Thank you for your kind words on my JBR I posted yesterday. I forgot to add what we did.
Family of 4 - 2 adults 2 kids 4 and 7 yrs 2 weeks at Hol Inn Patong in Kids Suite. Low Season 23 June - 06 July
This is what we did:
Phang Bay Speedboat with Phuket Sail Tours
Phuket Go Carts Tadem at Phuket Shooting Range - go fun for kids
Phuket Shooting Range - shot guns pricey but fun to shoot a gun
Kok Chang Safari - 20 minute ride with kids...yes even they hit the elephants and we had kids. We looked at most of them as you pass all of them on the way to Kok Chang and I feel they offered the best location and trek.
Kata View Point, Big Buddha,
Fantasea - didn't eat there don't get there too early just shops and games
the show was good we had seen it before ..just went for the kids
Get a tuk tuk to take you as you have to leave very early on the Fantasea buses and wait for buses at the end of the night and then they drop everyone off at the hotels..late night. Tuk Tuk is more expensive but he was waiting at the doorway exit for us and we left well before people had lined up for the buses.
Dino Putt Putt - Go in the evening we knew it was hot but thought we would be okay during the day....boy were we wrong..stinking hot no breeze. Go at night time so it is cooler and everthing is lit up. Way too hot during the day.
Fed the elephants again at Siam Elephant and did the viewpoint at the end of holiday as my daughter fell in love with the elephants and wanted to feed them again.
Jet Ski - Yes we braved it!!! They were very nice they were the ones with the Aussie flag, middle of the beach. My hubby and 4 yr old ..yes 4 yr old went on one..she loved it and wanted to go faster. The let my husband take photos of Jetski before hand and were happy to point out all of the dints etc. Yes they are young and look a little bit dodgy but we found them pleasant to deal with. They offered myself and son a seat in the shade to watch hubby and daughter fly past. The Jetskis have been altered so they do not go as fast as they should. We did not get scammed.
Got a Wii chip for games..Wii games 60 bht..hopefully it all works as we have quite a few!! Will let you know once we fit it..hopefully it works.
Tattoo - Lama Tattoo hubby got half lower sleeve, me thai words on front shoulder blade very happy
Taxi motorbikes - I used alot when hubby getting tattooed and kids in kids club. Very cheap 30/40 bht one end beach road to other 50/60 bht longer trips. Great if just 1 or 2 of you. A lot cheaper than those tuk tuks
Tuk Tuks - we just said 150 bht to Hol Inn. They would say 200 I would just have my 150 ready in hand then they say okay. This seemed to be the lowest price.... I couldn't get it any lower than 150bht around Patong. Didn't bother to barter some times if kids hot and bothered just paid the standard 200 bht.
DVDs - 60 bht got most of them front out front of hello kitty otop markets they are all very good ...thank you whoever said that on trip advisor. He would put back the dodgy ones like cars 2, transformers 3 all the new ones back and say 'no good'. We bought them elsewhere and they were dodgy you can her the kids crying in the cinema..
Bangla Road- fine to take kids down at night. No problems ,our kids liked walking down the street. Everyone just tries to sell them the fluro toys
Bars - We went last November. The bars were a lot busier at night and Otop Bars were all busy. In June/July they really want your money at the bars. The Otop Bars were more quiet with only a few at selected bars. Bangla Bars were quieter I thought June/July
Jungelceyon - As you walk between the first section and the back there are a few stalls on the 'bridge' to the second part. Everything 100 bht on the tables. We bought some nice large elephants and buddhas all for 100 bht each. I found them the cheapest place for elephants, buddhas, purses etc. Elsewhere they wanted 400 bht for same ceramic polished elephants
Findig Shops - good sale on at the time kids shoes 99 bht 199 for nice slip on heavy duty shoes for kids. Great ladies shoes.. Great shop. Cheaper than some of the shops. Most shops wanted 200 for thongs / cheap shoes but Findig seemed to be better quality and just as cheap.
Cheap handbags - not the copy ones just a thai brand I think but were around 400-500bht for large handbangs. Lots of cheap wallets aswell. I could have gone wild with the shoe buying
BIG C - Jungleceyon like a big BIG W. We bought pillows for the plane trip home nice kids ones with pillow case over them for 89bht. Saved us on the flight.
They have all the stuff at cheap prices..if not cheaper that the shops you have to barter with. Good for clothes, kids rash shirts, kids togs proper ones that are the full suits ..not just cheap bikinis..Just like a BIG W at home. Great shop...air con and no bartering..unfortuneatley we found it the 2nd last day looking for pillows for the flight home. Can buy balls, sunscreen, toys, beach things at good prices.
Holiday Inn Patong - Could not fault this hotel in anyway. Mix of clientele..mostly Aussies, a lot of groups...One Aussies lady thought she would go and hold 12..yes 12 beach lounges by the pool. She did!!. They soon put a stop to it. A few people from Korea and Japan we met were lovely..they were amazed my 4 yr old could swim..we would throw her in the pool just to freak them out......mean Queenslanders I know but god it was funny. A particular group of clientele were very rude and there were a lot of them at the holiday inn. They would speak very rudley to the lovely thai ladies cleaning the rooms. They also swam in all of their clothes..head to toe.
The staff at Holiday Inn were amazing. If anyone has any questions re: babysitting please feel free to ask or kids club. I think we tried out all of the babysitters...horrible parents aren't we!!
My daughter was staying in with me on one of the nights and she asked..."Can we have a babysitter" no your staying with me Ella...'I want a babysitter"
That has to say something about the lovely ladies.
Can't wait to go again.....
We past a Hotel on either Kata Beach or Kata Noi beach a big hotel green grass.. trapeze in the gardens..golf course I think.. this looked really nice for next time.
Has anyone stayed at Kata or Kata Noi. The beach is beautiful. I have only stayed at Patong? Don't really like the look of Karon been through few times.
What is Kata or Kata Noi Like??? is it really quite compared to Patong???
Already planning next trip..start saving Nicky