Sand, Sun and Sea – oh to be Back in Phuket

So, pictures speak a thousand words – looking at some panoramas from Phuket, it is a shame they can not also clear slate-grey skies and raise the local temperature by, say, 10 degrees! It was a few years ago now that I zipped round Phuket for a couple of days whilst there taking some panoramas of beaches, gibbon reserves and the like. For me, a good beach should be quiet, surrounded by interesting countryside, have rocks and stuff for snorkelling, a lack of speed boats and a lack of hotels.

360 panorama of Patong Beach in Phuket, © Peter Watts

360 panorama of Patong Beach in Phuket, © Peter Watts

I think my favorite beaches on Phuket must be Surin Beach and Yanui Beach. Both are quite small, relaxing and away from the vast crowds that swarm around Patong. I did not manage to get to Freedom Beach, which can only be accessed by boat, but did enjoy visiting Paradise Beach, which is just south of Patong Beach.

360 panorama of Yanui Beach in Phuket, © Peter Watts

360 panorama of Yanui Beach in Phuket, © Peter Watts

While most people, it seems, move little further than the sunbed in front of their hotel, Phuket has quite a lot to offer away from the sea. There are numerous old temples, various elephant rides and a fantastic Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre set in the middle of a national park. I never got to the 45m high Buddha statue, maybe one day…

360 Panorama of an Elephant Village on Phuket, © Peter Watts

360 Panorama of elephants at an Elephant Village on Phuket, © Peter Watts

Well it would be fantastic toget back there and complete the collection of 360 panoramas of Phuket’s beaches, but I guess that until someone offers me a ticket, I will have to content myself with memories, and the grey, autumnal skies of London.

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