We knew that taking the winding road to the top of the Nakkerd Hills would be an adventure when we hopped on our rented scooter to explore the most famous and revered landmark in Phuket, Thailand. The trip up was beautiful with views of Phuket town disappearing and turning to thick forest as we past small villages and shops. It was also a bit daring when the sharp turns and gravel roads meant some squeals (ok screams...sorry J) from me sitting on the back of the motorbike! The Big Buddha sits atop the hills and at 45 meters tall the Big Buddha has 360 degrees views of Phuket town, Karon beaches, and Chalong Bay. The construction of Big Buddha is still ongoing with the inside rooms filled with tourists able to purchase tiles that will be a permanent part of the structure. It is said that this construction has already cost 8 million to 11 million Thai Bhat (about 280,000 US dollars). Many come to see the views, tour the structure, and offer prayers. This was on of our last days in Thailand and the views and the folks we met were amazing.
Grateful for the opportunity to explore Phuket, Thailand. I came across a list of unusual travel words and "coddiwomple" so resonated with me. I am so drawn to travel and exploring and my purpose is always to learn more about the Creator's world, hear people's stories, and discover more about myself, others, and who God is. This travel is purposeful but always seems towards a vague destination, one not even clear to me most times. A destination that slowly reveals itself more and more I learn and am stretched. I know that stories matter and the more I learn the more I will not settle for a singular voice but rather are pulled towards the diversity of the world and other's experiences to understand my own story. I am always seeking more, and hopeful of what He is teaching me in these adventures.
Where do you long to go? What is your purpose when traveling?
Happy travels friends, Roxanne