Ryan @ 5 years 3 months
Lil B @ 1 year 6 months
After months of procrastination, we took an impromptu trip to Phuket, Thailand. It was like finally…. weÂ could declare ourselvesÂ a H O L I D A Y.
The trip was planned for 26th – 30th July (Tues – Sat). We brought along our helper and invited my two in laws to tag along. A total of 5 adults and 2 young children. It was really a whole ‘kampong’ trip. It was a little chaotic to manage so many people especially so we were in a foreign country, neverthelessÂ we had a swell of a time. The extra pair of hands and eyesÂ made things so much easier especially with the young boys.
We were here, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Day 1, 26th July 2011Â (Tuesday)
Our flight was scheduled for 5.30pm.Â Good thingÂ Thailand is one hour behind Malaysia so we gain 1 hour. We reached the hotel at 8pm, 45 minutes after we were picked up by the hotel cars from the airport. We reached the hotel at about 8pm. Our tummies were all growling. After checking in, we wasted no time and dashed to theÂ hotel’s Thai restaurant WangÂ WarinÂ forÂ a sumptuous dinner.
The assistance rendered at the hotel counter at the airport was swift. We were swept off our feet to the hotel limousines in no time.
I was very pleased they fulfilled my request for a baby car seat. The hotel truly deserved a thumbs up for this.
Welcome drinks and flower lei for everyone during hotel check in. It was nice but we were too tired to appreciate.
Dinner @ Wang Warin. Good thing is, kids eat for free! Yay!
After dinner, we all went back to our rooms and called it a day.
One of our rooms. No big deal. Despite being in a renovated room, I still think the design was tadÂ dated for my liking.
Day 2, 27 July 2011Â (Wednesday)
We woke up with a sky full of gloomy clouds. Definitely not a good start when we’re in this little island expecting some sun, sea and sand. Anyhow we presevered. After breakfast, we went back to our rooms, got ourselves changed and headed straight to the beach.
Enjoying his breakkie
The hotel is clean, albeit a little dated. IMHO it doesn’t deserved the 5 stars rating. I would probably give it a 4 mainly for its impeccable services. We had some issues with the rooms and the hotel staff were prompt in their attention and I could see they were genuinely making efforts to please to ensure us a comfortable stay. Not forgetting their private pristine beach. That was really a plus, plus point. It was clean and the sand was really fine. Despite located 10 minutes away from Patong, the strategic location of the hotel away from the hussle bustle of Patong, truly made it a favourable option if you wish to stay near Patong yet do not want to be right smack in the hussle bustle of the city.
Glimpse of the hotel here and there….
Darren posed in front of Wang Warin, the place we had dinner the night before.
Rows of shops in the hotel which neither I stepped foot in during our 5D/4N stay.
The hotel has huge swimming pool which is really a plus point. I really dislike those overcrowded hotel.
See those rain filled clouds?
Another side of the hotel
Free try for those who want to have a taste of scuba diving…Speaking of which, is there anyoneÂ who wants to buy my old diving suit, mint condition, like new..
Other activities to keep guest occupied throughout their stay.
At the beach…..
We didn’t really get much sun on the first day, yet that did not fail our day. The boys (especially Ryan) had a blast at the beach running around under cool windy sky.
Baby Valentine – resident elephant at the resort.
Ryan trying to perfect his golfing skills.
Just when we were enjoying ourselves, light showers hit us. The kids were thrilled because they get to experience hiding under the hut away from the rain. Normally I would freak out because that just means the kids are going to get wet ie S.I.C.K but that dayÂ I let them go.Â Secretly, I thought it was pretty fun too.
That evening, we decided to give hotel food a miss. We ventured out to Patong area in the late afternoon, which took us less than 10 minutes drive @ THB500. There were 5 adults and 2 kiddos so the fare was pretty reasonable.
Jungceylon Mall – a pretty decent shopping mall with Robinson as its main anchor. Just when we thought we will not find anything interesting inside a shopping mall in Patong, Ryan got himself two Ultraman sourvenirs home (Ultraman Legend and Ultraman Leo)
We took a stroll along Patong street. The sun was out, a total opposite of what we experienced at the beach in the morning. The locals said during the rainy season (Jul-Now) it is pretty norm to get intervals of short showers followed by scorching sun throughout the day. Fortunately it was pretty windy after showers so it was a pretty pleasant walk. Well, at least the little boys were not complaining.
Hubby and I stayed in this Patong Bay Garden Resort hotelÂ about 10 years ago.Â It was a pretty decent hotel back then but it’s in such a sorry state now. Look at how run down it is. Ironically thoughÂ they still look pretty promising on the web. Grgghhh… speaking of web lies.
The street was full of peddlars and fast foward 10 years later from the last time hubs and I were there, it still look the same. I read on the guide, while they mean no harm, generally the locals like to touch and be friendly with young kids, toddlers per se. Well, that’s quite true. Wherever I go, Darren is sure a big hit. I hear people calling out ‘Hi’ and ‘Hellos’ at Darren, not so much at Ryan though as the latter, well I supposed is not so much a toddler anymore.
For dinner, we chose MK Restaurant located at the Jungceylon. They serve Thai and Chinese cuisine, mainly hot pot varieties. However, we opts for ala-carte. Food wise was so so.Â Not expensive, not promosing either.Â Will we go back again? Probably not…
Insist he wants to buy these shells.. The shells are still inside a plastic bag as I type this post 2 months post our trip.
There was a 4D cinema on the top floor of Jungceylon. Ryan loved it so much we ended paying THB200 * 2 person * 3 rounds of shows. First time he watched it with Daddy, second time on our third day with Mommy, and he tried one last time on the same day with Ma Ma. He still want more (there were a total of 6 shows) but we figured it’s such a waste of money for a mere 5 minutes thril. Yes, each ‘show’ , more like a clip lasted 5 minutes only. There goes THB200.
When we got back to our rooms at night, we were greeted by a napkin elephant in each of our room. Cute.. but they don’t last long. Within minutes, they were ‘dismembered’…
After a long day, that night, we all slept like babies….
to be continued….