Seagull China City & Seagull Cottage

40 Thaveewong Road, Patong, Katu, 83150, Thailand
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have no clue where to go in phuket

by vanvoon82

Hello there, we are supposed to visit phuket in the 20th of November, could somebody help by pointing out the best place to stay in, we have two kids, 9 and 6 years old, I'm looking for a calm beach, safe area,somewhere romantic but intersting at the same time. Also how would the weather be at this time. Thanks

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by worldinabag

Hi

Weather in November should be excellent. You don't give your budget so it's difficult to pick a hotel for you. To minimise costs somewhere central may be best. I had a look at the Patong Merlin - http://www.patongmerlin.com - when I visited (I stayed a couple of doors down). Large swimming pools so the kids can swim all day and the parents can do the sun lounge thing! It was across the road from the beach and seemed very family friendly.

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by swissfondue

I have stayed with my family at Le Meridien Beach Resort and enjoyed it immensely. Its a very self contained resort, 10 minutes from bustling Patong Beach but quite secluded with its own private beach and fabulous pool areas. There is a kids club, lots of family activities and a great selection of restaurants.

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by brizol

Hi

we are a family and have stayed in the Kata Beach area,very nice calm beach which is perfect for familys,we have been all over the island and feel this is the best beach,patong , Karon just a short ride away.

Depending on budget, the Sugar Palm resort and spa has good access to the beach,food and shops.

November weather will be great,you will have a great time

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by lindyz

The Patong Merlin is a fantastic place to stay if you have kids, with the 3 huge pools there. And even though you are right in the heart of Patong (south beach area) when you are actually in the Resort, you dont really feel like you are in the middle of all the chaos. Its also very reasonably priced and has everything young kids would want. We stayed there 2 years ago, I have pics and stuff on my Thailand page if you want to take a look. If I ever returned to Phuket with kids, Id definitely stay there again. Will be in Patong this Friday, this time just hubby and me, and we are staying at the Burasari, which actually borders the Patong Merlin, but is a smaller boutique type Hotel that doesnt really cater towards kids.

Cheers :)

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by vanvoon82

Thanks a lot and wish you a very nice vaccation :)

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by vanvoon82

Thanks to all, this will help a lot :)

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by Myphuket

If you plan to stay for 3 weeks or more then I would suggest to look into house/villa rentals instead of a hotel. Every year more families with kids opt for this type of vacation.

Re: have no clue where to go in phuket

by Tina-Perth

I would recommend the Holiday Inn for the kids, but for a romantic, intimate and family friendly place, I would recommend the Royal Phawadee Village. You may be pushing to get a booking for that time of November, but check asap.

http://www.royal-phawadee-village.com/

Travel Tips for Phuket

Patong beach

by hmoitta

Patong beach is the place where everything happens, although is not the best beach, at night you can have dinner and shopping, you can book excursions to the islands ( Phi Phi, 007,etc ) or elephant rides and you have tuk-tuks to get around.

The Vegetarian Festival

by Tina-Perth

The Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held only in Phuket each October. It is a week-long celebration filled with people channelling spirits, piercing their bodies with all types of blades and marching in a procession around the streets. Everyone goes vegetarian during the Festival for purification, some of the more devout eat vegetarian for the week before too. People need to purify themselves before they invite the spirits to come into their bodies. It's not just the participants who should fast from meat either, it's everyone. This purification is for your spirit, as well as your body.

The Chinese temples are the starting points and there is a different one for each day. The day before the processions start, a ceremony is performed where they raise bamboo poles, which are covered in gold leaf squares. The poles are said to join the physical and spiritual world, allowing the various spirits to descend to Phuket, where their presence will be evidenced by the 2000-odd Mah Song, or “mediums” during the festival.

If you attend one of the temples about 7.30am, you will be able to see people being pierced. It's quite shocking, but not as gruesome as you'd think. There is little to no blood.

Effigys are held aloft in the procession, they are symbols of the spirits, there are people following them, setting off firecrackers, so it can get very noisy and smokey. To attend the procession, you should wear white. When a medium passes, you should crouch down so that your head is not above theirs, as they are housing a spirit. If you are lucky, you will receive a sweet from one of them.

On the last day of the Festival, the spirits are sent back to the heavens. On this particular evening it is advisable to take a mask with you if you have problems with a lot of smoke. It gets so smokey, you can barely see anything. A table is filled with offerings for merit-making, which gets burned, along with myriad huge-size incense sticks that are burned everywhere.

A wonderful opportunity to experience some Thai culture.

Stay in a tree house!

by joolssss

Along with the rafthouse visit we did , while in the Khao Lok national park we stayed in the most Fabulous treehouses in the jungle! This was also done with Limestone lake tours and was also brilliant! There are activities you can choose to do here and we chose the elephant trekking. Its about a 2 hour trek and you are taken to a waterfall with a pool of icy cold water which you stop and have a dip in , It was magnificent! The Mahouts will ask someone if the would like to "drive " the elephant, both of our kids did ( you ride in pairs) and they sit right on their heads, at times it seemed a bit precarious as some of the paths are really narrow with steep drops at the side and the path was wet and boggy! I was a little concerned about our elephant slipping and tumbling dwn the hill with me still strapped in its seat but fortunately it didnt happen! You then are left at the treehouse to relax or swim in the river, or go sit in the bar! At night there are the most wonderful fireflies, everywhere! I had never managed to ever see any before and it completely bowled me over they are GORGEOUS! Food and drinks delicious and staff even handed us out chocolate as we were there on easter sunday! The treehouses sleep 3 , all beds have mossie nets and each treehouse has an en-suite bathroom! which is beautiful!

Sranrom products

by genie47 about Boots Pharmacy

Walk into any Boots Pharmacy in Phuket or rather Thailand in particular and you will be welcomed by the local brand Sranrom.

Jasmine came in and went crazy buying the stuff. I must say the frangrances from the products smell authentically Thai and is very good.

Their Peppermint and Bamboo Hand Cream smells really nice with Thai Peppermint and Spearmint.

The Oriental Pleasure Massage Oil has hints of lemongrass in it and the oil is from rice bran. Anything from them. The stuff is great! More affordable than The Body Shop.

Bars in general!

by Cathy&Gary about Bars in general!

I'm not going to go much into the nightlife of Phuket as there would just be to much to cover and its more fun to just go and try new places.

There are nightclubs, hundreds of little bars, Irish Pubs, English Pubs, Live Band Venues, Theatre restaurants, plus much more.

Some of these places above have already been covered in my Eating Out pages.

Some people hate Bangla Road and are very worried about the seedy side of things in Phuket.

You only see what you want to see, nothing is shoved in your face.
Sure, there are girls and some of our best nights out have been drinking and talking to the girls.

Bangla Rd is just like a big carnival zone, its lots of fun and everyone should go there at least once, its what you make it!!

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