Phuket Thailand Various photos From 2006

Phuket Thailand Various photos from our holiday in 2006

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Phuket Thailand Various photos. Phuket Island (pronounced puu gèt) (ภูเก็ต)  is Thailand’s largest at 48 km in length and 21 km at its widest. It’s in Southern Thailand on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.

Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea waters on Thailand’s Indian Ocean coastline 862 kilometres south of Bangkok. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign trader’s ship logs.

The relatively recent name “Phuket” (of which the digraph ph represents an aspirated p) is apparently derived from the word bukit(Jawi: بوكيت) in Malay which means “hill”, as this is what the island appears like from a distance. An alternative suggestion is that the name originates from two Thai words, “phu” (mountain) of “ket” (jewel), and this is said to be recorded in a Thai chronicle.

Phuket was formerly known as Thalang (ถลาง Tha-Laang), derived from the old Malay “telong” (Jawi: تلوڠ) which means “cape”. The northern district of the province, which was the location of the old capital, still uses this name. In Western sources and navigation charts, it was known as Jung Ceylon (a corruption of the Malay Tanjung Salang, i.e., “Cape Salang”)

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Bangkok flooding 8th June 2015. Businesses and schools affected.

Bangkok flooding 8th June 2015

A heavy overnight downpour that lasted more than five hours caused traffic chaos and disruption throughout Bangkok. At least three schools simply announced they were closing for the day. Floods at Monday…

At least three schools simply announced they were closing for the day.

Floods at Monday morning rush hour extended from Rama 4 Road and Asoke to Ratchadaphisek and in the east as far as Samut Prakan’s BTS Bearing BTS station.  The rain began before 2am in many areas, and…

According to traffic radio station JS100, Bangkok city clerk Sanya Chenimit said Klong Toey received the heaviest rainfall, with 136mm between 2am and 5am. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said.

Several streets and locations turned into canals today after the atmosphere above Bangkok went totally liquid around noon.

Residents were forced to commute in rubber boots or creep through deep water in their shiny cars along a number of roads.

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Maesa Valley elephant park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Maesa Valley elephant park

The Mae Sa valley located just 30 km north of Chiang Mai city is becoming a popular tourist destination with many attractions. The Mae Sa valley elephant camp is the largest in the North and is a must to visit. See also a beautiful orchid plantation, in a comfortable vehicle and guided by an experienced tour guide.

Their philosophy is to create a natural and healthy environment for the elephants while working to conserve and breed them, due to the dwindling number of Asian elephants left in the wild. You will see the elephants show where the elephants demonstrate their skills. Strength to pull and haul logs, agility to play football and even paint skillfully with a brush. You can have also the chance to observe the elephants bathing and the baby elephants at their nursery.
The camp is set in beautiful forest setting with a small stream and waterfall.

Here you can see these gentle giants up close. The entertaining shows are included in the entry fee and it is definitely worth seeing. Football-kicking and painting are favourite acts among the elephants, while the exhibition hall features displays of rare stories and photos of newborn elephants. There is also a collection of hunting equipment and weapons used in past elephant hunts.

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