Phuket was the last stop on our 3 week visit. Our trip started in Singapore. Arrived there on a flight with Scoot, have no complaints at all with them, we left Sydney 10 mins early and got in about 15 mins ahead of schedule. We stayed overnight there at the Marina Bay Sands in the Grand Orchid Suite, great hotel but due to its size does lack any personal service or attention. Next day we left for 5 days each in Siem Reap and Chiang Mai. A hectic 10 days so a week to relax and recover from our hectic, non stop prior 10 days was welcome. This was our 5th visit to Phuket and once again had a lovely time. We booked Panya to pick us up from the airport, sadly we didn't get to see him, sent an alternative driver to collect us. Transfer was smooth and we were quickly dropped off at our hotel. We this time elected to stay at the Burasari in an Elite pool access room, our normal choice is the Patong Merlin, unfortunately they do not sell pool access rooms if you have children under 12 staying in them. We were absolutely not at all sorry with our choice. The Burasari is a wonderful hotel and still in the same vicinity as the Merlin and would not hesitate to stay here again. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing in and by the pool before we made our way back to our favourite haunt, The Dolphin Bar for a few cool drinks, a couple of games of pool and a bite to eat, they have one of the nicest massaman curries I have tasted anywhere.
Sadly, there are still numerous touts with illegally obtained wildlife trolling the bars looking for the ignorant, uneducated who think its great to have your photo taken with these unfortunate animals who end up in their hands. In fact it was the worst I have seen in the last five trips, there seems to be so many of them :(. Why there are not large signs posted at the airport advising incoming tourists that this in fact an illegal activity and to refrain from having your photo taken i can't understand, clearly not a bit interested in stamping out this abhorrent trade or practice!
Spent quite a bit of time on the beach this time, we'd not had the chance to do this on past trips as we were always busy with day trips etc. I was shocked at the amount of rubbish that you have to wade through when entering the water. Patong is our favourite place to stay, love the atmosphere and busyness of it, however, Kata and Karon have far nicer beaches if you want to swim.
During our stay I did head off daily for massages, can't imagine going to Phuket and not having them, each one was great. Also went to Jungceylon for a couple of facials, also great!
A week goes too fast and before we knew it, it was time to pack and head back to airport to come home :(. Travelled back to Singapore with Jetstar to pick up our Qantas flight. Used FF points for the return journey and flew business, have to say, on an overnight flight business class certainly is the way to go.
Love Phuket so much have already booked a trip back in October/November this year. :)