Deals like these don’t need any introduction. And you can be sure they won’t be around for long. If you’re interested send me an email today so you don’t miss out…1. Ocean view condo in Cape Panwa – less than half price Yes, you read it right – less than half price. The seller was asking 10,500,000 Baht (US$ 353,024). Now he’ll take just 4,500,000 Baht (US$ 151,377). You save 6,000,000 Baht (US$ 201,647). This 108.30 m2 apartment has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It’s got a fully equipped…
When you live on an island you get to enjoy great seafood.
And I’m lucky enough to have some of the best right on my doorstep.
If you’re familiar with Bangtao you may already know the ‘mussel man’.
He started out a few years ago with a small roadside stall selling fresh cockles and mussels.
They’re steamed for you while you wait with lemon grass, holy basil and coriander.
Over the years he’s developed quite a following.
So much so, he’s expanded his product range to include live oysters, crabs, tiger prawns and…
…but there is a catch.
You see, the winner of the 2012 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and 2007 F1 World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen, is selling his Phuket home.
And I assume he would need to sign the paperwork.
So you’d get his autograph for free!
Kimi bought the property in 2008.
Just a few months after he’d won the 2007 F1 World Drivers’ Championship.
He said at the time; “It will…
My gardener, Jock, looked very pleased with himself today.
He was smiling and singing away.
When I asked him why he pointed to a birdcage in a tree…
“Its name is Lucky. It’s a special singing bird. If it wins I could get 200,000 Baht.”
He’s invested a quarter of his monthly salary in his new protégé.
And Lucky is already in training for the next big song contest.
It’s less than a week to the start of the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket.
And it seems preparations are well underway.
Eager participants have been ‘testing’ firecrackers 24-7.
Banners and lanterns already adorn the streets.
The celebrations officially kick-off on 15th October and last for 10 days.
During that time you’re expected to wear white and eat only vegetables.
You should also keep clean and abstain from sex and alcohol.
But there’s a far more shocking side to this festival.
It comes in the form of the “Ma Song” (enchanted horses) who…
It’s been raining in Phuket for the last few weeks.
To be honest, it makes me feel right at home being English.
Plus, it’s good for my garden.
Speaking of rain – or should I say reign (sorry, I couldn’t resist)…
Have you been watching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on TV?
It’s incredible to think Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60 years.
And at 84 she’s still going strong.
But as you may know, there is one monarch who has been there even longer…
Thailand’s King Bhumibol…
I thought I’d have a lie-in on Sunday.
You know, to try and catch up on some much needed sleep.
Instead I was rudely awakened.
There was banging, crashing and lots of shouting.
What on earth was going on?
I looked out of the window and saw this…
It was the local school band marching down the road.
They were banging drums, crashing cymbals and generally making as much noise as possible.
I can’t say I was too impressed…
Do you know where the highest house in the world is?
It’s at the foot of Mount Everest – 4,800 metres above sea level.
Here’s a picture…
I reckon it would be pretty unpleasant living there as temperatures don’t get much higher than minus 20 degrees Celsius.
That’s a bit ‘fresher’ than the 36 degrees in Phuket today.
Phuket’s highest structure is the Big Buddha in Rawai – 400 metres above sea level.
It’s 45 metres tall and covered entirely in white marble……
As you know, Phuket is full of cheeky birds.
In fact, there were two on my terrace this morning.
They were strutting about, grooming themselves and chatting away.
As usual, they were very friendly, not shy at all.
One even came into the living room and started shrieking at my cat.
He was not amused.
Here’s a photo…
You knew I was talking about our feathered friends, didn’t you?
One of the best things about living in Phuket is you are…
This is Pompidou (my best friend)…
He’s an English cat with a French name.
But he lives at my villa in Phuket now.
There was no way I was leaving him behind when I moved to Asia.
Anyway, David wrote to me the other day;
“Rebecca, I am planning to move to Phuket soon, do you know if I can bring my dogs? I don’t think I could come without them.”
You’ll know just how he feels if you have a favourite pet…