It makes me think of Crocodile Dundee, where Paul Hogan’s character says,”You think that’s a knife? THIS is a knife.”
So too with the Big Buddha in Thailand. Seen from afar, it stands atop a mountain looking quite small. Wending your way up there is probably best in an air-conditioned van such as the one in which we were driven.
We stopped for lunch at a restaurant and bar called Baan Poo Doo Lay. The names of some venues do not actually encourage your custom, but remember that Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Fortunately, the food and the view were both very pleasant.
Once you’re up at The Big Buddha, and you are standing underneath it, you look up and see its majesty, reminiscent of the vastness of some of the temples in Egypt. It sits 45 metres high and 25.5 metres wide, and is being built from donations.
The Buddha Phuket sign reminded me a little of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.
I love the monochromatic look of the next photo of the stone detail, even though it was taken in colour.
To give an idea of the size, I am standing dwarfed in between two statues.
With toenails as large as my hand, the two flanking statues are quite impressive.
Detail of the stonework also demonstrates how large the Big Buddha is, when you see a grown man, (my husband), standing next to a slab of stone.
However, back in Egypt in 2001 we visited the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Take a close look at the extremely large eagle Horus, and then look at the photo of the temple to see the actual size. Now that’s a temple! But believe it or not, at 37 metres it is not as tall as The Big Buddha.
Musical accoutrements in the form of a big bell and some smaller bells that hang on the trees are something more for tourists to see. Women with bare shoulders must cover up with the piece of material provided, as a mark of respect for Thai traditions in this place of worship.
Not such a glamorous look for me, but the little brass bells hanging in the trees looked gorgeous.
If you need transport in Patong and its environs, I would recommend Wi-Vee and Sa, who run a family business. You can email them to organise transportation from the airport on arrival, and they are available for excursions and tours in their nice clean van. Although we only had one day trip and the return trip to Phuket Airport, they helped make our stay in Thailand run smoothly.