We have just come back from 10 nights in Karon and I was undecided about whether to post a JBR, as we really didn't do very much at all, however I like reading them all regardless as it takes me back to paradise, so here goes!
We arrived on Saturday 15th March on Thai airways. Having always previously flown Bangkok airways on little planes it was strange to arrive in Phuket on a rammed 747, another jumbo arrived at the same time as us and the arrivals hall was complete bedlam compared to previous visits. Luckily we had a transfer arranged and were out and on our way swiftly.
Going up Patong Hill there appeared to have been a nasty accident involving about 5 cars, it really is a dangerous stretch of road.
We arrived at the Centara Villas at 11 am and were so pleased to be in our villa by 11.30 as we had notified them of our early arrival. We had a pool villa so it was off with the jeans, on with the bikini, into the pool and relax....we're here!!
After all the reports of wall to wall sunshine we were a bit dismayed when the heavens opened at 3pm, but what the hell, it didn't last long and we were down in Karon for cocktails and dinner by 7. Not sure where we ate, but it was a small family place with no name just up from the Red Onion. I was craving shrimp cakes so had these along with Penang beef curry, absolute heaven, have never seen shrimp cakes anywhere in Thailand apart from Phuket!
To be honest the rest of our time followed the same lines, lunch at Kai's beach bar, a 5 minute walk from the villas, where the food was amazing. Overlooking the beach which is quite peaceful at that end, with a cold Singha was complete paradise. Then drinks in Karon - the Calypso bar just off the main road up from the Circle had live music every night and the female singer was great, although the repertoire did get a bit repetitive after a few days! Then onto somewhere for dinner, I can recommend the Karon Cafe Inn for a good steak as a change from thai fare, it was chargrilled and melt in the mouth.
We did venture into the madness that is Bangla Road for one evening, to meet friends who were staying in Kamala. Got to say it is not our cup of tea and what thoroughly upset me was the guys carrying the poor creatures around for photo opportunities, iguanas and a little slow loris, plus the ignorant tourists who help keep them in business. I cannot believe that this is happening in this day and age, I told one of them he was evil, but obviously he couldn't care less.
So, apart from that, what can I say, we had another wonderful holiday and now, back in chilly England, can only start planning our next Thai adventure!