Our JBR 21st Jul – 1st Aug
I haven’t posted much on this forum (yet) but all the information I ever needed was already here – so THANKS to everyone who is a regular contributor, your help was much appreciated and all was useful. Also, I love reading all the JBR’s so I thought I would add our holiday journey as well (sorry it may be a bit long)
Well we came back on Thursday and I am now suffering from a severe case of post holiday blues … The trip over and back was both with Thai airways, the flights were good but I found the service and food served to be quite poor (maybe my husband and I were spoilt on our first trip with Thai back in Nov 2005 which was excellent). The flight back was horrible only because it was so late – left Bangkok at 11:45 pm and arrived in Perth at 7:00am (and we still had customs to go) – and travelling with young kids is always a challenge, next time I think we will try to get in at a reasonable time if possible.
Accommodation: We all stayed at the Holiday Inn (there were 13 Adults and 3 Children). My husband, stepdaughter and I all stayed in a Kids Suite … I was initially disappointed with the Hotel and the room but changed my mind in the next day – the staff were beautiful and the bed was fabulous. My brother and his family were in a Family Suite and this room was just great, strongly recommend people with young kids to try these rooms out, everyone will have a ball! The rest of the group all had superior rooms, and these are nice, clean rooms. The location was just perfect for all of us, markets out the back and front, restaurants everywhere, and the beach across the road … wish I was there now!! Another couple we knew who were there stayed at the Ban Thai (think that is how you spell it) and they both said that this hotel was great and they would definitely be going back there again.
Food: We ate a few different restaurants, I have to say Sweets was one of the highlights for me – Service and food were both excellent and there were so many of us and they still did separate bills for all of us (most restaurants did if you asked). We also ate at Patong Seafood, S and G, Savoey, Point Break (or Break Point) and a couple of others which I now can’t remember the names of… The only one I was disappointed in was Savoey, service was really slow and a fan above our table shorted out and the blades came raining down on half of us and there wasn’t even an apology … probably won’t be going there again.
Shopping: I just love walking through the streets in Patong, even with the tailors and taxi drivers … by the end of the holiday most of them would recognise us and just say “No suit for you” and smile at us, I found if you answered with a smile and a laugh they would let you be. Also, on a side note, loved the guy dressed as a cowboy (think he was working for a restaurant called Karlsons??) “Howdy Partner … do you wanna ssshhhhtteeeak” he provided all of us with endless hours of entertainment.
We really didn’t buy too much we did buy a lot of DVD’s (at Kitty’s and so far they have all been good – still a lot to go through though :)). I bought a lot of silk stuff i.e. tablecloths, table runners, cushion covers etc and my partner bought quite a few clothes and Boardies. Prices most of us paid are below:
DVD’s, CD’s 60 Baht (sometimes 50 Baht)
T-shirts 200 Baht
Board shorts (Surfie Brands) 400 Baht
Men’s Shorts (Surfie Brands) 600 Baht
Sunglasses (all brands) 200 Baht
Silk Cushion Covers 90 Baht
Silk Tablecloths (large sizes) 450 Baht
Silk Table runners 400 Baht
We also bought some art work from the Ban Lamaii art gallery on Beach Road – Prices vary we bought a very large piece which was in 4 parts and we loved it think in the end we probably could have got it cheaper but we were happy anyway :)
Tours: We didn’t get as much done as we would have liked, it’s hard to get such a large group of people heading in the same direction haha we went out to Phi Phi and Krabi islands – the tour company was OK (can’t remember the name even though they told us three times) and the tour guide more than made up for it he was such a laugh. One of the guides on the boat took us out quite a distance on Krabi island for snorkelling to look for reef sharks and we got to see a couple (I can’t believe I had the guts to do that and when I saw the first shark I did think about going back to shore – but the reef out there was just beautiful - not like closer to shore where it has been destroyed).
We all went to Fantasea as well, everyone really enjoyed our evening out but we all said we should have gone earlier as we missed out on seeing a lot as you walked in (especially if you have young children with you I suggest). We did the buffet and show and would recommend others to try this out as well, the sheer size of the buffet hall is amazing and something to see.
I wanted to do the Hongs by Starlight but didn’t get a chance – looks like I will need to go back again ..haha
All in all – we had a blast and all want to go back again … I am already researching new places to go and see :)
Sorry for the long read (and a repeat of information already given) but it’s nice to have a sneak peak into someone else’s holiday :)
All the best,