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Thailand! Tha Rua Shrine-Phuket

Thankfully not everything was closed or locked down over December 2020, here in Phuket.
I was able to get around and spend some time visiting some of the places I had promised myself to go.

Here The Tha Rua Shrine, which cannot be missed as any traveller arriving or departing Phuket will pass it on the way out or to Phuket Airport.
Along side a busy road, this Temple has caught my eye so many times, i was so glad i stopped to give it a look. I was not disappointed!

One of Phuket's largest and most elaborate Chinese temples, the Tha Rua Shrine is also one of the most colourful, adorned with numerous brightly painted statues of dragons and deities.
The Tha Rua shrine is one of the oldest Taoist foundations on Phuket, although the site has been greatly expanded and the present building dates from 2002.

Located in the Thalang district, north of Phuket Town, the Tha Rua Shrine is an easy excursion for those visiting the island. It's certainly an unmissable and arresting sight, with its bright gold, red and green colour scheme and its outsized statues of mythical creatures and Taoist divinities.

Visitors are greeted at the entrance by a pair of multicoloured Chinese dragons, while inside devotees burn incense and offer prayers in front of statues of Quan Yin, the goddess of mercy, and altars covered in statuettes of various gods.

The Tha Rua Shrine is a popular and busy temple and visitors are welcome to explore the complex throughout the day. To avoid the crowds, it's best to visit in the early morning.

It's a great place to take photographs, too. Statues, traditional Chinese paintings and carvings fill the interior and cover the façade, while outside stands a giant statue of Guan Yu, a revered Chinese general from the second century AD who was deified after his death.

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Thailand! Makham Bay-Phuket

Many people asked me at Christmas what I got as presents. When you get to my age presents become less important, and for me “experiences” have taken their place.

So for Christmas I got to have a days “experience” at Makham Bay, Phuket. Not just a day at the beach, but a wonderful buffet brunch, served beautifully (at Crowne Plaza Hotel) and with the added bonus of unlimited use of the infinity pool, which also had direct access to the wonderful beach. A hideaway in Phuket, yet just a stone’s throw from Phuket Town and a short drive to Patong, Crowne Plaza® Phuket Panwa Beach is beautifully set in Makham Bay.

Walking along the beach and spending a long time during the day gave me the chance to photograph the bay at high and low tide.

So here is a taste of my Christmas present, and by the way , you can just go to the beach, you don’t have to go to the hotel, but it was a wonderful treat!

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Hat Patong Beach

I've never been to Patong beach in the whole two years i have lived here. Expecting the worst of heaving numbers of people during what is now high season.

Imagine it like this, today, peak season, with only a few people here...…

Patong Beach, or Hat Patong as it is called in Thai, is the main beach in Patong and is a wide 2,85 km long stretch of white soft sand.
Patong's 3-km strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. The Beach has a row of coconut, palm and tropical almond trees separating the shore from the main road.

The northern part of Patong Beach hides a small sandy creek where the water is very shallow and clear during high season. The southern part is the mouth of a river, where several fishing boats anchor. The bridge over the river leads to a small fishing village and the various bays and beaches around the headland that separates Patong from Karon.

The best time to visit Patong Beach in Phuket is between November and April when the sea is very flat and calm. From May to October, the beach experiences large waves and dangerous swells.

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Ao Yon Beach and Bay

There are two small beaches in this bay south of Cape Panwa on the east coast of Phuket, separated by rocky headlands. It is about 10 kms from town and easily accessible by car and motorcycle. The road from Ban Bo Rare which takes you to Ao Yon is attractive and full of shady trees. The bay is tranquil, the sea is very blue, and the sunset here is also magnificent. Tourists like to relax by sitting under the coconut palms watching waves twinkling in the sunlight.

Travelling to Ao Yon Bay, there are two routes to this beach. From town, follow the road to Panwa Beach. There is a small soi to take you to Ao Yon pass Bor Rae Village. This road offers a nice scenery of beaches and a view point. The other route to Ao Yon is from Panwa Beach and Makam Bay. Follow the Ao Yon Khao Khad Road to the beach. This route is shorter than the other one.

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Thailand! A view of Rawai beach as never seen before!

Paradise beach bar and restaurant is located Rawai Phuket Thailand.

It is not that which is the focus of this video though, more a point where I started a beautiful walk along what at first appeared to be a very small part of rawai Beach, but as the tide went out during the morning gave me access to other more secluded parts of the beach, which curves round towards the cape of Panwa.
Sometimes time is better spent waiting for better moments to present themselves to you.

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