PHUKET’S MOST BEAUTIFUL – a rather short list

The Big Buddha contemplates the work being done on his nether regions.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog that much of Phuket can no longer be regarded as beautiful. Perhaps this is just what happens when pristine beaches and friendly local people are discovered by millions of tourists. Nonetheless, there are some attractive little oases left.

Old Phuket is something of a traffic trap...

...but some of the old Sino-Portuguese shopfronts remain. You couldn't say they've been preserved, but at least they've survived.

We have no way of knowing how antique these 'antiques' in Old Phuket really are, but we liked the look of them anyway.

Wat Chalong is Phuket's largest buddhist temple, right by a busy road, and with a nearby communication mast matching the temple spires.

Inside the temple grounds things are relatively peaceful.

It's popular with tourists too, but believers can still find a quiet shrine.

The Big Buddha is a recent project. Building the 45metre high marble statue on the mountain top began nine years ago and is still continuing...

...but so far all is going well. And better a Big Buddha than a Big Banana or a Big Prawn, I say.

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6 responses to “PHUKET’S MOST BEAUTIFUL – a rather short list

  1. I had no intention of ever going to Phuket, and now I really don’t have to because you have shown me the best bits.

  2. If you stay in Phuket long enough you’ll find hundreds of beautiful places to visit.

    Nai Harn, Nai Yang, Laem Sing and Banana Rock are the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and still relatively under-developed. View points at Prom Thep, Kata Noi and Rang Hill are sublime, offering panoramic views similar to big buddha.

    Nightlife can be very commercial although the reggae bar in Nai harn has full moon parties playing quality underground dance music, as does Stereolab in Surin and Soundwave Sundays during high season. And the islands around Phuket are within an hours boat trip – Phi Phi and Koh Yao Noi are renowned world heritage sites.

    Thailand is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and most of those places are in and around Phuket.

    • Thanks for all these recommendations! I absolutely agree about Thailand in general being beautiful, but unfortunately without inside knowledge like yours, many tourists like me don’t see the best of it. Thanks again!

  3. Be good to see more people visiting the best Phuket has to offer, Wat Chalong is amazing and theres lots more people in Old Phuket Town recently. Lots of good resources on http://www.phuket.com/island/ and http://www.24phuket.com/ for those looking for more info. Great blog you got here, excellent photography too :-)

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