I have been reading the forums for the past few months & enjoyed viewing endless photo's (Thanks Arandora) & trying to get my bearings I have even driven along the road on google maps. We are now only 4 weeks away from departure & need to ask a few questions.
After the last 8 years flying west we will soon be heading East on the Dreamliner to Phuket.
We did quite a bit of research looking into booking under our own steam etc but also having never been to Thailand & unsure of where to go we decided for our first time to book a package deal it actually worked out cheaper too than booking independently.
So we are off to the JW Marriott for 2 weeks which seems to get very good reviews on here.
I have a few questions though that I can't find photo's or answers to.
We haven't booked a swim up room (the older I get early 50's now) the more of a babe magnet
I become for mosquito's especially if there is any water nearby so we always opt for a top floor room & also I prefer to sleep with the patio doors ajar & fresh air rather than air con.
Has anyone any recommendations for 3rd floor/top floor rooms or a particular building, a view of the pools & sea would be nice & away from the children's swimming pools before I e-mail the hotel with a room request
What type of power sockets are in the rooms is it European round pin or USA type flat pins & is it 110 or 240 volt.
Is there a safe in the room to lock away laptop personal belonging's passport etc. I'm hoping too that we can get away without carrying our passport around & just take a few scans with us.
I would hate to leave my passport in a bag at a beach chair etc while we are off swimming in the sea.
Are there places nearby where we could buy an inflatable or a boogie board (not sure whether we will be getting calm sea or surf sea) or should we try to buy here & travel with it.
We hope to do some trips while we are there hopefully the speed boat trip & snorkelling to Simillan Islands. (I gather there would be no point having any snorkelling gear for swimming off the beaches at Marriott or along the coast line).
The James Bond Island day trip & also would love to have a trek on an Elephant.
Thomson have already sent me trips we can book & with our experience of Thomson we will also get the sell once we arrive. I have read we will be able to book cheaper once there but would we be better booking near the Marriott or getting the shuttle into town to book.
We would also like to pay for these trips with a Kalixa pre-pay mastercard would the restaurants on the beach accept this for trips?
We will be bringing cash to change for everyday spending for eating drinking shopping etc.
How will the rate at the airport compare to buying a few baht here. I am just worried about arriving & not being able to tip the driver of the taxi transfer Thomson use & the bell boy who takes the luggage to the room etc or even where we will be able to change money on our first day.
Is the airport kiosk in arrivals? We don't want to use atm's if it can be helped.
We like to walk the beach too will the boatyard & white sands be in walking distance from the Marriott.
I did read that Marriott have cycles too is it just a route in hotel grounds you can use them or would we be able to cycle a bit further afield.
We won't entertain mopeds whilst I had a lot of experience in my youth my husband did not & I certainly won't want him as a pillion passenger or worse still me as a pillion. We are looking at getting an IDP just in case we decide a hire car would be nice for a few days. At around £8 It won't break the bank if we don't use it.
I think that is about all for now.