Phuket 2017

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Phuket – Accomodations

If there’s one good thing about going to a tourist-y island for holiday, it’s that there is no shortage of accommodation options. Phuket is saturated with all kinds of properties for short-holiday visitors, and they’re quite varied too – not just in pricing but also on amenities. On the other hand, by the time we started looking at accommodation options last week – and this is still 4 months from the holiday itself – I was surprised to see that more than half of the available accommodations over our period of study had already been booked out. That was quick! For instance, we stayed at Tepi Sawah Villa during our 2008 trip, but that property was fully booked over our coming vacation period.

Tepi Sawah Villa – not staying here this time though.

As with our other stays in the vacations we had in the last two years, room size, number of beds, and general cleanliness of a property are the three things we look out most for. The island is also slightly larger than Singapore, which makes staying at different properties on different sides of the island a good idea – just so that we can minimize the inadvertent traveling time around the island.

So, after some searching, we settled on these two:

Cassia Phuket: on Phuket’s east coast. Booked a two-bedroom loft suite with lagoon/ocean view of 62sqm.

Sino House Phuket: in Phuket Town, which is located at the south-west end of the island. Booked a Family Junior Suite of 48sqm.

Next post on our developing itinerary!

Phuket 2017

The travel bug bit us right after we returned from our 11 Day trip to Western Australia in June. As soon as I was able to straighten out a possible period of travel in December against work commitments, we next had to decide where to go.

A 10 day Taiwan trip was on the top of the list on account of its very cool weather at year’s end, and also that Ling has never been there before. Taiwan is of course one of the best all-round places to visit on account of its sheer variety of sights in a fairly compact island, a very developed infrastructural and transportation system to get around the island, language isn’t as large a barrier as say South Korea or Japan, and finally it’s also slightly less costly than a vacation in either country too. An early version of the itinerary would have seen us doing traveling around the island to take in natural sights – and that was when we realized that our two kids would likely not enjoy the itinerary, as it would be bereft of amusement parks, farms, and children-centered activities.

So, it was back to the drawing board midweek on where to go, and we decided on Phuket. Not a particularly inspired choice, and both Ling and myself have been to the island – our last trip from almost 10 years ago blogged here too. However, the island seems to have experienced quite a bit of development over the last decade, and specifically in the new inclusion of child-friendly places of interest – including theme and water parks.

A flight-booking confirmed, and we’re set for a 8 day trip to the island. More details to come next; starting with accommodation options, and also itineraries!