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Por Tor

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8-24

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Cycle Fest

6-7

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Walking Street Weekend Market

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Central Underpass, Phuket tea station, Sam Se Je Hud, ราชรส ตมซำ and ice cream


Taking Jemma to school always means that I am able to wander around Phuket Town.

I almost walked from Tesco because I enjoy the local hogs but as it had been raining the mud was everywhere (not that the hogs cared). 



So I got off opposite Central and walked up the stairs to have a look at the Underpass.


Of course nothing could beat this journey!

I walked around the corner but was upset that the 'Best Toy Shop in Phuket' was not open yet! So I continued to wander along the road, dodging the sporadic rain until I reached Phuket Tea Station.



Here I had a fabulous Bubble Tea and some Tau sar Piah at Kanom Keng Tin. Checking in on foursquare and posting on Instagram.



After this is meant a visit to a Chinese Shrine nearby (at the bottom of Rang Hill) - Sam Se Ju Hud. I need to do some more investigation into Chinese Shrines - i keep finding new things...


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After this there was a much needed visit to Kiatsin Stationery Shop - I really need to know how to darn / crochet a Thai Flower Garland - can anyone help me?



After this it was time for Brunch and we visited ราชรส ตมซำ - a relatively new Dim Sum restaurant in Phuket Town. The Dim Sum is very good and it is popular but the best is the  'made whilst you wait' - 



It was then time to pick up Jemma from school - visiting Swensen's Ice Cream on the way home.

Wat Arun - Temple of the Dawn


Wat Arun is a Buddhist Temple that you MUST visit whilst you are in Bangkok.



Again there are so many sites that you can visit to find out the History but I find Wikipedia to be the most helpful and the Lonely Planet Guide.


We travelled over the Chao Phyra River for 3 baht in the local transport - the last time I was dressed as Santa Claus


The speeding river boat was the first highlight of the trip for Jemma - the spray was everywhere and there was not really any seats. We arrived within 5 minutes of leaving (guess that was why it was only 4 baht?).


Wat Arun is set just inside a well tended garden - there was a small charge to enter inside but it was definitely worth it.


Wat Arun is another piece of architecture that is on so many brochures but I was surprised that there were so little tourists there though. Wat Arun is named after the Indian God of Dawn. It was actually the previous resting place for the Emerald Buddha before it was brought across the Chao Phyra river by Rama I.

The 82 metre 'prang' (Khmer style tower) is based on the traditional structure but this example has been elongated to produce such an effect.


A architectural technique of using broken Chinese porcelain is all over this monument. This technique was common in the Ratanakosin period when the "Chinese used tons of old porcelain as ballast" - what this actually means needs further investigation by me...


The steep stairs were a joy (2nd highlight and a hazard) for my daughter and I to climb - and at times it did feel like we were climbing but it was well worth keeping going and reaching the top.


Times: 8:30 - 17:30


Por Tor Festival 2014 - the start


The origins of the Por Tor Festival for the Chinese Community in Phuket can be found. I found a description of it on youtube this year...

Phuket is rich in tradition and this is another lovely example of this. During this period some of the descendants of the Chinese took any number of traditions - many have continued to exist.

It is believed by some that the spirits of our dead ancestors will visit us  for this particular part of the year. Specifically some Chinese homes will set a table with food for their dead ancestors to eat. When the Joss sticks have run down it is then time that the family can have their share of the food.


Then at the specific Chinese Temples around Phuket red turtle shaped cakes will be taken to the shrine and then placed around the shrine. The cakes are turtle shaped because in the Chinese culture a turtle represents longevity and the red represents good luck.


The Parade started outside the TAT offices and the Golden Dragon statue - Hai Leng Ong.




Many children simply gathered whilst they waited.


Jemma and I met Richard Barrow and his drone whilst we were there, I was glad that Jemma was taken with it but did not ask whether we could have one - looked fun though?


The Governess of Phuket was there soon and she began the parade.



The parade started swiftly and the parade began to walk past. 



The parade snaked around the corner and then came for a stop adjacent to Mellow Yellow - meanwhile I gave up waiting and walked into the heart of Phuket Town and the new building 'housing the old Market'.

Upstairs was a complete change - the parking bays were full.



There were a plethora of rows of foods being offered to the gods as indicated.




Heat and noise all became a lot for me so I wandered back, met Richard and pointed him towards the carpark.  And it was at that point I found a coffee shop and prepared myself for the trip to work.




I will certainly be visiting in the evening one day this week.

Best Dim Sum in Phuket - โชคชัยติ่มซำ Chockchai Dim Sum


โชคชัยติ่มซำ - Chockchai Dim Sum is a popular Dim Sum Restaurant on the outskirts of Phuket Town. Always busy with the local people - delicious.


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Apps for your holiday to Phuket

What App is Popular Near Me?


I write a blog about Apps which you may find useful if you travel to Phuket but this is the App that manages all of these Apps but whether this is a recent addition to the App or I had never noticed it previously, I don't know.


So start up the App and have a look at what Apps are popular from those people who are using the Internet now - in your local area.

I have this one but not explored it yet...

 - and well the rest are in a different language so I guess I must be surrounded by Russians and Japanese!