Thailand Part Two : Karon Cliffs and Cycling Big Buddah

My wife arranged a quick four day stay in Phuket. At first I was a little reluctant because I never really enjoyed the whole beach life gig. Thankfully she ignored me and booked our flights out of Bangkok because I definitely had one of the best trips of my life. Phuket is incredible. thai_pt2_01

Air Asia sucks but at least we found a deal online and got two round trip tickets for a little over 100 bucks. For that price they could have stuck me in cargo hold for all I care.

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I found my bike box on the baggage claim carousel completely open! Ridiculous. Thankfully nothing really got damaged except for my fenders which are now useless. Good thing I brought a large roll of duct tape.

This box has taken a beating.

This box has taken a beating. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks towards the end of the trip!

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We stayed at the Secret Cliff Resort which sits on top of the Karon Cliffs sandwiched between Koran and Patong beach. Despite the traffic the moutanous landscape makes Phuket a cycling mecca.

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I had my eye set on climbing to see the Big Buddah which is a 45m high statue made of Burmese marble. The climb to the top of the mountain was very challenging with 20 % grades and higher. Everyone I spoke to and all the information I found online stated that this was no easy climb.

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This pier was stunning with stairs at the end that led right into the warm waters.

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The roads leading up to the Big Buddah were insane. I am stoked I was able to make it up.

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