This is our other May trip, and this year we decided to go to Phuket with my best friend and also our travel partner; Rona Willis and her husband Naji. Yes we always travel in May to celebrate our anniversary and also because there has always been a long weekend in May for the last two consecutive years. Rona booked the Air Asia flight one year in advance, in total with the meals, the return ticket cost IDR 2,000,000 for two person. Not the cheapest price but still considered cheap, especially because we got ticket for the long weekend:) Our flight was on Wed at 4 pm, Thu is holiday, Friday we took a one day leave, and our return flight from Phuket is on Sun at 7 pm. So we'll have full four days in Phuket.
On our first visit to Phuket (last year), we stayed at Ibis Patong, so this year we would like to try other area, either in Kata or Karon beach. After reading Tripadvisor review, I fell in love with Simplitel Hotel Phuket at Karon beach. It's a new and modern hotel, centrally located and it offers a 40% disc for the early booking. We booked their deluxe rooms for four nights and it cost us THB 11,520 for the two rooms, of course including breakfast.
This year the highlight of our visit will be the island hopping activities. I booked all of the tours through Miss Lada, as recommended by kaskus. I add her blackberry pin, and that way it's easy to get in touch with her. We booked Phi Phi island by Speed Boat tour for THB 1,100 per person (including hotel pickup and transfer and also lunch), and James Bond island tour by Speedboat for THB 1,300 per person. You can email me if you need her blackberry pin.
For the airport pickup and transfer, we book from the recommended driver at Tripadvisor forum; Daj (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also booked Daj last year but there was a miss-communication between me and Daj, resulting I was not able to meet him at the airport:p I hope I will see him at the airport tonight. The airport transfer cost 800 baht, while the sightseeing plus airport transfer on our last day cost 2,300 baht. Daj has an MPV which is enough for 10 person. There will only be 4 of us, so we'll have a big space.
We're still considering whether to see Fantasea show which cost THB 1,500 or to skip the show. Fantasea is expensive compared to the island hopping activities, but still cheaper than the Disney on Ice ticket we bought for our kids:p
So stay tune for our next posts as we'll be sharing our Phuket long weekend stories:) And also follow @tesyasblog as we will be sharing the pictures from our trip through our twitter account.
written on May 16, 2012