A Night on the Tiles

Sorry if you thought this was going to be a story about raging, as the term “a night on the tiles” suggests. I actually mean tiles.

In Tile-land, (Thailand, get it?), we stayed at Thara Patong Resort, and I liked the use of blue tiles inlaid in otherwise dreary concrete pathways.

walkways with inlaid tiles

Going downstairs was always easier than returning hot and tired at the end of a big shopping day. The tiles made the stairs far more interesting to contend with each time we wended our weary way back up to the Banyan Suite on the third floor.

tiles add interest to stairs

Then there were the glass tiles, used for privacy in windows backing onto main thoroughfares.

glass tiles

Tic -tac-toe, anyone?



The Big Buddha

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.

Zooming in towards the Big Buddha

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.

Lunch at Baan Poo Doo Lay Restaurant

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 Big Buddha and scaffolding

The Buddha Phuket sign reminded me a little of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

Thailand version of the Hollywood sign

I love the monochromatic look of the next photo of the stone detail, even though it was taken in colour.

stone detail of the Big Buddha

To give an idea of the size, I am standing dwarfed in between two statues.

quite large if you look at comparisons

With toenails as large as my hand, the two flanking statues are quite impressive.

with toenails as large as my hand

 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.

stone almost as big as a man

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.

Edfu temple Egypt 2001

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.

the big bell

Not such a glamorous look for me, but the little brass bells hanging in the trees looked gorgeous.

bells on a tree

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.

Wi Vee Veerasak vanSa

A Few More Amusing Sights in Patong, Thailand

Further to a previous post of amusing sights on our trip to Phuket, here are some more.

You can always find creative spelling in Thailand, as with this sign for gasoline.

creative spelling of gasoline

There seemed to be some confusion as to the difference between jumping and diving.

no jumping

You can even buy a t-shirt politely telling anyone who cares to read it that you are somewhat tired of being approached by all and sundry offering you transport, tailoring or touch. I preferred smiling and saying “No thank you”, although by the end of our stay it was definitely wearing a bit thin.

seen on a t-shirt

I love the paradox and honesty of the next one. Copying is a national pursuit in Thailand after all.

genuine fake watches

I was momentarily shocked when I saw a head in the boot of a car, relieved to find it was actually a statue.

head in a trunk

And lastly, I love the offer of daddy daycare at a local drinking establishment, obviously for spouses sick of shopping.

husband day care centre