WATER--WATER ---- WATER

Ciejay waiting on the jug to get full
Ciejay fills and I load

This is the Ultra Violet light that kills any bateria in the water

This is the storage tank after the water has been filtered

This water treatment system is provide free of charge for the folks of our village and surrounding area by our city officals

This is what the water looks like when the water pipe is broke and for a while after it is repaired.

Bottled water to drink ---25 baht for a gallon plastic jug

These 5 gallon heavy duty jugs you can have delivered or buy them for 70 baht full and then refill them yourselves and you own the bottles then or you can have the delivered for 82 baht and then only 12 baht delivered to you house after that .
WATER----------------------WATER--------------------------WATER
I was amazed when we took our trip back to the USA last year , that some of the most asked questions was "hows the water over there ? is it clean and safe? do you have city water ? do you have running water or do you get it from a well?,do you have to boil your water ?".
I guess I never realized how many countries don't have clean drinkable water readily available, and some even tho they have water it doesn't taste good and has bad odours, and is not safe to drink.
We should be very thankful that Thailand is very much concerned that it's people where ever they live in Thailand that they have access to some type of drinkable water .
Lots of folks in rural Thailand still collect rain water in huge tanks or pots during the rainy season to supply them with water for the months with no rain. When Ciejay and Me first moved to Thailand in 2004 , while we were remodeling our house we stayed in a house that had tap water , but collected rain water during the rainy season , we were drinking this for a week or two , we were told it was fresh caught water and Ciejay had drank rain stored water all her life , growing up in the small farming village of Wat Sing and did not have running water piped into their home till she was in high school ,so I said sounds good to me , until !!! one day I saw mosquito lava swimming around in my glass. That was the last time for the rain water for me , Ciejay laughed at me and said Mom use to say "no bones ". ha ha ha

Ciejay and me are on the city water system and we use this water for doing dishes ,taking a bath and laundry and irrigation of the plants and flowers .
We take our 5 gal plastic jugs to the city hall or tessibon and there they have a filtering system and a system that uses ultra violet light to kill the bacteria that filters the city water and this water we use to cook with , I might add here that they don't charge for the filtered water,If we didn't want to haul our jugs down and fill them ourselves there are a couple of stores in Wang Pho that will deliver them to you house for 12 baht for a 5 gal jug , these are suppose to be filled by watering companies in and around Kanchanaburi and delivered to the outline villages and to Wang Pho 's little stores , we used this service for a few years for cooking water but, we begin to notice that the jugs were not getting cleaned properly and many times we would find dirt in the bottom of the jug, I think they just get lazy and don't clean them good before filling them and someone told me one of the delivery guys after he quit told someone they (the water jug folks ) were filling the jugs with the water from their tap and putting the shrink wrap tape on the lids themselves as if it was filtered water , some folks will do anything to try and make a dollar, even when it comes to the safety of drinking water. The water we drink comes from the Tesco Lotus store in Kanchanaburi , we buy the Tesco brand for 25 baht per gal. or if they are out we but the Nestle brand for 29 baht per gal.If need be and we could not get to the store I would drink the filtered city water , from the city provided system. Lots of folks we know here in Wang Pho drink the city water piped into their homes , I may would at last resort , even when we want to use it to to wash clothes and take a bath we have to watch as sometimes a neighbor will dig up or break a water pipe (blue pvc pipe ) and when they glue in the repair job they will let dirt and muddy water enter the pipe and we have to let the water run for a long period of time to clear out the pipe , I'm sure there is a muddy film coating the inside of the pipe for a while and that's the reason I don't drink our tap water.
How about some of you folks where do you get your water? do you have to boil or filter it before you drink it? , do you drink tap water or do you buy bottled water to drink ?? Do you store water either tap or rain water for the dry season or when the water is turned off in town?
I'm just very thankful that we can have good clean drinkable water where we live here in the LOS, and thats just another reason why I'm Retired in Thailand and Loving It

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Drinking water----Thanks

Tap water, Drinking water or potable water, is water of sufficiently high quality that can be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry is all of drinking water standard, even though only a very small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation.

Over large parts of the world, humans have inadequate access to potable water and use sources contaminated with disease vectors, pathogens or unacceptable levels of toxins or suspended solids. Such water is not potable, and drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death and misery in many countries. Reduction of waterborne diseases is a major public health goal in developing countries.

Typical water supply networks deliver potable water from the tap, whether it is to be used for drinking, washing or landscape irrigation

Throughout most of the world, the most common contamination of raw water sources is from human sewage and in particular human fecal pathogens and parasites. In 2006, waterborne diseases were estimated to cause 1.8 million deaths each year while about 1.1 billion people lacked proper drinking water.[4] It is clear that people in the developing world need to have access to good quality water in sufficient quantity, water purification technology and availability and distribution systems for water. In many parts of the world the only sources of water are from small streams often directly contaminated by sewage
Most water requires some type of treatment before use, even water from deep wells or springs. The extent of treatment depends on the source of the water. Appropriate technology options in water treatment include both community-scale and household-scale point-of-use (POU) designs.

Social Networking ...

I have mixed feelings about social networking, but in general, find it to be an interesting addition to normal human interaction.  I’m too wordy for Twitter, I find, but some use it almost like an RSS feed to be notified when I post something new to the blog.  Chat really isn’t my thing, either.

Facebook tends to cannibalize my comments a bit, with readers posting on either Facebook or my blog, but not both.  For those who have tried to “friend” me on Facebook, very few have made it through.  If I can find out something about a reader of my blog I might say, ‘Okay’ but it all depends.  I try to keep my “friends” to people I actually know, like friends and family.

Granted, many members of my extended family I have never met and I have lost contact with many friends from the past.  My own fault, I must admit.  Most of my cousins I have not seen for close to forty years.  Often it is their kids that are more active online, including my brother’s sons.  My mother’s side of the family is less digitally challenged than my father’s side.  For those I have made contact with, even though they do not communicate directly, it is nice to see pictures and read what they write to each other.

My wife has her own Facebook identity now and they seem to enjoy sharing pictures of themselves and where they go, commenting on how they look in their pictures seems to be a must.  Through her postings, my own pictures are much more widespread.  We do put all settings for Facebook to ‘Friends Only’ for obvious and oft-discussed reasons.  For more important things we both email or call on Skype.  Better yet we try to get together as often as we can.

Despite the negative image of the Thai Visa Forum, the Chiang Rai sub-forum, has morphed into a social networking hub for many of the residents of the Rai.  It has facilitated many of us meeting and subsequently getting together on a regular basis through social events scheduled in our area.

For me there is clearly no substitute for a face to face meeting.  Whether that be over coffee, a meal, a private party, exercise, or an impromptu encounter at a social event, or while shopping, it is always good to see a friendly face and catch up a bit.  Perhaps this only pertains to people like us who live far away from others or are retired and don’t go to work everyday.  In the Rai we are spread out over a wide area, however, and it takes a little more effort to get together regularly.  Social networking is no substitute for the real thing but it often facilitates it.  At least that is my take on it.

By the way, a little feedback on the new color scheme would be appreciated.  After a few years of black, I thought a change might be nice for 2011.  So what do you think of the blogs new clothes?

Kathu Waterfall

Phuket has a bunch of waterfalls, not surprising since you have a combination of hills and tropical rain. Average yearly rainfall in Phuket is about 2500mm per year which sounds like a lot, but of course much of the time we have hot sunny weather. You can read more on my Phuket Weather Blog. The hills in Phuket reach up to over 500m above sea level and there are large areas of high ground especially in the north where you find Bang Pae waterfall and Tonsai Waterfall, and further south, a large hilly area is found in the triangle between Kathu to the south, Kamala to the northwest and Manik (Cherng Talay) to the north. Kathu is the area east of Patong, between Patong and Phuket Town, and above Kathu waterfall is the highest point in Phuket, about 540m above sea level - see Hiking to the Roof of Phuket.

Now, don't be expecting to find Niagara or Victoria falls in Phuket. All the waterfalls here are just series of cascades through the jungle. Kathu is the easiest to get to, since Kathu is not far from Patong. We live in the area and every time we are on the waterfall road (Soi Nam Tok Kathu) we see tourists on mopeds. Renting a moped is a great way to explore the real Phuket, you can go at your own pace, don't need to rely on expensive tuk tuks and can reach parts of Phuket that tours won't take you. If heading to Kathu waterfall from Patong you come over the hill towards Phuket town, turn left at the traffic lights next to the Caltex gas station, pass the local Kathu market, go about 2km and you get to the waterfall road. Along this road which stretches about 2km, you have lots of houses, small shops, little restaurants and noodle stalls, also the wake park and a bizarre thing called Palazzo - a dinner and show idea which looks like a circus tent. You have to go all the way to the end of the road to find the waterfall.

Cross over a little bridge and start up the stairs ...

Kathu Waterfall

I did blog the waterfall before, but we went to have a look last week as a friend who lives on the waterfall road told us that the area has been given a fresh coat of paint, and so it is - about time too. At the top of the first section of stairs you come to the first falls, not big! There's a pool where kids can play, a couple of salas have been built and at the weekend locals do head up here for a splash and a picnic.

Kathu Waterfall, Phuket

I need to come again with a tripod to get a really nice waterfall photo, but you get the idea. Some people might think "what? i drove all the way here just for this?"... But don't worry, the stairs carry on up past this first little fall, following the mountain stream that tumbles down the hillside.

Kathu Waterfall, Phuket

(above) This is the lower waterfall. On this day we hiked up a bit further, but not too far since our son had been sick and I did not want to tax him too much! I think I'd better return on my own one day and hike up further. If nothing else, you get a very nice walk in the forest. A little way above the first falls is a smaller cascade and another little pool where a family were swimming. We went past them, up higher to a larger waterfall, where of course local kids were playing, pretending to be Tarzan or something ...

Kathu Waterfall, Phuket

The path carries on higher, but we turned around here. If you do plan a walk, bring some water - you'll get sweaty and thirsty on a hot day. There is a little shop at the end of the road and you pass several more on the way. And if you're hungry, then on the way back down the waterfall road you'll come to a restaurant called Krua Maireab run by a friend of ours - we eat here often, good cheap and tasty Thai food. it's next to a noodle shop that I blogged a long time ago.

Walking Down

Other waterfalls in Phuket :

Bang Pae Waterfall
Tonsai Waterfall
Phuket Waterfalls

The pain of it all by Kris

This is a e-mail I got from my friend Kris , He lives up North and has been having a little trouble with his feet and legs , soooo I'll just let him tell you the story himself . It's always good to hear about others living here in the LOS and their experiences when they do need medical attention.
HERES KRIS
Yesterday I was in so much pain we traveled to the hospital in Ubon, man what a trip. I will start our day in the Emergency room from whence the story will blossom. As usual a lovely Thai nurse took my blood pressure and remarked "Blood pressure high." I replied "Oh, that is not good." The end of the conversation. As thinking beyond the ER walls was out of the question I didn't explain to her that I had just driven some 80 kilometres in extreme pain. Everytime I needed to start off, stop or change gears I had to use an arm to lift my left leg up to be able to place my foot on the clutch knowing each and every movement would cause pain. On arrival at the hospital I had to hobble over to the steps leading up to the main entrance. Halfway up the steps I had to have a rest as to on reaching the top. I hobbled into the reception area with all and sundry looking at me, I then "fell" into a waiting chair. Full of concern, by this time a nurse grabbed an orderly who grabbed a wheel chair. Please sit in this chair she says. Now once you take the pressure off the leg the pain increases somewhat for a couple of minutes then subsides again to barely tolerable. Now to get up again will only increase the pain, sit down again and increase the pain. I figured if I could make it into the wheel chair then perhaps I could remain there until the whole hospital ordeal was over.................and that lovely smiling yet somewhat concerned nurse who took my blood pressure found it to be slightly raised???!!!!
As usual once I was wheeled into the waiting area all went rather quickly and very efficiently. I only had to wait about 10 minutes to see the Doctor. He asked me if I had an injury or illness to which I replied that I was not a doctor but I thought I had a build up of uric acid (gout). He checked my left knee and said "yes, you are right, we need to take blood." Wheeled out again, blood taken and sent off to the lab. Half an hour later back in to see the doc. Yes, uric acid, I will get an injection for you and some medication. Wheeled out and around the corner, please lay down in that wheel chair (more of a wheel bed I think), undo you belt and roll over!!!! OK, that done back outside to the waiting room, pay the bill and get the medication. Medication 1,350 baht, Pathology 100 baht, other medical service charge (?) maybe the injection? 50 baht, Doctors fee 230 baht a grand total of 1,730 baht and all done in a 2 hour time frame, pretty good I reckon.
OK now we take outside. Once again I was wheeled away to just outside the main entrance doors. "Can't you wheel me to my car?" No, we stop here.
Take care, Kris

My Chiang Rai Mountain Bike Trails ...

In this ever changing world in which we live in, a visit to someplace old often turns out to be a visit to someplace new.  Such was the case today as I headed off to my old nemesis, the walking hill.  A nearby hill that always leaves me walking up, after being unseated by the steep, sometimes slick, rocky and rutty trail.

The approach to the trailhead is an easy five kilometer warmup on the mountain bike, with the front shocks locked out for highway riding.  At a bend in the road, I exit to the right onto the concrete lanes of a small village, soon to slip out the back side onto exquisite, rusty-red, hard packed dirt.

As a reminder, this is not the most photogenic time of year, but the riding conditions are unsurpassed with great weather and good riding surfaces.  At a fork in the trail, I headed to the right and up, fully expecting to be humbled, as I bumped up against the limits of my ability once again.  To my surprise the conditions were the best I had encountered and I continued to climb and climb.  Okay I did stop from time to time, to document my progress up the monster.  Fortunately there are a few, well placed level areas, suitable for dismounting.  I did ride every inch, however.  Next I will have to do it without stopping, I guess.

No telling what havoc the next wet season might cause but that is a long way off and for now the conditions are excellent.  As a reward for the searing leg pain of the climb, there is a very long and gentle slope down the other side.  Though bone jarringly rough in places, the searching out of the smoothest route through the rocks and ruts, just adds to the thrill of the ride.

Suddenly one is thrust back into civilization as a village looms in the distance.  Today I came across a young farang, building a new home for his wife and child, in this village.  Still basking in the glow of my conquest of the trail, I stopped to say hello and ask about his house.  We talked of many things and perhaps will meet again.

Now it is time for another pictorial.  Sadly the two dimensional nature of photos does not do justice to perspective, or the sounds and smells of the forest.  The shots below are the best I could do on the day.
Perfect conditions as I hit the dirt.

The fork that begins the climb.

Looking up.

Looking down.

Up
Down

Getting nearer the top.

Heading down the other side.





Nearing the village, looking back from where I came.

Custom Saddle for my Ninja 650 (ER-6f)...

Others change mufflers, shocks and power mapping systems on their bikes but I find my stock Ninja 650r quite loud and fast enough, thank you.  I, being partial to my comforts, and having had success in the past with a seat modification, decided to risked a repeat performance on my Ninja.  The first time I went in to enquire about the job, I was sent away with the admonishment not to return until after the New Year.  Okay, I should have known better.  After all, it was still the harvest season and nothing gets done until the crops are brought in.

Fast forward to 2011 and I dropped off the seat on an unseasonably wet, rainy winter day.  Too cold and wet for a ride, so an opportune time to have some work done.  I was told to return the next day to check out the foam and form, before the finishing touches were put on.  Being eager to see the progress I went in, fully expecting to be a bit early.  To my surprise the project was complete and looked great, even under closer inspection.  Of course the proof is in the riding and that too turned out to be great, when I got around to riding the next day.

So enough with all this talk.  Lets see some pictures.  I have included some shots of the original saddle as shown on my friend’s bike for comparison purposes.  You might notice that I went for more cushioning, a flatter seating area and a slightly raised and fuller back.




Original Saddle

Finally off for an early morning ride.

Phuket Mining Museum

If anyone is at all interested in the history of Phuket, and at the same time interested in getting a little off the beaten track (due to the back-road location), the Phuket Mining Museum is very much worth a look. Good for a rainy low season day too! I took our kids there a year ago, when it was not really open, but we were allowed in, and at the time it seemed to be almost ready to fully open. Kids liked it, and I am happy that they liked it - kids learn by experience not just from school books! Since that visit, the kids have asked several times to go again, and since the museum is only a few km from our house in the Kathu area of Phuket - see location map at the end of this page - we have driven past a few times in the last year, only to find it closed. The location is a bit odd - on a road that many people don't know about that winds through the hills between Loch Palm Golf Club and the British International School. Now they say that the museum is fully open, although only from Monday to Friday. I have not seen any official announcement or any great publicity, but I certainly do recommend a visit. Entry fee only 100 Baht for adults, 50 Baht for kids.

Phuket Mining Museum

We took the kids on children's day - a Thai holiday when all kind of activities are arranged for kids all over the country. I had read that the museum was now open and entry was free on kids day. My wife did not go on our visit last year, but she enjoyed the museum too. Around the courtyard (see photo above) are rooms that have been lovingly decorated and made to look like old streets or filled with old pictures or dioramas of mining techniques. Phuket got rich on Tin Mining (and rubber and fishing) well before any tourists came here. There's no mining any more, but it was tin that made Phuket, built Phuket Town and changed the face of Phuket with many immigrants heading here from China.

The bus to nowhere

First thing you see - a bus, not a really old one, but something for the kids to pose on. It's parked in a room with all the walls painted like an old street, quite good artwork. The next room is filled with old furniture, photos, displays of old household items etc...

Then you have the real meat of the museum - a big educational section all about geology, the structure of the earth, very well presented, with information in English and Thai. This leads through to the history of mining in general with models of stone age people banging rocks together, and on to more specific information and life size dioramas about the tin mining techniques used in Phuket over the years.

Tin mining diorama

Tin Dredging Display

Not done yet! From mining, you get to tin processing, a room full of technical information and photos.. and a big bench full of rocks for kids to look at. I was very pleased when my boy agreed that sand, viewed with a magnifying glass, looks like little rocks. I like that, I like watching kids learn.

Geology lessons

There's more! My wife's favourite part of the museum is a mock up of old Phuket, a whole street with shops, a little cafe, a shrine and more. It's very well done, you can see that the people involved here take a lot of pride in their work. Here's the tea lady making a nice cuppa...

Tea Lady

And here's me inside an old house (well, a room made to look like an old house, full of old household items, I know my mum will want to have a look next time she's here!)

Me myself and I

The artwork is very good. Many walls are painted with street scenes, with receding perspective so you feel like you could just step into the painting and take a walk through old Phuket. My daughter tried ...

Dream World

I hope the museum really really is open now, we had a word with them about opening on weekends.. I think the problem is that the museum is basically a government building, the construction was paid for by Kathu municipality and is staffed by people who are used to working 5 days a week! We pointed out that a lot of local people would like to visit with their kids, but can't do that during the week of course, because kids are at school. I hope the museum gets a few tourist visitors too. The low entry fee is good, although it's not the kind of place a tuk tuk driver will want to take you (no commissions!). Will suit nerdy tourists, my kind of people who actually want to learn something and see more than beaches. This is Phuket too, you know, and Phuket has a long and interesting history.

Other museums in Phuket:

Thai Hua Museum
Thalang National Museum
Phuket Museums

Also of interest historically:

Phuket Heroines Festival
Phuket Heritage Trails
Phuket Baba Weddings


Phuket Mining Museum - Location Map


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Phuket Events - Phuket What's On Guide

There's a lot going on in Phuket! There are year round events and festivals, some local, some national, some special occasions. On this page Jamie's Phuket will try to keep up with all the latest events in Phuket. Some events have fixed dates, many do not. Some local events are only announced close to the date, or maybe I only find out about them by accident! Some events and festivals in Phuket have been featured on the blog in the past, some are yet to be blogged. Where possible, the monthly list below includes a link either to a page on this blog, or to an official event website (or both).

UPDATE - YEH, THIS PAGE NEVER REALLY GOT GOING, NOT UPDATED. SORRY. IF YOU FOUND THIS PAGE, BEST TO GO BACK TO JAMIE'S PHUKET HOME PAGE

A Visit from Dave Dawson

Dave says he has lots of miles and adventures on this cycle.


It's always great to have visitors stop by the house for a chat, a little story telling , and a cup of coffee, yesterday was such a day , a friend Dave Dawson stopped by for a short visit at our place , after a little trip he had made to the Bamboo School to take a gift of clothes for the kids there .
He always has a good story to tell and always lots of detail in telling them . Yesterdays story was a continuation of a story from another time , but this time he had pictures . He tells of being on the tanker the Alaska Yukon coming from Drift River oil fields in Alaska in 1969 when the tanker struck a uncharted rock and ripped out half the bottom storage tanks for the crude oil , he told about the rescue and the task of getting all the spilled oil from the ocean and being towed back to Port Nikiski in North Kenai for repairs , I'm not sure if this or another time that four of his friends were lost at sea and later on he put up a marker and head stone for them in a National Park in California. Now I can't even begain to put down all the details of the story , sooo if you want to hear it the way I did , come on down or over or whatever to Wang Pho and we'll call Dave and get together for a good story telling afternoon.He tells the story of years later he was having back and neck problems and went to a Dr. to see what was the problem , when the Dr. ask him where he was injured and what happened as he begin to relate the story to him and when he mentioned the "Alaska Yukon "tanker and 1969 , the Dr. said " I was on that tanker in 1969" , What a small world we live in.I do sooo much enjoy good stories about folks lives and their adventures Then and Now. Dave is not finished with all his adventures and he rides his cycle all over Thailand taking pictures and meeting folks and sharing his stories and listening to theirs. He rode 2 1/2 hours from his home deep in the mountains near the Burma border just to bring the gifts to the Bamboo School and to bring pictures to finish the story he started telling me months ago. And you know me , He had to listen to a few of mine in return, what a great visit we had on the front porch of our home , and by the way if you're ever down our way , stop in and we'll tell a few stories over a good cup of coffee. Days like this ,unexpected visitors , story telling and good friends and a peaceful life are just a few of the reasons why "I'm Retired in Thailand and Loving It" Malcolm






Peang Prai Restaurant near Bang Pae Waterfall

New Years resolution number 1 - try some different restaurants for the blog, and also so we get some new experiences. Sure we have our favourites and anyway we can't afford to eat out that much, we tend to eat at home during the week, or maybe get some cheap Thai food at small places near our house (the kind of places where all dishes are 35 - 50 Baht). In fact, the next restaurant on this blog will be the cheap local place we eat at most often.. but I do want to try some new restaurants this year, and the first was Peang Prai.

Peang Prai Restaurant

Peang Prai (pronounced PeeYang Pry) is a restaurant I have meant to try for a couple of years. It's been recommended by friends, it's in a part of Phuket that we head to quite often, it always looked "interesting" ... so we finally tried it a couple of weeks ago. When I am thinking about eating, there are several considerations - 1. Location - I like a nice view, a quiet area, an interesting location - Peang Prai is at the entrance to the Bang Pae Waterfall park, well off any main road, views of trees, flowers and a lake. So it's a good place to combine with a visit to the waterfall and the Gibbon Rehab Project.

Peang Prai view

(above) the view one way, and (below) the other way ...

View from Peang Prai

It's not a huge restaurant, could maybe hold about 30 people, with seating on the 2nd floor of an octagonal building in the trees. A couple of tables were already occupied by Thai families - which I would normally take as a hint that the food is good here - the locals know where to go! We ordered a selection of things - our kids are normally happy with a fried rice or garlic chicken, whereas my wife and I like to eat spicy salads and local specialties - the menu was pretty big - all the normal Thai dishes but lots of Phuket/Southern Thai food which always pleases my wife.

My dear wife at Peang Prai

I was a little miffed that the service seemed a bit slow - the place was not really busy and there were 4 ladies cooking in the kitchen. Sometimes you have to slow down a bit. This is a family run restaurant and this kind of laid back place can be a little too laid back for some people. You can't expect snappy service at a place like this. Fortunately, they had very cold beers, served with an iced glass too. A couple of these went down very smoothly.

Food was good too - we ordered a bunch of things, and the menu has many other dishes to try, so I am sure we'll eat here again. I had a salad called Yam Tua Pu - made with wingbeans, prawns, cashew nuts. We also got some Hor Mok, local style fish curry cooked in a banana leaf, and a similar dish made with mushrooms...

Yam Tua Pu

Hor Mok

They do good coffee here too - my wife said her ice coffee was great. We had actually thought about just having a drink here and then eating somewhere else, but once we saw the menu we had to give it a proper try. I mentioned that location is important to me when trying a restaurant - so is price! Peang Prai is not cheap like a little street restaurant but most dishes were decently priced at 60 - 100 Baht, and the beer only 45 Baht. The 3rd consideration is "how good is the food?" - you don't know until you try! In this case - good enough that we will eat there again, helped by the friendly service, yeh a bit slow, but slow with a smile :)

And then we got free dessert too - fried banana done in their own way, small pieces of banana fried in batter with sesame seeds and a sprinkle of sugar ...

Fried banana

I think our total bill was about 500 Baht. I have some more photos of Peang Prai on my Flickr site: Peang Prai Restaurant. We like this part of Phuket. Within a few miles are a couple of other restaurants - Bang Pae Seafood and Chumchon Floating Restaurant from where you can go Kayaking in the Mangroves. This is the Phuket that we go looking for.

Peang Prai Restaurant - Location Map


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