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Jbr Phuket - dec 2011

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Jbr Phuket - dec 2011

First off make sure at the airport qhen leaving walk out and turn right and go to the metered taxi stand , you'll get hassled by everyone here offering everything and anything so just focus on the taxi stand and keep moving ( thanks TA)

We stayed at L'esprit Nia yang , it's clean and nice but give it a year or so when it's more established and they build a bridge over the swamp.

I loved Nia yang , Its quite and the food choices are awesome , fresh cheap seafood everywhere, nice bars that ate friendly , a beach great for sunbaking and cooling off . Loved it but would stay closer to the beach next time.

Next stop was racha/ raya island at the Rayaburi resort , the boat ride was hell , juggling luggage , cramped boat , rough seas , got drenched , crappy jetty. Def not worth it !!!! We only went for the snorkeling and tried all the diff bays and the snorkeling was very average ( guess we are spoilt with Fiji and home near the great barrier reef)

The resort was nice abs the restaraunr served good meals , the beach was beautiful ( but coraly) loved drinking wine ( bring ur own) by the sea at sunset , upon leaving the same boat ride from hell . Untill they get there own boat and a jetty I wouldn't stay on the island , better snorkeling south end of karon anyway. And the poor day trippers , crowded coral beach , jellyfish , herded around Like cattle , average lunch,, stay

away !

We then went to patong , stayed at ibis and it's clean and central enough. The shopping in paying is ok in the street stalls if u can barter , great food , sabai sabai was good so was toms seafood and mk's at jungy . Bars I liked was rock city and Nicky's handlebar bar ,,Bangla rd was fun and the ping ping was a great laugh but birds n fish ???? I didn't read that on TA ?? Still shocking but an experience to tell the grandiose Oneday ;) ,,,went to old Phuket town markets and they were good and cheap but same same , food was good though .. And finally did the starlight sea canoe with John grays and it was excellent very proffessional and great food and guides , not crowded and worth the pricetag ,

In summary

Loved Nai yang but shhhh please don't let everyone overcrowd the place :)

Patong worth a visit and not a scary place at all just don't get fall Down

Drunk ,,,the taxis are ruthless negotiate before you get in and ask the driver questions so u know he speaks English and really knows where he is going,,

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1. Re: Jbr Phuket - dec 2011

Thanks for the JBR Maverick , just under 6wks for us to go to Patong . Getting excited !!

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2. Re: Jbr Phuket - dec 2011

sounds like you had some intersting experiences!!!

As for the birds and goldfish, well we cant tell you everything, have to let you find out somethings for yourself lol

Thanks for sharing


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3. Re: Jbr Phuket - dec 2011

Thanks for the report.

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4. Re: Jbr Phuket - dec 2011

Thank you

Love reading JBR's.

You sound as though you had a good time.

Can't wait until April for our turn.



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