Sunday, 26 August 2012

Amulet Alley in Phuket Town

I have posted previously here about visiting here but last week I decided to take the side street again and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

The atmosphere was obviously one of business and other people preparing their wares for the rest of the day. The sellers sat and were either reading the paper or inspecting their wares.

The people down the street were so pleasant to me I think that I will visit again but the amulets are clearly very special to the wearer and after asking a number of my friends I am none the wiser as how to ascertain how much one should pay - will keep that for another post.

Not sure what this was here for though?

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Sirin's Bag Shop

When any of the visitors to Thailand think about handbags they automatically think of the plethora of handbags that can be purchased at a great many tourist destinations around Phuket.

What there is in Phuket Old Town though is a very special little shop that I know might interest you - Sirins.

Sirins is opposite Phuket Coffee or Gallery Coffee - which is on the other side of the road - I am happy to wait here whilst Chuen (my lovely wife) is shopping.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Ao Yon Waterfall

We were attending the Ao Yon Boat Race and I decided to visit the Ao Yon Waterfall at the same time. The sign is unreadable but is big - follow the winding road that it indicates to and then take the left hand road when it splits.

The road is thin (but with tarmac) and it winds to a complete dead end (as seen above). Park the car and then walk into the forest - turning right....

There is some good luck gained from swimming in the bottom of the waterfall (I am led to believe) but I have to admit that I was a little worried about snakes.

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Things to do when it rains - 10 pin bowling

Try Ten-Pin Bowling.

I believe that there are currently 6 alleys in Phuket to choose from:

 - Rock and Bowl, Soi Kepsub 2, Sai Nam Yen Road, Patong. Phone No. 076 345 165
 - Jungceylon Bowling, Patong. Phone No. 076 600 222
 - CS Bowl Centre, Top Floor, Big C, Chalermprakiat Rd. Phone No. 076  249 260
 - Pearl Bowling, Pearl Hotel, Montree Road, Phuket Town. Phone No. 076 211 418
 - Ocean Bowling, Ocean Shopping Mall, Phuket Town. Phone No. 076 233 057
 - Ocean Plaza Bowling, Patong. Phone No. 076 341 163

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Radsada Handmade

This was certainly a special find - do you need to buy something but you are not sure what you want?

Do you want something interesting?

This is the best place to visit for all of this AND more.

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Wat Kathu

I never tire of visiting Buddhist temples - I have recently read that there are at least 26 Buddhist temples in Phuket - which means that there a few more that I need to visit!

This temple is close to the Kathu Chinese Shrine - which I have previously visited early in the morning for the preparations for the Vegetarian Festival Parade to Sapan Hin - a must if you are here.

Kathu Temple has a number of buildings which are part of it - making the area that is regarded as Temple Grounds quite large. I have read that the Temple also serves as a Educational point and now the outlying buildings make sense.

What I do notice now is that there are homes built for the monks who make up part of the temple.

There was more than one area to pray to the Buddha and temple was clearly taken care off - we made a donation, put up some flowers and rang the bell - we always enjoy our visits. Make them with 

The most spectacular part of Kathu Temple is the splendid building which is white - wonderful - why it is white I do not know, but if anybody does know please tell me (

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Things to do when it rains - drink coffee

Drink coffee.
The best coffee shop in Phuket.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Guan-yin Chinese Goddess statue

The Kuanyin image in the foreground hints of the Mahayana influences of Chinese origin. Kuanyin is a Buddhist deity found only in the Mahayana or Northern Tradition's Buddhist text. The Southern tradition typified by Sri Lankan, Burmese and Thai Buddhist practice do not normally worship what is popularly known as the Goddess of Mercy and Chinese Goddess of Compassion.

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I visit a great many Thai Wats and even more Chinese Shrines whilst I am living here in Phuket and I am always visiting them.

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Things to do when it rains - cinema

Okay - after being asked this (more than once) I am going to write
 up a number of things that I do. So what did we do yesterday?

Go to the cinema.
There are currently 3 cinemas in Phuket to choose from 
- Central / Jungceylon / Robinson.
Phone No: SFX Coliseum Cinema Phuket 076 209 000
                SFC Jungceylon Phuket 076 600 555

How about the App for the SF cinema timetables?