Well another wonderful trip to patond this year, I just love this place and never wont to come home.
FLIGHTS we flew jetstar for the first time from Melb via sydney tp Phuket. Great flight no complaints at all. Coming back was a bit different. Our flight was delayed 2.5 hours but thankfully we did receive a text msg from Jetstar so we spent an extra couple of hours in patong rather than waiting at the airport. Of course we then missed our connecting flight from syd - melb. Nobody told us that we could get a free bus from international to domestic terminal because we were coming in on international so we just went to the transfer bus and were quite put out to have to pay $5.00 each to get from one terminal to another.
They managed to fit us on a qantas flight 2 hours later which was the best they could do. This flight was then delayed over an hour so it was avery long trip getting home. Would fly jetstar again at the right price though.
HOTEL we booked online for the Mecure in Rat u thid rd as we got a red hot deal.
Could not fault this hotel the rooms were lovely the staff the best I have come across in Phuket or Bali.
The hotel offer lots of free entertainment eg Water aerobis, yoga classes, thai massage, fitness classes, fruit carving and learn to dive. They also offer Muay thai lessons for 250bht which my 15 son did a few times and just loved.
The hotel is in agreat spot 2 mins to otops and beach.Also on my husbands birthday, we got back to our room to find they had set the table with napkins cutlery etc and a beautiful birthday cake - hows that for customer service. we shared the cake with the staff
The only down side if i had to say one is that you can see into other rooms, and only half the pool gets the sun. But there is a small rooftop pool that is in sun all day.
FOOD well this is always one of the highlights of our trip our 13 year old lives on toasted sandwhiches and burgers, bit the rest of us love Thai food.
Shakers do the beast yellow prawn curry a great place to eat as a family as there is a pool table dart board and they have the footy etc on the big screen
We also ate at bushrangers, NO6, The Orchid,Best foods , the cheapest and great food is in otop markets we ate at Ma mores and for four of us with drinks 670 bht.
We did eat off the carts as we like to try everything. Steve got a couple of soups from the carts 60 bht take away it was delicious. We tried lots of food at the weekend markets in phuket town steve even had the deep fried crickets.
We loved shopping for food in Carrefour it was so cheap and interesting we bought some purple sweet rice that was yum lots of different types of cakes yum yum. We had the best brekkie ever at Didis first left after Junceylon. 150bht and you got the lot Steak (of your choice) bacon eggs toms, beans chips toast and jam juice tea or coffee, amazing.
WEATHER we had 2 completey washed out days and 3 -4 days with rain, was quite bearable. The rest of the days were perfect.
SHOPPING Carrefour fantastic for cosmetics, food and cheap underwear
Market behind junceylon alot of fixed prices very cheap and a nice change from bartering.
Phuket Markets very cheap and great atmosphere
Otop great shopping at good prices
Dvd 50b got from David at Kittys
Mens Suit $100 pants jacket and shirt very happy with it
Usual tshirts bathers shorts wathches wallets etc
Pandora charms in ocean plaza 180b - 415b also bought some from guy on beach road outside ban lamai for 600 b very nice ones with coloured stones
Tattoo with kids names and frangipani 5000B
Contact lenses for son 160 b for one month disposable perfectly good.
Glasses with transition lenses bi focal titanium frames 8000b
Teeth whitening 9000b
cobalt steel plate with two teeth on matched perfectly to hubbies other teeth 6000b, qouted $1000 in Aussie
Had a day trip with Mai didnt go far, went to the zoo and a few different beaches to check out. Had lunch at Tung Ka which was fabulous,
Also did fantasea this time I have been before, wasnt sure if the kids would like it but they loved it.
I still love walking down Bangla road just soaking up the atmosphere and taking in the sights.
Already looking forward to heading back next year but as much as I love patong I might try Krabi or somewhere different
To those of you heading off soon, have a great time you lucky things