If your thinking about going to Phuket, get yourself a personal guide, It can be a lot cheaper than you think and in the long run you'll save loads of cash.
Terry is besides many other things in Phuket "a guide" lived in Thailand for the past 5 years including one year in Bangkok, knows the Island and Bangkok very well.
Terry's services start from 5,000 baht a week per party anything from a lone person up to 20 people, the price is the same, for this you get the use of a phone and Terry on the end of it 24hrs for advice on trips, tours, shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs, beaches and just about anything else. Tips on Thai customs and contacts with Thai Police and Immigration.
Terry's services can include full time or daily guide . Can arrange personal security, transport discrete hotel bookings, excellorated customs clearence.
Terry can arrange house sales, condo sales, house lettings etc etc
He's advice on trips and tours alone will save you more than he's frees ten fold, he's a great guy, very helpfull, once you use him, for sure he will become your friend and no doubts about passing he's name on.
This restaurant is visited by expats and is without any doubt the best in town for international food, run a a Swiss man names Thomas, visit this place and for sure you'll become a regular, say Terry sent you and any come back is down to me, I'm so confident
Favorite Dish: Just about everything !
Last night I saw a bunch of tourists get ripped off going into Spicy GoGo in Soi Sea Dragon with 800 baht first drink!!
When they agrued about the ridiculous price they were threatened by the touts with "we have big mafia" logic.
Spicy GoGo directly colludes with these 'mafia' touts.. by advertising "Second drink" prices...
My suggestions: Avoid touts.. avoid Spicy GoGo
Simons Caberet is a well known 'ladyboy' show, held in a very big theatre in Patong. You'll see adverts everywhere for it and lots of 'offers' of trips to see a show. There are two shows a day, one at 19:30 and one at 21:30. My wife said she really wanted to go so we booked tickets through the rep at our hotel. Tickets are around £18 each. The set and costumes are very good, a lot of work has gone into them. The performers however, range from 'very good', of which a couple were very good, to 'really can't be bothered' which was about 30% of them. It's such a professional looking set up but the actual performance is very very amateur and many of them obviously do notenjoy what they do!! Unfortunately you see all the real enthusiasm after the show as you leave the theatre.....many of the performers line up by the exit where you can have a photo taken with them, and you will have to pay and if you don't pay what they want, they will shout at you! We stood and watched people having photos taken for a few minutes and I have to say, I wish the 'Katoeys' (Ladyboys) had put half of that effort into the performance!! It's just not worth the money.