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First Timers

Hi Looking into going to Patong for 2weeks in march ,we will fly to Bangkok and then we are going to get a flight with AIR Asia to Phuket ,could anyone tell me is it best to book the flight to Phuket before we go or buy your ticket at the airport on arrival ,on line for 3 of us return approx £180 .We dont know wether to go bb or room only ?is breakfast cheap ? and we usually just grab a snack at lunch time ie sandwich what would that cost? Sorry to be asking all these questions but usually go to Goa where food is very cheap but visas have doubled in price

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1. Re: First Timers

ALWAYS book flights in advance - www.skyscanner.com

Unless you are going 4/5 star, in my experience hotel breakfasts aren't worth having to wake up early for.

It would be a crying shame if you ate a sandwhich in Thailand. The local food it out of this world. No need to pay more than 150 baht (£3) for a main.

Edited: 1:10 pm, December 24, 2013
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Hi Pemb Redhead,Firstly who are you flying to Bangkok with ?Have you booked already?Because with some airlines you can book all sectors together.Where do you you fly from? We go fairly regularly and we fly from Manchester.But if you fly from Gatwick you have more choice.Also have a look at Thomson Fly as they go direct to Phuket from Gatwick but where extremely expensive when we first looked.Lately on some dates ive seen prices as low as £1000 for two return.Also they do Package tour sthere.Have a look at Thomson Hols on line.May not be your Bag but worth a look anyway.I would always go for Band B as we have been lucky to book places which serve up fab breakfasts that keep you going all day.Anyway if we can be of any further help,dont hesitate to ask .

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hi thanks for the information ,we live in south wales so usually travel up to gatwick to fly .We have been looking at direct flights but they are expensive so have looked at Emirates with one stop ,I think we will go b&b or self catering ,we are going to look at Thompson Fly it would be better to fly direct to Phuket

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4. Re: First Timers

I would book flights tol phuket before you leave, the bonus if you book a "thru" flight is that you dont have to collect baggage at BKK, so you can usually get much closer flight times.

I have always booked BB at hotels and have always found them good value, and I have stayed in plenty of 3 star places. Big breaky, light lunch/snack and dinner, cheaper in the long run

Michelle

Edited: 8:11 pm, December 26, 2013
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5. Re: First Timers

Do the thai domestic NOK air (google them) or Air Asia (which is dearer than NOK at most times). Stay - for longer stays try the establishments behind Jung Ceylon, a stone's throw across the mall to the madness but you have non-bombastic nights for your two weeks. Also its cheaper.

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6. Re: First Timers

Hi

Emirates, Qatar and Thompson fly directly into Phuket. Emirates via Dubai, Qatar via Doha and Kuala Lumpur and Thompson with no stops. You would not collect your bags or have to check in on any of these, nor will you need to book an internal flight.

Last year we actually found the cheapest prices with Singapore (via Singapore obviously) and Malaysian [via Kuala Lumpur]. Again, you do not collect your bags or have to check in again or need to book another flight. However the flights are out of Heathrow which is actually closer to you than LGW. I use Skyscanner with any London airport as my from destination, and then Phuket as the to destination, and get rid of the 2, 3 or more stops depending on what I am looking to do. I've seen prices a lot lower then £1000, as we prefer to book the hotels ourselves. But having a Thompson package suits some (we use it when heading to Turkey).

We would never ever leave booking our internal flights [if we needed them] until we get there.

We normally have a snack lunch from a food court in a mall, a street cart or similar and you will pay around 200thb per person. But you can spend a lot more.

Many hotels will have breakfast included, and they can work out as good value. I would not bother will half or full board. However, you can get a breakki of toast, coffee and eggs for 100-200thb around most popular resort areas like Patong, Kata or Karon etc. Again, like 'Shell, we book Room only or B&B and then lunch / dinner as we go, and it does work out cheaper and gives you the chance to experience a range of food!

Happy planning.

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Hi

I'm an agent and always get asked this question. You won't be able to access the best fares on line for this trip so have a look at sky scanner and then call up an agency that specialises in flights. Most airlines have a relationship with a domestic carrier that means booking your trip all as one can work out cheaper than getting to Bangkok and then an air Asia flight on. Not to mention that I think air Asia fly from a different airport now in Bangkok although I'm not certain?

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8. Re: First Timers

As this is your first trip tp Patong Phuket,id seriously think about a thomson Package where everything is included in the price,even transport to and from your resort hotel.We did Thomsons 15 years ago to Phuket and since which time we have always booked our own holidays,having acquired the confidence to do so.They have a fair number of hotels available,but i think only 2 in Patong itself.Many are just a few miles away,and they are all on Tripadvisor so you can check them out..Dont hesitate to contact us if you have any further queiries.Regards Taff

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9. Re: First Timers

Hello redhead

I would book bed & breakfast, as usually the prices of with/without is not very big... But if you do decide to have the brekky at the hotel, then it will cost much more than if you have booked it in advanced... Plus, you can always leave it like there if you dont fancy it or when have had enough of it...

Regards

Victor

Edited: 12:21 pm, December 27, 2013
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10. Re: First Timers

Air Asia fly from Don Muang airport, whilst Thai etc fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. There is a regular bus service between the two. Takes around 40mins minimum on pretty good roads. You would need to allow several hours between flights if looking to book the flights on the same day, but personally I would look to include a few days in Bangkok between flights.