Well it was time to move to Kata Beach ...Arranged with Daj to do the transfer from the Thara to the Tropical Gardens Resort in Kata Beach .
We checked out at 12 noon which went smoothly and was completed in about 10 minutes ... it was sad to leave the Thara but know we will return.
Now I have stayed in Kata before and wanted to try a different hotel the last one did not cut it with us ..... I chose the Tropical Gardens Resort based on location and price as our travelling companions were on a bit of a budget.
Cheeck in had a couple of hiccups ,but mainly my fault ..the lovely and ever helpful Chantal from Phuket Scuba Club had gone and checked out the rooms for me before I booked amd her answers were completely honest.... She said there was alot of steps but the veiw from the room was great .
Well Chantal was right there was alot of steps but I coped even with my disability and the veiw was great looking out on Kata Beach. Spent the rest of the afternoon was spent having a swim and a few coldies ( yes we still had our iceboxes and were very handy ) around 6pm we headed off to Phuket Scuba Club to catch up with Chantal and Kevan as well as hand over some goodies it was great to see them again
The Phuket Scuba Club is next door to the Bounty Bar a place we fell in love with and it was great to catch up with them ..... The food at the Bounty is really tasty and inexpensive ... their massaman curry is to die for and they keep the drinks flowing.. It is also a great place to watch the world pass by.
Kata was very quiet this year more than usual but that was ok as we were ment to be chilling after the hectic previous week ....The staff at the Tropical Gardens seem become friendlier as the days passed there are 2 pools which are ok and the guys at the pool bar are very funny.... Breakfast was just ok but we had been spoilt by the Breakfast at the Thara ....the selection was not too bad but things like the egg station could do with some improvement...like cook the eggs fresh to order and the bacon should be kept in a bain-marie not sitting in a tray on the egg grill ... it becomes dry and not very edible .... it is always interesting to observe other nationalities at breakfast ..can be quite amusing ( things like the wife loading up the toaster with 12 pieces of bread whilst hubby filled the plates )
We had arranged a day tour with Daj and he picked up some of our guests from the Wedding and then picked us up We did Kok Chang Safari all the view points and Big Buddha and because we had 4 yr old Gracie with us we decided to do Phuket Aquarium as she is fascinated by fish .... We hadn't been there before and was great if you have small children we didn't do Wat Chalong as Gracie was getting very tired ... Daj as usual was fantastic and helpful as alwaysand nothing is too much trouble.
We also ate at Kata Mama's seafood a few times then went for a stroll along the beach ..the first time we did this we left the beach near the publice toilet block and my best man Kenny went to wash the sand off his feet... Now I had told Kenny before we left for Phuket that never lose your cool with a Thai person explaining the various reasons... Well Kenny didn't notice the sign saying that to use the facilities costs ..He went in and was out in 10 seconds didn't do anything But the Thai guy demanded he pay 15 baht .....Well Kenny said what for?? I said Kenny just pay well it got quite heated with me apologising and Kenny refusing to pay for just walking in and out.... When I seen the Thai guy starting to use his mobile I said Kenny pay now!! which he did under sufferance and had his change thrown at him..... This could have been very very nasty .
I tried to explain to Kenny but I think sadly this left him with a sour outlook on Kata Beach and he was like a dog with a bone for the next few days..... I forgot to mention I started to become ill the day after the Wedding started with sore throat and developed in to a rotten head cold But many thanks to Chantal who said to go to the Pharmacy and get some Tiffy pills well they work like magic and so cheap too and they kept me going for the rest of the holiday.
The day before we were leaving we had a private charter booked with Phuket Sail Tours doing the Hong tour on the Sakai ... Was great to see Captn Mark again and he and the staff never let you down ... It was a very special day out with Captn Mark and crew and just the 4 of us ..... My friends are still talking about a truly wonderful day and Captn Mark this time made sure that this time we got into a hong that on my first trip with him I was unable to see due to my disability ...Let me tell you it was worth the effort and has only further confirmed the he is one of the best tour operators in Phuket who goes above and beyond to ensure that all his guests enjoy themselves.
Well the next morning we had a early flight back to Singapore and I had arranged for Daj to do the transfer we had informed the front desk the night before of our early checkout ...But let me say this the best laid plans ...... We tried ringing the front desk to arrange for our bags to go to the lobby but no answer so Kenny and I went down to the front desk and left the ladies in the room with the bags ...checkout was completed in 10 minutes ...well the financial side was ...Kenny and I sat down to wait for the ladies to come down.....after 30 minutes we checked with the front desk yes our bags were on the way down ..after 40 minutes we rang the ladies ..no sign of the bellboys ..and by this time Daj was there ..now the more you ask about things seems to make things happen slower we finally got our bags 1 hour later and this meant we were going to be late for our flight as the peak traffic had started.
Needless to say I did not tip the bellboys as they were both sitting there until the Security gaurd and Daj had spoken to them ..they were not happy but bad luck I dont reward bad service... Well Daj was a tad worried like us that we would not make our flight even though it was not his fault ..so after a few frantic phone calls Daj had a plan that we would go via the coast through Kamala etc to avoid the worst of the traffic ...Daj was brilliant and focused but most of all he was safe ..not taking risks ..and he got us there on time we were so happy not only did I give him a rather large tip I also gave him the two iceboxes so he could use them on his day tours to keep the drinks cold.
We had a great time the Wedding was fantastic ..the trip was a little hectic but still enjoyable .... The most quirky thing was that we did not once go down Bangla Rd lol ....It was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones .... Jinda's is still best value for money shop with no hassling required. TheThara is still our favourite place to stay in Patong ...Tropical Gardens good value budget accomodation but dont think will stay again.
We will be back the next trip is already in the planning thanks for taking the time to read our JBR's
Lozza and Mrs Lozza