Thursday, April 27, 2017

Phuket Down Town Plaza

Phuket Town Market (and Down Town Plaza) is an area which has seen a great many changes since I arrived in 2000.

In the early, early morning the road is littered with trucks selling produce in but and then these trucks either return to where they came from or relocate nearby. Later the stalls line the streets and the local people start shopping.

This particular post is not to do with the food but the people. I find the best thing to do is simply sit there and watch the world go round...

There are always a lot of motorbikes

some even take care of their dogs in the basket at the front. But it is a very busy place to visit...

How about trying some street food whilst you are here - even if it is only hard boiled eggs and nuts (or something)...

I always like to watch the monks walk by me...

Then you can always get the local bus somewhere - but they do finish at about 4pm?

They also serve as a way of taking the shopping home...

Previous Visits
 1) April 2013 - an introduction
 2) August 2010 - a change
 4) there are more...


Friday, April 21, 2017

Wat Si Bun Rueang

Wat Si Bun Rueang is a temple that I walk past each morning on the way to the Ferry (River Taxi).

It is adjacent to a school and it means that the area can also be teaming with students.

It is a wonderful spot and it was the last thing that I had anticipated as I walk to get the River Taxi. 

The main building is used on a regular occasion an outlying ones on a less regular one.

The most interesting thing that we found on our recent visits were the albino animals - possibly donated to the temple instead of put down?

Is it also possible that the dung from the animals is also kept for a specific reason?

Then there were the Sacred Stone balls

"These sacred stone balls, usually nine, are called ลูกนิมิต in the Thai language and are placed at the four corners and other cardinal points of the พระอุโบสถ.  With one stone (often slightly larger)  situated under the main Buddha image inside the ordination hall."

But I do not know whether the colour meant anything else however?

Then there are the rows of bells next to an entrance - which I believe many followers ring when they enter? The significance of this I have not confirmed.

A favorite of mine is the black large circular bell having on two ropes which is struck three times. Or by stroking it in the middle repetitively make a strange echoing sound.

They seem to be taking care of the grounds around at the current moment - but this character is in more than one Wat that I have visited?

A wonderful temple which in the evening has a local food market for those of us going home. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The khlongs in Phuket Town

There seems to be a number of khlongs which run through Phuket Town but I seem to find very little information about them. But from the mechanisms which are scattered about I imagine that they were fully operational.

I did find a map after seeing so many Khlongs but I do not know how to find them all.

Here are some...

This was near the bypass 

This was near the Queen Sirikit park in Phuket Town

Some times the khlongs are full and flowing

Phuket Town has a plethora of bridges all over the place.

Phuket Town is really quite beautiful.

 But not always - sometimes there are people cleaning the khlongs of rubbish and soil. There are more khlongs which are being used in Bangkok and around Thailand - I feel that it would be a nice idea to have all these khlongs working again.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Airplane Graveyard

The airplane graveyard is near to where I get the river taxi and I had read about it so I decided to have a look.... The sun was coming down and it had begun to cast shadows on the derelict planes.

Which had graffiti / 'street art' added to them - I must admit to wanting to see an Alex Face there - that would have been cool...

But there was a fence erected and I was looking for a way in.

It was then that I realized that there were people inside an next time I will pay them 100 Baht to have a wander about...

They had made homes in the empty shells of the hull of the planes - so this was a little different to what I normally see in Bangkok...

Well I couldn't get in but I found this great video on YouTube - thank you to www.worldorbust.