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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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    Wat Phra Nang Sang

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 17, 2014

    Wat Phra Nang Sang is Phuket’s oldest Temple with a history going back over 500 years. Sometimes Wat Phra Nang Sang is sometimes called the messy Temple due to the huge amount of statues in the grounds. I really enjoyed looking through here, such an interesting history and so much to see.

    In 1785 the grounds in front of the Temple were used as a battlefield between locals and the invading Burmese and legend says that Lady Luad Khao who was the consort of the ruler of Nakhon Si Thammarat was condemned to death for supposedly having an affair. Before her death she asked to pay her last worship to the Lord Buddha relics in Sri Lanka.

    It was upon her return she built the Temple and this is how the name came to be, Phra Nang Sang means built by Royal Lady.

    When she was executed a miracle happened, her blood was white, and so she is known as the Lady of White Blood Phra Nang Luad Khao. She always maintained her innocence and the fact her blood flowed white proves this.

    Also at Wat Phra Nang Sang are 3 ancient tin Buddha images which are called Phra Nai Pung (Abdomen Buddha Image) or Phra Sam Kasat (Three King Buddha Image). The images were all in the abdomens of normal looking Buddha statues to hide them from the Burmese. These 3 famous Buddha images are now on display at Wat Phra Nang Sang.

    There are also statues of Lady Chan and Lady Mook who are Phuket’s heroines and once they were assigned their Royal titles of Thao Thepkrasatri and Thao Srisunthon they came to Wat Phra Nang Sang to pay their respects the Buddha image.

    There is just so much to see at this Temple and it is very easy to spend a couple of hours here.

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    Phuket Mining Museum

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 16, 2014

    The beautiful pink Sino Portuguese building which houses the Phuket Mining Museum and showcases the history of tin mining on Phuket Island is built as a large square with a courtyard in the middle. There are displays in every room with signage in Thai and English. The mines attracted many thousands of Chinese workers and there are displays showing them arriving by sea plus their living and working conditions.

    Phuket tin was renowned worldwide due to it not having any arsenic in it so it was easier to mine. There are also life size displays and lots of old artifacts and photographs plus old mining equipment etc on display outside.

    The Kathu Mining Museum is located in Kathu between Loch Palm Golf Course and the British International School. Entry fee for adults is 100baht.

    We visited the Phuket Mining Museum as part of a day out with Chaya from Phuket Heritage Trails, there is so much more to Phuket than the beach areas. Chaya is passionate about her Island and loves talking and showing people places that the normal run of the mill drivers would not take you to.

    Try a day out with Phuket Heritage Trails and you just might be surprised that Phuket has a fantastic history and plenty of interesting places.

    Do not believe people who say Phuket is just an island for tourists, they do not know what they are talking about, there is plenty of culture and history here.

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    Phuket Trick Eye Museum

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 16, 2014

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    The Phuket Trickeye Museum opened in October 2013 and is a fantastic addition for any ages to spend a couple of hours taking photos and interacting with the displays. We really enjoyed our time here; actually we could not stop laughing. There are so many different areas and you put yourself in all the pictures that are on the wall or floor etc. Then take photos, it really looks like you are in the paintings etc.

    Not many tourists know about the Phuket Trickeye Museum, we were the only ones there the day we went but it is very popular with the Thai’s. The entry fee is a bit steep for tourists 500baht per adult but we really enjoyed our visit and I would go back again.

    The Phuket Trickeye Museum is near the intersection just up from the Pearl Hotel on Montri Road in Phuket Town. Being so new none of the drivers are onto it yet, so if you want to go just get dropped off at the Pearl Hotel if they cannot find it.

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    Siam Niramit

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 16, 2014

    Siam Niramit is a spectacular show with over 100 performers and many beautiful sets; the show goes for 80 minutes and takes you through the different areas of Thailand, Festivals and Thai beliefs. There are plenty of amazing special effects and any age group will enjoy the show.

    Before the show you can visit the Village of 4 regions with a floating market, there are outdoor performance and the usual elephant rides and show.

    However the night we went it was raining so none of this was happening. There is a huge souvenir shop plus a buffet restaurant.

    I am often asked which place I prefer, Siam Niramit or Phuket Fantasea. If you have children I would say go to Fantasea (especially if it is raining) as there is a lot more to see and do before the show, plus plenty of places for food and drinks.

    Both shows are excellent.

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    Phuket Scuba Club - Diving

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 16, 2014

    Finally after many years of being determined I was not interested in anything to do with diving, mainly due to being scared, I am happy and proud to say I have recently completed my Introduction to Diving course with Phuket Scuba Club.

    We did the pool option and our instructor Lauren was fantastic, so patient as it did take awhile with me for all the information to sink in. We were on our knees in the pool practicing breathing etc, how to clear our masks and expelling air without the regulator, then finding it and putting it back on under water etc.

    We spent about 2.5 hours in the water and I have to say at one stage I panicked a little bit and was going to get out the pool. But I knew if I did that would be the end and I would never try again so I stuck with it and it turned out to be so much fun. We did not want to get out of the water.

    Now Chantal’s goal is to get me diving out at the Karon Reef. I will have a good think about that one ha-ha, but you just never know!

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    Phuket Scuba Club - Snorkeling

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 16, 2014

    One day during October I was going to meet Chantal from Phuket Scuba Club for lunch. A couple of hours before that she rang me to say that she was taking a couple of Chinese people snorkeling to teach them how to dive down when snorkeling etc & did I want to come along. Of course I said yes!

    Now Chantal knows that I am not a confident swimmer. I have been snorkeling quite a few times but am too scared to dive down for a closer look etc. I am more your float on the top of the water type, mainly because I do not know what to do & I get a bit scared.

    I met Chantal at their Karon shop which had just opened due to the fantastic October weather we were having. The shop is on the southern end of Karon Beach, the one with the blue roof! It was a beautiful day & the water was so flat (thank god), all our snorkeling equipment was supplied. It was also good that everything was checked to make sure it fit and was on tight enough etc.

    Chantal also put a life jacket on me as she knew I was nervous. The other couple did not want one as they were keen to dive down.

    We started out where the huge rock is at the southern end of Karon Beach and started going out, I was amazed that I was already seeing beautiful fish, I do not know one fish from the other, except I did know there were Parrot Fish (have seen these before), there were also hundreds of little fish, which Chantal said were Glass fish and I also saw my first ever Lion Fish.

    It was fantastic; I never realized you could even go snorkeling here on Karon Beach! The Chinese couple were like experts within a few minutes, disappearing from sight, me; well I just kept floating around enjoying what I was seeing.

    Next trip I will do this again with Chantal – without a life jacket, I am determined to conquer this little fear & if anyone can help me then Chantal is the girl to do it. She has so much patience & is full of knowledge re the area, the marine life, safety etc.

    Now normally I have a camera with me no matter where I go, but sadly our waterproof camera sprung a leak, so now I have to do this again next year so I can take photos!

    Phuket Scuba Club have 2 shops, their main shop is near the Boathouse at 225 Koktanod Rd Kata Beach. This is where Kevan, Chantal’s husband is based and their second shop is right on the beach at the southern end of Karon Beach.

    We have also had many friends do their diving through Phuket Scuba Club and they have nothing but praise for their professionalism, knowledge and friendliness. Thank you Chantal and Kevan for a fantastic time!

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