|Starcruise @ Patong Beach|
We reached Patong beach at Phuket on the 3rd day of our cruise. We booked the shore excursion for Phuket like what we did for Penang.The tour starts at 8am in the morning. We recommend an early breakfast at Bella Vista as the next meal may be about 6 hours into the trip.
The disembarkation process is slightly different from the one we experienced in Penang. Disembarkation took a while longer as we need to take a smaller boat to shore. Nevertheless we made it to shore after a wait of slightly over 1 hour (inclusive of boat ride)
Located at the southern most tip of Phuket, it overlook the spectacular view of Andadman Sea and Indian Ocean.
|View from Promthep CApe|
|Wedding Photo@ Promthep Cape|
We were there in the morning, thus no famed sunset for us. However we did see a couple taking their wedding photos at the location.
|Museum@ Promthep Cape|
We next visit Phuket's latest attraction, the Big Buddha " Buddha Mingmonkol Akenakiri" on top of Nakkerd Mountain
|Big Buddha @ Phuket|
The Big Buddha is a 45m high and 25 m wide structure. The construction is still going on with about 90% completed. Interestingly the project is 100% funded by donations.
|Big Buddha Phuket|
It was an impressive sight. Some of the tourist commented it is similar to the one found in HongKong.
The view from the Big Buddha is amazing. It's vantage position gives it a 360 degree view of Phuket.
This is the view from the Big Buddha's viewpoint
There is actually 2 Buddha's on top of the hill. Sitting next to the Big Buddha is a 12 m tall and completely made of brasss. It is impressive in its own right, but dwarf when compared to the Big Buddha.
|2 Big Buddhas|
|Bells@ Big Buddha|
|The Wacky Duo at Phuket|
|Big Buddha@ Phuket|
Our next stop is the Wat Chalong. This is the biggest and most ornate of Phuket's twenty nine Buddhist monasteries.
|The Grand Pagoda|
|Complex of Temples at Chalong|
We stop over at the Cashew Nut factory and shop. For those who like tidbits from Thailand, this is the perfect place to get your goodies. There are free samples for you to try throughout the shop, so even if you do not buy the products, you can literately get a taste of Thailand here.
Prior to lunch , we had a stopover at Wang Talang
It is a complex selling jewellery and Thai souvenirs. We did not do much here, so prices are mostly tourist price (i.e. overprice) and thus not worth getting any items there..
We had lunch at one of Phuket's largest dining restaurant. If you are expecting Thai food, you may be disappointed. Lunch was a buffet selection of mostly Chinese food. Nothing inspiring here.
|Back to the Ship|
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