Thailand 2 (02. August - 15. August 2008)
This is my attempt to make a guide for what to see and do in Phuket
and the area around Phuket, Phi Phi, Phang Nga and Krabi.
Phuket (02. - 11. August and 14. - 15. August):
The big Buddha:
The big Buddha in Chalong is quite an an impressive peace of
architecture, but not finished building yet as you can see from
the picture below:
From the hill top where the Buddha is located, you can also see
some other architecture:
This together with Kata viewpoint which is only a couple of minutes
drive from Phromthep cape, you can get a nice view over the beaches
and other points. Good places to see the sun sets.
Phuket butterfly park:
Dino minigolf (Kata):
Dino Park is a really nice park and it also has the minigolf courses.
The park is modelled after the flint stones. It is open from 10 in
the morning until midnight. I was there and played golf twice, I love
Kathu waterfall is one of several waterfalls that you can visit in Phuket,
and indeed a really nice one.
Wat Chalang temple:
There are many temples in Phuket, but Wat Chalang is one of the biggest
and nicest ones. It is quite impressive architecture.
Bang Wat dam:
This is a lake where a lot of locals hang out when they have finished
work and in the weekends. Not too many tourists know about this place,
and it is quite a nice place to visit, and take a walk along the lake.
The second picture you see below is from a golf course just below the
dam. It is a nice walk to walk along there as well.
James bond Island trip with Phang Nga, Koh Panyee etc:
The trip was a half day tour (10 am to 6 pm). It inluded Suwankuha Temple.
Koh Panyee (muslim fishing village), Talu Island (sea kayaking). Visit to
"James bond island", where one of the James Bond movies where filmed. The
transportation was by minibus to Phang Nga Bay and then with long tail
Phi Phi Island (11. and 12. - August):
From Phuket you can get out to Phi Phi by ferry, the cost is 400 Baht
including transport from accommodation with minibus. When you get out
to Phi Phi, all accommodation are within walking distance. You should
at least stay two full days out there. With just a daytrip, you will
not have enough time. Things you can do in Phi Phi includes: Diving,
snorkeling, swimming, Kayaking, take a walk up to the view points and
check out the view.
Krabi (12. - 14. August):
I went to Krabi from Phi Phi, and the transfer will cost you 400 Baht by
ferry. The hotel was close to Ao Nang, and I took a day trip out to Railay
beach. From Ao Nang you can get a long boat out to a lot of the islands and
beaches around Krabi, and the cost from Ao Nang to Railay beach was 100 Baht
one way, so 200 Baht return.
From Krabi i went back to Phuket for one day. The transportation from
Krabi to Phuket cost 350 Baht by Minibus.
In Thailand you can go with the traditional western food and
MacDonalds and other companies have set up shop down here. Both
in Phuket and Krabi you will find these companies. The pictures
below are from Ao Nang - Krabi:
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