The Beaches and local Wat
One of Anne's greatest pleasures in life is walking along a deserted beach in search of the perfect shell. Phuket has much to offer in the area of deserted beaches. As you can see from the picture below the beaches are quiet and not overly populated, certainly no comparison to the Jersey beaches in summer. As far as shells, well, I don't remember it being the best place, but I'm sure she found a few dozen to pack away into the suitcase and add to her collection at home.

Anne collecting sea shells on Phuket


Thai longboats anchored just off shore
The Thai longboats (right) were interesting and unlike what we find in the States. The motor, appearing much like a car motor, is suspended over the stern of the boat with a long shaft protruding from it (the shaft in the picture can be seen inside the boat and not the water). The propeller shaft extends well behind the boat when in use. They travel quite fast and were fun to ride in if you could stand the wading into the water to board.

Thai longboats anchored near shore
During our tour of the island we stopped at a modern Wat which contained some beautiful shrines and buildings. The locals were in the midst of setting up the grounds for some kind of local festival and had many interesting things for Anne and I to see and do.
Elephant shrines are common throughout Thailand and we found two at this Wat (pictures above left and right). The shrine (above center) was unknown as to who or what it was devoted to.

Golden statues of Buddha

The bazaar on the grounds of the Wat

Anne shopping for some
trinkets to bring home

The crematorium

Appears to be an oven of
some type, but we looked inside
to see it was used for storage

Anne's Revenge
Remember the python that Anne held at Mt. Faber in Singapore? Well, she extracted her revenge on me here in Phuket. As part of the bazaar that they were setting up they had these humongous snakes on display and for a small fee you could go inside the cage with them. Well, guess who was volunteered by whom? Anne, fresh from her victory at Mt. Faber, goaded me into going into the cage with these snakes. There were several of them inside. Most were over 10 feet long and had to weigh several hundred pounds. They weren't very exciting though as they only moved when nudged by the attendant who, I might add, was a child of 10 or 12 years old. This was not a particularly brave thing for me to do, but it was interesting.
Now, continue to the next page for pictures of Promthep Cape at sunset ... beautiful!
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