Friday, November 21, 2008

More on Phuket

Our accommodation (click on the photo to enlarge)

View from our balcony

Phuket is a popular holiday destination for people all over the world. This is my first time visiting. I cannot see any difference between Pattaya and Phuket especially at Patong beach. The similarity is amazing. Heaps and heaps of “farang” a.k.a. Caucasians.

We were really glad that we were not staying around that area.

There are many activities to do in Phuket, but we just wanted to hang around and relax. There are activities enough to keep the children occupied for days.

This is the life....

Our first night at Phuket was spent on a short boat ride to explore the facilities of the area. The location of our accommodation is located together with 7 other hotels/resorts. It’s interesting.

Morning of the second day was spent at the swimming pool and afternoon at the beach. The Phuket sea creates a huge wave and it was really fun trying to jump over the waves. It was huge! It was so fun doing that with Joel and then later with Ethaniel. With Ethaniel, I had to hold him initially. It could be scary but eventually he was brave enough to stand by himself. We stood in a row with our back facing the waves.

I have not done that for a long time. I felt like a child again...

We seldom see such huge waves either at Rayong, Koh Chang, Pattaya or Koh Samet. Reminds me of the tsunami. Must have been really really huge. Anyway.

Playing with the children was one of the hi-light of the trip. As you can see, the photo on the right, we were at it again... My son and I throwing each other into the pool...

On the third day, Hubby and Joel went around cycling in the morning and during the afternoon, we went to Phuket town. On the way back, we stopped by Patong beach. A very busy area.

Along Patong Beach (click on photo to enlarge)

We visited the neighbor hotel, which had 6 connected swimming pools. It has great facilities which we enjoyed the whole day. My Sons was so excited that there was free iced tea at the pool area. How so little things can make them so happy.

We visited a hotel which enabled us to use their facilities with a fee of THB350 per child inclusive of lunch and drinks and facilities for a day e.g. water park, archery, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, tennis, badminton and golf range. It was a good day, full of activities again.

By the time we wanted to go sailing, it was already closing time, so, the children did kayaking instead.

Joel enjoyed squirting in the swimming pool

All in all, we had a relaxing time in Phuket. Most of the activities revolved around the children.

The standard of living in Phuket is slightly higher than Bangkok, admitted by a local vendor. Hawker food can cost THB40 in Phuket whilst in Bangkok, that would be supermarket foodcourt price. The go-cart cost THB550 for 10 mins whilst we pay THB250 in Muaklek. I guess its a tourist location, being the main reason. I wonder how the locals cope with this.

November is usually a high season but its about 30% occupancy for some hotels which usually have 100% around this time.

I spoke to a local vendor, he is hoping that December will be better. Well, for his sake, I hope so.


Kellan said...

Sounds wonderful - sound like a place I would love!!

Take care - Kellan

Raynebow said...

I love phuket - been there a few times! Wanna go again!