Saturday, February 22, 2014

Phuket Island City Tour

ABBEY: On our trip on Phuket we also signed up for the City tour which costs around 1,200 bhat per person. We had it one afternoon and the first two stops are at Karon View Point and Windmill; they are among the high peaks of Phuket. 

Then we went to Big Buddha site. The monks and caretakers of the place don't require entrance fees but donations instead. Be it monetary, or cement, gravel and sand, all donations are accepted. Climbing an almost hundred steps will lead you to the enormous marble statue of Buddha. Next stop is the Orchid Garden. It is unfortunate as no flowers were blooming during our visit. 

We also stopped by at Chalong Temple. Visitors pay respect and thanks by lighting firecrackers. As it is a holiday on the first day of the year, people packed the place and we have nothing to do but to indulge on their pork barbecue as we are already hungry.

Then we went to Honey Farm wherein I bravely carry a broodframe. I was nervous and scared by the thought that the bees will sting me. We also tasted wine made from honey. Next stop is the cashew nut factory. The process of picking the nut from the fruit is still done manually as to not damage it. You can choose from a wide variety of flavors for your cashew; wasabi, garlic, original roast snd barbecue. We also stopped by at the largest jewelry shop on Phuket. The pieces of jewelry have intricate designs thus the prices are lovely as well. 

We strolled by the Old Phuket Town and then we requested the tour guide to drop us is Jung Ceylon shopping mall for dinner and then rest and our hotel.

WILL: Okay guys, Phuket is an island that's so famous on their beaches and bars but isn’t fun to make some side trips at their lands?

We booked for half day city tour on the 1st day of 2014 and we're picked-up from Frutta Boutique after our lunch. Our first stop is the Karon View Point. Here we saw the the beautiful deep blue colored waters of their fine beaches. Next stop is at Phuket’s Windmill (Phromthep Alternative Energy Station), a great idea for another source of energy. Here at this spot, you can see sailboats parked. A windy place indeed.

Elephants! We just stop over to see them and take some personal business at washrooms. Haha! Phuket City Tour Package will not be complete if you will not drop by at Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha. This landmark have a dress code for girls, no shorts and no sleeveless is allowed. The construction started 2009 and we are so lucky to see the whole face and body of Phuket’s Big Buddha already sparkle with white marble. So serene that you can only hear are the bells and murmurs of the tourist.

Firecrackers? Well it is not just because it is new year, it is a way of giving thanks for granting the wishers’ wish! Welcome to Wat Chalong Temple. So many shoes swarming in front of the temples, obviously it will be very crowded inside, we never attempt to go so we just make our stomachs full with bbq pork.

Different flavors of cashews were in front of us when we reached Cashew Nut factory. We bought a wasabi flavored cashew and tasted all the varieties. Haha! Wangtalang Lapidary gem factory is also in the itineraries, we just look, never touch, never ask, never buy. Before heading back to our hotel our van just passed Century-old Sino-Portuguese building at Thalang road, we chose not to step out from our van, we are just tired and sleepy already.

I think that this trip is a must for every tourist, getting to know more of the island, people and its religion.