Phuket Walk


Phuket Vegetarian

Part 2



Walking Street Weekend Market


Apps Restaurant Things2do Concierge

Eggs and Nuts for sale

Why would someone want to walk around Phuket Town selling cooked eggs and nuts?

As I sipped my Iced Coffee from one of the many street coffee shops I watched this egg seller walk past sounding his horn but I could not understand why they chose these two products to sell together?

As he walked past me and down Rasada Road I saw nobody stop him?

7th Worldwide Photowalk - Phuket Old Town

The 7th Worldwide Photowalk took place recently over the world and here are some photographs of our exploration of Phuket Old Town.

This was our team.

An old building behind a bank in Phuket Old Town

Cups in a shop...

Soi Rommanee

Fancy a haircut?

The roundabout....

In a Chinese Shrine.

Asking a question.

Phuket Old Town is certainly an interesting place to investigate.

Tropical Pitcher plants

Tropical Pitcher Plants are commonly seen by me in Phuket because the next door neighbour propagates them and is very good at it.

If you have patience it is amazing to watch the insects fly to the plant because of the sweet smelling liquid and the decorated leaves which adorn the plant. 

Once on the rim of the pitcher the 'prey' falls down the sides to the bottom of the pitcher. Once here the 'prey' cannot climb out because the sides are covered with downward pointing hairs which ensure that the 'prey' is unable to climb out.

This liquid is called phytotelmata - the body of the floating insect is slowly dissolved then able to 'digest' the fallen prey whilst it slowly 'drowns'.

A truly carnivorous plant.

โบสถ์ปรกโพธิ์ วัดบางกุ้ง - Wat Bang Kup

โบสถ์ปรกโพธิ์ วัดบางกุ้ง - Wat Bang Kup was a Wat that we visited when we were on a trip to the Damnoen and Sauak and Amphawa Floating River Markets on the outskirts of Bangkok.

WOW - was the biggest description of this.

The surrounding area was a large sized car park with a lot of people hanging around a tree and then adjacent to this was a Thai Wat. Where in the grass area surrounding it were models of what looked like farm workers?

Then my focus was drawn to the tree - there were so many people hanging around this tree! As I drew closer I remember the stories of the Bodhi Tree - the tree which the Buddha sat under and to the right of where he attained enlightenment. BUT what I found was NOT this.

It was a Banyan Tree and underneath it's roots was a small temple referred to as Bot Prok Po (โบสถ์ปรกโพธิ์).

As people filed in I was made aware that there was a temple under the roots of the whole tree - how on Earth did this happen?

Moving closer it was clear that it is a very popular destination for Thai people to celebrate their Culture and Religion.

Outside and around there was an even great number of things to see

a life-sized doll dressed in traditional Thai dress

traditional bells to ring

places for donations

Muay Thai boxing figures in the adjacent field

Stories were told;
The Holy Wooden Nymph Memorial

A special place which is worth visiting.

I only read this later; 

However this chapel isn't the only important place of the compound. In fact, this temple is an historical significant place, as it was the camp of king Taksin during an attack by the Burmese army in 1768. However after the successful campaign the site was abandoned for almost 200 years, until in 1967 it was redeveloped by the Ministry of Education. - from My unseen Thailand Blog.

Phuket Happenings - September 2014

Phuket Officials will be charged with Freedom Beach sales 
- a development which is necessary
- but the investor / developer?
16 officials to be charged 
- i wonder what will happen?

Death threats for Phuket National Park Chief over 'Land Deals'
- where's the Military?
Land Officers will deal with the corruption and threats 
- looking forward to the convictions
- 34,000 Baht fine or up to 17 years in jail

Men charged with 12 billion land grab 
- they did not know where the line for the land was????

Phi Phi developments also inspected and ordered demolished 
- are they using different maps? ;)

A Cobra in the bathroom sink!!!
- what would you do? Take a photo?
- they did!

Phuket Police and Navy 'get tough'on illegal taxi drivers 
- indicating that they were not?
Metered taxis should have arrived with prices at the beginning of September 
- did it work?

Phuket Mafia King surrenders in Bangkok

- does he need extradition from there?
- or dies he live there?

Officials under fire for allegedly issuing illegal Phuket land certificates
“The Land Department reported that eight of the accused have legally issued documents. The eight include Phuket Peninsular Spa and Resort; Central and City Development; Landstate; Pavilions Beach Resort; Layan; La Colline villa development; Baan Farang resort; and landowner Suchada Sangsuwan,” said Mr Nipon. "However, according to our investigation, the land titles associated with these businesses and individuals were illegally issued" - See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Officials-fire-allegedly-issuing-illegal-Phuket-land/33757#ad-image-0
- 'allegedly'
- 'under fire'

Phuket TOT worker in hospital  

- i thought that last week and I could touch the overhead wires as I walked past!

Moored yachts ordered to leave Ao Yon 
- because 
“As Phuket is a tourism destination, this order is being issued for national security and to ensure safety in marine transportation,” the written order states. - See more at: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Phuket-yachts-ordered-of-Ao-Yon-Bay/34838#sthash.CAeUoBeC.dpuf 

Then the Aussie Yachties dodge paying a fine
- just by asking a simple question

Phuket Aqua Co. Ltd are waiting for a licence for the dolphinarium 
- looks more like a big swimming pool
- if education was the key to it - Phuket Aquarium should be involved?
The representative confirmed that four bottlenose dolphins, not six as originally reported, as well as sea lions and seals were destined for the facility.
However, the representative said that she had no idea about the origins of the dolphins, other than they were to be brought to Thailand via a Russian company. 

but it has been linked to the Tajii Massacre
- NO to this Dolphinarium

“As Phuket is a tourism destination, this order is being issued for national security and to ensure safety in marine transportation,” the written order states.
- because?

- another reason not to rent a Jet Ski

Phuket Taxi Mafia is our target! 
- hope they are a good shot...

A Phuket Expat fights death penalty in Vietnam for drug trafficking...
(or anywhere else)
- BUT who is Mr Nick?

Phuket Beach Vendors ask Governor for help 
- what will they do?
- well what can they do?
- Can they legalise the business OR is that where it went wrong at the beginninG

- i thought that it had gone bit it affects everyone differently
- insurance for the tourist for example

- April Fool
- whoops it is not April
- but the paperwork?
- everyday is April the 1st here!

- okay...
- he has tried this previously

- this development should not continue in its current fashion

- not fired then?
- did they bring back the cars?

- no video on facebook yet...
- and a comment about taking her shoes off?
- all a little insensitive (me included)

- do they listen to complaints?

- how much!!!!!!??????

Tourist drowns whilst swimming in Phi Phi trip 
- full results not known.

Patong illegal tuk tuk drivers arrested, moved and told to park elsewhere 
- where?
- what happens next?
- watch this carefully?
- which Tuk Tuk was illegal?
- Oh - Illegally parked

Beach staff kicking sand in the face of a tourist on the sand - in Pattaya
- does this happen in Phuket?
Video goes viral - reaches UK newspaper
- but it was not a Thai - 

"Phuket Police guarantee of no arrests - was wrong" - a Patong Councillor
- so 
"The police process is very tough.''
''Our residents mostly work as tuk-tuk drivers,'' he said. ''You know how the big tree can survive? Because of the weeds.''
''How are the tuk-tuk drivers supposed to adapt?'' the councillor said. ''Our children have all become tuk-tuk drivers. They don't know how to do anything else. They do not have additional skills. They will have difficulty adjusting to change.''

- and a comment
"You are supposedly one of the Patong leaders and you didn't think an education for your sons was important ? Shame on you."

Another accident BUT did this get recorded? 

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