We spent 4 nights in Bangkok followed by 10 nights in Phuket. This twin centre is ideal if you want a combination of city and beach.
We stayed at the Chatrium Riverside Hotel. A superb 5* hotel with amazing views of the river. It’s best to stay on the river so you escape the noise and traffic of the city as well as having access to the water taxis.
In Phuket I stayed at the lovely Movenpick Hotel at Karon Beach. A great location opposite the beach and a just a few minutes walk from the resort centre.
Phuket Dining Tips
If you’re anything like me then you will want to explore when you are on holiday and part of the joy of being away is trying all the lovely local restaurants.
I usually head for the classier restaurants with nice tablecloths and a decent menu to be sure of better quality food and service but here in Phuket I’ve found the exact opposite seems to apply!
After trying of couple of the nicer looking places and being stung on cost and also receiving surly service, I realised shabby chic was the way to go!
At the better looking restaurants we were paying £35 for a steak, £20 for a chicken dish, a glass of wine was £6 and a beer was £4.
At the local cafe style restaurants we had great smiley service and lovely quality food all for a fraction of the price of the posh restaurants that stung us on cost. We paid £16 for a steak (beef is expensive here at its imported from Australia), £8 for a chicken dish, a glass of wine was £2.50 and a beer was £2.50.
So don’t be put off with what the restaurant looks like from the outside here in Phuket, head for the cafe style places and you won’t be disappointed. If you’re unsure, check out the toilets – if they’re clean, it usually means a clean kitchen too!