Monkey Hill (Khao Toh Sae) in Phuket Town

If you have been in Phuket Town, you have probably seen the high hill with TV and Radio masts at the top. Perhaps you didn’t know that this hill is home to hundreds of macaques monkeys. There is a road leading up to the top, where a viewing platform was built in 2015.

Some people like to walk up there for a good sweat, while others prefer driving a motorbike or car. Before we headed up to Monkey Hill, I read about an “Uncle Hog” who is there daily to do a “show” for you with his little monkey friends. But we couldn’t see any uncle here — just some Russian tourists and many monkeys.

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Mai Khao Beach – the Plane Spotting Beach in Phuket

Mai Khao Beach is an 11 km long sand stretch, making it the longest beach in Phuket. The beach is deserted at most places, but the International Airport on the south end has become a popular plane spotting location. The first time we visited the beach was on a late afternoon, which was a bit of a disappointment since the planes were taking off from the beach; we came here to watch the planes landing. So we decided to come early the next morning – and yes, this time, the airplanes were landing over the beach. What a spectacular sight!

Jason Statham and Jessica Alba’s Mechanic: Resurrection in Thailand

When I watched the movie Mechanic: Resurrection I was happy to see that they have filmed a few scenes in Thailand. Like many others, I wanted to know where the gorgeous beach is located, so I did some research and found out that they have been filming around Phuket and Koh Yao Yai.

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Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) in a longtail boat on the way to a tropical island. I don’t think it’s a real bungalow resort. It was built just for the movie.

A Fun Walk Trough Old Phuket Town

The Old Town is the most interesting part of Phuket Town. It’s full of history and beautiful architecture. We parked the car this lovely morning next to the Hai Leng Ong statue at Queen Sirikit Park. According to a Chinese legend, this golden sea dragon is the protector of Phuket. Not a bad place to start a walk.

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From here, we passed the gate of Old Phuket Town and continued on Thalang Road, the main street of Phuket’s Old Town. This charming street, famous for the Sino-Portuguese buildings, has plenty of great shops, restaurants and small guesthouses.

James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay – Just Like the Movie

Khao Phing Kan is an island in Phang Nga Bay 25 km northeast of Phuket – known as James Bond Island since it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun from 1974. People come here to take pictures of the iconic 20-meters tall rock that vertically juts out of the greenish water. The rock is called Kho Tapu, which translates into English as “nail island.” It’s truly stunning scenery in the surrounding area and attracts a lot of visitors every day.

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A Touch of Local Life at Tawee Samarn Market in Phuket Town

There are plenty of local markets in Phuket, and one of them is Tawee Samarn market, located close the Phuket Rajabhat University in Phuket Town. It’s not one of the most famous markets, and when I googled this place I could hardly find any information; but it’s a nice place for a touch of local life – something I always enjoy. Usually, my wife and I eat out in Thailand, but this day my wife wanted to cook something special, and since we stayed at my brother-in-law’s house, we had the opportunity to cook by ourselves.

The market is located inside a 3200 square meters large warehouse-looking building with 120 stalls, selling fresh local produce, clothes and gadgets. You can also buy ready-made meals from one of the many food stalls. The market is open every day from 5:00 a.m. to 22:00 p.m, and there’s a spot for car parking with space for 30-40 cars.

Worth a visit, if you are in the ‘hood – otherwise there are better markets favorite among tourists. Please have a look at the video I recorded while walking around the market.

Kamala Beach – A Lovely Quiet Beach North of Patong, Phuket

Kamala Beach is the first village north of Patong. This beautiful 2 km long beach is a perfect place if you want to get away from the crowds. Kamala was originally a Muslim fishing village, but which now consists of two villages; the original Muslim village and the touristic part of the beach with hotels, restaurants and shops. The southern part of the beach has a more Thai village atmosphere with a school and a Buddhist temple. During high season (November to April), when the water is calm and clear, you can rent jet skies or enjoy a longtail boat ride.

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Phuket FantaSea – Huge Theme Park With a Spectacular Show

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Phuket FantaSea, located on Kamala Beach, is a huge theme park with the biggest show in Phuket. The park has lots of shops and stalls, and games for the kids. There is a lake area full of koi fish, and a cave looking building with a white tiger enclosure, but the main attraction is the show inside the “Palace of the Elephants”; a 3,000-seat theatre, packed full every night (except Thursdays when the park is closed). The one-hour something show, called Fantasy of a Kingdom, is the longest running permanent show in Asia. Hundreds of artists are performing with traditional dance and song. Acrobats are swinging from the rooftops, pyrotechnic, magic illusion, special effects, shadow shows and elephants. This is a spectacular and impressive Las Vegas-style show.

Some people, including myself, worries about animals in a show such as this. But here, the elephants are the real stars. They are well fed, well cared for, loved and pampered. The elephants work approximately an hour a day, and they sure didn’t look miserable in the show.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I just want to wish everyone a merry holiday. For exactly two years ago, my wife and I had a dinner at Mom Tri’s Kitchen in Phuket, overlooking Kata Noi Beach and the Andaman Sea. This year we’re in Scandinavia, having dinner with another Mom – the one who gave me birth. But we had the Christmas dinner yesterday. In Scandinavia, December 24 is the highlight of Christmas. After enjoying the classic Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord, everyone is waiting for Santa to arrive. Take care of each other, and I’ll see you next year.

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A small pick from the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord.