Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh is touted in our lonely planet guide book as “the real star amid the inner city’s soaring stupas, and a perfect example of Lanna architecture.”  However, we weren’t that impressed.  Maybe after seeing the Grand Palace in Bangkok one is not easily impressed by other Thai temples (or maybe we were just …

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Bang Thao Beach

Bang Thao Beach is on the west side of Phuket, south of Nai Thon Beach. Bang Thao has nice luxury resorts, but not much else.  There weren’t restaurants near the beach, so if you stayed here you would probably have to eat at your resort.  The laguna resorts are connected by a lake, and there …

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Macau Monkeys

We stopped for a couple minutes to see the Macau monkeys.  Locals visit each day to feed the monkeys bananas.  According to Sam, they wouldn’t have enough to eat in the wild. This monkey was smart.  Instead of waiting for people to throw bananas to him, he climbed up to where the people were, to …

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Cashew Nuts

Does anyone know what a cashew apple is?  Neither did we, even the first time we ate one.  On our tour around Phuket, Sam pointed out a flowering cashew tree (abundant in Phuket) and told us that in about 2 months there would be cashew apples and nuts on the tree.  We were confused, since …

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