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    Tropical Punch Tour: Thailand Part 5

    Monday, July 19, 2010
    Phuket Town, Thailand

    This lady sold me yummy fried bananas on a stick in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    I enjoyed a plate of stir-fry at this open air cafe in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    The entrance to Saeng Tham Temple in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    Saeng Tham Temple in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    A big-ass drum at Saeng Tham Temple in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    A food stall on a tuk-tuk flies by in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    I was low on cash today, so I looked around for a bank that charges the lowest commission to cash traveler’s checks. After comparing three, I realized they’re all the same. It’s always a good feeling to be flush with local cash again. Since I got such a late start, I decided to just continue my photo mission around Phuket Town from the night before. I started out at a small Chinese Buddhist temple called called Saeng Tham, tucked away behind Southwind Books. Also known as the Shrine of Serene Light, it was filled with the recorded sound of a Buddhist monk singing accompanied by a gong and a whacky Chinese movie playing on a small TV. The juxtaposition of sound was so striking, that I couldn’t help but record it.

    An opium smoker at the Phuket Thaihua Museum in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    Greetings from the Thye Guan Tong Shrine in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    Three songthaews wait for fares in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    Another row of 19th century Sino-Portuguse shopshouses in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    A plate full of pasta and garlic bread gets ready to enter my mouth in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    This lady is frying up some delicious veggie cakes in Phuket Town, Thailand.

    Next, I dropped by the Phuket Thaihua Museum, which puts on handsome display the history of the Chinese in Phuket, many generations of whom worked in the tin mines over the past several centuries. (Since the 1980s, that industry has been replaced by the tourism trade.) Too bad the displays weren’t lit up because of remodeling, but I drew a circle A on my forehead and looked at them in the dark anyway. Last but not least, I bagged a couple of more Chinese Buddhist temples, including Jui Tui, which is situated right next to Put Jut, and the Thye Guan Tong Shrine. I love relaxing within the peaceful, incense-smoked atmosphere in these places of worship, and all of the statues, carvings and paintings are amazing to behold.

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    All words and photos ©2010 Arcane Candy.

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