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OCTOBER 1998 - WE MAKE THE FIRST OF FIVE TRIPS TO THAILAND.

SUNSET ON KATA BEACH

TYPICAL SUNSET ON KATA BEACH. (Envious yet?)

OUR BEACH GET KATA. After a few days in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, we took a train up to Thailand via the border city of Hat Yai, where we caught a minibus for an 8-hour careen to the resort island of Phuket. We booked straight into a place a minute or two from Kata Beach, and we liked it so much that we've returned there almost every Thai trip since.
BIKING MOTOR SKILLS. This was our first introduction to biking, and we made the most of it as we got to know the West coast of Phuket, a part of the island we'd come back to quite a few times over the next few years. This is us - complete with my bleached look - on our beach, Kata. We had no idea that this biking experience would prove very useful in Scooterville a.k.a Taiwan. We didn't fall off once.
SNORKELLING MAKING A SPLASH. Not all of our time was spent on Phuket. We made a couple of trips to nearby islands for some snorkelling and general aquatic oozing. In no way could this be considered a bad thing.
BACK TO THE GRINDSTONE. We'd recently been able to finish arranging jobs in our next destination too, and had got hold of our visas in Kuala Lumpur before coming to Thailand for a complete break. All good things must come to an end and this was no exception, so after a very decent couple of weeks' holiday, we had to face up to reality and get back to work, which meant a new country: Taiwan... 

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