Last August 7-9, 2015, I visited Phuket just in time for the national day holiday in Singapore. The moment I land in Phuket, there was heavy rain so I immediately grab a taxi so that I could already get to Swissotel, the hotel where I stayed. Since it was raining, I just opted to rest in the hotel and reserve my energy for next day's activities.
Upon waking up, I prepared myself for a short walk to the beach. Just outside the hotel, I was amazed by this altar which is also a common sight in Bali.
|A Buddhist street altar.|
Walking farther, I saw these two ducks next to a French spa. Probably they are not stray ducks, but owned by someone living nearby.
|Ducks at the Frech Spa.|
Then I started to walk towards the beach. I passed by this forested area where I took a photo of myself. The trail is good for walking as it is a cemented pathway.
|Me walking at the trail to Kamala Beach.|
With no one to ask, I just explored the area until I reached the beachfront and took these photos. The beach should have been much nicer if not for the typhoon in Taiwan.
|Me at Kamala Beach|
|Nice view of Kamala Beach.|
It was too windy that time and the sea had huge waves. It just reminded me of the tsunami in 2004, that when I walked further down, I found the memorial to the victims.
|Memorial to the victims of 2004 tsunami.|
On walking farther, I chanced upon an elegant Buddhist temple showcasing the statues of Buddha in perfect majesty. Its architectural design is distinctively Thai.
|An elegant Buddhist Temple.|
|Different statues of the Buddha.|
|Statues of Buddha in a prayer room.|
|The temple's main altar.|
Walking again, I saw this boat in a nearby river. It gave me an impression that it is a kind of Thai gondola. It is not intended for tourists' use though.
|A Thai boat.|
What amazed me about Phuket was that its streets are very much similar to that of the Philippines. Houses or commercial establishments next to one another and a lining of electrical posts.
|A street in Phuket near the beach.|
Within the Kamala Beach area, you can find "Fantasea", a theme park offering fabulous presentations, though I was not able to watch their show. Instead, I just took these photos at the entrance of the theme park.
|Front yard of FantaSea.|
|Signage of Phuket FantaSea.|
|A Thai mermaid at the front yard pond.|
Though I had a limited time in Phuket, I really enjoyed my stay there. The beaches are superb, the foods are delectable, and the leisurely activities are enjoyable.