Bangkok (VTBD) – Phuket (VTSP)
As the nightlife in Bangkok would dictate, I began this journey rather late in the day as the shadows were being to stretch themselves over the ground. At 16:45 the skies were clear and inviting although providing an added sense of urgency due to the fading light.
Today’s journey would take me 482 miles South as the sun set on a rather pretty landscape. I began the trip by following a huge “Global Freightways” Boeing 747 down the taxi route and watched it take to the skies before I followed suit and headed West towards the setting sun. I knew the flight would be mostly in the dark and wasn’t disappointed by the colours in the sky during the transition from day to night.
It was nice to see the street lights below turn on and able to watch the stars come out, one by one. In the UK this week, I was able to see the International Space Station (ISS) pass clearly overhead on several occasions. Looking like a quickly moving star, it begins as a faint speck but gets increasingly brighter until there is no mistaking it for any other star. It amazes me that mankind has the knowledge and technical ability to launch a vehical and carry a number of passengers so far above the earth. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what the future holds when it comes to NASA, SpaceX and the progression of space exploration.
Below me I was expecting to cover some mountains which I had made a note of when looking at the map. As it turned out these mountains were no more than rolling hills although in the dark these could be dangerous if flying at low altitudes.
Upon reaching the South coast of Thailand, I flew over many islands varying in size. It was difficult to spot all of them in the dark seas. Eventually it became too dark for site seeing so I simply followed the pink GPS route on the Sat Nav until reaching the city of Phuket.
I learnt a lot about Phuket whilst reading up and watching videos about the place, including the correct pronunciation. I must admit that the Full Moon Party held on Koh Phangan beach is certainly an experience I would love to have first hand whilst on the alternative side, the many elephants being exploited for tourist entertainment really upset me. Whilst I am no vegan, vegetarian or animal activist myself, I hope that future generations of tourists will be more aware of the harm being inflicted on these wonderful animals whilst being held in these organisations and that the boycott of these places will mean the animals will be treated well in proper sanctuaries or better still, returned back to the wild where possible. It was comforting to know that there is infact a rather great elephant sanctuary doing the work so badly needed.
Phuket, Thailand Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP2nKrhEU68
PHUKET – THAILAND , BEST OF PHUKET HD – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSF5dqh94Y4
Phuket – A Quick Guide – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qU0HSvAFVQ
Amazing Thailand Adventure Trip 2015 : Phuket – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9IxkrhGoAM
Still Dreaming? – Live Your Life – THAILAND – GoPro Travel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NAwwIMquqU
Thailand, Koh Phangan. DJI phantom – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzv2IdjFgG0
Full Moon Party Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-rdOPlsBkI