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Thats what I figured, I have some friends that travel there quite frequently.
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http://www.phuket.net/visit-phuket/about/travelogues/travelogues-4/


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Isla Mujeres Mexico has a nice anchorage, good storm port, nice night life, cheap groceries, and is well liked by people with 2 hands as well as 1.
How long does it take to get there typically from KW?
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I have not cruised S.E. Asia in my own sailboat, but I have spent a considerable amount of time there, about a 4 to 6 weeks every winter for 7 yrs.

That being said, the other thing to consider is affordable and available health care. Thailand has both and many places in S.E. Asia are a short flight from some great hospitals via BKK and there is reasonable emergency care along much of the coast.

Yes, Indeed. Affordable health care abounds here. Many cruisers opt for a stay in Penang, Malaysia for more extensive health care needs. A visit to a GP is around 25 bucks....Prescription meds a fraction of the US cost. Singapore also a good stop for health care as well.


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I'm going to offer the unpopular answer and say: within the US. The Florida Keys, perhaps.
Where your dollar goes the farthest? The farthest away from you perhaps. Monroe County (the keys) has the highest cost of living in Florida unless things have changed drastically.
Try the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala, or Mexico away from the major tourist havens.

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Thank you for the responses! KW is going to be the jumping off point but I've been all over the US. Time to see some new shores. SE Asia sounds incredibly appealing. Always looking for ideas. Thanks!
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Thank you for the responses! KW is going to be the jumping off point but I've been all over the US. Time to see some new shores. SE Asia sounds incredibly appealing. Always looking for ideas. Thanks!

Another thing to consider would be to buy a small boat over here. Plenty for sale to sail.

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Something to consider is whether you want to get somewhere as quickly as possible and stay there or cruise and want to know the costs along the way. Our experience has been, using the US as a basis for comparison (assuming you are anchoring out):
Significantly more expensive: Australia (MacDonalds have 30 cent ice cream cones and that is the only bargain), French Polynesia, Galapagos, Easter Island
Significantly cheaper: Panama, Ecuador, Fiji, Vanuatu, Indonesia
Roughly the same: Canada, American Samoa, most of the Eastern Caribbean

Something else to consider is the availability of parts. Of the countries listed only a few have really decent marine parts available - US, Canada, Australia, American Samoa (order from West or Defender with delivery through USPS), St Martin, Grenada, USVI. If you are going elsewhere bring it or do without generally.

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How long does it take to get there typically from KW?
4 day's.

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4 day's.
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