We took an early flight from Bangkok to Phuket using AirAsia. It was a cheap, no frills flight, but that was all we needed for such a short distance. Before we came to Thailand, I had prearranged for our hotel in Phuket to collect us from the airport so we didn’t have to fuss with taxis and meters like we did in Bangkok. Our driver was a crazy woman. She swerved all over the road, muttering about the mafia. She gave me a beautiful silk fan, which I am assuming she wanted a big tip for (I didn’t oblige).
When we got to our hotel, we were very happy with our choice. We had booked 2 nights at the Sunset Beach Resort (http://www.sunsetphuket.com/), breakfast included, and we were upgraded free of charge to a larger room. Here are my thoughts on this hotel:
- On the road directly opposite a beach.
- free hotel shuttle to Bangla road every half hour until about 9pm
- Nice breakfast
- Awesome pool, complete with pool bar and waterfall
- Not a great beach (sand isn’t soft and powdery)
- Nothing to see when snorkelling at this beach
- A bit far from the centre of Patong (for some people this is a pro)
- Pricey bar
- Expensive tour options
We had a great time relaxing at the hotel pool since the beach wasn’t the best. There is a small bridge crossing from one side of the pool to the next. It also contained a bar and waterfall. The drinks weren’t the cheapest, but the experience was awesome.
We would take the free hotel shuttle to Bangla Road about twice a day. It dropped and collected us opposite Jungceylon mall, which was a convenient, central spot. Patong beach was much better, though busier, than the beach opposite the hotel. When we were done swimming, we walked around and bought our one way boat ticket to Phi Phi Island for the next part of our journey.
An important tip: We enquired about the prices for a one way ferry to Phi Phi island at the hotel reception, and found one of the many street vendors around Patong selling the same ferry ride for almost a third of the price! Always compare prices with outside vendors!
I found the breakfast at this hotel to be one of the best of my vacation. It was buffet style, with endless choices. We enjoyed our two nights here, but couldn’t wait to finally see the famous Phi Phi Island.
To read my Tripadvisor review of this hotel, follow this link Here.
Next up, Phi Phi Island!