Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lazing Around in Phuket

We were in Phuket over last weekend. It was a great little get-away - we stayed in the Dusit Thani Laguna, which is part of an enclosed area of 6 resorts including Banyan Tree, far away from the maddening crowd at the over-crowded and tuk-tuk/tourist-filled Patong Beach area. The Dusit Thani is just 3 minutes walk away from a long private stretch of beach, the Bangtao beach which ensures you peace and privacy, each room has its own little balcony with a view of the sea. The beaches are great! (but more on that later). Our main "peeve" though was that the Laguna resorts were a little too far away and transport to city areas and good food was highly expensive (a taxi ride one way, costs 700 baht or SGD30 while the hotel shuttle costs 300 baht per person one way). In the end, we rented a car (Toyota Vios at about 1,300 baht nett or SGD 55 per 24 hours) and we had the best of both worlds!
Note: One major plus point is that the Canal Village shopping area in the Laguna district has two Jim Thompson factory outlet shops!  We bought E a lovely tie heavily discounted to 600 baht (SGD 24), cheaper than the taxi ride. 

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