyms have reopened and homeworking for some companies remain in place or operating on a limited A-B team return to work. Pubs and Bars, gambling venues including cockfighting and soapy massage remain closed. Ha, let's see who is reading this closely and no I have no idea what a soapy massage is! Most of my friends are more concerned about the booze ban and pollution in Bangkok but here at the beach, life is calm, quiet and rosy!


Phuket has removed it's 14-day Quarantine for those arriving from Bangkok but it seems most people are not risking travel here from within Thailand until March at the earliest. There is some hope that International tourism may resume in October, but in the meantime, we remain in glorious isolation.



I am one chirpy little bird with a new nest in Phuket, meanwhile, back in Bangkok the songbird lovers moved into our old tree - bless! I am happy for them. You can read the original story here at Our Balcony Sunbirds

We are loving island life, our fresh air and freedom to move around are not lost on us at a time when our family and friends in the UK and Melbourne, Australia are back in their lockdowns. Our life in Thailand seems a million miles away, and I can't wait to be reunited with my family who I have not seen for over a year now. Covid be gone!


With the beach as my backdrop for writing, I have been busy with my content creation. Let me start by wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year with artwork from the Artists in the Bangkok Community:

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Whilst our Bangkok Chinese New Year celebrations were curtailed this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, no-one is going to stop the Artists in the Bangkok Community (ABC) Group from welcoming the Year of the Ox in their own creative ways... Read more here


In Meet Thailand's Elephant Influencers, I invite you to join me on a Tourism Authority of Thailand trip to meet some of the Influencers chosen to help at this critical time for Thailand's domesticated elephants. Their thoughts and photos are amazing:

‘The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to invite you on a trip to Lampang and Chiang Mai to learn about the current situation on elephant care in Thailand, as well as how we are moving forward towards more sustainable solutions for elephant-based tourism in Thailand’. Read more here. 


In Elephant Hugs and more... an insight into Thailand's Elephant Tourism I share some of my thoughts and start a discussion on the complex issues regarding elephants in domestic care. 

I was brought up to love all creatures great and small. I thought I had the elephant situation assessed; elephants should be in the wild, or in an ethical sanctuary for retired elephants. They should not perform tricks or paint, and we should not ride them for our pleasure. Covid has added additional difficulties, without 40 million predicted tourists, businesses have closed, people have lost jobs, and yes elephants are starving.  Read more here


Well, that will do for now, I wish that where ever you are in the world that you have a happy day and I will be over to check out your posts, very soon

Take Care



Comments

Tom said…
...this sure looks perfect to me!
Janice said…
Looks wonderful and warm. Yes, it is cold and snow covered even here in Central Texas. Really unusual!
Wendy said…
It's nice to see that in some places life is more normal.
Jeanie said…
Oh, these beaches are a sight for sore eyes, longing to see something other than white snow. I'm imagining the warmth on my skin, walking barefoot in the sand and dipping my toes into that surf. Thanks for this sorely needed post!
eileeninmd said…
Hello,

The beach looks very inviting, I wish I was there. It is cold and snowing here.
Lovely images! Take care, enjoy your weekend!
Sami said…
You are leading the perfect life Wren. I've been seeing all the beautiful Thailand staycations and I'm jealous :)
Luckily in Perth we have been doing well, apart from a very short 5 day lockdown at the end of last month and then mandatory masks outdoor for another 9 days. We can't complain either...
Enjoy Phuket
Cynthia said…
“Warm, quiet and rosy” sounds like a perfect place to hide out from the pandemic and enjoy life. We are lonely for family, but grateful for the beautiful beaches and forests here that are safe to visit while we wait ... and wait ... and wait for vaccine to be available. Whoever would have dreamed that this could go on for a whole year, and more?! Not me. Be safe and enjoy your lovely place.
Looks so inviting ...
Many thanks for this uplifting post.

All the best Jan
Goodness I wish I could trade some of that wonderful beach for the not-so-wonderful snow here. As for the poor elephants it's so hard to comprehend. On the one hand they deserve their freedom but they do need to be protected from poachers but on the other hand zoological breeding programs are helpful in so many ways. A couple of years ago they moved the elephants from our closest zoo in Toronto to the southern US where they felt the climate was more to their liking.
Amy Johnson said…
That's awesome that you are able to escape Covid lockdowns and enjoy such a beautiful place.

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