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The Quirky Phuket - City Tour

Friday, 19 June 2015

Phuket has so much to see from the beautiful beaches to hilly countryside. We found it cheaper and more convenient to rent our own vehicle to explore all of them. So, we rented two motorbikes for a day. In Patong, motorbike rentals start from THB 200 this includes two helmets while cars start from THB 800.

Make sure you have enough gasoline before you go too far because the gas station is kinda rare. Moreover, the road has some curves, it definitely will consume much gasoline. What needs to be noted is the minimum purchase at the gas station. The price per litre is around 28 THB but you cannot fill your tank lower than 60 THB.

LET’S EXPLORE PHUKET DARLING!
The best time to travel around Phuket is from 9 am – 4 pm. Do not forget to put sunscreen on your skin and wear a long sleeve shirt or jacket when you ride a motorbike, it is highly recommended due to the intense heat at noon. Sometimes, the temperature could reach until 35° C.

We were heading to the southern part of the island, crossing the road in 31° C. I was excited watching the scenery during our trip. I could see the stunning emerald green water of a three-kilometre-long beach and balmy tropical breezes all conspired to welcome us. In between stand several large hotels and resorts. As we headed further south, I noticed a tiny white statue of the sitting Buddha on the top of the Nakkerd Hills. It is known to locals as Phra Phra Putthamingmongkolekanagagiri or just simply call it Big Buddha.

BIG BUDDHA

The road to Nakkerd Hills was in good condition but it had some curves and steep climb. There were elephants rides, restaurants, and cafes along the way to the parking lot. Some young tourists enjoyed hiking up, even though it took them over an hour to reach the top.

Big Buddha is a sacred sites so visitors are asked to dress politely. I was wearing shorts and had not thought that this was probably not exactly appropriate attire, but thankfully there was a lady handing out large decorative Sarongs so that I could still make the visit whilst being respectfully covered enough.


The Big Buddha is 45 meters high, it sits up on a marbled lotus leaves. It has been built since 2001 and there is still a large amount of work going on around it. There was a monk giving blessing to a lovely couple when we entered the arrival hall. In this hall you can read about the history of the construction, buy souvenirs and make donations to help finish the building.


Although some parts are still under construction it is worth a visit.

WAT CHALONG



Another popular tourism sites in Phuket. The vibrant colour and architecture make it a must-visit-place. Remember, it is not an ordinary tourism site, it is also a religious place. Make sure you cover your knees and shoulder or you can take a sarong from the friendly staff before you enter the temple.




The temple was magnificent not only from the outlook but even from inside. The art works and all the buddha statues were grand in a way. I appreciate the interior, it is decorated with wood carving and the walls are covered with murals that tell the life story of Buddha.


I have visited several temples in Thailand. This one is quite impressive and not as crowded as Wat Pho or Grand Palace. I could feel the tranquil atmosphere here. You will feel the same way too, trust me!

By the way, these two tourism sites are FREE of charge, but you may like to leave some donation :)

KARON VIEWPOINT
After cooling down our head in the temple we had to beat the heat to see the other attractions, Karon Viewpoint!  The viewpoint is located along the ring road, half-way between Nai Harn Beach and Kata Noi Beach. It can be tricky to get to without a car, but two wheels are good enough.




You really can see an astonishing view of breathtakingly beautiful white sand beaches edged by the glittering Andaman Sea up there. The closest and smallest one is Kata Noi Beach, then a bit further is the beautiful bay of Kata with its island ‘Koh Poo’, and the last is Karon Beach.

Such a fun half day tour around Phuket before heading back to Jakarta in the evening. Got to thank Egif for managing most of the trip!

TRAVEL EXPENSE - DAY 3
THB 180    | Mini Bus

THB 15      | Bread

THB 40      | Gasoline

THB 18      | Pocky

THB 16      | Collon

THB 6        | Ovaltine Biscuits

THB 10      | MAMA Instant Noodles


Travel date: 27-29 May 2015

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