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February 2021

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!

Posted by TheJohnsons 05:45 Archived in Thailand Tagged sky sea water fishing boat sunset view ocean coast nature park landscape beach travel vacation thailand green scenery blue island sand holiday summer sun beautiful day paradise bay shore tropical scenic forest wave tropic pier relaxation natural tourism relax outdoor cloud seascape environment andaman ao női thung makham Comments (0)

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