A walk around Phuket!

Not much I like better than mooching round in a different land, absorbing the culture and checking out the sights of the sites.

Architecture, art, people, culture and strange different things to look at. Markets are good!

Thailand – Phuket – lunch by the side of the floating village.

We caught a taxi down from the giant Buddha and asked the driver to take us to his favourite place to eat!

We ended up in a little restaurant by the side of a lake. A little fishing community had a floating village in the middle of the lake. We had freshly fried fish curry caught straight out of that lake washed down with local beer. Fabulous.

Phuket – Wat Chalong Temple

We teamed up with a couple of friends and headed off into the interior. First stop was the Wat Chalong Temple. Incredibly ornate. Had a thing about elephants.

There was a firecracker resonator that scared the shit out of us. It went off unexpectedly making a deafening racket as if someone was throwing grenades in our ears! There wouldn’t be many evil spirits left around after that!!

Even as a devout atheist Buddhism has a great appeal to me. We got married in a Buddhist temple.

Protests on the streets of Bangkok 2014

I persuaded our tuk-tuk driver to take us to the sites of the street protests. People had been building barricades and fighting the police and army. The anti-government protests were very violent. He was very nervous about going anywhere near.

‘organised by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), a political pressure group led by former Democrat Party parliamentary representative (MPSuthep Thaugsuban.[10] The crisis eventually resulted in the removal of incumbent Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a coup d’état, and the establishment of a military junta.

The primary aim of the protests was removing the influence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of Yingluck, on Thai politics and the creation of an unelected “people’s council” to oversee reforms of the political system.[11] Protesters viewed Thaksin as corrupt and damaging to Thailand’s democracy.’

It reminds me of the current situation in Myanmar.