Sunday, January 18, 2015

Best places in Phuket to take a photograph


There are a plethora of places in Phuket but I have condensed it to a list but it is by all means not an exhaustive list – make a list of all the places to go before you get in a taxi.

1. A Buddhist Wat

The Buddhist Wat is a beautiful place to take a photograph. The candles, the Buddha figures, the shiny tile decoration, joss sticks, monks – there are a so many opportunities.

Here is the location of some Buddhist Wats to visit .


View Buddhist Temples in Phuket in a larger map

Please remember to take your shoes off when you enter and leave a donation when you leave.


2. A Sunset


A place that is near to CapePanwa Hotel is on the Promenade in the local village – this is a photograph of Emily and Justin who got married at Cape Panwa Hotel.

Khao Kad is a perfect viewpoint (or the beach below) near to Cape Panwa because the sun will set over Big Buddha – impressive.

(this is Jamies photograph) - used with permission
The most popular tourist destination for this is Cape Promthep but to be truthful this is where there are subsequently there are many places in Phuket to take photographs of the sunset.


3. A natural waterfall

There are three natural waterfalls in Phuket (Ao Yon, BangPae and Ton-Sai) and taking photographs of water is not always easy. An understanding of the camera, a tripod or a camera that is able to take ‘rapid fire shots’ is advisable.


If you able to visit the Waterfall and it has been raining then there may be the opportunity for you to have a swim!


4. A traditional market

There are lots or reasons for visiting the markets in Phuket but the early morning Traditional markets in Phuket Town are a great destination because of the mix of foods, fruit, clothes and the happy expressions on the faces of the Thai people, although it is only 6 a.m!





5. Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town is a must for all visitors to wander about.


The Sino-Portugese buildings are a must because of their beautiful patterned doors, windows and wood. Then there are places of interest like the Amulet Alley running alongside a small klong. There are a number of places that you will find; Buddhist Wats, Chinese Shrines, Chinese medicine shops, traditional noodle shops and so much more – definitely worth a day out.



After wandering through Phuket Old Town and gazing at the old style colonial shop houses it is wonderful to actually walk into one. It allows you to get a glimpse (all be it brief) of how the Chinese Tin Merchants lived in Phuket.



There are actually three opportunities to take a photograph here. Monkey See is where the road runs next to the mangrove swamp and there is a small spot to throw food to the wild monkeys.


Then there is Wat Koh Sirey – which is on top of the tall hill (accessible only by foot) and at the very top there is a Golden Reclining Buddha with the most wonderful views.


Then there is the Sea Gypsy Village – full of people living in their homes next to the beach undertaking the traditional way of live.



8. A beach

How many beaches are there in Phuket? We all like to see pictures of deserted beaches but one tip is to arrive early in the morning before everybody else – at the Cape Panwa we are lucky to have a beach that is adjacent to us.





9. A Chinese Temple

There are a number of Chinese Temples throughout Phuket and like the Buddhist Wats a re a joy to visit. Many of the temples have been here a number of the year and are special places for the local population.

Always look carefully inside the temples to find the ropes that have wooden snakes attached to the end, the carved tigers with the footballs, the Hanuman statues and don’t forget to take your shoes off when you enter the temples and leave a donation when you leave.






10. A festival

How many festivals are there in Phuket? – the Por Tor Festival, Chinese New Year Festival, Phuket Old Town Festival, the Mooncake Festival and the best for the camera – the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

Always find out a little about each festival before you go to take a photograph, little things such as wearing white when you attend the Phuket Vegetarian Festival will help you celebrate with them and then maybe you will get the shot that you want!


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