One Chun Restaurant in Phuket Town

One Chun Cafe and Restaurant has been open for a few years now, but we just ate there for the first time in June 2016 and decided it was good, so we've been again in July. My wife and I did have a coffee there a couple of years ago, but didn't think it was anything special. Since then it has been expanded and redecorated and we heard a good review from friends, so we finally visited. There are quite a few places we like to eat around Phuket Town. This is our area of Phuket as we live in Kathu just a few kilometers from town. One Chun will be another we add to our list of favourites.

Monkeys on the road

Yesterday ,on the way home we stopped at the produce stand at the top of the mountain to buy some older bananas,and papayas to feed the birds and squirrels ,(keeps them from eating my fruit before it gets ripe ) and on the way down the curvy road on the mountain, the monkeys had set up a road block ,demanding bananas as payment before you could go thru , I was sure glad we had plenty to spare as our payment and after a few snap shots and banana and papaya, payment we were allowed to continue on our way .

Indian blockbuster actors visit Vietnam

Four actors and actresses, Shiddharth Shukla, Avinask Mukherjee, Aasiya Kazi and Roop Durgapal, starring in Balika Vadhu (Child Bride), have visited Vietnam and met with fans.

Vietnam lose two matches at Davis Cup

Vietnam lost both its first singles matches to host Thailand in the Davis Cup Group II Asia-Oceania zone yesterday in Nathonburi.

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Nguyen Hoang Thien loses to Pruchya Isarow in the Davis Cup Group II Asia-Oceania zone.
National top player Ly Hoang Nam let his rival Kittiphong Wachiramanowong come from behind to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the first match.

Vietnam-Slovakia’s joint statement

(VOVworld) – Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico begins his official visit to Vietnam from July 16 to July 19 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Vietnamese leaders receive Slovakian Prime Minister

(VOVworld) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received visiting Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico in Hanoi on Monday. Mr. Trong praised the high-level political talks between the two countries and urged for continued exchanges of visits and cooperation. He thanked Slovakian government for facilitating the Vietnamese community there and called on Slovakia to continue support the views of Vietnam and ASEAN on East Sea issue.

Central Steering Committee for Sustainable Poverty Reduction meets

  • Northwestern mountainous region records highest poverty rate in Vietnam
The Northwestern mountainous region has the highest number of poor and near-poor households in Vietnam, which account for more than half of its total households, according to preliminary outcomes of a recent survey. The Northeastern region records the second largest rate of poor and near-poor households with 29 percent. The survey, which was released at a meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Sustainable Poverty Reduction in Hanoi on March 10, reveals that the Northeastern region records the second largest rate of poor and near-poor households with 29 percent, followed by the Red River Delta and the Southeastern regions, both…... [read more]

Deputy PM stresses the need of environmental protection

(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to strengthen the management of natural resources, environmental protection and response to climate change.

WHAT’S ON JULY 15-30 (DAILY UPDATE)

JF Garage Concert 10: Concert Feat. Fantasia Wind Quintet. Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam. Address 27 Quang Trung, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents its tenth act of the JF Garage Concert – a concert by Fantasia Wind Quintet in Hanoi on Saturday 30 July 2016. Fantasia Wind Quintet was founded in 2006, all members are teachers of Vietnam National Academy of Music and artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. The members had studied in the Vietnam National Academy of Music and in many prestigious music academies worldwide, such as: The Danish Royal Academy of Music in Denmark; University of North Texas; Hong Kong Academy for Music and Performing Arts; Frederic Chopin Conservatoire in Paris, France; Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts, Austria; Temple University – Philadelphia, USA as well as Malmo Music School in Sweden. Fantasia Wind Quintet has performed in many concerts & recitals domestic and abroad, as well as in television and radio’s programs.

JF Garage Concert 10: Concert Feat. Fantasia Wind Quintet

Court upholds death sentence for accomplice in Binh Phuoc massacre

The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal against the death sentence by a man who, together with an accomplice, killed six members of a family in the southern province of Binh Phuoc last year.
In dismissing his appeal, the court said Vu Van Tien, 25, was an active accomplice of Nguyen Hai Duong, 25, the mastermind of the murder-robbery in July 2015.
“Without Tien’s help, Duong couldn’t have carries out the crime. So Tien must be responsible for the consequences of the case.”
The court also dismissed the appeal of Duong’s friend Tran Dinh Thoai, 27, to have his 16-year sentence reduced. Thoai bought the knife with which Duong killed the six people, and failed to report Duong’s conspiracy to the authorities.
Duong has not appealed against his death penalty.
Shocking case

Vietnam attends UN Conference on Trade and Development

(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese delegation, led by the Assistant to Foreign Minister Vu Quang Minh, is attending the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development held in Kenya’s capital Nairobi from July 15-22.

The secret business of making ‘pure’ Vietnamese coffee

Alongside the legitimate business that makes Vietnam one of the world’s leading coffee exporters, there exists an almost secret industry, where coffee is mixed with soybeans and corn before being put into packs labeled ‘100 percent pure coffee.’
Alongside the legitimate business that makes Vietnam one of the world’s leading coffee exporters, there exists an almost secret industry, where coffee is mixed with soybeans and corn before being put into packs labeled ‘100 percent pure coffee.’

Extension of flood-proof house construction programme proposed


Saltwater intrusion in Kien Giang (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Construction has proposed to the Government on the extension of a programme to build floodproof residential clusters and houses in areas highly vulnerable to flood in the Mekong Delta region to another period from 2016 to 2020.
As planned, 132 projects will be added to the programme, with the construction of 86 additional residential clusters and dykes around 44 flood-affected residential areas, aiming to prevent serious flood, landslide, saltwater intrusion as well as ensure safe shelters for 44,800 locals.

Vietnam institute for international studies makes debut


Vietnam institute for international studies makes debut in Hanoi on July 18 (Source: VUFO)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Institute for International and Public Diplomacy Studies made its debut in Hanoi on July 18.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisation (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong highlighted that in the current international integration, people-to-people diplomacy should be stepped up to meet the country’s development requirements.

Life on Nam Dinh salt fields

  • Ministry proposes large textile production zones
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has proposed the development of large textile and garment industrial zones (IZs) to attract investment in dyeing, and fabric and yarn production. The 500ha to 1,000ha zones would attract local and foreign investment for high-end products. The ministry has also proposed that the Government provide full support for the building of textile and garment industrial zones located in provinces and cities expperiencing socio-economic difficulties in order to create conditions for the success of small and medium startup enterprises, according to the ministry. The proposal also targets the development of transport infrastructure connecting the…... [read more]

Hanoi: Robust growth seen in tourism market


Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Travel agents in the capital city of Hanoi are expecting a growth of 30 percent during this summer holiday season.
According to Nguyen Cong Hoan, Deputy General Director of Hanoi Redtour, the booking of summer tours through his company is estimated to increase 25-30 percent year-on-year.
The company sells 3,500-4,000 tours to its customers a month, 50 percent of which heads to foreign countries.

Myanmar: ethnic armed groups pledge negotiations with government

Overview of the meeting between Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, on behalf of the Myanmar government, and Chairman of the UNFC N’Ban La on July 17 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups, which have yet to sign the National Ceasefire Accord (NCA), pledged to continue talks with the government on a comprehensive peace process, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) said in a press release on July 18.

Mangrove expansion protects lagoon from climate change

  • Ensuring sustainability in JICA’s technical cooperation project at grassroots level
PANO - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on March 9th organized a seminar, "How to Ensure Sustainability in JICA’s Technical Cooperation Project at Grassroots Level" in Hanoi. The seminar was attended by Mr. Don Tuan Phong, Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, Vice President of The Vietnam Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs; Mr. Mori Mutsuya, Chief Representative of JICA Vietnam Office, and representatives of concerned organizations. At the conference. (Source: radiovietnam.vn). The event aimed at disseminating widely valuable results, experiences and lessons from small-scale technical cooperation, called JICA Partnership Program (JPP). JPP has…... [read more]

Colombia’s Vallenato music band performs in Hanoi

Well-known Colombian accordion player Álvaro Meza (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Colombian Embassy in Vietnam jointly organised a music exchange in Hanoi on July 18 with the participation of visiting well-known Colombian accordion player Álvaro Meza and a Vallennato band.
Speaking at the event, Colombian Chargé d’affaires Camila Munoz Ucros said the exchange is part of activities to promote the land of Colombia abroad, aiming to help Vietnamese people get insight into Colombian culture and music, thus further boosting relations between the two nations.

Hue city’s water environment to be improved


Illustrative image (Source: Internet)
Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua-Thien Hue is accelerating a project to improve the water environment in the former imperial city of Hue, which is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The 4.2 trillion VND (188.3 million USD) project is divided into two phases, with the first one implemented until 2018 in ten wards in the south of Huong River. Feasible projects and detail designs for the full development of the city’s water drainage system will be carried out in the second phase.
To date, two of the six bidding packages have been completed while other packages like Hoi River dredging and construction of a 50-kilometre pipeline are underway.

Lao Cai ramps up activities in preparation for 2017 Tourism Year


Northwestern terraced rice fields (Photo: VNA)
Lao Cai (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Lao Cai is focusing on improving infrastructure and creating more products in preparation for the Year of Tourism 2017, which will be organised in the province.
Nguyen Dinh Dung, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said in order to prepare for the year’s biggest tourism event, Lao Cai is promoting such programmes as exploring the northwestern region’s terraced field culture heritage route in Bac Ha and Bat Xat districts; popular markets in Bac Ha, Muong Khuong and Si Ma Cai; and spiritual tourism along the Red River.

The case of the century, a turning point in the East Sea

VietNamNet Bridge – The arbitration case brought by the Philippines against China’s nine-dash line claims in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) ended with the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on July 12. We can call it a case of history for many reasons. For the first time in its history, China – “the world’s center”– was unilaterally sued by a small country in a marine dispute.

HCM City Court hears appeal in massacre case

Viet Nam News
BÌNH PHƯỚC – The HCM City People’s Court on Monday began a two-day court of appeals session, reviewing the trial of a gang that murdered six members of a family in Bình Phước Province.
The first instance court in this southern province last December handed down death sentences to two of the men, Nguyễn Hải Dương, 24, the ex-boyfriend of one of the slain, charged with orchestrating the murders, and Vũ Văn Tiến, Dương’s 24-year- old friend, charged with being his accomplice. Another accomplice, Trần Đình Thọai, Dương’s 27-year- old friend, was sentenced to 16 years for buying a knife for Duong to kill the victims and for not reporting the conspiracy to commit murder.
The HCM City court was on Monday focussing on reviewing the appeals submitted by the victims’ family, who are calling for a trial for Dương’s aunt, named Trinh, for allegedly offering him a motorbike to drive to the victims’ house to undertake the massacre.

High heat to hit northern, central regions; evening rain to shower southern Vietnam

Temperatures of forty degrees Celsius are set to scorch northern and central Vietnamese regions, while the south will see evening rain bring pleasant temperatures this week.
Temperatures of forty degrees Celsius are set to scorch northern and central Vietnamese regions, while the south will see evening rain bring pleasant temperatures this week.
Highs between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius are expected to dehydrate areas of the northern and central regions this week, according to Le Thi Xuan Lan, a Ho Chi Minh City-based weather pundit.
By midweek, rain squalls are forecast to lash several areas in the north, mainly mountainous and coastal regions, where thunderstorms and cyclones are also predicted, she said.

Real estate expo to showcase local, foreign products

  • VNREA Expo 2016 to be held in Hanoi
The Hanoitimes - On July 20-24, VNREA Expo 2016 – will be held by the Vietnam National Real Estate Association (VNREA) in collaboration with the Vietbuild Construction International Exhibition Organisation Corporation, at the National Architecture, Planning and Construction Exhibition Centre in Hanoi. VNREA President Nguyen Tran Nam made speech at the press conference VNREA President Nguyen Tran Nam related that the event is expected to draw around 1,000 booths from 12 countries and territories, introducing new products and technologies from 360 enterprises, including 186 local firms, 94 ventures, and 80 foreign firms. He said that the event will be organised…... [read more]

The Powerful Cactus Flower


Powerful Cactus Flower: Vương Thị Dung and her students in class. Photos tienphong.vn

Viet Nam News by Mộc Miên From a beautiful and lively 11th grade teenage girl,Vương Thị Dung, now 25, from Bình Tịnh hamlet, Bình Minh Commune, Thăng Bình District, Quảng Nam Province, became paralyzed overnight, had to leave school and suffered excruciating pain in the hospital. Her poems came into being in that hospital: “The flower that is invulnerable/Dare to get over the sorrow/The highest waves of hardship/I’m grateful for life…” The lines of her poems touch the hearts of many people, just like her unyielding optimism, love for others and her faith in life. Such a sweet, gregarious woman in the eyes of her family and friends, Dung is now also a special teacher for children in the coastal village.

National Election Council reviews general election

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the conference (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The National Election Council (NEC) held a conference in Hanoi on July 18 to summarise the results of the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and the People’s Councils at all levels for 2016-2021.
Addressing the event, head of the council, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said that success of the general election in May this year is a foundation for the building, reinforcement and completion the law-governed socialist State of the people, by the people and for the people in Vietnam .

’When the Birds Fly Home’ opens in HN

Viet Nam News
Trần Khánh Linh, a junior at Oberlin College in the U.S., is the creator of an upcoming photo essay exhibition and talk titled “When The Birds Fly Home” to be launched in Hà Nội this weekend. The project showcases the personal stories of Vietnamese high school and college students who studied abroad then returned home. Linh spoke to Viêt Nam News about the project, the inspiration, and why it’s important for our society to look at those who return home with a more open mind.

King of the road, king of the sidewalk

Viet Nam News
by Ruth Sinai
Much has been said and written about the travails of crossing the street in Việt Nam. Hotels hand out tip sheets to nervous tourists about navigating the endless swarms of seemingly unstoppable motorbikes clogging the streets, tour guides provide contradictory advice (one school of thought has it that it’s best to catch the eye of the motorcyclist bearing down on you in order to make him stop, another rejects this as nonsense). Guidebooks suggest simply walking confidently and the traffic “will morph around you” (probably the best idea).

Dining alfresco by the sea in Nha Trang


Dessert: Baked chocolate tart with white chocolate sorbet.
Viet Nam News
Cookbook Cafe Restaurant is a great place to enjoy both Vietnamese and foreign cuisine in Nha Trang, Yến Vy reports.
The restaurant is in the Intercontinental Hotel in the coastal province of Nha Trang. It is located on the first floor beside the hotel lobby.

Vietnam mulls test of motorbike emissions to cut urban air pollution

Vietnam is considering a plan to test motorbike emissions in its five largest cities after tests found the vehicle has become a major polluter.
Vietnam Register, which checks vehicle quality, has urged the Ministry of Transport to test around 23 million motorbikes in Can Tho, Da Nang, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, and Ho Chi Minh City.
The number of vehicles in these cities accounts for half the country’s total.
The tests are expected to start in July 2018. Older bikes will be tested first — and each will be tested every two years – for a fee of VND100,000-150,000 (US$4.5-7).

Việt Nam lose two matches at Davis Cup

(VOVworld) - The deadly cargo truck attack on crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on the evening of July 14 killed at least 84 people and injured hundreds more, heightening fears of terrorist attacks around the globe. Many countries took immediate security steps. An armed French soldier patrols at Nice international airport (Photo: Reuters) In his first address following the deadly attack, French President Francois Hollande announced that France’s current state of emergency, set to expire on July 26, will be extended. 10,000 soldiers mobilized to reinforce security in sensitive areas will be…... [read more]

Vietnamese, Slovakian PMs seek measures for bilateral ties


PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between Vietnam’s FPT group and Slovakia’s Gratex International ​company (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico compared notes on specific measures to step up cooperation between the two countries during their talks in Hanoi on July 18.

The EVFTA set to lure European SMEs

More European small and medium enterprises are flocking into Vietnam in anticipation of the EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Hoa Sen Group to replace ill-fated foreign investors in two multi-billion steel complexes

One of Vietnam’s leading steel producers and traders, Hoa Sen Group is looking to invest in two large-scale steel complexes in Vietnam, which were abandoned by ill-fated foreign investors.

First foreign-invested computerised lottery services launched in Vietnam

Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya Corporation Bhd., through its subsidiary Berjaya Gia Thinh Investment (Berjaya GTI), launched the first phase of its Vietnamese lottery business today.

Experience the rustic charm of this river islet in southern Vietnam

A river islet in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has mesmerized eco-tourists with its idyllic scenery and the hospitality and sincerity of its people.
A river islet in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has mesmerized eco-tourists with its idyllic scenery and the hospitality and sincerity of its people.
Con Son (Son Islet) is a mound of land sitting in the middle of the Hau River, a distributary of the Mekong River that starts in Cambodia and runs through a number of Vietnamese provinces in the Mekong Delta region before entering the East Vietnam Sea.

Conference to review activities of Ho Chi Minh city book street

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications has held a conference to review activities related to Ho Chi Minh book street.

27th International Biology Olympiad opens in Vietnam

On July 17th, the 27th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) opened in Hanoi with the participation of 264 students from 71 countries and territories around the world.

Training talents in culture and arts in Vietnam

The Prime Minister has approved a project on training talents in the culture and arts field in 2016-2025, with a vision until 2030.

Malaysia vows to find explanation for MH17

On July 17th, the Malaysian government affirmed that it would continue its efforts to investigate the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy.

Vietnam’s steel giant seeks to develop $3.8 billion complex: report

Hoa Sen Group, one of Vietnam’s biggest steelmakers, reportedly plans to spend US$3.8 billion on a long-abandoned steel mill complex in the central province of Ninh Thuan.
The Hoa Sen Ca Na-Ninh Thuan Steel Mill Complex, as it is officially known, was originally developed by state-owned shipping giant Vinashin and Malaysia’s Lion Group with a projected cost of $9.8 billion, news website Nhip Cau Dau Tu reported Monday.

Ho Chi Minh City tax revenues top $4.3 bln

Ho Chi Minh City’s revenues topped VND96.6 trillion (US$4.3 billion) in the first half, with tax revenues from the private sector rising and that from the state sector falling.
The amount was 9.5 percent up year-on-year and around half of this year’s target of VND195.8 trillion, according to the city tax agency.
Beer, tobacco and real estate firms were the major contributors.
Vietnam Brewery Limited paid more than VND880 billion, 34 percent higher than last year, Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Joint Stock Corporation paid VND325 billion, up 94 percent.

Argentine footballer chooses Da Nang as second home

Sebastian Gaston Merlo, an Argentine footballer, has become an inspiration for sports fans and players in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang with his love for the local football club in the past seven years.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang in Southeast Asia’s top 7 national parks

A view of Son Doong Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. (Photo: Internet)
Hanoi (VNA)The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in central Quang Binh province has been named among the top “7 National Parks You Should Visit in Southeast Asia” by GoAsean, an ASEAN-focused travel channel.

Police tell of showdown with truck killer in Nice

NICE, France: The police officers who confronted Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel in Nice pumped around 20 bullets into his truck in the shootout that ended his bloody Bastille Day rampage, it emerged on Sunday (Jul 17).

Vietnam beauty queens face harsh public scrutiny

VietNamNet Bridge – Some beauty queens including Miss Vietnam 2014 Ky Duyen, Miss Vietnam 2008 Thuy Dung, Miss Vietnam World 2010 Diem Huong, and Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy have faced public scrutiny because of “scandals”.

Business caught dumping dead swine into Saigon River

A business has been discovered dumping dead swine into a major river in southern Vietnam, causing serious contamination of one of the primary water sources in the region.
A business has been discovered dumping dead swine into a major river in southern Vietnam, causing serious contamination of one of the primary water sources in the region.

Vietnam, Slovakia boost bilateral cooperation

(VOVworld) – Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico on Monday began his official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. This is his second visit to Vietnam since he was re-elected in March. His visit aims to cement traditional friendship and bilateral ties between the two countries and increase cooperation in all fields, particularly in economic, trade, investment, education and training.

Ministry proposes large textile production zones

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has proposed the development of large textile and garment industrial zones (IZs) to attract investment in dyeing, and fabric and yarn production.

Kien Giang boosts exports

Processing seafood for exports (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)
Kien Giang (VNA) – The southern province of Kien Giang strives to earn 260 million USD from exports in the last five months of 2016 to fulfill its yearly target of 440 million USD.

National Election Council holds unusual session

HÀ NỘI – The National Election Council (NEC) convened its eighth session, an unwonted one, in Hà Nội yesterday, headed by National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân, head of the council. The council carefully considered and voted on the eligibility of 494 deputies of the 14th National Assembly.

It also voted to disapprove the election of Nguyễn Thị Nguyệt Hường, a deputy of the 13th National Assembly. The voting results showed that all council members agreed to verify the eligibility of the 494 deputies of the 14th National Assembly, and reject the eligibility of Hường as she was not qualified for the post and had personally submitted a request to demit office.

Mosques in Phuket

Over the years 10 years this blog has been online I have blogged about many temples in Phuket including Buddhist Wats, Chinese Shrines and even a Sikh Gurdwara. Phuket also has a Hindu Shrine, and various Christian places of worship. Phuket has a long history as a safe port where traders from Arabia, India, China and Europe did business with local Malays and Siamese. Phuket's population changed over the centuries, with different people and cultures being dominant, but in general Phuket and Siam (Thailand) always stayed open to all religions. Thailand is a secular country, the laws of the country are not set by any religion and there is freedom of religious practice. The south of Thailand has a large Muslim population and this includes Phuket. I have never seen exact population figures, but everyone seems to agree that about 25 - 30% of the local population in Phuket is Muslim. Some parts of the island such as Kamala, Rawai or large parts of the north of the island have a large Muslim population. I've been here so long that the mix of people is normal. I know it surprises some visitors who may be expecting Phuket to be all Buddhist. Some Muslims here dress in western clothes, though you may see people in more traditional Muslim clothes around the island.

So I realised that despite the large Muslim population here, I have rarely mentioned Islam in 10+ years of blogging! I did once write about a Halal festival, and Muslim owned/run restaurants such as Abdul's Roti Shop or the Bang Rong Floating Restaurant. You may find quite a few restaurants in Phuket that don't have pork on the menu as they are Muslim run. People do ask me sometimes to recommend Halal restaurants. I don't really know about this. But if you eat somewhere near a mosque in a Muslim area, you will probably be OK!

Anyway - this page is not meant to be a discussion about Halal food or Phuket history or Islam. I wanted to blog about mosques in Phuket and have been out and about recently taking photos, although I realise that there are many mosques that I have not seen, especially in the north of the island. The map at the end of the page shows the location of 27 mosques. I think there are a few more. But you can see there are mosques all over the island and I had some comments on Facebook and Twitter from Muslims who have visited Phuket and not found a mosque. Well, now you can find one! They are often a bit hard to find! I have enjoyed taking some little drives to find mosques and discovering hidden streets and different corners of Phuket. As there are many more mosques than those I photographed, I think some more exploration trips are needed.

Let's start with the south of Phuket island. I have driven past the entrance to this mosque (below) in Rawai many times, but never stopped.

Rawai Mosque, Phuket

(above) Nurut Diniya Mosque between Chalong and Rawai.

And just a little close to Rawai, a side street down to the sea. I had never been down here before.

Rawai Mosque, Phuket

(above) Aowalul Hidayah Mosque by the sea. Very nice!

There is one more mosque in the backroads between Rawai and Naiharn beaches, but otherwise the whole south of Phuket (Chalong, Kata, Karon, Naiharn) has no other mosques that I know of.

Patong - the biggest, baddest, most touristy part of Phuket. Nightlife, hotels, bars, sea, sun, sand and .. mosques? Many years ago (around the year 2000) I lived in a now-demolished apartment at the north end of Patong, with a Muslim restaurant over the street and a mosque just a couple of hundred meters away. Yes, Patong has a Muslim community too. A new mosque was built a few years ago, I think it was completed in about 2011.

Patong Mosque

(above) Patong mosque is located by the main road out of Patong on the north side of town.

If you head north from Patong, pass the Novotel and Diamond Cliff resorts, you reach Kalim, home to several hotels and fancy restaurants and - up a small side road which I'd not explored until a few days ago - a mosque!

Street View - Kalim Mosque

(above) Looking up the narrow street to Kalim mosque.

The road from Patong, passing Kalim, winds up and down and round many bends on its way to Kamala beach, which is largely Muslim, or was ... I remember 15 years ago Kamala was quite un-touristy, no bars, hard to get a beer! The beach area is now quite busy, but you still have a Muslim graveyard taking up a huge area of beachfront land, and that is not going to change despite the price of property! The main Kamala mosque is inland towards the hills and there's a smaller mosque too which has a fancy new mosque being built next to it, also on the back roads.

Kamala Mosque

(above) Kamala mosque

New Mosque in Kamala

(above) New mosque being built (July 2016) in Kamala.

Moving away from the west coast .. The area around Phuket Town is a real mixed bag of cultures and religions. There's a street close to the old town which features a Chinese shrine, a mosque and a Catholic church within about 300 meters. The Yameay mosque is the only one near the center of town, which does tend to have a much more Chinese-Thai population.

Yameay Mosque

(above) Yameay Mosque in Phuket Town

To the south of town, the Cape Panwa area is largely Muslim and there's one big mosque (Issatul Islam Mosque) close to the deep sea port on the way to Phuket Aquarium. There is also a smaller mosque on a side street which we pass on the way to The Beach Bar (one of our favourite hangouts).

Cape Panwa Mosque

(above) Mosque at Cape Panwa, to the south of Phuket Town

On the east side of town close to the main port is a new mosque, the Al Madinah Mosque. Many of the Muslims in the Phuket area were (or still are) fishing folk, so it's no surprise to find a mosque in this area. Looks like this mosque is almost complete. There was scaffolding around the golden dome when I passed recently.

Al Madina Mosque at Rasada, Phuket Town

(above) Al Madinah Mosque in the east of Phuket Town

And a little north of town, another Muslim fishing community is found at Laem Hin - home to Laem Hin Seafood, a favourite restaurant or ours, and you can also get a longtail boat over to several floating restaurants from here. To reach the restaurant and jetty you pass the mosque, which is another that has been recently rebuilt.

Laem Hin Mosque (Kamaliah Mosque)

(above) Kamaliah Mosque at Laem Hin, to the north of Phuket Town

Heading north from Laem Hin you pass the Boat Lagoon and there's a Muslim school on the east side of the road which has a mosque in the grounds. I did stop here to take a photo, but the school gates were closed. There's another (I found on Google Earth) not much further north. Actually I found about 10 mosques on Google Earth which I have not seen or photographed. This page will be updated over time!

Reaching the Heroine's Monument (a statue/shrine at a main road junction between Phuket Town and the airport), if you turn left, the road heads back to the west coast via the Cherng Talay area, before reaching Surin and Bang Tao beaches. The mosque close to Bang Tao (Mukaram Mosque) is quite impressive.

Bang Tao Mosque, Phuket

(above) Mukaram Mosque near Bang Tao and Surin beaches.

North of this point there are at least a dozen mosques in the northern part of Phuket, of which I have visited two! Back to the Heroine's Monument, if you take the road east you can get to Bang Pae Waterfall and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. Just after this you reach the Bang Rong community, yet another Muslim fishing village. There's a floating restaurant in the mangroves and a jetty for boats to Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi islands.

Bang Rong Mosque, Phuket

(above) Mosque at Bang Rong in the northeast of Phuket.

The map below shows that there are many mosques in the north of the island. At least 5 north of the airport and several along the main road in the Thalang area or close to the airport. I think I need a little trip in this direction to take a few photos. The only one I stopped at was the Darul Itihaad Mosque just south of Thalang town. The Thalang area also features several interesting Buddhist temples. I did not realise before searching closely that there were so many mosques in the north of the island. I thought there were just a few, but there seem to be about 10 north of Thalang town!

Mosque in Thalang, Phuket

(above) Darul Itihaad Mosque by the main road south of Thalang.

I hope this page is useful and / or interesting for Muslim visitors to Phuket and for anyone (like me) with an interest in culture and history. The map below shows locations for most mosques in Phuket. I may have missed a few small ones. I have a feeling that a similar blog post about Christian churches might be in the pipeline. For now, thank you, shukran and see you in Phuket!

Mosques in Phuket - Location Map