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Abandoned Hyatt Regency hotel at Nai Yang beach

I went to explore how 6-7 years ago abandoned Hyatt Regency hotel at Nai Yang beach looked like today. Here are some pictures before it got too dark to take photos.

The project was launched mid 2000's and it was supposed to have 151 rooms. Project got delayed and finally burned in February 2013. Look for the article links bellow the pictures.

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View to the Nai Yang bay from the top of the hotel

 

View to the Nai Yang bay from the top of the hotel

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View of the abandoned hotel from the top of the building

View of the abandoned hotel from the top of the building

Front entrance

Front entrance

 

Main entrance

Main entrance

 

Private pool with the room

Private pool with the room

 

Top suites

Top suites

 

Everything is broken by the people who were looking for something worth of taking

Everything is broken by the people who were looking for something worth of taking

 

Unfunctional air conditioning

Unfunctional air conditioning

 

A man cutting the steel for recycling

A man cutting the steel for recycling

There has been an fire. Burned coal is everywhere

There has been an fire. Burned coal is everywhere

 

Burned wood made some parts of the hotel floor black

Burned wood made some parts of the hotel floor black

 

Fire have melted the plastic electric cable tubes

Fire have melted the plastic electric cable tubes

 

Room 709

Room 709

 

The view is pretty great. This would have been a good location for an hotel.

The view is pretty great. This would have been a good location for an hotel.

http://www.thephuketinsider.com/hotels/hyatt_phuket_samui_pipeline_update.php

http://www.thephuketinsider.com/real_estate/hotel-investors-money-up-flames.php

 

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Ao Por after the cleanup

Big changes in Phuket when the army is removing private owned structures which have been build to the public land.

Ao Por after the cleanup

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Ao Por night sky

This is how Ao Por looks like in the evenings. The photos are from the Ao Por pier.

Ao Por night sky

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Boats at Ao Por, Phuket

Ao Por, located on North East corner of Phuket, is a good place for boat spotting. Often very large vessels visit the Ao Por Grand marina. Some of those look particularry interesting.

 

6711 This is a service boat, to hold toys for the primary yach. 

Boats at Ao Por, Phuket

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Three masted ship

 

Boats at Ao Por Grand marina 

 

Subsea cable laying ship

 

Planet Solar - solar powered catamaran visited Ao Por in 2011. Couple more photos http://aopor.com/news/world-biggest-solar-ship-ao-po-grand-marina

 

Not all boats are huge, it's the attitude what matters :)

 

 

 

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Bang Tao Beach in Phuket 2014

Bang Tao beach as well as other Phuket beaches has been cleared out illegal restaurants and other structures which has been build to a public land.

After the army cleared out some of the restaurants, Bang tao beach can show it's natural beauty once again. 

 

Bang Tao Beach in Phuket 2014

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Night shot of Bang tao beach

 

 Resort

  Pure happiness / Local girl feeding street dogs

 

Bangtao view to the south



 

And to the north

 

Sunset at Bang Tao beach



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Kamala beach Phuket during low season

Kamala is a relatively quiet beach, compared to for example Patong, all year around. 

Few pictures to show how does the beach look like post the coup beach clearance.

Kamala beach Phuket during low season

And a bit larger view from the same location



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Laem Sing beach Phuket

Laem Sing beach is one of the pretties little beaches in Phuket. It's located few kilometers north of Kamala beach. Couple of years ago the local municipality build a viewpoint, just a bit south of Surin beach, with a view to the beach.

Laem Sign beach

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Nai Yang beach during the low season - it's all about kite sailing

When one get's to the Nai Yang beach, during the rainy season, there will be folks having fun with their kites. 

Some are practising and some folks are mastering the skill of kitesailing. It's great to watch. 

Here are some photos from 2015, how it really looks like. 

Nai Yang beach during the low season - it's all about kite sailing

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Mastering the beach surf while kitesailing

Larger image of the Nai Yang beach of Phuket

Up above the water while kitesurfing. 

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Patong beach low season 2014

Couple of pictures from Patong beach in Phuket during the low season 2014 (Oct 20 2014). This is post the military coup time, which cleared out the beach chairs, but it failed to clear out the jet ski's, parasailing vendors from the beaches. 

The tuk-tuk's are still on the beach road taking the parking spaces from ordinary cars. 

From the south to the north

Patong beach low season 2014

From the north to the south

The beach road of Patong

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Phuket's secret Banana beach

The  Banana beach at the northern part of Phuket, is probably the most beautiful beach on the whole island. It's still quite undeveloped with quite few visitors. 

There are few ways to get to the beach. One is using long tail boats from Suring, Kamala, Nai Thong and Nai Yang. Another is to drive there and park the car or scooter next to road and then go down to the beach. 

I always take my visitors to the beach through the jungle route. Simply because it's pretty and fun. 

 

First through the jungle 

 

Then wading through the river

Phuket's secret Banana beach

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First view to the sea

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No, not the Banana beach yet. 

The treck is not yet over, next climbing over some rocks

Banana beach

Finally there. The Banana beach

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Sunset at Nai Thong beach Phuket

Local fishermen at Nai Thong beach, Phuket

Sunset at Nai Thong beach Phuket

Thai couple watching the sunset at Nai Thong beach

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Surin beach during low season

We had a specially great weather, after many rainy days. Perfect to do a ride around Phuket. Some photos from Surin beach, which is almost back to it's natural beaty. Hopefully those stubborn party venues, which occupy public land, will be soon be demolished. 

Surin beach during low season

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Sun shades at Surin beach

 

There is some sand erosion 

Sufr at the Suring beach



Woman selling handcraft to the tourists. 

 

 

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Flying RC planes at Nay Yang beach

Today was public holiday in Thailand. Known as Chulalongkorn Day. 

I went to ride around the northern beaches of Phuket. 

Finally I ended up at Nai Yang beach, where there was couple of expats flying RC planes on the beach. The weather was perfect, no wind and the tide was lowest I have ever seen.

The tide was actually so low that when I walked to the beach, I checked that there were foot marks on the sand, which ment that the tide has been down for an while (if there had been an tsunami, then there would not be time to form marks to the sand).  One of the survival memories which are still stored somewhere in the head.

The first person I talked was Holger from Germany. He had a new plane and have just learned to control the plane. As an experienced real life pilot he concluded that flying the RC plane was more demanding than flying a real airplane. This was due the gut (well, he said ass) and different perception feeling which make the difference.  At the time I got there he had already crashed his RC plane twice and now wanted his mentor David to take off and land the plane.

 

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Boys will always be boys, no matter how old do we get 

 

Flying RC plane by the beach

 

Competing with Thai Airways

 

Fly away - Holger giving a push to his plane

 

Man with the skills. David has been flying the RC planes for 20 years. Therefore it's not a big deal to hover a RC plane still for a photo :)

Flying RC planes at Nay Yang beach

 

Nai Yang beach is still pretty much of an paradise one could think about

 

Muslim lady taking her kids for a swim 

 

Family fun at Nai Yang beach

Flying to the sunset

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Mai Khao beach sunset

Mai Khao beach at the North West of Phuket is one of the remaining "untouched" parts of the island of Phuket. There is kilometers of beach with very few people around. Quite the difference compared to the southern beaches of Kata, Karon and Patong. 

There is no food vendors nor huge amount of beach umbrellas with their greedy owners. Mai Khao offers the beauty what whole Phuket used to be before the mass tourism found the island. 

My trip to the Mai Khao however reminded me of the bad influence of the tourism right from the start. There has been an influx of Russian tourists on the location for quite an while. The attitude of not smiling has left it's marks. Very few locals living there gave a real Thai smile when I encountered them. Quite a difference compared to the other quiet locations in Phuket.

I also got slightly scammed at a local restaurant. Not a big deal and it was just a few tens of bahts, but that was the reminder how few individuals have an ability to destroy the illusion of beauty. 

I almost lost my feeling to take photos of this place. Fortunately after some time walking on the Mai Khao beach, I talked with some of the people from the Phuket town who came to Mai Khao to enjoy the natural beauty of the location, the feeling came back again.

View from the Phuket weather radar hill to the Phuket International Airport

 

There was a fire close to the airplanes landing path

Emptiness of Mai Khao beach

 

While I was trying to get an series of photos of planes taking off from the Phuket International Airport, suddenly there was a herd of water buffaloes walking on the beach. There was no owner following the animals. 

Water buffaloes at  Mai Khao beach

 

 

 

Mai Khao beach sunset

 

Girl from Phuket town enjoying the sunset.. with mobile phone. Btw I still have the ability to make a pretty girl smile :)

 

Old man enjoying traditional "Spa" at Mai Khao beach

 

Sunset together

 

Good night Mai Khao

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Patong panorama

Panorama image of Paton in June.

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Sea Gypsy village at Koh Sirey, Phuket

 

Koh Sirey sea gypsy village is one of the locations where tourists, travellers and local expats should visit at least once. 

The village first seems like Burmese camp, but that's just an cover. If you drive by, that's all there is to see. However when going inside of the village, there is much more life .. and things to learn for each of us. 

My first impression when riding inside of the village was 'oh boy, is this what inbreeding does for the community or is this location filled with heavy metals which makes the people act like this'. Everybody seemed to be overweighed and careless. That was my western  world brain thinking. I was dead wrong. They were just happy.

The sea gypsies are one of the few people in the world who are genuinely happy. They have own trusted society and everybody seemed to like to have fun. Living the day and why not?

They go out for fishing, sell what the sea offers, buy beer and have a party. Not exactly bad life. Who needs new iPads and tight meeting schedules when you already have everything you need right where you are?

While visiting the village, I was invited to the several parties. I had decline at that time, but will likely go back at some point and have a beer with the villagers. 

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Sea gypsy kids learning to dance

Sea gypsy kids learning to dance

 

Mothers and kids

Mothers and kids

 

Party at Sea gypsy village - Koh Sirey. The ladies asked me to join for a beer. 

Party at Sea gypsy village - Koh Sire

 

Phuket town from Koh Sirey

Phuket town from Koh Sire

 

Fishing boat going for night fishing trip, Koh sirey

 

Beach at Koh Sirey

Beach at Koh Sire

 

Man drying sea cucumbers at sea gypsy village, Koh Sirey, Phuket

Man drying sea cucumbers at sea gypsy village, Koh sire, Phuket

 

Saturnday evening party at Koh Sirey

Saturnday evening party at Koh Sire

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