Tattoos in Thailand

After the furore of the Vegetarian Festival, a new camera and simple fascination I realised that I had a plethora of photographs - a post of the whole event is here.

One thing that was clear to me was the fascination with tattoos people have in Thailand - i have written about this on a previous blog.

If you need to see some more have a look - 
do you know where my tattoo is?


Butterflies, more butterflies and smiles...

We were late and this was exacerbated when we went to Tonsai waterfall (last year) instead of Bang Pae waterfall near the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre.

It was very busy and we had to walk a mile to get to the waterfall - just in time for the girls to put on their butterfly outfits.

The girls danced and money was raised - then we walked to the lake (adjacent to Preang Prai restaurant). The butterflies were released and began to fly all around us.  It was an organised event and I hope that it earned some money.

There were a number of activities for children to do and we wandered along the pathway to the gibbons...

Tired we had a drink in the cafe and walked to Preang Prai for a bit to eat - now I am at work very late...


Phuket Transport Part I (Airport Buses)

There are buses that run from 
Phuket International Airport to Phuket Bus Terminal.

Phuket Airport to Phuket Bus Terminal

Phuket Bus Terminal to Phuket International Airport

The price for the total journey was 85 Baht, but it is not simple to manage luggage.
(thanks Nick).

price list courtesy of  Tourism Club
If you have luggage try a metered cab from in front of the 
Phuket International Airport.

Note: the 5:30 / 6:30  am service is not available on a 
Sunday OR a National Public Holiday.

Another visit to Phuket International Hospital

Not a place to go if you do not have to BUT if you need a hospital then choose here.
There are other hospitals but this is my choice.

3 days on a drip and they looked after me.
This was my view.

Loy Krathong in the Local Village

Jemma was wearing Thai traditional costume in the morning and in the evening joined the local girls in Borae.

I celebrated Loy Krathong at Cape Panwa Hotel.

The 10 rules of the Vegetarian Festival

These are the rules

1. Cleanliness of bodies during the festival
2. Clean kitchen utensils and to use them seperately from other who do not join the festival
3. Wear white during the festival
4. Behave physically and mentally
5. No meat eating
6. No sex
7. No alcoholic drinks
8. People at mourning period should not attend the festival
9. Pregnant ladies should not watch any ritual
10. Ladies with period should not attend the ritual

Well I am not a woman and I ate no meat?
It was a great festival though...

Next year?