Phuket

Exploring Phuket

The Loooong day in Phuket…

Phuket, is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as Phuket is an island it has no land boundaries.

Phuket, which is somewhat smaller than the size of Singapore, is Thailand’s largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.

My plan was to rent a scooter and explore the island as usual by myself. After finding a place that rents out scooters, they gave me a shitty old one. I drove about 1km than I returned it because not even the petrol meter worked…So i got another one (only little better) and the journey began…

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First stop on my hot scooter was a view point down in the south on the way to the big buddha…

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Keep on moving down south…where is the buddha?

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Ok I found the entrance to the mountain…and on the way there was not only a great view but lots and lots of elephant trekking companies..

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Kind of sad that mostly all elephants are chained and cannot walk anywhere..

The view was amazing and the weather was great and I could spot the big buddha not that far ahead of me…

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No seriously the weather was great when I was driving on the mountain..

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And I found the Buddha, obviously

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And then I found his tiny golden brother..

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Have I mentioned that the view was soooo good

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back down…I headed for the South edge of Phuket..one can clearly see that this is a less touristy area..IMG_3894 IMG_3908 IMG_3906 IMG_3895

Especially when you go away from the streets…it was a little bit fucked up..with pigs and garbage everywhere..

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Nevertheless, I tried to make the best out of it..climbing the rocks at the coastline..

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There I found dead corrals and some big snail houses…at least the leftover of both :P Look at the size of the snail house…BIG!!

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Time to explore the fish market near the sea…

There were also so many shops selling snail houses and different sort of shells..btw, it is never allowed to take photos at those places…Even not at the market…So I had to hide my camera all the time and take quick shots trusting in the auto focus and a fast shutter speed…

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Last stop of the day before the drastic weather change of the cliff on the south coast…and then the weather changed to quickly..

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Like it…these signs always encourage me to run, jump and be adventures… :P

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not much more land is left here…

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and then it started to rain…sooooo heavily…I had to drive home with the scooter in the worst weather ever…First I stopped at a covered bus stop for 45min…but the weather did not change to I decided to keep and driving the 20km back home…

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Made it :)

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