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This month: Wat Tham Ta Pan in Phang Nga Town, an original temple which offers a gore vision of the Buddhist hell, as well as the path to heaven through a cave. Do not miss it if you stop by Phang Nga Town.

Still in Phang Nga province, nearer to Phuket you could have lunch at Andaman Viewpoint - 360 Degree Coffee & Restaurant between Phuket and Kok Kloy. Espresso is pretty good and the food is excellent as well. Located at the top of a hill, the restaurant offers a splendid view on Phang Nga province. In a move to get over the top, they had the idea to setup a lifting crane wich brings a cabin 25 metres up! The cabin can accommodate up to 8 people, the lift costs 40 Baht, and you really can enjoy a 360 degree view on Phang Nga province and the Andaman sea.

Back to Phuket with images of: Layan Bean, the northern end of Bangtao Beach, a tranquill place; Phuket Big Buddha awakened; A view on Ya Nui Beach from Windmill viewpoint, between Phromthep cape and Nai Harn Beach.


Ganesh Statue at Wat Tham Ta Pan
Ganesh Statue at Wat Tham Ta Pan

Cave at Wat Tham Ta Pan in Phang Nga Town
Cave at Wat Tham Ta Pan in Phang Nga

Welcome to Buddhist hell at Wat Tham ta Pan
Welcome to Buddhist hell

Andaman 360 Degree Viewpoint in Phang Nga
360 Degree Coffee viewpoint

View from Andaman Viewpoint on Phang Nga provice
View from Andaman Viewpoint

View from Andaman Viewpoint on Phang Nga provice
View from Andaman Viewpoint

Layan Beach: Bangtao's northern end
Layan Beach: Bangtao's northern end

Phuket Big Buddha
Phuket Big Buddha

Ya Nui Beach view from Windmill viewpoint
Ya Nui Beach view


Last Months

Phuket Luxurious Villa - Bistro 104 - France - Saint Nazaire - Le Croisic

This month: photo shooting of a superb house, villa nautica, at Boat Lagoon Marina. Holiday in France with a visit of Le Croisic's Ocearium, a great aquarium displaying fluorescent jellyfish. A dragging boat is removing sands and sediments in the Loire estuary, in a way to clear the way to Donges refinery plant for the big petrole and gaz tankers. Rawai Beach is located in the south of Phuket and offers a nice spot for picnic. In Phuket Town a sign maker displays a big Yoda (with large ears!). The sign says: Tam Pai - Raka Tuk: Making Signboards - Low cost... A new place in Phuket Town: Casa 104 guesthouse opened Bistro 104, a great restaurant where the chef, David Layfield, offers fine dining melting different culinary influences in a very talented way. Bistro 104 is located on Yaowarat road near Dibuk road's crossroad, in Phuket Town's chinatown.



Villa Nautical at Boat Lagoon


Villa Nautical


Fluorescent jellyfish


Dragging boat


Rawai Beach


Big Yoda is watching you


Bistro 104


Bistro 104 on Yaowarat Rd


Bistro 104 entrance

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Krabi - Ao Luk - Tiger Cave - Emerald Pool - Thung Teao Forest Park

This month, I spent a few days in Krabi province. First stop was in Ao Luk district (between Phang Nga and Krabi Town) with a visit by longtail to two caves in the mangrove: Tham Phi Hua To (Big-headed Ghost Cave - featuring a 3,000 years burial site) and Tham Lot (Tham means cave in Thai). A view on Krabi Town's landmark, Khao Khanab Nam view from the Maritime Park & Spa Resort. A view from the stairs of Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave temple). A visit at Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, located at the southern border of Krabi province. This huge natural reserve offers kilometers of trails in the jungle with some splendid jewels on the way, at the Thung Teao Forest Park: the Emerald pool (Sa Morakot), a turquoise/green lagoon busy with swimmers (about 800 m from the park's entrance), and deeper in the jungle: the amazing blue pool where swimming is fortunately not allowed...



Ao Luk's mangrove


A tunnel through limestone


3,000 years painting


Tham Phi Hua To


From Wat Tham Seua's stairs


Khao Khanab Nam


Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve


Emerald pond


Blue pool


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Koh Phangan - Phuket's Blue Elephant Restaurant

This month, I visited Koh Phangan, a small island between Koh Samui and Koh Tao in the gulf of Siam. Thong Sala is the "capital" of Koh Phangan and a nice base to explore the island which covers a 168 square kilometre surface, and still keeps slow pace of Thai rural life despite an important development in the last 15 years. Koh Phangan is mostly reknown for its full/half/black moon parties which shake Haad Rin Beach's foundations three times every month. Besides this parties (which are mainly just some 'drinking to oblivion' parties) Koh Phangan is a beautiful and wild place: superb beaches (Haad Salad, Haad Son), fishing villages and piers (Chaloklum, Haad Srithanu), good snorkeling and diving, great trekking to waterfalls and viewpoints in the rainforest.

Blue Elephant Phuket has open in 2010 in Phuket Town. The building where it is located is certainly the most famous sino-portugese heritage building in town. This mansion which has been close for decades offers now royal Thai cuisine in the most impressive environment. Classy place indeed.



Big bike in Thong Sala


Blue Elephant Phuket


Haad Srithanu fishing pier


Chaloklum Bay at dusk


Haad Salad, Koh Phangan


Doi Kham eggplant salad


Haad Rin, Koh Phangan


Blue Elephant entrance


Haad Son Resort's mascot

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S/Y Amulet - Phi Phi Islands - Paradise Beach

This month, Amulet, a 119 years sailing vessel take the sea for the first time after many years refurbishing. We followed this splendid sailing yacht from Patong to Kamala Beach with M/V Dragonboy. Our cruise brought us to Paradise Bay (at the southern tip of Patong Bay) for lunch. Another trip to Phi Phi Don Island's Mama Beach, a great and classy place to spend holiday with style on this fabulous island.



S/Y Amulet, 119 years old!


Mama Beach - Phi Phi


Fisherman at Paradise Bay


Reading on Mama Beach


Romano at Amulet's wheel


Mama Beach Resort at dusk


Mama Beach - Phi Phi


Paradise, Patong southern's tip


S/Y Amulet in Kalim Bay

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New Year's Fireworks in Patong - Phi Phi Islands - Wat Tam in Phang Nga

This month: happy new year 2010! New year's eve fireworks above Patong Beach, view from Orchidee Residence. First trip to Phi Phi Don's Mama Beach Resort, brand new hotel open at the western tip of Tonsai Bay. A trip to Wat Tam (Cave's Temple) in Phang Nga province, with a lying Buddha and a lot of macaque monkeys around. This temple is located off the main road to Phang Nga Town, about 10 km before to reach the province's capital.



New Year's Eve Fireworks - Patong


Thai kids on Mama Beach - Phi Phi


Mama Beach Resort - Phi Phi


Koh Phi Phi Don Pier


Rock Climbing in Phi Phi Island


Buddha at Wat Tam - Phang Nga


Mama Beach - Phi Phi


Mama Beach Resort


Macaque at Wat Tam

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Phuket and Town Attractions

This month: four photos of streets, Darasamuth school, and venues of Phuket Town; a bird at Nai Yang Beach (north west of Phuket), near the airport; and two attractions: Go-Kart in Kathu (at the bottom of Patong hill), and Phuket Butterfly Garden in Phuket Town.



Clock tower circle - Phuket Town


Nok Kajok


Phuket Brewery


Phuket International Airport


Darasamuth School - Phuket Town


Montri Road - Phuket Town


Rassada Road - Phuket Town


Go-Kart Patong


Phuket Butterfly Garden

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Phuket Town - Big Buddha - Koh Samui

This month: five photos of Phuket Town; Phuket Big Buddha and its view on Kata Beach; A tired motorbike taxi driver waiting for customers in Chaweng Beach - Koh Samui.


Phuket Big Buddha
Phuket Big Buddha

Sino-Portugese architecture
Sino-Portugese architecture

Kata Beach view from Big Buddha
Kata Beach view from Big Buddha

Is it really for rent?
Is it really for rent?

Khao Rang Shrine - Phuket Town
Khao Rang Shrine - Phuket Town

Montree Rd - Phuket Town
Montree Rd - Phuket Town

Electrician's nightmare - Phuket Town
Electrician's nightmare - Phuket

Risky job - Phuket Town
Risky job - Phuket Town

Asleep at the wheel
Asleep at the wheel - Koh Samui

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Karon - Kata Noi - Patong - Chalong Bay - Reckless Driving

This month: some beautiful days in low season...


Red Flag on Karon Beach
Red flag on Karon Beach

Kata Noi
Kata Noi: a tropical paradise

Jui Tui Shrine
Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket Town

Kao Khad Viewpoint
Kao Khad View Point

Surfing Kalim Beach
Surfing at Kalim Beach

Chalong Bay
South Chalong Bay from Kao Khad

Kathu Mountain02
Living nearby rain forest

Patong Hill Shrine
Patong Shrine at the top of the hill

Reckless driving
Reckless driving under the rain

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Phuket Bike Week - Patong Beach - Phromthep Cape

This month: every year for Songkran (mid-April) Phuket Island hosts the Phuket Bike Week, a gathering of bikers from south east Asia. This event occures in Patong Beach with festivities, concerts, expositions. Three shots of (or from) Patong Beach, with a thunderstorm's lucky shot! Phromthep cape is the southern tip of Phuket.


april09-07
Harley Davidson Showcase

april09-08
Phuket Bike Week Ride 2009

april09-02
Lightning on Patong Beach

april09-06
Promthep Cape

april09-04
April's Sunset in Patong Beach

april09-09
Phuket Bike Week Ride 2009

april09-05
Patong View from Hillsides

april09-03
Promthep Cape

april09-01
Storm on its Way to Patong

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