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.