Thailand 2011 (III)

Chalong covers quite an expansive area of south central Phuket, essentially covering land from the southern perimeter of Phuket Town all the way south to the edge of Rawaii, as well as expanding inland to the ‘402 – the main road that runs essentially north-south down the island.

Wat Chalong (the main temple) is widely known and the most visited on the island. In fact, everything seems “bigger and better” at Wat Chalong, especially the fire-crackers, which are lit roughly every 15 minutes or so, to frighten away evil spirits (and scare the living daylights out of any tourist who has not visited before…). However, despite the commercialism and the occasionally disrespectful farang, Wat Chalong can also be a place of sublime peace.

If you ever get the chance to visit a Wat in Thailand, please remember to not wear shorts or shoes in any of the temple buildings. This is extremely disrespectful…