Hi well we have got back from Phuket and the tan is fading so time to write our report
We had 14 wonderful days in Phuket at the Kata Thani resort, after 9 years it was wonderful to go back
The hotel was as good as I remembered it Jen and I had the suite and the boys had a basic room both of which were excellent .I will put a more detailed report in the hotel section but I will point out a few things here
The area around the hotel has had a lot of the land purchased by the owner of the hotel
The good side of this is that there is no development happening so that relaxed feeling to this resort is still there
. The downside is that all of the cheap local restaurants on the beach have disappeared so you can only eat at the 2 or 3 that are behind the resort. They are OK but you have to travel a bit for something special. Also be aware that some rooms are newer that others .For example our rooms were very new and were easily 4 star but some of the Seaview rooms are older and would be classed 3 star
The sea was interesting very stormy the first week buy lovely the second
Make sure you watch out for the rip best to swim on the sides of Kata Nio beach for safety
They do have lifesavers there and we saw 3 people rescued while we were there!
Weather was very kind to us with only 3 hours of solid rain and a few light showers over 14 days
I would recommend only booking boat trips out when the weather is calmer as we heard of some people being very seasick
Driver- We had booked Mr Mor for a day trip round the island, pickup from the airport and a trip to Trang on the mainland over two days and 800 kms!
He was excellent a youngish guy with a great sense of humour
His English was good and we learnt a lot about him the island and Thai culture
I can highly recommend him to any one a very safe driver!!!
The BBQ was a hoot we meet Adam and his family, Pam and Josh from the USA and Steve and Mary
We had a great time but I am sorry that I didn’t get to meet the rest of you guys the night went so fast
It had to be one of the best value meals and entertainment about
Also got Richards life story on the way home gave me a few grey hairs!!!
Thanks for a great night mate (also loved that scotch)
I was also able to do a days diving with Magumi which was a real treat
Visibility was very good and I had a great time
If you have the chance you must do this
Restaurants were interesting our favourite was Smallviewpiont next to the Reggie bar overlooking Kata Thani the foods a little hot but the atmosphere is great
We also enjoyed On The rocks but you must book ahead
We were taken to Fantasea but feel it is more suited to young families
The elephant and gibbons were great Jen got a big hug when she got there and it was very special
Shopping-Mr Mor took us to some great places where it was set price which was very refreshing
I would also recommend The Jim Thompson factory outlet for some quality gear
Also the Central Mall was great with some real bargains to be found
The highlight was our trip to Trang
Mr Mor was able to bring his girlfriend along which was great and we were able to see a side of Thai life that is missing from Phuket
We visited the family of Por (our Thai exchange student that stayed with us for 4 months)
As Richard said the true Thailand experience is off the beaten track!
So to sum it up met some great people and found Phuket better than last time
This site had a lot to do with making this holiday great so thanks to you all