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Construction on the 45m tall Big Buddha began in 2007 and is still very much underway; despite being visible from most places in southern Phuket, the views from the top weren't very good

Construction on the 45m tall Big Buddha began in 2007 and is still very much underway; despite being visible from most places in southern Phuket, the views from the top weren't very good

The Karon Viewpoint shows the beaches of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon; many visitors (there were lots of Russians) come here for a cheap holiday in the sun to escape winter at home

The Karon Viewpoint shows the beaches of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon; many visitors (there were lots of Russians) come here for a cheap holiday in the sun to escape winter at home

I'm not sure I'd ever seen a cuttlefish before; they are among the most intelligent invertebrates and also have one of the largest brain-to-body size ratios of all invertebrates

I'm not sure I'd ever seen a cuttlefish before; they are among the most intelligent invertebrates and also have one of the largest brain-to-body size ratios of all invertebrates

Cleartail lionfish; I don't think the water quality was very good based on the animals I saw which thrive in polluted waters (sea stars, sea urchins, parrotfish, etc.)

Cleartail lionfish; I don't think the water quality was very good based on the animals I saw which thrive in polluted waters (sea stars, sea urchins, parrotfish, etc.)

The Temple of the Golden Buddha is 250  years old and has many legends surrounding it; whenever anyone tried to excavate more of the buddha they were met with misfortune

The Temple of the Golden Buddha is 250+ years old and has many legends surrounding it; whenever anyone tried to excavate more of the buddha they were met with misfortune

Laem Phromthep is the southernmost point on Phuket Island; I rented a car but found the driving extremely nerve-wracking with the huge number of scooters going every which way

Laem Phromthep is the southernmost point on Phuket Island; I rented a car but found the driving extremely nerve-wracking with the huge number of scooters going every which way

It's hard to tell but this is a huge crown of thorns sea star; I think it's the largest one I'd ever seen which doesn't bode well for the health of the ecosystem here

It's hard to tell but this is a huge crown of thorns sea star; I think it's the largest one I'd ever seen which doesn't bode well for the health of the ecosystem here

Barred thicklip wrasse; some of the island's best beaches have been purchased by resorts in recent years and then closed to the public; Phuket is better suited to people who like all-inclusive resorts

Barred thicklip wrasse; some of the island's best beaches have been purchased by resorts in recent years and then closed to the public; Phuket is better suited to people who like all-inclusive resorts

With my Thai islands tour ending early I had 2 extra nights in Phuket so I booked a new hotel with views of Patong Beach; there was no beach at my beach resort but there was an infinity pool

With my Thai islands tour ending early I had 2 extra nights in Phuket so I booked a new hotel with views of Patong Beach; there was no beach at my beach resort but there was an infinity pool

Juvenile spotted parrotfish; I'd never seen this species before; March is dry season so the weather every day is about the same with highs around 90, high humidity and a light breeze

Juvenile spotted parrotfish; I'd never seen this species before; March is dry season so the weather every day is about the same with highs around 90, high humidity and a light breeze

Phuket's busiest Buddhist temple is Wat Chalong; it dates back more than 150 years but the temple seemed just like the many others on the island

Phuket's busiest Buddhist temple is Wat Chalong; it dates back more than 150 years but the temple seemed just like the many others on the island

I swam out to this island where I'd read there was good snorkeling; after the great visibility and gorgeous underwater scenery in Raja Ampat it was a big letdown here

I swam out to this island where I'd read there was good snorkeling; after the great visibility and gorgeous underwater scenery in Raja Ampat it was a big letdown here

I stayed across the bay in the hotel in the trees at the end of the road; it was a mistake to stay at the very southern end of the island since it took forever to get anywhere

I stayed across the bay in the hotel in the trees at the end of the road; it was a mistake to stay at the very southern end of the island since it took forever to get anywhere

Reticulated butterflyfish; I drove to Old Phuket Town one day to take a walking tour but there was absolutely no parking anywhere; after driving around I concluded there really wasn't anything worth seeing there

Reticulated butterflyfish; I drove to Old Phuket Town one day to take a walking tour but there was absolutely no parking anywhere; after driving around I concluded there really wasn't anything worth seeing there

Quoy's parrotfish; I visited Paradise Beach one day but there was a $6  entrance fee and they also wouldn't allow my Coke Zero in so I opted to go elsewhere

Quoy's parrotfish; I visited Paradise Beach one day but there was a $6+ entrance fee and they also wouldn't allow my Coke Zero in so I opted to go elsewhere

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