Friday, 29 June 2012

A Yuk or a Demon statue

When you enter into a number of temples throughout Thailand you will notice that a Yuk or Demon Statue protects the sacred places from the Devils and Ghosts in the close environment.

The Yuk is a Temple Guardian Giant and were integrated into Buddhism from Hindu Ramayanan mythology, there are a total of twelve different yuks.

The Yuk in this picture is from Wat Srisoonthorn.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Take the Pink bus

There is public transport in Phuket and the Pink Buses are how they are referred to.

The buses are sawngtaew buses and the scheme started in 2009.

This runs between Sapan Hin and BigC

This route connects Laem Chan Health Station and Super Cheap.

Both routes will cross paths at the Phuket Provincial Bus Terminal in Phuket Town and on Chumphon Road (near to Phuket City Police Station).  For a fare of just 10 Baht the buses can be joined at specific spots on the route and then left.

This route provides a service from Sapan Hin, through Phuket Town and to Koh Sirae.

A published map is forthcoming but elusive at the moment but there is one in each bus.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Splash Jungle - another visit

Splash Jungle is a Western style Waterpark.  There are a number of different rides in the park and there is a river going around the whole park.

Splash Jungle is not convenient for everybody because it is locate North of Phuket airport - adjacent to West Sands Hotel.

Jemma thought that Splash Jungle was wonderful and was quite happy to go down the small slides by herself and got quite upset that we would not allow her to go on the very big slides which have a height restriction.

This time we went late in the afternoon (2pm) and were surprised that there was still so many people there. We have only had an ice cream and a coffee so I could not comment on the quality of the food only the price - expensive.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Phuket Mining Museum - Kathu

I have to declare that I have never been here.

Jamie has been here and has written a lovely review about his visit here with his family and he tells us that it is worth it - so have a go.

No website as of yet for the museum. (May 2012)

Sunday, 17 June 2012

A red flag means DO NOT SWIM

I am sorry to my many readers looking for things to do but as I read that the Phuket Government indicated this week that they were going to print out the warning in 7 different languages for not swimming in the sea when there is a red flag. I thought I would do my bit.

Kathu Waterfall

This was a special place which we found in Kathu - just outside Phuket Town. There are steps up the side of the waterfall but I was told that there was not enough water up there to warrant going all the way up so I didn't.

Low to the ground however there was a number of children and families taking advantage of the waters.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Nguan Choon Tong Herbal Store

This is a very special place to visit.

So special I love to walk past it and simply inhale and take in the smells - wonderful. I have researched into the history of this store and I lift my hat off to Jamie in Phuket because his writing is superb and I would only be finding out what he has researched

If you would like to know about the history of this special place I suggest

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Monday, 11 June 2012

Phraya Rasadanupradit monument

This monument is also known as the monument of Kor Simbee Na Ranong - 1857 to 1913. He made an important economic contribution to Phuket and supported it's economical development.

He began to collect fees from the tin miners and used this money to develop roads and then he invited a foreign bank into Phuket - the Charter bank (which still stands there today) but is supposed to be developed into a Baba museum.

There is a small Fitness Park area on the top of the hill adjacent to the monument.  

Friday, 8 June 2012

King Rama IX Park - exercise

Something that I see more and more are exercise machines in the Park.  

Then there are the women with the blue plastic tubes who exercise to very strange music

King Rama IX has guests running around the big lake as well.

Jemma has a lot of fun on the machines.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Sanjao Sam San - Chinese Shrine

Sanjao Sam San Chinese Shrine is dedicated to Tien Sang Sung Mu, the ‘Goddess of the Sea’ and ‘Saint Mother Protector of Sailors’ and was built in 1853.

The Shrine is another example of magnificent Chinese architecture that is spread throughout Phuket Town.  This particular shrine, set back from the main road, is special because the Chinese believe that by bringing a new boat here before it is launched for a blessing the boat (and it’s sailors) will be protected, I have not seen this happen however.

If you do enter please remember to remove your shoes and leave a donation for the upkeep of the shrine.

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