Showing posts with label Voyager of The Seas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Voyager of The Seas. Show all posts

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Voyager Of The Seas - Royal Caribbean International [Shore Excursions At Phuket]

Phuket has long been luring tourists to it's drop dead gorgeous beaches and dramatic bay scenery. It is also Thailand's most famous island destination for vacation from around the world. Apart from all the new developments, Phuket's natural wonders are still the main attractions where beaches, rainforest trek or boat ride to Phi Phi Island and etc are the must try or do for tourists.

And after a day in the sun, you could also pamper yourself with traditional Thai massage to experience this ancient art of healing.


PHUKET, THAILAND


Photo captured around 7.30am where dark clouds are forming
{Day 4} As you could see from the photo above (without edit), it was rather cloudy that morning where thunderstorm might appeared anytime. Everyone on board was very worried about the weather as well as the day excursions in Phuket as we were required to transfer to another small passengers boat which ferry us to the dock at Phuket.

Above is an example of the small passengers boat and floating platform for us to transfer from our cruise ship to the boat.

Another view of the passengers transferring process.

There are quiet a number of stalls at the dock area where you could find their local snacks, food as well as fresh fruits like Durian, Lychee, Mango and etc.

But don't except their Durian to taste like what we had in Singapore as compared to our D24, Mao Shan Wang and etc as theirs are quiet different in terms of taste and texture.



SURIN BEACH


For this round, we did not join the Shore Excursion package provided by the Cruise, instead my brother hired a van with a local guide to bring us around the island which is much cheaper compared to the package available on baord. And moreover we could visit any locations and take our time to explore instead of rush here and there.  (A 10 seater van cost less than S$100.00 (1/2 day), brings us around to the places which we requested)

Surin Beach is about 20 minutes away from Phuket Airport and it still has a small village atmosphere which is very different from our life-style in Singapore. (food stall that we ordered our lunch shown below)

From the photo you could see the waves was rather rough due to the monsoon season and we were all taken back by the huge waves and wind which seems scary at that point of time.

The beach area was covered with strong waves and it was impossible for us to go down and walk around the sand area.



It was an experience that we had our lunch just by the siting area around the beach whereby the stall owner do a quick set up for us which was very thoughtful of them.  Above is their Thai-style Chicken Fried Rice (50 THB / S$2.00) and surprisingly it taste quiet good for a roadside stall.

Tom Yum Prawn (100 THB / S$4.00)

This is our favourite Stir-fry Chicken With Thai Basil Leaves (70 THB / S$2.80) with generous amount of chicken and fragrant Thai basil which was just spicy enough to go with the rice and sunny-side up egg. Thumb up for that!

Chicken Phad Thai (50 THB / S$2.00) on the other hand was rather a bit too salty and lack of flavour as compared to some other Phad Thai we tried.


SHOPPING MALLS


After lunch we stop over at Silang Boulevard - Jungceylon Shopping Mall for 2 hours where we could do some shopping, walk around and etc.

We tried their Chocolate Banana Crepe at one of the stall in the foodcourt.

Mango with Sticky Rice is one of my favourite Thai dessert and you could easily spot them in Thai Restaurant, Supermarkets or even roadside snack stalls.


Other than the shopping malls, we also walk around the shops and wet market around that area. Look we also spotted a Boxing Stadium along the way.

Assorted Thai snacks and kueh found in the wet market stall. 

Indeed their wet market had a lot of herbs, ingredients and etc as compared to ours.


KARON BEACH


Karon is famous for its beautiful long beach, wide variety of restaurants, shopping bazaars and some bars for a relaxed night hangout with friends and family.

Karon Beach is very long which is about 5km (three miles), with fine white sand that squeaks when you walk on it. At some part of the beach you could also find money value Thai massage and reflexology which gives you another different beach experience.

View of Karon Beach at the Karon View Point.

For about 10 - 15 minutes drive, we reached the Karon View Point where scenic view of the Karon Beach is amazing at our sight. A lot of tourists were there for photo taking as well as enjoying afternoon tea at the view point.


PROMTHEP ENERGY STATION AND CAPE


Next we moved on to Promthep Alternative Energy Station which is a MUST GO as it gives you an amazing view of the clear blue waters and mountains surrounding Phuket.

Although the weather was not very good (a bit cloudy) during our visit there but we still enjoyed the  magnificent sight from the viewing point.

View from the Promthep Alternative Energy Station

Further down from the Promthep Alternative Energy Station, we reached the Phromthep Cape which is the island's most photographed and also best-known location for taking stunning sunset photos. But too bad we didn't managed to stay till sunset due to our schedule to go back to the cruise ship.

Another view at the Phromthep Cape

At the dock getting ready to go back to the cruise ship

After a fruitful day at Phuket, we were finally back to our Cruise Ship. Everyone of us had a great time visiting all those breathtaking scenic beaches and mountains of Phuket. I am sure we would be back to Phuket again in near future to continue our exploration around the island.

Till then for more photos of our Shore Excursion trip at Phuket, you could take a look at Cuisine Paradise Facebook album HERE.


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Friday, 30 November 2012

Voyager Of The Seas - Royal Caribbean International [Shore Excursions At Malaysia]

First of all, this is a very over due post which I have no time to finish after my last two posts(here) on our 6 days Voyager Of The Seas Cruise Trip during June school holiday. Along the journey there were 3 ports of call whereby we stopover at Port Klang, Penang (Malaysia) And Phuket(Thailand). Since on board I am very excited to visit Penang as I have heard and read a lot of good reviews on their food especially Penang Laska, Cha Kway Teow and Bak Kut Teh.

In this post, I would like to share with you some of the places and food that we tried during our Penang stopover.


PORT KLANG, MALAYSIA


{Day 2} On the second day of our Cruise trip (read more here), we had a half day stop over at Port Klang which is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia. Passengers on board could choose to stay on board during the embarkation or pick-up a short tour around Kuala Lumpur or etc.

Port Klang Cruise Centre, Malaysia

Since we did not join any day tour for Port Klang stopover, we just went around the Port area, have some bites and take some shots on the cruise ship from the port.



PENANG, MALAYSIA


{Day 3} It was our first trip to Penang by Cruise after so almost 15 years since my last visit with tour group during my secondary school days. And indeed the view of Penang from cruise is amazing and beautiful too.

Our Shore Excursion ticket for "Taste of Penang".

Tourist Discount Card @ Wah Thai Native Products for getting their local products.

Freshly baked and packed Tau Sar Piah and Ma Ti Su which makes you crave for more. They have quiet a few different flavour but I still prefer the normal traditional type.

Coffee Time! What about a cup of Penang White Coffee!

Bak Kut Teh and other spices packet which are great for making yummy herbal soup at home.

After grabbing some yummy Penang local products, we stop over at their shopping mall to do some quick shopping before lunch.

Parkson Shopping Mall which similar to our shopping mall concept which cafes, shops and eateries.



Our lunch was at New World Park Food Court which surprising look clean, spacious and with cooler environment. There are also many different food stalls selling their well-known local delights such as Penang Char Kway Teow, Penang Laksa, Claypot Bak Kut Teh and etc.



These are some of the dishes that we tried at their New World Park Food Court.

Chee Cheong Fun (RM 3.00) with the “heh kor (prawn paste)", chilli and sweet plum sauce is a special Penang specialty which is worth trying.

The super long queue Char Kway Teow (RM 4.50) which is very fragrant with nice wok taste and nicely fried noodles.

First time trying Penang style Bak Kut Teh with so many ingredients in it. The soft and juicy pork belly, fried beancurd sheet and yummy pig intestines sure goes well with the herbal soup.

The Shore Excursions ends after lunch and we are back to the port area around 2pm. Since there were still time before the cruise leaving for the port, we decided to go around the town on our own to explore.

Fort Cornwallis is an old star fort located on the northeastern coast of Penang, Malaysia. Even though the fort was originally built for the British military, its function and historically was more administrative than defensive.

The Chapel at Fort Cornwallis which was built in 1799.

View of the coastline from Fort Cornwallis.

I still remember clearly it was a lovely sunny Monday with good view of Penang and it was indeed a memorable trip there too. We really enjoy those delicious Penang food as well as it's historical scenic view, look forward to go back again and explore more on Penang soon. 

Do stay tune for the next post on our Phuket shore excursions soon. More photos of this Penang Excursion could be found at Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page HERE.


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