Wednesday, December 24, 2008

4 Days 3 Nights at Patong, Phuket

Look at Ern Tong. She was doing parasailing (THB 700). What a wonderful experience! That was during our day trip to Coral Island by speed boat (THB 2600, 2adults + 2children including transfers, mask & snorkel and lunch).

While children having fun time at the beach, Yi Chian and I 'trying' to enjoy snorkeling. We can't really go far..., Sean keep calling for us, worrying of our safety... worrying of his too : )

Do check out more information on which part of the Coral Island tour agents offer. I have overlooked on blogger comments. We only saw dead corals and were served with a so so lunch.

Our stay at Mercure Patong Phuket was an excellent choice. Everything was fine., staff, room, pool, gym, kids club. We actually left Ern Tong and Sean under their supervision (the kids club) where we walked to Jungceylon (15 minutes) for shopping and do pampered ourselves with a 65 mins facial and massage. Children were entertained with video games, sculpture paint, cartoon, swimming and other games. Meal with drink were served according to our order.

OTOP market was just 5 mins walk from Mercure. Since we don't really love bargaining, we only went for a fun 10 mins window shop. For me, it is very similar to our pasar malam.

We had a few meals at "Oasis" (1 min walk from Mercure). It offers free wifi, internet and wii games too. Children love this place, beware, you may spend much longer time than expected for a simple meal! Try their fried noodle, very nice.

Oh yeah, I would highly recommend you to visit the following websites for hotel/stay:

*http://www.latestays.com/

*http://www.phuket.com/

*http://www.agoda.com/

*http://www.asiatravel.com/

I booked it with agoda., 3 nights Mercure Patong Phuket, superior 1 double bed, room only at US205.20 inclusive of tax.

Don't miss the busy Bangla Road. It is happening. Go for the experinece, feel the nightlife. It is located just opposite the Jungceylon Shopping Mall (15 mins walk from Mercure).

We had good memory on the elephant Trekking too (THB 1800 2adults + 2 children + transfers at Camp Chang Kalim, 10 mins drive from Mercure). The one hour trek was an experience, a fun and exciting journey. Sean and I sang song, collecting leaves, chatting and so on. The best part of all was.... all four of us witnessed the action/process of elephants pass motion!!

During the banana feeding, the elephants were swallowing fast. I guess they must be very tired and hungry.

Tips:

Meter taxi (outside the airport, turn right) from Phuket Airport to patong beach area costs around THB 450. To Mercure, the meter showed THB 41x, however the driver asked for THB 450. Normal taxi shall ask between THB 500 to THB 700.

Expect to pay around THB 600 from Mercure/Patong Beach to Phuket Airport (normal taxi). *Meter taxi is not available.

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