We have just returned from 9 days in Phuket staying at the Old Phuket in a Pool Access Room in the newer Serene Wing and had a fantastic time. The room was clean, serviced daily, (be warned, the beds are hard), staff very friendly but the central pleasure was the pool right outside the sliding door, with our own little shady deck with fan. Karon beach is nice but lots of rubbish and to be honest, the sea temp was too warm to be refreshing, so we would go for a walk along the beach (and several swims) but were happy to retreat to our little oasis by the pool. We spoke with other guests who had upgraded to a Pool Access Room once they arrived and saw the convenience.
Sure, as in most of Asia, there are unsavoury smells and sights as you walk around, but that is all part of the experience, and yes, traffic can be chaotic but thats also part of it. The food we found to be varied - some devine, others just ordinary so it pays to take your time in looking around and seeing what others are being served. We didn't find Thailand to be super cheap, yes water and beer are similar prices - (approx NZ$ 2.50) but a good quality and very tasty curry was NZ$16, compared to the same dish that was only average flavour at NZ $8.
Transport is not that cheap if there are only 2 of you, (a Tuk-tuk to Patong is $20) but its otherwise a long walk. Even though I have travelled in Asia before, I still found Patong to be very "Intense" with the people, noise and constant hawkers, so only go when you are in the mood for it. In all honesty we would be there tomorrow if we didn't have to work!!!
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- The Old Phuket - Karon Beach Resort is located in the central tranquil of Karon Beach, charming and beautiful with its spectacular view of swimming pool and hilly. ... more less
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