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Tham Sam Rock Art in Phang Nga

During the summer break and trying to dodge tropical storms, On my way home from Krabi we stopped at this much missed, but beautiful calm place . A real gem and worth the visit. We had the place to ourselves and felt like explorers! Lovely being able to take your time and look at all the paintings without feeling rushed or watched. So here is a record of what I saw, I hope you like it?

It's in Tambon Tham Nam Phut, Muang District, Phang Nga province
This cave is the lime stone cave.

The paintings are all at the front of Tham Sam cave, a wide open space that’s essentially a large overhang. From this, a long, but not very large shaft cut by flowing water leads back into the limestone outcrop.

According to the sign at the entrance of the cave, it is mentioned that this cave has presented the art in early Rattanakosin era during B.E 2394 - 2453.
(Buddhist calendar).
It is said that the painting of birds and flowers are represented as the heaven. Next is the Earth where man lives, lastly, is a guess it is hell, with monsters and ghouls.

Made with natural pigments – probably derived from tree sap. These consist entirely of red, white, and black and the lively results from the limited palate are a testament to the great skill of the artist or artists.

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Posted by TheJohnsons 21:26 Archived in Thailand Tagged art architecture nature park culture traditional mountain thailand tree jungle sam building cave heritage place national rock stone old tourist forest cliff throne attraction natural asia southeast antique thai limestone ancient tourism caving pavilion sunshine khao underground hall structure sunlight environment hole chamber mound speleology exploration tham cavern hollow roi mountaintop yot weathering Comments (0)

sarasin Bridge - Thailand

I know I have been quiet of late, down to a busy summer trying to get a holiday and moving house.
Todays video is taken from my first day of my two week holiday! As you can see it was fighting between, shall i rain? shall I not rain? overcast and windy was not the best way to visit the Sarasin Bridge, but it has been in my sights for some while now. I could not miss the opportunity on my way off the Island. I have always looked at it and thought "how Victorian", but actually it isn not at all, but quite modern.

Unable to cope with the ever growing traffic, and the need to open up mainland Thailand to the Island, a second bridge/highway was built to take the traffic. In keeping with the Thais love of leisure, the bridge has been kept as a tourist attraction as well as servicing motorcycle crossing for locals and anyone who wants to walk it.
I loved my whole experience of the Bridge and the views are outstanding! along with the busy fishing boats. I hope you enjoy my view of the Sarasin Bridge?

Sarasin Bridge, Phuket
Coming from the Thailand mainland in Phang Nga province on Highway 402, you will need to cross a long bridge to reach the famous island of Phuket.
The bridge that originally took everyone over the ocean is named the Sarasin Bridge. It is 660 meters (722 yards) in length and was finished in 1967.
This bridge was in service as the only bridge to Phuket until 2011 when two new bridges were erected beside Sarasin Bridge on the West Side – one going south, one north.

After the new bridge was built, the Sarasin Bridge was then turned into a fishing pier and a place to walk around over the water. The old bridge still stands as a memorial to Phuket history.

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Ban Bang Niew Dam and reservoir Project

Bang Neaw Dam reservoir project (constructed in 2006)
Another nice dam, inland from Kamala Beach is the Ban Bang Niew Reservoir, just south of the Anthem Wakeboard Park. This dam is larger than Bang Wad Dam I recently visited, and a whole lot emptier. This is due to an enlargement project due to finish next year to increase the Reservoirs capacity.
The vegetation on this run is particularly lush, and there is good shade. There are water views in quite a few view point spots.
A full 6k rive round this reservoir makes for a great days Photography.

Phuket is not just beaches and sea, beautiful green interior awaits those who like walking.

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Bang Wad Dam and Reservoir

You’d be forgiven for thinking that living on a tropical island where we’re surrounded by water, and with plenty of monsoonal rain falling on the island every year, it’s hard to imagine we could possibly ever be facing a water shortages. Phuket does, either to over usage, not enough rain fall, or poor maintenance of the reservoirs.

Bang Wad Dam and reservoir, is from the three main water management areas I have visited so far on the Island, the best stocked one so far .

Bang Wad reservoir is Phuket’s largest source of fresh water, a large artificial lake in the hills in the Kathu. The dam is about 800m long and there’s a small road winding for a total of 6.5km around the reservoir.

Not really a tourist destination you might think, but if you want to “mix with the locals” then Bang Wad is a good place to come in. Many people come up here to get some fresh air and exercise, walking or jogging along the dam, or even doing a loop around the reservoir. It’s quiet and green up here, making a nice spot for a picnic too, and there’s a large grassy area at one end of the dam which is made for just that! During my visit in daytime, there were few people around though.

I drove round the 6.5km road, it was way to hot, and I am way to unfit to walk it, but I was able to walk the length of the dam itself and back to my car. Just under 2 km, not bad for me! I hope you enjoy the stunning views of the interior of Phuket, I just had to share….

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Chalong Pier and Marina - Phuket

Living in the South of Phuket I get to visit some of the less touristy areas. Well maybe Chalong pier is not one of those, except just before the covid restrictions on movement came in in March 2020.

Which is when i had a chance to go and photograph this interesting and usually thriving /busy place.

Chalong Pier is located southeast of Phuket Island on the border with Rawai.
This pier is more and more frequented: sailboats are not the most numerous but motorboats for offshore fishing trips, diving trips, canoe trips and finally many speedboats that take you to the islands a little further away in a short time.

It is also a very active area with shops, restaurants, and a breathtaking beach. The pier offers many boat trips around all the nearby islands, including Racha Island and Koh Hae. In Chalong Bay, there is also a dive site for underwater enthusiasts and many activities like sailing and cruising among other fun endeavors.

It was completed in about 2002 and is around 700 meters long. Before this new pier, which was built to serve the countless tourist boats that depart from Chalong, there was only a rickety wooden jetty, barely wide enough for 2 people to pass each other. Now shored up as a concrete version of its bigger brother, I walked that too!

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