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    Default Phuket please help!

    We are wanting to travel to Phuket this year, but I have no idea where to stay! My mum is staying at kata beach resort in March. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions? Id love for there to be beach access. I've looked at so many places and I'm just getting more confused lol

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    The Holidays Inn on Patong Beach is absolutely amazing. Ive stayed there before and my dad stays there twice a year. Amazing amazing staff. They ask my dad about my oldest son every time he goes and it was 5 years ago that we were there!

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    Which area do you want to stay in, Phuket is a big island and has lots of different beaches and different areas to stay in.

    We stayed at Phuket Graceland resort a few years ago and it was fantastic. It is in Patong beach which is the most popular and busiest area to stay. We didn't have kids then so not sure about facilities such as kids club etc.

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    Depending on the kind of holiday you want, I would suggest kata or karon beaches instead of patong.

    IMO Patong is great to visit but I'd stay elsewhere.

    Kata and Karon were a little more chilled out than Patong and still not far away from things to do.

    We stayed at the Mercure in Patong and whilst it was fine, as soon as we walked out onto the street we were bombarded with people trying to sell us stuff.

    Kata wasn't like that for us. All the buses still picked us up in Kata for tours and stuff but it was a little quieter. That was 6 years ago though. Things may have changed!

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    Have a look at the Kathathani resort. It's not cheap but amazing set up for families on a little beach just over the hill from the main part of Kata.
    I would not recommend Patong. Way too busy! It is a little quieter up near Graceland resort though.
    My personal fav is Surin beach though, 10 min from Patong, lovely beach, plenty of choice to eat near the beach, a few little shops but not much else. We stayed at Twinpalms (not really good for kids), but the Courtyard Marriott next door looks great for families.
    Kathathani - beachfront
    Graceland - shirt walk to beach
    Courtyard Marriott Surin - 300m to beach but no views.
    You easily catch a taxi to Patong for a look around from Kata or Surin, then escape again!

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    Very few (if any) hotels in Patong have beach access because there is a road that runs between the beach & hotels.

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    We just got back from Phuket. We went for Christmas with 3 other families and 2 couples. We have been to Phuket twice before.
    i would avoid Patong. Go there for the day to have a look about but it is not very nice at all.
    we stayed a few beaches up at Bangtao Beach. It is north of Surin and just beautiful.
    we stayed at Sunwing Resort. ( we got a fantastic deal on Expedia) at first I was a bit concerned about staying at a family resort ( i am a bit of a travel snob ha ha). It was fantastic. It is right on the beach, had a million things for the kids to do and you dont have to go anywhere if you don't want to. Everything is there.
    The only places I would consider staying are Surin or Bangtao. Hope this helps.

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    Ooh Bangtao is beautiful! Was it very expensive to get taxi's? The transport costs is what's put me off staying there in the past.

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    @rosey82 It really is beautiful. It is such a nice long beach with soft clean sand and lots of restaurants and beach clubs. One day there was even a baby elephant on the beach.
    A tuk tuk to Laem Sing was 300 baht. One day we even asked a fisherman to take us in his fishing boat. 300 baht between 10 people.
    We actually hired a driver for the duration of our stay he had a mini bus and we could call him to collect us or drop us at whatever time. We just payed a set amount oer person at the ned of our stay. I must say we got our money's worth as we went to lots of places including the big Buddah and Splash Jungle water Park. i think when we paid him on the last day it ended up being $40 each for two weeks. this maybe a better option for the op if she has sightseeing to do.
    So I am unsure about taxi prices anywhere. I would imagine a trip from bangtao to Patong would be 500 to 600 baht.

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    Yes with the taxi prices in Phuket I'm starting to think hiring a driver is the way to go! Thanks for the info!


 

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