Day 7: Big Buddha Temple Phuket, Bangpae Seafood, Waterfall & Gibbon Sanctuary

Day 7: Big Buddha Temple Phuket, Bangpae Seafood, Waterfall & Gibbon Sanctuary


Hi Youtube, it’s Peter from Los Gatos. It’s Day 7 of our 2018 trip – and our first
full day in Phuket. We’re staying in Patong but will be spending
our day sightseeing around the island. Before heading out, we came out looking for
breakfast. We found a restaurant within the PS2 resort
complex just steps from our Airbnb and gave it a try. There were some Western options but there
were also some Thai options. We went for the latter. The food was decent but cost about 3-times
as much as they would in Bangkok. And then we were off. I’m more prepared now for Phuket driving
today after yesterday’s crash course. We’re heading to Bangpae today, which is
about an hour drive from Patong. There is a national park in Bangpae that
has a Gibbon Rehabilitation Center and a nature trail that takes you to a waterfall. The drive was extremely scenic and took us
through a lot of rubber tree plantations. This is a national park so, of course, there
is an entry fee. We got the local rate, but expect to pay 200
THB per person for entry and 30 for parking. There is a 50 % chance of rain today but we’re
hoping that this gorgeous weather holds up. The sound of cicadas was both amazing yet deafening First, we visited the gibbon rehabilitation
center. Every year in Thailand, thousands of gibbons
are hunted and captured for the amusement of tourists. Sanctuaries like this aim to help liberated
Gibbons reacclimate back to life in the wild. Although you can see a number of Gibbons in
the sanctuary, it’s important to remember that this is not a petting zoo. The center actually aims to educate visitors about
gibbons and raise funds through donations for its operation. Next, we started on the path toward the waterfall. It’s about a 15 minute trek through narrow
and rocky woodland. At the end of the path is the waterfall which is
absolutely gorgeous. You can actually jump into the water and cool
down, which is what most locals like do. What a great experience! Now, it was lunch time. We considered going to a famous restaurant
that was right outside of the park but they were closed today. Thankfully, Our back up place was just a 5
minute drive away. Bangpae seafood restaurant…looked gorgeous
but we were skeptical. The restaurant is located just off the coast
of the Andaman Sea and featured open air seating. We got there during low tide. We began lunch with with some cold beer and
then came our meals. [ Our food has arrived ] The crispy fish was my favorite. As we expected for Phuket, the prices were
on the higher end. But it was worth it. We didn’t realize it yet, but this was among the best meals we’ll have on this trip. After lunch, we headed toward out next stop… About an hour drive from Bangpae – and at
the very top of a mountain – is the famous Big Buddha temple of Phuket. Parking and admission are free but donations
are encouraged and fund the construction of the temple, which is still ongoing. From the base of the temple, you can see both
Karon and Kata Beaches. The view from the very top is spectacular. While we were admiring the site, we heard
a small commotion coming from the north side of the temple so we went to take a look. People had their cameras out and it seemed
like they were admiring the northernly view….but actually…It was the monkeys, which apparently
grabbed someone’s belongings. I guess they all missed the warning signs. After about an hour or so at the temple, we
made like this kitty and bounced. It was the early evening by this point and
we planned to head toward the famous Promthep Cape to watch the sunset. Promthep was about an hour away and offered
us an unobstructed view of the sunset over the ocean. Of course, we were warned that it would be an insane
tourist trap. As we headed down the mountain from the Big
Buddha, we noticed a few roadside places that seemed to also offer a spectacular view of
the sunset. It didn’t take long for us to change our
mind and pull over at Suan Naaak Rach restaurant – which was just 5 minutes away from the Big
Buddha. We got some wine, beer, and snacks to enjoy
while we waited. Stopping here was a good call. We headed back to Patong after the sunset. After a 45 minute drive, the 50 % chance of
rain finally caught up with us so we’ll end the vlog here. We’ll be getting up at 4 am tomorrow for our the
most anticipated part of our trip. If you liked this video be sure to give it
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