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Mini trip review and thank you to the forum

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Mini trip review and thank you to the forum

We just got back from our first trip to the Phuket area. Wish we were still there!

A big thank you to all the posters in this forum, especially Arandora, for all the invaluable information that was very helpful in planning our trip. I will write up reviews and details from our trip in the next few days.

We are a family of 5, with 3 kids. We stayed in Phuket (Karon beach) for 4 days, and in Khao Lak for 7 days at the Merlin. We loved our stay at the Merlin, it is an amazing resort.

We had rented a car from Phuket airport for our entire trip, so were able to do several day trips in and around Khao Lak on our own:

Tab Lamu turtle conservatory, and the temple across the highway from Tab Lamu,

Bangsak beach promenade,

Ban Khem Tsunami memorial and a trip to Takua Pa,

Sairung waterfalls,

Bamboo rafting down the river close to Tab Lamu,

Sairung elephant trekking,

Ban Niang market on Mon, Wed, Sat, and Sunday,

A couple of day trips to Phang Nga, covering a boat trip on Phang Nga bay, Monkey Temple, Raman falls park, Somdet Sringagar Indra park, Phang Nga market, and Manora falls park.

We had a very nice time the entire trip. We loved the food, the sights and scenery, and the friendliness of the Thai people.

The only disappointment during the whole trip was probably Phuket airport. It needs a major upgrade, and that is putting it mildly.

We will certainly be back, even though we live halfway around the world in California. Well worth the long flight!

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Mini trip review and thank you to the forum

Great review of a very fulfilling vacation. You must have been so looking forward to getting home for a rest that you didn't see the new airport being built at the side of the excising very poor one. Due for completion next year - or thereabouts!

Manchester, United...
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2. Re: Mini trip review and thank you to the forum

Wow, you packed a lot into that trip, it sounded like you had a great time.

Thanks for the Trip Report.

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3. Re: Mini trip review and thank you to the forum

We mostly let the kids drive the schedule each day, after giving them the options for the day. It sounds more hectic than it really was. Most days we were there, we spent some time hanging out in the pool or at the beach. Next time, however, I'm going to add a couple of days at the end to do nothing but relax.

Arandora, thanks again for all the invaluable information you provide to the forum. It is a great resource.

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