Well here it is for what it's worth. Please excuse typos:
Flew out from Adelaide on SIA to Singapore, then onto Phuket with Silkair. For those in the know, I survived the flight on a terribly inappropriate cocktail of various sedatives.
Arrived at Phuket Airport expecting full on customs – what a laugh. They just sat there and waved us on through!! The ride to our hotel was hairy to say the least. Our first experience on Phuket roads was a real eye opener. My two kids thought it was a great hoot not having to wear seat belts.
Arrived at the Movenpick at approx 9.00pm. Absolutely devine. See my separate review on this stunning place. I loved it.
The next day we orientated ourselves. Walked around Karon and stopped at a nice local eatery. Could not believe how cheap the food and beers were. Hubby in seventh heaven. Popped down to the Karon beach markets. There were not many people there and you are very hassled from the moment you walk in. I’ve got to admit, not something I really enjoy. Retired to the rather gorgeous pool bar for the afternoon/evening. Kids loved it. Husbands loved it more (happy hour) It was a great start to the holiday.
We booked 2 tours. I’m going out on a bit of a limb here. Despite the many great recommendations from TA members, we eventually elected opt for other operators’. Firstly we decided to go on a 4 in1 morning safari. If I went to Phuket again, I would most definitely be more adventurous. However for first timers with kids, this morning tour which included a 30min elephant ride and was perfect for us. The kids had a ball. It was a great way to ease into Thailand.
Came back and got ready for our Friday night BBQ and to finally meet all these famous names. Megumi picked us up at 5.30. (Gotta laugh here – Ricahrd called earlier to confirm pick up and that Megumi would be picking us up in a ute. He asked if I knew what a ute was- ummm, well being Australian and all..).
The whole Friday night experience was great. Thank you Richard, Megumi and Bev for the organisation. There were so many of us that night, I feel I barely spoke to anyone, but hello again to 96ers, Jean&Steve and of course maori warrior!! It was a great night. Watch out for the pina coladas – they’re deadly. Yes – I climbed the pole. My husband went one better…he broke the bell rope when he got to the top! It was a brilliant night and a unique experience.
We did not catch up with any other TA events, mainly because we were one of the few with kids. Hope you all had a great time at Molly Malones.
On the Saturday we took a tuk tuk to Patong. Prices from Karon ranged from 150 to 250 baht. We never bothered bartering the price as there were 6 of us and really it is very cheap and might I add a fun way to travel small distances.
We were dropped right near the Holiday Inn. Every sense was assaulted the moment you alighted. Especially the nose. It can get pretty pongy there. Wandered the markets and spent quite some time in the OTop. Didn’t buy much for myself. I am a size 10-12. Not a lot fitted. However, the kids came back with a stack of Tshirts, dresses and bathers and soccer tops.
Stopped at the ba hai (I think) for a foot massage. 250baht for 45mins of pure bliss. The girls were wonderful there.
Returned briefly to Scruffy’s bar in Bangla road to see if local AFL game on. The back to our hotel- yes you guessed, more time by the pool.
We had been pretty lucvk with the weather so far. Whilst humid and cloudy - only a few showers
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