Phuket is 540 km ² the largest island of Thailand situated 890 road kilometers south of Bangkok . Phuket is wide at the widest point 50 km and 22 km at its narrowest point. Phuket has some 220,000 inhabitants, of whom 70,000 in the capital, Phuket Town. Phuket is also known as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”. On the west side is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in southern Thailand. When tourists are particularly popular Patong , Kamala, Kata, Karon, Surin and Bang Tao. However, the building mania has increased so much that it is advisable to visit the island as soon as possible, even before the final slope is built up.
From January to March (northeast monsoon), the best time (= season), then there is only a month maximum of 4 days of rain. From April to November (southwest monsoon) to count 15 to 20 rainy days per month in December, there are about 8 Daytime temperatures from February to April is 35 ° C, at other times at 30 ° C. Minimum temperatures do not fall below 25 ° C. The sun is to enjoy but with caution (even on cloudy days), as may occur in these latitudes, sunburn very quickly. Sunscreen with a factor of 8 is recommended even for sonnengewöhnte tourists. The water usually has a temperature between 27 and 29 ° C.
Most of the indigenous inhabitants of the island as well as tourists use small motorcycles to achieve their goals. It’s not uncommon for several people to participate without a helmet on the road. In Thailand there for motorcycle riders wear helmets, but not for the passenger. This is controlled in the tourist centers of the police. Mopeds / motorcycles can rent at many stations around for a relatively small fee (moped scooter 180TB/Tg, cheaper for longer stays, as of 5:09,. 150TB/Tg season (as of 10:10 be rented) The contracts are usually written in English… It should be noted that a comprehensive insurance is offered (with or without excess). This one should definitely use (only a few EUR will cost more). On a good technical condition of the motorcycle is to be respected, even rent an old “mill” . If it were to occur over the life of a defect, it can happen that one has to assume the liability for the damage. This is also the case for a comprehensive insurance with excess. car (sedan, off-road, small cars) can also be hired. Made famous in Germany Car rental (including Sixt) are on site. Here the car before driving check and record all defects together with the landlord in a list of deficiencies as usual. The moped fuel is far cheaper than in Germany. He gets at gas stations (about 41TB / L (as of 10.10)), fuel terminals, and also by the bottle along the streets.
Who does not want to draw yourself a moped, can hail a taxi-scooter, seen from the fact that the driver is wearing a red vest. An inexpensive alternative if you want to be without the great baggage once driven from A to B quickly. In contrast to the provinces in central and northern Thailand public transportation in Phuket is not very developed. There are buses from various places and beaches to Phuket Town. Would you like but directly from Patong to Rawai – Beach, this is not possible by public transport. You have to hire a taxi, which is comparatively expensive in Phuket. The price should be agreed before absolutely, there is no taximeter as they are common, for example, in Bangkok. A possible alternative and varied (especially for groups) is to rent a long tail – boat.
The Big Buddha of Phuket, formerly known as “Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri” presented and then reduced to Mingmongkol Buddha, he is known by everyone in Phuket plain and simply the great Buddha. In a meditative pose of the great Buddha sits on a very dominant place and looks of a 400 meter high hill of Chalong Bay and down far beyond the sunrise to the east. The Buddha sits on such a prominent place so that it can be Phuket from all over the city and seen from all the surrounding islands. On a clear day it can spot a ship arriving already from 50 miles away.
The 45 meter wide and 25 feet wide behemoth complete with thousands of white marble tiles occupied Burma and with the color white stands for purity of mind. The large plinth on which the Buddha sits is in the form of giant lotus blossoms, which stand for love and happiness. This statue is the largest white marble depiction of Buddha in the world and although the construction process (May 2010) is still not finished, (the base with the lotus flower is still covered with marble tiles), the giant already attracts hundreds daily from onlookers tourists, and praying Buddhist devotees from a large radius of. A smaller Buddha, who was cast from 22 tons of brass, sits with its 12 meters height as a little brother to the right of the Colossus along with the sculptures of ancient holy monks, and other statues of the great bell of worship. The large marble Buddha was the 80th Birthday to the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej and the small bronze Buddha, dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The completion will not take so long and then the Buddha will be surrounded by probably a 7-acre Buddhist garden. Surrounded by lawns, flowers and flowering shrubs, in a natural environment and various stone statues will be exhibited. The garden will help us to relax, tranquility and inner peace to be found in meditation. Some say that in the morning is the best time to visit the Buddha. Since at this early hour as against 05.30 clock, hence the morning wind in a stiff cool breeze, it is advisable to wear long-sleeved sure to warm clothing. For this you will be rewarded with a concert that hundreds of little bells hanging in the staircase to the Buddha, playing only for you. An incomparable sunrise over the Chalong Bay brings a another highlight. If just tickle the first rays of the Buddha on the nose, you can get by him and offered his best side to get the best pictures by far. Keep up on the other hand, at sunset at Chalong Bay, then you can see how the setting sun is directly above the Buddha floats and sinks slowly behind him. The Buddha appears at this moment, all black and is surrounded by rays. This is also very nice and recommendable photo. But back to the mountain. Even during the day you have a heavenly view to the east of Phuket, its offshore islands and even to Krabi. Southwest, you can see little prospect of a separate point, the two Kata beaches and to the Cape Prom Thaep. If you stop when you shut down briefly, then you can see from Karon to Patong Beach and over. They come up when you turn in the kata coming from Chalong roundabout and take the first exit towards the airport. After 2 km you will see the signs (Big Buddha) and if you turn left, then winds up the steep part of Road 5 miles in the mountain switchbacks. Already in the rise in some places you have a gigantic view of Chalong Bay and the many new buildings that eat now left and right of the road in the mountain slopes. Please keep in mind during a visit that this is a Buddhist temple and is therefore minimum requirements are imposed on the clothes. If you wish to enter the building below the Buddha statues of the carpet, then please remove the shoes from there, where you will see which are. In this section you can also pray with the monks to bless or to leave. Watch the locals and you know how to behave. If you get a man’s personal blessing from a monk, you will receive from him a little talisman, which you can tie around your wrist. Please note that women can never directly received the talisman out of the hands of a Buddhist monk. Touching women is forbidden to the monks, even the mere sitting next to women is not allowed. There has always been a man, or at least have an empty chair between them. The lucky charm lays in front of you so the monk, or if you are accompanied by a man, then the talisman also be passed indirectly. And if you already received the blessing and the talisman, then you should know at least one of the principles of more than 2500 years old Buddhist faith and is that Buddhists learn to see things as they are, not how they should be. To be free of illusion and expectation to be and to become better people. Do you work at it and you’ll feel good every day. By the way, for information only: the entire construction project was financed entirely by donations. If you enjoyed your visit, then show his gratitude. Do you drink tonight two Singhas less and use that instead something waiting in the collection boxes. Or write your name on the back of the marble slabs with which the base must be covered and paid for a small fee. Thanks to Buddha’s name.
Of course one can also make your own time worrying about such a major project and its impact on the site … Wat Chalong, is a very interesting temple complex south of P-Town. There is also an ideal place for pyromaniacs. You can stock up with firecrackers, and then set fire to the heart’s content in a brick tower. From the View Point, south of Kata, you have a great view over the beaches of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon. One of the most beautiful beaches include Nai Harn Beach, in the south (particularly popular with dog owners …), and Pansea Beach and Laem Singh in the north. The variety of beaches and is great with the right vehicle, be it a scooter, a car, a taxi or a tuk-tuk, you can inexpensively explore new beaches every day.
Around Phuket there are a number of islands , which can be reached by boat. Among the best known and most certainly this Kho Phi Phi. This island and the islands in the vicinity (where others were sequences of the movie “The Beach” was filmed) are still one of the most beautiful islands in Asia. In the south the island of Koh Raya is well worth a visit.