THAILAND LIFE Pt1 • One of the WORLD'S BEST Travel & Sailing Destinations!
Hey guys and welcome back to our channel If you're new here we are Ross, Laura, Josh and Noah and on a normal day we are sailing around the Greek Islands documenting our travels along the way however in this episode we are in Phuket, Thailand. We're gonna show you what it's like to live and work there but also, some of the best sights... the best beaches... the things to do... the things NOT to do... and why one day - it might be one of our future sailing grounds but lets back up a bit and start from the beginning which was in Preveza, Greece our last day aboard Holly Blue come on get up! I didn't get to sleep until about 5! we're going to Thailand! someone kept me awake all night I don't care how little sleep you've had come on! [Hinton] how are you guys feeling? [Laura] not bad Hey what's up? these are our friends Hinton and Danah [Ross] hello Danah! [Danah] hello! they're looking after the cats for us whilst we're gone [Ross] bye bye boy Oh I'm gonna miss you fella gonna miss you [Ross] ready? ready boys look at the snow ahead! That is unreal! going over the Corinth Canal [laura] wow! that was short lived got a severe snow warning and everything's covered in snow now it's snowing! [laura] it's very pretty though I can't believe how heavy the snow is we've suddenly gone from sunny skies and a bit of snow on the mountain to here in Athens being thick with snow [laura] I really wanna get to Thailand [noah] hey guys pull over I really wanna make a snowman now! [laura] hahaha [laura sings] "Athens is in deep deep deep deep snow" [josh] we're in Thailand! Sawasdika [ross] finally, he sleeps [ross] 36 hours later hello I'm fine [ross] new lease for life 3rd Sangsom absolutely fine morning guys [laura] just out on a little bit of a walk i've left Ross in bed [laura] it is a glorious morning I just thought I'd bring you all along for the walk today and update you on how things are going and fill you in on how we're finding life in Thailand we are in somewhere called Kamala which is on the western cost of Phuket and it's a very family, couples relaxing part of Phuket not a huge amount of partying going on here there are spots but in general there's just heaps of restaurants and generally nice things to do I've been to the gym I always suss out the gym as soon as I get somewhere and it's an aircon gym which is fantastic it's a good break from the heat and we've just been falling a little bit in love with Kamala and enjoying things like new foods and relaxing by the pool so, yeah it's exactly what we needed especially the sunshine you're probably all wondering how I'm doing I'm in an ambulance and I'm going to Patras Hospital because the world of craziest things has happened in the last couple of days and my whole entire life has been turned upside down I'm ok I've had some up and down days but I'm not just keeping going like I was in Greece I think I was keeping myself as busy as possible when we were on Holly Blue to distract myself from my emotions and the healing process of grief and here I'm having to face it pretty much full on because you don't do as much on holiday and because you don't do as much you have more time to think and reflect hi guys so we've just come to the Tsunami Sculpture and t the area which is dedicated to remembering those who tragically lost their lives in the 2004 Tsunami that hit Phuket I use wave lines to represent what people call Tsunami Disaster everything happens for a reason even loss of lives or others at last something rises to replace that loss I feel really emotional reading that it's very emotional but everything happens for a reason you have more time to think and reflect and I guess more time for emotions to bubble up not just because of what happened here but because of what happened recently I'm experiencing a lot of flashbacks because what they say about everything happens for a reason even losses of lives of others at last something rises to replace that loss and it's so true life moves on I think it's actually healthy and it's part of a process that I've been avoiding for quite a long time now so I guess that's a good thing I think that in my slightly vulnerable emotional state i'm somewhat grieving at the same time feeling empathy for the people here and the community walking around such a beautiful place that's so magical and happy and full of life and then imagining what it was like that devastating tsunami hit I think it's safe to say that has lived here for many years that wouldn't have a friend or a relative or a home, or a business that they lost during that tragedy it's not a sad place it's just me that's feeling the sadness oh I'm such an emotional wreck thanks for listening to me gabble on - bye! I'm just getting stung all the time can you see it all inside my legs? hello! I got stung by jellyfish! [noah] I keep getting stung by little plankton [laura] yeah maybe that's what it is [noah] it doesn't hurt it's just itchy as hell [laura] what are you getting for the first time? Thai pancakes! also can I have some marshmallows with them please? [laura] hat are you having now noah? [noah] Thai pancakes lets get on the beach right [laura] that's for you [laura] don't drop it [laura] that's for you careful you don't drop it yum [laura] how is it? Good.
another great thing about Phuket is that if you're a digital nomad like we are it's a great place to work because there's public wi-fi everywhere and we have found that the relaxed pace of life here really helps with creative workflow somewhere I really love to go is the Amazon Cafe in RaWai I like to head down there in the morning, grab myself a cup of coffee and do our website blogs and they have free public wifi which brings me to the sponsor of todays video which is Private Internet Access who offer a virtual private network or VPN for short this hides your IP address this safeguards you against outside eyes it does this through an encrypted tunnel which stops other people being able to look in and exploit your private information obviously that is attractive for us because we're logged in as admin on our website there are also a few other benefits Private Internet Access allows you Region Restricted Content all over the world just chilling after an evening out [ross] laura's drunk a couple of sangsoms later as you do, kids are in bed and we're watching a bit of telly and this is the cool thing about VPN [laura] ross has managed to get Netflix on the apartment TV [ross] English version look 'UK today' we're on wifi in Thailand but we're using VPN and it tricks Netflix into thinking we're in the UK not bad for a couple of quid a month if you're like us and you love to watch Netflix then you can watch it from your home country account by changing your IP address to one of the 84 countries available in America alone there are 50 states to choose from [ross] did you know if you use VPN and change your country location you can get cheaper flights right now I've got our flights 20% cheaper than if we were in England [laura] what! [ross] yeah if you are interested in giving it a go you can find a link in the description box below. not only will you get a discount but they also offer a 30 day money back guarantee and lastly Private Internet Access has been rated by over 8 and a half thousand people as excellent on trust pilot which of course is reassuring now lets get back into the episode morning guys, we're going to The Elephant Sanctuary today! we're all very excited but we are very very late we need to get fuel and it rained last night so Noah's shoes got soaking wt and we're doing a walkway tour so we need to get Noah some shoes [noah] oh my gosh [laura] it's the best we could do and we've got to get there and it's a half an hour bike ride so we'll see you when we get there bye bye! [nah] c'mon dad! [ross] nice shoes! [noah] uhhhh! [laura] and here we are good morning Sawadikap [laura] I need some food wow [noah] lily pads! [laura] don't look down [ross] she's scared of heights [noah] I'm not afraid of heights [laura] there's one! [noah] I don't see any...oh I see it! [laura] haha I think he's enjoying that cool! [laura] see what the guys are doing? they are brushing their ears and getting in all the nooks and crannies and checking for parasites so they're making sure that they're all nice and clean and healthy all the elephants here in the sanctuary have come from mistreated backgrounds and are living out the rest of their days in heaven which is wonderful and they are very well taken care of and every single penny from the people that come to visit here goes into their care and rehabilitation fun fact PES stands for Phuket Elephant Sanctuary [laura] oooh well done! some of them have been injured or abused so when you are here and visiting Thailand don't go anywhere where you ride elephants or watch them perform tricks because usually they are subject to a lot of mistreatment to get them to perform those tricks and um yeah this has been very eye-opening when you see an animal that big and that majestic in real life you can't help but think there's definitely something more going on up there do you know what I mean? I mean how can something like that just come out of no-where? [noah] that old thing is taking a bit of a bite [noah] torture elephants [ross] who does? [noah] people all around the world [noah] it's nasty [noah] don't approach them she's the same age as me! [laura] ok ok ok [laura] she can smell my bag, I've got a banana in my bag [ross] hahahahaha [laura] hi hi hi [laura] yea I've got a banana in my bag [lura] sorry [laura] she's got a good sense of smell clearly [noah] I think she thinks you're a banana! [ross] you were scared then weren't you! I was yeah [noah] I was scared too [noah] she's gorgeous so this elephant is blind from all the dirt that came up into here eyes when she was carrying people you can tell on her back that she has no hair on the top of her back from basically carrying so many people in her 43 years of life bless her [park worker] she wants to eat you sir [ross] she wants to eat me? [ross] haha I'm being chased by an elephant [ross] hahahaha so the moral here guys is don't ride elephants that little baby one that was chained on both legs it hardly even moved [ross] he had his feet chained together [ross] and what was it like half a metre of chain to a post? but also if something can do a trick it's usually been forced to do it and there's nothing like seeing an animal in t's natural habitat that's cool [ross] so peaceful just walking along here you're in the rainforest, you can hear all the birds see the odd monkey and the elephants are very majestic very calming place to visit Phuket can be quite busy in places it's quite westernised as well in some areas but this really kind of reminds you why you come to Thailand and you just feel so relaxed connecting with the elephants and it's not crowded at all it's just very small groups yeah really good just what we needed on a Sunday actually I would highly recommend coming on a Sunday just got given cold towels because it's quite warm and we've got fresh juice and soda We've got watermelon, blueberry and two pineapple and a plate of chips! [ross] oooh yummy! [laura] this is such an awesome place to go [laura] how is it? try some of this [ross] good! [laura] yea it was a lovely time who thinks we should learn about elephants in homeschool this week? yeah ok! get me a Sangsom pronto! [ross] you did really well, well done I've never been so happy to get off a bike I'm shaking so much [ross] come here does it get any easier? Ross is out there somewhere looking at the yachts probably getting some ideas [laura] did you have a moment? nice to dip your feet in another ocean every now and again y'know? the wind is like so stable [laura] it's very warm as well Greece is so temperamental [ross] whereas this is just a nice steady wind [noah] how do you say 'thankyou' in Thai? [laura] Khob khun khap [noah] Khob khun khap! [noah] Khob khun khap! [laura] thankyou [ross] we'll have to stay here now [ross] under this canopy we're stuck! [laura] hahaha [ross] we're stuck [laura] happily. I'm getting very wet though!
I don't think the brolly's working any more oh my god! it is hammering it down! we're gonna have to run for it! no we're not we're staying here! it's because you haven't checked Windy - you need to check Windy! [ross] it's a bit late for windy oh my gosh! We're gonna have to make a run for it [laura] what are you doing? [ross] it's romantic it's romantic? [ross] yeah no it's not I wanna go home [ross] oh yeah! [laura] we are so stuck! Laura thinks it's good to go whilst it's absolutely tipping it down I think we should check windy and see how long we're gonna be stuck in it for alright lets check Windy yeah we're gonna check Windy [ross] so we've checked Windy and it's gonna rain all night! [laura] no we have not checked Windy! [ross] we checked Windy [laura] check Windy [laura] you lied I'm not going until you've checked Windy alright I'll leave you here then fine! see you then! [laura] go on then! I thought she'd follow me you should have checked Windy! [ross] should have checked Windy! [laura] I don't wanna go in there it's gonna be cold wow that was cool! nothing like it like being bathed from above! [laura] ross look at this right only in Thailand would you have a hairdryer plug socket right next to the bath what's wrong with that? [laura] ok oooooh! Oh yeah! now we're cookin' on gas