The Pure Simplicity Of Phuket (PHOTOS) | Melanie Nayer

The car ride to the top of the mountain was something similar to a rickety roller-coaster ride one might be dared to take on at an aging amusement park. The winding roads got increasingly narrower and my stomach got increasingly knotted at every bend. As we passed a family of elephants walking along the side of the road, I was convinced the change in altitude had caused me to hallucinate.

Then, just when I was ready to yell "stop!" to the driver and spend the next few minutes managing my car sickness on the side of the road, it appeared: a giant Buddha at the top of a mountain.

The Burmese white marble 150-feet high structure is one of Phuket's most revered landmarks on top of