Seat Sales from Airlines come almost every month and you just have to be wise and plan accordingly. When curiosity strikes for a destination, then I check on the rates. At first, I was eyeing for Bali, Indonesia but then ended up for Phuket, Thailand because of the price. Then asked for friends to join me, luckily I managed to convince 2 other girls to join. The trip is on! We booked the flights in February 2014 for a September 2014 flight.
Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand.
On 26 December 2004, Phuket and other nearby areas on Thailand’s western coast suffered extensive damage when they were struck by the Boxing Day tsunami, caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Almost all of the major beaches on the west coast, especially Kamala, Patong, Karon, and Kata sustained major damage, with some damage caused to resorts and villages on the island’s southern beaches. (Source: Wikipedia)
By February 2005 many damaged resorts were back to business, and life slowly returned to normal. Following strenuous recovery programs, no tsunami damage can now be seen except on the most remote beaches. (Source: Wikipedia)
I had difficulty in searching for accommodation because I consider a lot of things such as:- location, price, amenities, service and even when it was built.
I first booked for Bamboo Beach Hotel & Spa (PHP1,260/night) which is located in Kata Beach but later on cancelled due to location however they do provide free shuttle service from hotel to the center of Patong Beach free of charge.
Later on, I talked to friends who have been in Phuket and with some research; I checked each of these hotels specifically in Patong Beach and created a shortlist.
|Hotel Name||Location||Rate per night in PHP|
|Amata Resort||189/29 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee, Patong||1,100|
|Baumanburi Hotel||239/1 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd., Patong||1,400|
|Club Bamboo||247/1-8 Nanai Road, Patong||1,300|
|Hemingways Silk||184/29-Phangmuang, Sai Kor Rd, Patong||1,500|
|Holiday Inn Express||8 Hatpatong Patong Beach||2,200|
|Summer Breeze Hotel||171/12 Soi San Sabai, Patong, Phuket||1,700|
|The Frutta Boutique||86/14 Pra Paramee, Patong||2,500|
|The Silk Hill Hotel||148/6-10 Soi Nanai Villa, Nanai Road, Patong||1,000|
I then finally decided to book The Crib Patong Hotel whose address is 184/18-20 Phangmuang Sai Kor Rd, Patong. (PHP1,500 a night with free breakfast for 2)
Review on The Crib Patong Hotel
Newly built hotel strategically located near the mall, fresh market which has night food market, 10 minutes walk to Patong beach.
The hotel has clean, nice room, strong wifi, swimming pool and gym at the top floor.
However, we were welcomed with a rude staff when we had late check-in at past midnight. Then found out that we could have paid a lower rate for the additional room with breakfast. According to the staff when we checked-out was that not all staff was aware of it.
Breakfast was boring almost the same everyday for our 3 days of stay – they only changed the rice to noodles, congee.
Do not expect too much freebies in the room, it only has the ff: towel, bathrobe, slippers, umbrella, security box, shower gel, shampoo, shower cap, soap , glasses, cups, hair dryer, coffee, tea, and bottled water.
Not that highly recommended because of the bad service from the receptionist, boring breakfast and does not have ala-carte orders thus you have no choice but to avail of the buffet breakfast.
I actually do not have a plan on what to do when in Phuket. I was on a “come what may” thinking for this trip which I am not used to because when I go for a trip, I ensure that schedule is in place. However, this changed when the date of the travel was nearing so as not to waste any time since we only have 3 days. I talked to a friend who has been there just recently and she suggested that I book online which is cheaper than getting it there.
On the day of our flight, it was only when I booked the tours online through http://www.patongtour.com
- Private Phuket City Tour (THB1800 / approx PHP2,700 per car)
- Phi Phi Island + Maya Beach + Khai Island By Speedboat (THB1,300 / approx PHP1,950 per person)
Day 1 – We had the island hopping whereby we experienced the rough ride because of the strong waves, everyone was wet, some were throwing up, some holding tightly on the steel bars of the boat. It was indeed an experience!
Maya Beach is where the movie The Beach was filmed. Swimming is not allowed because of the strong current. We are only given time to take pictures.
I was amazed with the rock formations in Khai Island which seems to be like that of Philippines’ Kapurpurawan in Ilocos.
Day 2 – Rest day for us since we were not able to get having arrived past midnight and having to wake up early for our Island Hopping on day 1. No concrete plans for the day but to shop for goods to be brought back to Manila and visit the Patong Beach which is just 10 minutes walk.
Day 3 – City tour and our flight back to Manila at past midnight. Good thing our package included photo documentation courtesy of our guide Pat. Thus we need not worry of our group pictures. It was indeed a long day for us from checking-out early, touring the city and going straight to the Airport. Pictures below are from Pat of http://www.patongtour.com
Day 4 – We are back in Manila by Sunrise.
For detailed itinerary please go to the Travel Itineraries on the top menu.
Meals usually cost THB200/PHP300 per person. There are different cuisines in the area as well.
We had Thai, Japanese, and American during our trip. We need not worry our breakfast as it is included in the room.
Thai Dinner at a Local Restaurant named Champion
Japanese Lunch at Fuji which is near Patong Beach
American Lunch at We Café Salad and Coffee as recommended by our guide
TAKE-HOME GOODS / SOUVENIRS
Goods are expensive in Patong, Phuket as compared to that of Bangkok. Some must buys are: Durian Chips, Tamarind, wasabi peas, wasabi nuts, dried anchovies and other dried fruits.
For magnets and keychains, it is cheaper outside which can only cost 3 for THB100 but in the mall a piece can cost THB70.