Friday, 25 January 2013

Wat Bang Riang in Phang-Nga - Part 2

This is not strictly in Phuket but it was not that far away and it was a spectacular place to visit. But then the camera didn't work and we will have to go again.

It was beautiful inside - an excuse to go again.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Museums in Phuket

Baan Chinpracha   

The On On Hotel in Phuket Town

Phuket Sea Shell Museum in Rawai
The museum displays a large variety of sea shells and fossils, with an emphasis on shells found in Thai waters, which are highly prized by collectors. Although more like a large shell store, the displays are very interesting as well as beautiful. Among the museums exhibits are many rare or unique specimens, including one of the rarest golden pearls and the only left-handed Noble Volute. As its also a shop, you can buy some of these lovely shells which can make nice gifts.

Rare Stones Museum
It is a new tourist's attraction where you see art, and you see life. The most enjoyable part of visiting the Phuket Rare Stones Museum is that after the brief look at all stones, you select 5-6 your most interesting ones. Spending 5-10 minutes with each of the selected stones, the picture will be floated out from the stones as you imagine. Each stone can conjure up a different picture in each person's imagination. That is the art part. The deeper you imagine, the more you will see, and that can be the life part.

Thai Hua Museum in Phuket Town

Thalang Museum in Phuket Town
If you want to find out more  about Phuket's History, including it's archeology, ethnology and art, heard for the Thalang National Museum.  In it's two buildings, the museum houses a large collection of ancient artefacts from Phuket's long history, as well as from the neighbouring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi.  A dsplay reconstructs the Battle of Thalang, when the Two heroines led the people of Phuket in repelling a Burmese invasion.  Other  exhibits include a display of daily life during Phuket's Tin Mining boom in the nineteenth century and exhibits on the sea gypsies - the island's original inhabitants.

The Thavorn Museum (Phuket's Quirkiest Museum) 

Tin Mining Museum in Kathu

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Eat Bugs

Okay I here you scream that is something that I certainly will not try.

BUT please have a go. I found a very good selection at the Weekend Market just outside Phuket Town opposite Wat Naka and adjacent to a Supercheap shop.

How am I supposed to describe eating them? 
I am not going to.

There is a posting by a friend called Willy where he purports to have eaten them but I really am not that sure...

Have a go and don't forget to take a photo or a video or people will really not believe you...

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Phuket, Tripadvisor and Things to do

Well there are always a lot of different things to do and Tripadvisor recently posted a list of the top 150 things to do in Phuket that their readers thought.

The two things that you MUST do which should be in the Top 10 (in my opinion) are;

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Fishing Community - Koh Sirey

As we drove around Phuket we found a village along the coastal route at the South end of Koh Sirey. As we drove through the belief was shattered somewhat - there was a great deal of damaged properties and there did not seem to be a 'thriving' community.

As we drove further through the village my heart was strengthened as we saw children playing and fishermen preparing nets and villagers opening shells.

This heartened me further and we drove into the village but the road began to diminish and around us the buildings became less occupied - we turned around and drove back through the town.

We are not sure what we saw - a community which was falling apart and needed support or a traditional Fishing Village? 

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Phuket Garden Hotel Buddhist Shrine

Well I have to admit to being a lover of wandering around Phuket Town but I was not prepared for this.

The Phuket Garden Hotel - we did not walk in but there was a Buddhist Shrine adjacent to car park.

The Buddhist Shrine was obviously taken care of and it was a pleasant thing to find BUT I have got no idea about the hotel?

Monday, 7 January 2013

Weekend Market - Food

The Weekend Market is a place where you all should visit if you are in Phuket during a weekend. There are any number of reasons why you should visit and this week I am sharing with you the amount of food that there is for sale here - probably why the Weekend Market is so popular with the locals and the Tourists alike - the amount of food for sale.

Of couse to be a sensationalist you should try to have a few bugs to eat but that is not the only choice for you to have - there is an enormous selection.

Pieces of animal - prepared in a plethora of ways.
Japanese Sushi - any number of different choices.
Cakes - a lot of them.
Fresh crab, squid and fish.
Deep fried potato twirls.
Miang Kum
and a lot lot more

The Weekend market opposite Wat Naka is open from 16:00 until 10:00 each Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Sapan Hin - more

Sapan Hin is a place that I have posted about previously in the Cape Panwa blog and in this blog.

This area is popular with the locals and we do not see many tourists - there has been a Por Tor parade, a Vegetarian Festival blessing, a fair, a mangrove walk, a Chinese Shrine, a fresh food market, a musical fountain, a boules competition, a park, a Naval museum and more.

Today we found that behind the Teaching Establishment is a children's playground (adjacent to this is a Geocache), next to this is where you can learn ballroom dancing and next to this is a Tennis Court...

If you visit foursquare there are a plethora of things which happen here.


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