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    Phang Nga Bay Fishing

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 30, 2015

    What a fun day we had fishing with friends in Phang Nga Bay. This was a private booking and we went with Captain Mark from Phuket Sail Tours on his sail boat.

    Not that many fish were caught but it was still a fantastic day with swimming, eating and drinking.

    We went in the afternoon so we could be out there for the beautiful sunset over Phang Nga Bay.

    Snacks and soft drinks were provided and we took along our own alcohol.

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    Phuket Sail Tours Speed Boat Tour

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 30, 2015

    One of my favorite ways to spend the day is going to Phang Nga Bay by speedboat with Phuket Sail Tours. The order of the places you will visit is dependent on the tides. We visited beautiful hongs and Mark always times it just right so there are no crowds.

    There is also canoeing, swimming and snorkeling on this trip and a visit to Koh Panyee the village on stilts for the most delicious lunch, so many choices and so much food, we had soups, chicken dishes, rice dishes, vegetables, fish, prawns, crabs and so much more.

    After lunch we then went for a 45 minute walk around the village with Mark, this is my favorite part of the tour. I really enjoy seeing how the people of Koh Panyee spend their days, like the very old man making shrimp paste who also sells bottles of orange juice, or the old lady laying out her dried chilies, or seeing children at school.

    The people who live here are lovely, so friendly and always smiling. I love seeing the famous football field, Google this as there is a fantastic you tube video on how the floating football field came into being. It is quite a story!

    I cannot recommend a day out with Phuket Sail Tours enough, Mark and his team are absolute professionals and extremely knowledgeable about all the areas you visit. Safety is a major factor and so is your stomach.

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    Rawai Sea Gypsy Village

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 30, 2015

    At the eastern end of Rawai Beach there is a small Sea Gypsy Village, the people there were once a nomadic fishing community, however now they rely heavily on tourists.

    There are plenty of shops in the village selling thousands of various shell products and there is also a small fresh seafood market along with a few restaurants.
    You can buy your seafood here at very cheap prices then take it over to one of the restaurants to be cooked.

    You will mainly see tourists at the restaurants but it is still definitely worth a visit.

    Each time we have been here we have purchased our seafood from the sellers then taken it over to Khun Pha restaurant to be cooked. You do not have to do this as they have a full menu with Thai and Western dishes.

    For an example of prices, I bought 3 huge tiger prawns for 450 baht, took them to Khun Pha and paid 70 baht for them to be cooked in garlic and pepper.

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    Phuket Trick Eye Museum

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 28, 2015

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    The Phuket Trick Eye Museum is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours taking photos and interacting with all the displays. This was my second visit and this time was with children.

    We all really enjoyed our time here and laughed the whole way through.

    There are so many different areas and you put yourself in all of the pictures that are on the walls and floor etc. Then take photos, it really looks like you are in the paintings. The staff are very helpful as well and will show you the best places to stand and even take photos for you.

    The entry fee is a bit steep for tourists at 500baht per adult, but it really is a lot of fun and I would go back again.

    Phuket Trick Eye Museum is in Phuket Town near the intersection on Montri Road next to the Pearl Hotel.

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    Rubber factory

    by solopes Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    The rubber "factory" is a quick and interesting visit.

    You may see all the artisanal process, from collecting the sap to the final pressing.

    I believe that those traditional artifacts now are used only for tourist exhibition. Anyway, I really enjoyed to see.

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    Go To Langkawi

    by machomikemd Written Sep 29, 2014

    The Andaman Sea has many pearls of nice Islands with stunningly white sand beaches, nice diving spots and wonderful coral formations, and for a contrast, you can go to Phuket's Rival here in the Andaman sea at the Langkawi Island of Malaysia, about 250 kilometers south from Phuket Island and is accesible from Phuket via Tigerline Ferries at the Rassada Pier on the eastern side of Phuket Island (where the ferries going to Krabi Islands also are located) and using high speed catamarans.

    a round trip ticket to and from Phuket to Langkawi via tigerline ferry is about 5,900 baht per person and the schedule of departures are from 9:00 am and 1:00 pm everyday and the ride is about 4 hours and you will arrive at the Boat Jetty in Kuah Town in Langkawi.

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    Diamond Beach

    by Madasabull Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Now this is what I was expecting, a stunning beach, clear waters, and fine clean sand. Diamond Beach has everything.

    There are thousands of bars and restaurants, shops and even a mall or 2 along the full run of this beach on the main road.

    If I were to return to Phuket, and I hope I do, and I am want a real party atmosphere with a great beach to sun and relax on after a crazy night out, then this would be the place I would return to.

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    Beach Bar 2 @ Ink Tattoo

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 6, 2014

    Next door to the Beach Bar 2 Restaurant on the beach you will find a beautiful bar and Tattoo Studio called The Beach Bar 2 @ Ink Tattoo. It is owned by Mit who is also part owner at Patong Tattoo. He now works at both places.

    The beach is beautiful here and it is very easy to spend the day. The furniture is top class and very comfortable and there are also free sun loungers. If that is not enough there is a pool table and of course you could also have a tattoo by Mit or Kai from @ Ink Tattoo.

    From the bar you can order delicious snacks and meals that are prepared at the Beach Bar 2 Restaurant and there is also an extensive drinks menu with many different cocktails.

    If you have ever wanted to smoke a Sheesha pipe, then this is the place to try it, the Peach flavor is pretty good. We love Beach Bar 2 @ Ink Tattoo and will be spending a lot of time there again when we return.

    The Beach Bar 2 Restaurant is at Lay Phung beach which is in between Bang Tao Beach & Layan Beach, past all the Laguna Hotels.

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    City Pillar's Phuket

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 30, 2014

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    Every city in Thailand has a City Pillar; however Phuket is different due to having 4 city pillar shrines. It is Thai belief that the City Pillars would be the resting place of spirits who would then guard their cities.

    The one I went to is the New City Pillar Shrine or Sarn Lak Muang Mai, which was originally built during the reign of King Rama 111 in 1809. However a new pillar was erected in 1985 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Thalang.

    According to Thai beliefs and superstitions when a City Pillar is being built it must have a human sacrifice and normally it is a woman who is buried alive underneath the Pillar. Legend has it that from birth certain women are given special names and then priests would then go to the villages calling out these names. The women would come out to be selected.

    Everyone was invited to watch the event, the sacrifice was pushed in a huge hole then the ropes were cut that were holding the City Pillar, this caused a large very high quality piece of wood to fall into the hole crushing and burying alive the sacrifice.

    It is also said that the woman who was buried alive here was 8 months pregnant

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    Ancient Residence of Praya Wichitsongkram

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 30, 2014

    Did you know there are also some ancient ruins in Phuket? The Ancient Residence of Praya Wichitsongkram a former Governor of Phuket was built during the Chinese Miners rebellion at Kathu in 1877AD.

    There is not much left now and in 1985 it was registered as a National Site. Then in 2008 it was suggested that the area be turned into a tourist attraction and learning centre. In 2012 money was allocated to conserve and develop this historical site but as of late 2013 nothing seems to have happened.

    There is absolutely no information here just lots of bricks, dogs and a huge car park which is such a shame as it is an important part of Phuket’s history and could be a good addition for things to see and do in Phuket.

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    Explore Phuket Town

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 30, 2014

    Many tourists do not bother to visit Phuket Town and some even say not to bother as there is nothing to see.

    What a load of rubbish!!

    There is so much to see and do that I could do a separate website just on Phuket Town. So this page is really just a photo page of a few different places to explore, eat and shop.

    Phuket’s very first supermarket is still open, it is called Sin & Lee and use to have a huge selection of spices and supplies for restaurants and hotels. Sadly it is now nowhere as big as it use to due to the major chain supermarkets but it is still a nice place to call into and have a look around and buy a drink.

    I had no idea that these fantastic shop houses were so long, they are very narrow and seem to go back forever! One of these has been converted into the Old town Boutique Guesthouse; it still has the original stoves and a beautiful staircase.

    Soi Romanee is also a very interesting street; it started off as a place for prostitutes from Macau back in the tin mining days.

    There are so many beautiful old Sino Portuguese shop houses, fantastic old Bakeries, Temples, Shrines, Markets, Mansions, Parks, Shops and Restaurants to see in Phuket Town.

    So do we recommend a visit there – yes of course and it will take months to fully explore this fascinating area.

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    Koh Sirey Sea Gypsy Village

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Koh Sirey is a very small island that is connected to Phuket by a bridge and it is here that you will find Thailand’s largest village of Sea Gypsies. Life is not complicated here and the locals love having visitors come to look around.

    There are no fancy restaurants or shops but there is lots of smiling happy people who will welcome you into their lives. Sit down and watch a fisherman repairing his nets, help the girls open oysters or just play awhile with the children.

    My time at Koh Sirey Sea Gypsy Village was spent as part of a day tour with Chaya from Phuket Heritage Trails. These tours are run by passionate locals who love their hometown, their goal is to promote historical and cultural facts and the values of Peranakan traditions which most tourists do not even realize still strongly exist today on Phuket Island.

    So we highly recommend a day with Phuket Heritage Trails, there is just so much to see in Phuket Town and the surrounding area and there is no one better or more knowledgeable to go with.

    Like they say “Let the Locals show you around”
    Lots more info and photosd here

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    Chinpracha House Phuket Town

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 25, 2014

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    One of the oldest and most beautiful Sino Portuguese Mansions in Phuket is Chinpracha house. It is over 100 years old, very well maintained and listed as one of Thailand’s National Heritages by the Nations Fine Arts Department.

    I love going to Chinpracha House and over the years have seen couples having their traditional wedding photos taken and young girls being photographed in traditional clothing.

    But I would have to say the highlight was finally meeting the beautiful Khun Daeng who a direct descendant of the original owner of Chinpracha House and she still lives upstairs.

    Did you know this house was also used in the movie Heaven & Earth with Oliver Stone!

    I highly recommend spending time with Chaya from Phuket Heritage Trails, she is so passionate and knowledgeable about her home Phuket and will show you places and explain the history so much better than just hiring a driver who really has no idea of Phuket’s history.

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    Banana Walk

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 25, 2014

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    Banana Walk is on the Beach Rd in front of the Patong Beach Hotel, it is only a couple of minutes walk south of Bangla Rd. Here you will find quite a few chain type restaurants such as Sizzlers, Yoshinoya, Swenson’s, KFC, Coffee Club and of course Wine Connection etc.

    There is also a Boots Pharmacy, a small Villa Market, some clothing shops and an Apple store which are all spread out over 3 levels.

    It is a nice very modern looking centre which is in a good location right on the beach road, fantastic spot as well for having lunch and people watching.

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    Mario Land - Jungceylon Shopping Centre

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 25, 2014

    Mario Land is a good place to take children if it is raining. It has games suitable for all ages and is like any game zone in the world, be prepared to spend some money. Buy your game coins at the counter then watch them disappear while the kids try to win one of the many toys on offer.

    You will find Mario Land in the second building of Jungceylon shopping centre on the third floor.

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