Hi everyone, firstly thanks for all your help planning our second trip to Thailand, only difference was we had the pleasure of taking our 15 and 13 year old boys.
Just a quick warning, this may be long :)
Flew with Scoot Airlines from the Gold Coast to Singapore and then TigerAirways from Singapore to Phuket......have nothing bad to say about either, both left and arrived on time, seats and food as expected for low cost carriers, can't complain when we only paid $640 each return. Two tips, only take carry on on the way over and don't prepay your meals.
We booked our hotel transfers with Panya, he sent his friend Mr Chai who was very nice and a safe driver and was waiting outside for us with a sign, paid 1700B ($52AU) return to Karon in a nice, modern 10 seater......please beware of people waiting by the luggage with the trolleys keen to find you a taxi. This didnt happen last time so we weren't prepared, he just took off out to the taxi stand before we could even stop him and the cunning part of it all was that it was too late to exchange our money inside and we had to "conveniently" do it at one of the tourist stands outside where he obviously knew the lady and then had the cheek to wait for a tip :(
Anyway, back to the good bits, we arrived at Karon Hillside Hotel just before 10pm, got a very good deal of 650B ($20AU) per room, per night for a twin and king room (low season of course) Too excited to sleep so headed out to dinner down the road.
Day 1: As recommended by TA members we headed to Karon Cafe which was about a 10 min walk for us and worth every hot, sweaty step lol! It became our regular breakfast spot for the next week. Lovely staff, free wifi and GREAT prices....99B ($3) for eggs benedict then add 49B ($1.50) for the continental breakfast, my boys thought it was Christmas and nearly cleaned them out of waffles, muffins and yoghurt :) We headed back to the hotel for a swim as we were being picked up by Manop (Awesome guy!) at 2pm to visit an orphange in Koh Sireh. I had contacted The Sunshine Village a few months before and we were visiting with truck loads of pyjamas kindly gifted from friends and family. It was a very humbling experience and one I'm sure my boys and I will remember for a long time, especially when the "House mumma" reminded by boys of how lucky there were to have us both. If you have the time and funds, please pay them a visit :) On the way to the Phuket Town night markets we stopped to feed some monkeys on an unusual island in the middle of town, interesting! We spent 2 hours at the market before it got too crowded. If you see something you like BUY IT! I thought I could buy a particular watch anywhere or we'd make it back, but no. They have all the usual stuff but my 15 year old loved the food area and tryed lots of different things and the 13 year old was amazed at all the exotic animals you could buy. Manop was right on time to take us back to the hotel where we had dinner. Headed down to the 7/11 to stock up on munchies and beer, the boys were in fits over paying $3 for a can of coke, a packet of chips, a magnum icecream and a chocolate bar. This is also where our sons discovered Banana Roti (Pancakes) and so began the 15 year olds roti obsession. I'll leave it here for now, Day 2 and 3 tommorrow.