Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Day to Remember

This post is really for me to remember what an amazing day I had.  The best of Phuket and more all in one day..... Thanks to my amazing personal tour guide Quan.  Here we go.... It's gonna be a long one:)

Welcome to Khao Rang Hill, where you will see a great view of Phuket Town, the southern part of the island.

The beginning of the tin boom during the 19th Century led to the construction of many fine old mansions and shops which still remain.  These are a few of the antique buildings on Thalang Road in Phuket town.

Stopped in for some traditional thai food- vermicelli noodles with curry of your choice (Kanom Jeen), and tried all the thai vegetables to go with it.

The owner of the restaurant visited Niagara Falls in 1986.

Phuket Thaihua Museum was established to present the story of the overseas Chinese who emigrated to this island.

Note the entrance fees:
Thai ppl- 50 baht
Foreigners- 200 baht

Cashew Nut factory, where I picked up some tom yum and bbq flavoured crispy cashew nuts!

Chalong Temple.

You could walk inside up to the top, where the floor is marble and the hot stone was burning my feet.  At the top, I met a really nice thai family that befriended me and wanted to take pictures with me.

Inside is filled with beautiful gold statues and paintings along the tops of the walls.

The Big Buddha statue is located on top of the hill near Chalong.  It is still under construction.  A visit to the Big Buddha could be a day trip on its own.  You can ATV or scooter up the 5km hill.  Along the hill, you can stop at different points for spectacular views of both sides of the islands.  Along the way, you can do elephant trekking, watch a monkey show, eat at the restaurants and more......
view from the top
monkeys are freely running around
feed the elephants bananas for 100 baht

A quick glance at Kata Beach.  A full day trip is added to my itinerary:)

This is Karon View Point.  From this point, you can see 3 bays.  The nearest is Kata Noi, next Kata bay and next Karon bay.  It's shaped like 3 crescent moons.  From this point, you can also see Koh Poo Island.

A fun time at the supermarket to pick up some necessities and fun treats like "peiking duck and sauce" flavoured Lays.

Chalong Bay at Sunset

A day is not complete without a satisfying meal.  Fresh seafood at PhongPhang Seafood Restaurant at Chalong Bay.  

I originally only picked 3 places that I wanted to check out for the day.  As we drove around the island, Quan suggested all these other places on the way that we could stop at, and taught me about the Thai people and culture. 

I have to say that the best part of the day was just meeting and interacting with all the local people... I'm about to fall in love with Thailand.

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