Monday, May 9, 2011

Phuket, Thailand

Thailand is absolutely beautiful! Everyone should have the opportunity to see this part of the world in their life. Rich history, AMAZING food, turquoise water, lush green mountains, friendly people...Beautiful! We didn't want to leave, but will definitely be back to adventure into another part of the country.  We stayed in the southwest Provence of Phuket, Thailand, on the Andaman Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. 

View from our corner suite at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa ~ Amazing Resort!

Makayla LOVES discovering baby animals and getting the chance to touch them and feed them. This adventure allowed her the chance to see up-close a baby tiger, baby elephant, monkeys, take a buffalo cart ride and feed more fish. We brought the kids to the live show Phuket FantaSea, which they both were captivated the entire 1.5 hours.

We tried DURIAN! A fruit that "tastes like heaven, smells like hell".

Thai farmers grow rubber trees and export the rubber after tapping the tree, adding it to water in a pan, flattening it and drying it into a rubber mat.  A very tedious process, but interesting!

We also ventured into the cashew nut factory where they separate the cashew from the nut, one by one by hand. Cashew Tom Yum and cashew honey/sesame were my favorites, while Kevin enjoyed the cashew wasabi of course!  Walked through the Wat Chalong Temple and visited a 100-year old Chinese mansion where Young Indiana Jones had been filmed and is still occupied by the original multi-generation family. 

The Temples and shrines were very interesting, including the Big Buddha!

Thai farmhouse:

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