Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Beautiful Thailand

I never thought that Thailand and specifically Phuket would be so beautiful and full of surprises. It was one of those planned "unplanned" holidays. Wanting to go to India and things not working out we were a bit disappointed and depressed... But then we thought, what about Thailand? And so it was planned in a week, yip a week c",)

So, the first pictures are from Wat Chalong Temple in Chalong. The main religions in Thailand been Buddhism and Hinduism and Sea Gypsies.

Chalong Pier at Chalong Bay is the main harbour. Speedboats, long-boats etc launch from here to the different islands.

 The best way to get around in Phuket is with a scooter. Though I've never seen so many scooters in my life I've enjoyed exploring Phuket on the back of one. Phuket is about 21 kilometers by 43 kilometers and easy to explore by scooter. Except the up-hills.... that's going very slow or not at all.

Almost every house and business in Phuket has little bird cages. Wish I could bring one with!
Most of the houses and businesses have shrines out front.
 Island life ... Coral Island or Koh Hae 9 kilometers southeast from Phuket. Beautiful, restful, perfect weather and kind and gracious people. The island is known for its beautiful corals, thus the name.

Speaking of uphills, the Big Buddha of Phuket on top of Mount Nakkerd at Soi Chaofa is a huge tourist attraction. This is the world's biggest Buddha statue, constructed of reinforced concrete casting, adorned with white jade marble-Suriyakanta. The dimensions are 25.45 meters wide and 45 meters high. And trying to reach it by scooter was not possible. We had to pay someone to take us up with his vehicle and bring us back down ;-)

Needless to say I've enjoyed every second in Thailand. The people are friendly and helpful, the weather was perfect and the cuisine excellent! I will definitely visit the island and her beautiful people again.

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