Ibis Patong Beach

We only got one night in Phuket, so we didn’t think that much of where we were going to stay. Our friend Yenni Puspo recommend to stay at Ibis Patong as many of her friends stay there. When we check through Agoda, the rate was approx IDR 450,000 and we utilized our Agoda points. We had their best rate for IDR 250,000 nett per night exclude breakfast! So cheap.

We checked in at 10 pm that night, had no trouble with the check in, and we got a room with swimming pool view as we requested. Great! When we check out, there was one big group from Indonesia who have just arrived. The next morning we realize that lots of tour groups staying at this hotel.

The room is basic, but not very small compared to Ibis in Jakarta that we have stayed so far.The room was ok but need maintenance, there are some spots need to be painted and also water leaks. I might say this is a kind of an “ok hotel”, but didn’t give us the feeling to stay at this hotel on our next visit.

It has a balcony facing the swimming pool.

This is the aisle in front of the hotel.

We can easily find halal food near the hotel, and we ordered a pad thai for our supper.

The hotel is only 5 minutes away from the Patong Beach, this is the road heading to the beach.

We went to the beach after checking out, we just wanted to know how the famous Patong beach looks like. Maybe because we visited early in the morning, we didn’t impress at all, except that it is very clean.

Before visiting Patong, I thought that it would be more “happening” than Bali, but I found out that it was not. If I compare with Kuta area, or Legian area, or Seminyak area..all those places in Bali are more “happening” with the cafés, bars, hotels, restaurants, the shops than those in Patong.

Compare this picture of Patong Hard Rock Café with Bali hard rock café. The Bali hard rock café in Kuta is more sophisticated.

After visiting Phuket, I agree with people saying that Bali is a better place compared to Phuket. The beaches, the temples, the scenes are more beautiful in Bali. Phuket is more old-fashioned than Bali I might say. However I still want to go to Phuket one more time for the islands hopping activities

written on July 10, 2011

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