Tales of Phuket – Road Trip to Central Phuket

After the rather successful roadtrip yesterday, I decided to continue on my journey, this time into central Phuket, away from the beaches. The last time I did this was during my third trip, with the help of the map. This time, I ditched the guide, and followed the road signs.

It was proven to be a good decision.

After a quick breakfast, I hit the road, heading towards Phuket Town. My intention was to look for Wat Chalong first. I have been there before, the biggest temple on Phuket island, but this time my aim is less spiritual. I wanted to get some souvenirs! I figured that other places will be way too touristy, so I decided to get some gifts from the stalls at Wat Chalong. Took some really nice pics, and bought some nice, unique stuff at very good price. My advice – the next time you want to buy gifts, head to the temples. The sellers there are less likely to rob you. For obvious reason, LOL.

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

Stall @ Wat Chalong

More photos from Wat Chalong here.

After that, I took the exhilarating ride up to Big Buddha of Phuket, a 45 metre high Buddha located on top of the hill, still under construction. The ride was especially thrilling as it winded up the hill, and the road was less than perfectly safe. The last time I was here, again my camera battery was flat, so I didn’t manage to take any pictures. This time round, I took plenty, including those “shit-shaped” pieces of marble, which I later discovered mean to be the hair of the Buddha. Bought two special gifts from here, and donated a marble tile with my name on it for 100 baht.

Of course, the view from up here was absolutely phenomenal. The Buddha, went completed, will command a perfect view of the vista that is Andaman Sea. My camera couldn’t even begin to do the panorama justice.

But I tried. More photos from Big Buddha of Phuket here.

Big Buddha of Phuket

Big Buddha of Phuket

Big Buddha of Phuket

My Tile @ Big Buddha of Phuket

View from Big Buddha of Phuket

Stall at Big Buddha of Phuket

My next, and last, stop for this road trip was Chalong Pier. I am not exactly sure the purpose of this pier, but the view here offered many great photographic moments. This was especially so as it was the monsoon season, so the water was turqouis. It felt like I was at some kind of exotic island.

Come to think of it, perhaps I was. Haha.

Chalong Pier

Chalong Pier

Chalong Pier

Later on I decided to take a break at Kan Eang @ Pier, a well known eatery right by the side of the water. As I sat here, sipping on my ice coffee, the breeze was gently carrassing my face. The water was lapping gently against the pier, and the soft murmur of my fellow tourists soothed my nerve. I was so relaxed that I decided to sot the idea of yet another authentic Thai lunch and had some really good food here. Highly recommended!

Kan Eang @ Chalong Pier

Kan Eang @ Chalong Pier

Kan Eang @ Chalong Pier

More photos taken at Chalong Pier here.

After my meal, I briefly considered visiting Rawai Beach, but quickly decided against it. I was dead tired, and I really didn’t want to be a zombie for my last night in Phuket.

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Comments

  1. Hi Razlan,

    Glad to see someone enjoying Phuket so much, and getting out and exploring too. It’s a great island.

    Cheers
    Jamie
    Phuket

  2. Hi Razlan,

    Glad to see someone enjoying Phuket so much, and getting out and exploring too. It's a great island.

    Cheers
    Jamie
    Phuket

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