Phuket Island Journals

Honeymoon in Phuket

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A June 2006 trip to Phuket Island by sjmclaughlin

Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Photo, Phuket Island, Thailand More Photos
Quote: We spent two weeks on our Honeymoon in Phuket, enjoying the beautiful beaches, friendly people and fabulous Thai food.

Honeymoon in Phuket

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Overview

Thai Green Curry Chicken Photo, Phuket Island, Thailand
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Phuket is an island off the Southeast of Thailand, though it is accessible by bridge from the mainland at the north end of the island. It was famously hit by the tsunami of December 2004. We visited Phuket on our honeymoon in June 2006 and there was almost no evidence of the tsunami’s destruction. Curiously, we only saw one small plaque which was barely noticeable in memory of the victims. There are warning signs and tsunami evacuation routes that we suspect have been recently erected. However, if you had never heard that Phuket was hit by the tsunami, you would never know. Both their repair and rebuilding efforts were completed quickly or the majority of the devastation was in human life and not...Read More

Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach

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Hotel | "Crown Plaza Karon Beach, Phuket"

Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Photo, Phuket Island, Thailand
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The Crown Plaza is a 4-star hotel in the quiet Karon Beach section of Phuket. It has several nice pools, bars and restaurants. Though not on the beach, the Crowne Plaza is located directly across the street.Upon check in, after an 18-hour flight and a harrowing taxi ride, we were kindly greeted with a cooling lemon infused drink and cool wet towels. A bellboy loaded our luggage and we were driven to our villa on a golf cart, via the narrow walkway paths of the hotel grounds. We had a Lagoon Villa room with a King bed. There were flower petals elaborately placed on the bed in the shape of a heart. There were flower petals and blossoms floating in our oversized bathtub. The ba...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach
509 Patak Road
Karon Beach, Phuket 83100
+66 (76) 396139

JW Marriott Phuket

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JW Marriott Phuket Photo, Phuket Island, Thailand
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Located at the North end of the island, this hotel is very isolated. There are no restaurants or tourist sites within a 30 minutes drive. The hotel is beautiful and the service is fantastic. The lobby is decorated in a grandiose Thai manner. It has a view of the reflecting pool with the ocean in the background and overlooks the Lotus pond and main swimming pool below. Every night, musicians play on an underwater platform in the middle of the reflecting pool while a dancer twirls around them with batons aflame. Our room was very nicely decorated. The king sized bed was decorated with rose petals. The bathtub had petals and blooms floating in it. There was a separate shower in the bathroom. Ther...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

JW Marriott Phuket
231 Moo 3
Phuket, Thailand 83110
+66 (76) 338-000

Karon Beach and Town

Attraction | "Karon Beach"

Karon Beach and Town Photo, Phuket Island, Thailand
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We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Phuket which is directly across the street from Karon beach. This quiet beach is nestled between Kata and the busy beach in Patong. We paid 100 baht ($2.50) to have lounge chairs set up for us under an umbrella. There were only 2 other couples on the entire beach. There are no lifeguards and the water was pretty rough, but we really enjoyed playing in the waves. The sand is fairly coarse and makes a zippy sound when you walk. Because the beach is public, there are many locals trying to sell jewelry, sarongs, Thai silk, luggage, etc. The price start high but you can always haggle them down to about 1/4 of the original price. It seemed they expect you to haggle. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Karon Beach and Town
Western Coast
Phuket, Thailand 83100

FantaSea

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Attraction | "FantaSea Show"

FantaSea Photo, Phuket, Thailand
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We booked the FantaSea show mainly because it was touted as the best tourist attraction in Phuket. After seeing the show, we didn’t quite agree with that. The FantaSea village is a small area of restaurants and shops leading to the Palace of the Elephants theater where the show is performed. It is filled with lights and glitz and feels like a mini-Disney. Along the street are vendors, outdoor stage acts, elephant rides and carnival games. Our shuttle bus from the hotel arrived 2 hours before the show so we wandered around aimlessly and eventually ended up sitting at a bar watching a band dressed as the Flintstones play barely recognizable '80s music. This band was so bad that we were quite...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 1, 2007

FantaSea
99 M3 Kamala Beach
Phuket, Thailand 83150
+66 (76) 385 000

Island Safari

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Attraction | "Elephant Trekking - Island Safari"

Island Safari Photo, Phuket Island, Thailand
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The one thing I really wanted to do while in Thailand was Elephant Trekking. There are a few companies that offer this but we booked the 6-in-1 Safari Tour with Island Safaris through the concierge at our hotel. It was a 4 hour tour which included Elephant Trekking, Canoeing, an Ox-cart ride, Monkey show, Elephant show, and demonstrations of traditional Thai Boxing, Thai Cooking, Rice Farming, and Rubber Tapping.We took the morning trip which included an 8:30am pick up at our hotel. We arrived at the Island Safari site which was set up with different areas for each show or demonstration. We started with the Monkey show starring Somlee. She demonstrated how monkeys are used to help the Thai peo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2007

Island Safari

Phuket, Thailand