Does it matter what computer you use?




Tried to book an airline ticket for a Traveller in need BUT found that the computer that I was using does not support Security Control - because it needs Internet Explorer...

This reminds me of the Article regarding an App for booking a hotel - Orbitz was 'exploring' charging more for the user of a Mac...

As long as Amazon does not I'm okay


No more Tesco in Phuket?



As I wandered amid Phuket Town I came across these signs on the newest 
market area in Phuket Town.


After taking so long to build this building are they really going to let Tesco build more?


I do hope not.



Where's the best Som Tam in Phuket?





This was the best Som Tam that I have ever tasted in Phuket.


We were in a local restaurant just outside Phuket Town 
Nong Sow.




This was the lady who made it.



Butterfly at home.





We did not have to go to the Butterfly and Insect Garden this week - we had a visitor.


But there was no coffee shop here.

Overhead wires - what happens next?




During the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to have some early mornings to wander around Phuket Old Town and it is wonderful.



What I do recognise now though is the amount of wires above me (i think that they are wires for the telephone but I am not sure) that are in great abundance.


is this for good luck?
Even if I have been getting up early what I haven't been able to see yet is the giving of the food to the monks yet though - but that will be on a separate post - if I manage to wake up early enough though.

Planking in Phuket?


image from geekosystem - permission requested
I have posted here about my attempts at Planking in Phuket (below) and Planking at Cape Panwa - but I could not believe what I saw above.



Laemthong Seafood - Hong Kong - Shark Fin!!!!!




After my elation that the Chinese Restaurant in Phuket Town - opposite Anna's - was closing I was disgusted to see that it is being refurnished.


It is now finished - note that the Shark Fin is no longer on the top - 
I wonder whether it is still on the menu however?


Then as I wandered through Phuket Town I was further shocked to read that Laemthong  Seafood - opposite Ocean in Phuket Town sells Shark Fin soup.



First Class Shark Fin in Gravy Sauce   s.700 Bht  m.3,500 Bht  l.7,000 Bht
Shark Fin Soup    s.380 Bht  m.1,800 Bht  l.2,800 Bht
Stir Fried Dry Shark Fin     s.380 Bht  m.950 Bht  l.1,800 Bht

This is WRONG...

Good night Khao Lak

After a beautiful wedding on the beach (Kantary Bay) the sun comes and the party begins.

Happy Mothers' Day from Thailand



image from Thaivisa - permission requested
Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday (August 12) is a national holiday, also serving as the country’s Mothers’ Day. Monday 13 August is the substitute National holiday.



Phuket News July 2012



on our trip to Koh Yao Noi
So what has been happening - we were in Australia for a couple of weeks of this month so I am sorry that I may have missed on some issues.




Another accident @Heroines Monument.
Another accident nr. footbridge on Thepkrasattri Rd
Another accident @Mai Koh- motorbike x3 plus no helmets


British Ambassador says Safety First when travelling


Will there be a change in the airport for the Domestic Airline in Bangkok?


Someone dies in the surf in Patong 
- it was dark so i suppose you could not see the red flag?


3 slow lorises found at the airport - carriers fined...


Blogged enough about red flags and the sea - how about blue flags and Phuket restaurants?


Again a whitewater death in Phang-Nga...
and it they were recently wed...


NASA cancel their climate studies in Thailand, because
1) they gave up - who understands the climate?
OR
2) the staff went missing?


Indonesians stole 2 million baht!!!!!!!!
from a policeman on his motorbike....


Then a Phuket Prison officer was robbed of 3 million baht!!!!!
no wonder people want to be policemen...




Land encroachment - 28 of 29 rai
but the developer says that he has the correct deeds


Who would win?
Foreign Mafia vs. Local Mafia...


Hurrah :-)
Australian Ambassador to Thailand James Wise today called for police to launch an island-wide crackdown on weapons, including those carried by tuk-tuk drivers.
and tuk-tuk drivers




Phuket tries to increase tourism - how many tourists does this attract?


Phuket Airport director hails anti-cheat measures a success
I am still waiting to see the changes...
no illegal taxi drivers
no running the gauntlet


Ex-priminister @ Simon Caberet to see where tourism went wrong
I thought Simon's was making money?


Unable to find the Foreign Tour guides....
where are they looking?


Foreign person passes counterfeit notes
be careful of the tourist then?


Big Buddha constructions are okay - will not be pulled down
this property has the potential to be beautiful BUT...


Simon Star Cabaret - Ukraine dancers
these women looked good who did their op?


No sale of alcohol in Patong because of election costs 5 million a night
They must make a lot of money in Patong - is this only alcohol?




Patong 'safety zones'?
and outside these areas?
do all police have iPhones and images streamed?
Phuket people are pessimistic about 'safety zones'.
Are you surprised?


Counterfeit luggage seized at the airport 
empty and nobody picked up the empty suitcases?


British tourist, 47, drowns at Patong Beach

PHUKET: An English tourist who ignored warnings by lifeguards at Patong Beach yesterday became the latest monsoon-season drowning victim in Phuket....

Click here (or on the link below) for the full story:
http://www.phuketgazette.net/archives/articles/2012/article16506.html
but this link no longer works?


Human, Foot and Mouth disease in Phuket
a death registered this scared me

Hope that this does make an impact - thanks John Gray.





Lee Aldhouse's extradition is on hold
because?


B600K Medical bill after road accident
but the insurance says NO PAY...




Safety measures for foreign visitors to be stepped up
where to start?






Happy Birthday HRH Queen Sirikit from Laem Chan Park




After a busy day of coffee shops, fixing the camera, Japanese lunch and swimming at Rawai we drove through Phuket Town and came upon a celebration of the Queen's Birthday at Laem Chan Park,



It was busy - there was so much to eat.



There were a plethora of activities to try - from making a brush, 
sewing a roof to making Thai kanom.



  Happy Birthday Queen Sirikit.


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Kathu Street Festival



This year was the 4th Kathu Street Festival and I understand that it was started to promote the share the interesting things that are in Kathu and it is certainly a Festival that is not worth missing (2011 and 2010).

photo from Jamie - permission given - thanks

I arrived for the last evening but there was still so much to investigate. I visited two of  the Chinese Shrines and they are always full of interesting things to look at - but this time there was something else going on outside a shrine...

not sure what this is - do you know??

Then out came the statues, the breakdancers and more...


There was so much to buy



Asanha Bucha Day อาสาฬหบูชา





Asanha Bucha day celebrates the Buddha's first sermon to his first 5 disciples after attaining Enlightenment more than 25,000 years ago.


We observe the day in Phuket by listening to sermons and making a donation - we visited Wat Vichit Sangkaram in Phuket Town .




The temple was lit and open to the public, we all sat inside in with our small donations and gift (joss, candle, flower) and waited for the monk to give us a sermon.




After the sermon we were all blessed by the monks - I went to the front with Jemma to be touched by the water flicked by the monk.




We then walked around the Wat three times with offerings - but I am not clear (yet) as to why - but a wonderful experience.




Then we lit candles and placed them in the sand outside the Wat - wonderful.



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Where am I?





Where is this special spot?