Jan 28 - Around Phuket

Today we did a bit of touring around Phuket with our friends Kim & Sharon (sv Georgia J). Both of our boats are undergoing refit and the four of us were unable to get onboard our respective yachts without slowing down progress. We first went to see the Big Buddha Phuket located in Chalong. This is one of the most revered landmarks in Phuket, and the statue is entirely covered in white Burmese marble. At 45 meters height, and being 25 meters across, with the sun reflecting on its marble surface it is visible for many miles. The project has been entirely funded by donations, with up to 1000 people a day coming to visit or pray. From the base of the statue, the views of Phuket town, Chalong, and some of the many surrounding beaches (Kata and Karon) is really impressive. On the way down, we stopped to meet a baby elephant, and took many pictures while feeding her (Bebe) bananas. She's two years old, weighs 6 tons, and eats 80 kg of food daily! We then went down to Chalong, did a bit of food shopping, and ate a wonderful lunch at the Anchor Inn Restaurant, which serves Thai and Western food. It's been a fun way to spend a few hours.

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