We flew into Phuket International Airport, which was a 2 hour flight from Chiang Mai. A 45 minute, 800 baht taxi ride later, we arrived at the Westin Siray Bay Phuket. This resort is a bit out of the way from all the action of Phuket, but good if you want some peace. The views were good, but not a good beach to for swimming, walking or laying out. They did have a lot of tour groups from China and Korea staying at this hotel. We used SPG points and suite night awards and was given a discovery suite with a cool view:
The SPG platinum breakfast at Eest restaurant (downstairs from the lobby) was very good, but the dinner selections at the restaurants were pretty limited and not very tasty, so we opted to shuttle or taxi to other parts of Phuket for many of our meals.
We had fantastic meal at Sizzle, on the rooftop of the Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa in Patong – a bit pricey but totally worth it for the upscale Steak & Seafood. Chef Tim Westaway likes to chat with guests and makes sure they are enjoying their experience at this restaurant with amazing views:
And another great meal at The Pad Thai Shop in Karon – you can’t beat 50 baht ($1.50) for the best Pad Thai in the world- we also took some to go and it comes wrapped in a banana leaf and paper. We didn’t like the noodle soup and ground meat with vegetables and rice as much – I think the Pad Thai is the real draw at this place – sooooo good!
Also we enjoyed Bang Tao Beach, north of Patong, and got Thai massages ($10) and rode waverunners ($50) – it was much more quiet than Patong would have been:
We also saw some Muy Thai Fights and walked the night markets in Patong right across from the Bang La Boxing Stadium:
A speedboat tour to the Phi Phi Islands was a highlight of our time in Phuket. Too bad there was some litter at all of these spots. Disappointing that people leave trash in these beautiful, once pristine places. We did a speedboat tour with Andaman Leisure Phuket (about 3300 baht, $95 per person) and it was pretty crowded in all these spots with all the tour groups coming and leaving at the same time – next time I would opt for a private group tour (about $160) as the experience is probably much nicer. But so glad we got to see the Phi Phi Islands – another item crossed off our bucket list!