We flew out with Thai and it was ‘As smooth as silk’ Last year we went though immigration in Phuket which took over an hour. This year transit passengers went through in Bangkok and there were just 2 people in front of us so it was a breeze.
was as friendly as ever and it was good to see it was pretty full and in most respects everything was perfect apart from the service in the restaurants. No problem with the food itself! they have a lot of young inexperienced staff serving and we experienced long waits, wrong orders, wine turning up halfway through the main course, no soup spoon (twice) had to ask for a finger bowl after seafood, incorrect bills. Nothing to get really upset about and always sorted out with sincere apologies. Fed it back to management and hopefully should improve in time. They also put on a celebration for St Martins day where we assembled on the beach in the evening and lit Khom Loy lanterns which were then released into the sky it was a lovely sight seeing lots of lanterns floating ‘carrying your wishes to heaven’
We love walking along the beach, there are a few more shacks in business and the boatyard has now gone to be replaced with a beach massage/ restaurant, no sign of any customers as it is a good way from any of the hotels. We had several great meals at Au Thong the middle restaurant outside The Sarojin They will also collect and return you to your hotel at night which saves a dodgy walk along the beach.
We booked trips at the hotel Similan Islands snorkelling, first time with a snorkel for me and I loved it, wore a life jacket and felt quite safe and the fish and coral are amazing.
Also rafting /elephant trekking and a canoe trip which was good for bird watching and
included a visit to Takuapa market and lunch by a waterfall, this was with Eco Adventure Tours
We did get several heavy tropical storms, mainly late afternoon which meant we only got in two visits to Bang La On and Jai’s. Sorry we missed out on Takieng but that another good reason to return. The town is certainly busier than a year ago and taxi fares seemed higher and non negotiable?
We then moved on to The Dusit Laguna Phuket Had a great day out with Captain Mark on his boat. He leaves from the same jetty as John Grey Sea Canoe so his trip could be done from Khao Lak although it is closer from Phuket. Also a day with Mr Sam touring Phuket, he will also collect from the Khao Lak area. Sam’s a great guy and will tailor an day to suit whatever you are interested in. It was then on to Bangkok for shopping and Loy Krathong.
We had a problem on the way home with duty free booze, we bought in Bangkok put into a sealed bag with receipt as done previously. However because we were transiting to Teeside new regulations meant we had to go through immigration at Heathrow pack the duty free into our hand luggage and check the bag into the hold luggage for the flight up. Would not have bothered if I had realised!
Thanks to everybody on the forum for the help and chat and if I can help anyone please ask