Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Grand World Voyage, Day 71, Phuket, Thailand

Very early morning for our transfer to the airport and flight to Phuket. We said our goodbyes to our excellent Guide Vee and our exceptional driver Ache...they both went out of their way to make our stay in Thailand special and are a credit to Diethelm Travel...great job. After arrival in Phuket, we were transferred to our hotel to drop our luggage and begin a tour of Phuket. Our first stop was the Karon Viewpoint, one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket...with views of Kata and Karon beaches. Next we went the Big Buddha - Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most important and revered landmarks. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 meters tall, it is easily seen from far away. The lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of the surrounding Phuket area. We continued to Chalong Temple...Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn about Buddhism. The Grand Pagoda dominates the temple and contains a splinter of Lord Buddha's bone. The pagoda is decorated inside with paintings depicting the Buddha's life story and also features various Buddha images. Our last stop was the Kunao Temple, the oldest Chinese Temple on the island. We returned to the hotel for R&R and an early night! Back to ship life tomorrow.