Air Asia flight from Coolangatta to KL was good, left and arrived on time.As we had a 5 hour lay over in KL we wanted to have a decent meal so we went through immigration, caught the Tune shuttle, only to find that the 'Decanter' restaurant had closed down about six before.We ended up back at the terminal eating sandwiches.
The flight to Phuket was just over an hour and we were met by Phuket Shuttle. Everything was fine except I got a phone call while on the way to Patong trying to sell me tours. Also we witnessed the aftermath of a fatal on the main road from the airport.Very unpleasant.
Check in was simple, cool drinks and cold towels.The Banthai was just as good as it was the last time we were here.
We shopped at OTOP markets and Jungceylon the next morning.and we both had a facial at 'Pinmara' which is in the Robinson complex.Have to say even I thought it was great.
We ate at Karon Sea Food, Sea Hag, Da No1, Chez Benards (twice) Natural Restaurant, Sabai Sabai, The Orchards, Bite Inn and others I cannot remember. Sabai Beach Restaurant was closed for about a month. Had excellent meals at all the restaurants mentioned but I would not go back to Sea Hag as the bill was double what it should have been.
We had a day out with Panya and we went to Kamala,Surin and Laguna and then on to Phuket Marina. That was quite impressive. We strolled around the Botanical Gardens which we enjoyed, although the entrance fee was expensive. Was shown around Phuket Town and we like that as well.
We had a day out with Mark on Phuket Sails and have a great time.Lunch was as good as any meal we had the whole stay.
Spent half a day in Karon and also went to Festival Central.
Panya's wife picked us up and took us to the Phuket weekend markets and Panya took us home.I always love this market especially the food.
One thing I will be doing next time is hiring a car.I have never thought about it before but the cost of taxis is out of control. This was painfully obvious when we wanted to go to Tunk Ka Cafe for lunch and every taxi wanted to charge 1000 baht return for a 25 min drive. I can hire a car for a day for less than that.
The weather was perfect for our stay and the only rain we had was at the airport on our way home.
We were stopped many times by the timeshare touts and not once was there any rudeness or abuse.
All in all it was a fantastic and enjoyable holiday