Hanoi to Phuket

Trip Start Sep 16, 2012
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Friday, September 28, 2012

We were both pretty excited today as we were flying to Phuket & our Daughter Melissa was flying into Phuket this morning, & our son Matthew flying in around Midnight. We had to be at Hanoi airport by 7:00am this morning, so Hanoi Elegance diamond arranged for breakfast buffet to be ready at 6:00 for our breakfast. Packed & quick breakfast, checked out of Hanoi Elegance & sad good-byes.

We had a crazy taxi ride to the airport, but thats normal for Hanoi i suppose, checked in with Vietnam Airlines for our flight to Bangkok which was all fine, i must add that Vietnam Airlines were great, plenty of legroom & good service. The Noi Bai airport was better than i thought it would be & we grabbed a coffee & looked around the shops, not that there is many but again needed to spend the Dong, but they happily exchanged our Dong for USD anyway, so there was no real need to worry.

2Hr Flight to Bangkok was on time & we landed around 11:00am where we were met by the rep from Bangkok Airport Limousine service for our fast track VIP service for our transfer to our Phuket flight as i was worried we were tight for time between flights.Whisked onto a golf buggy & rode to immigration, which was a good thing with Di's broken toe, the airport is huge. Went thru the VIP immigration line & onto the carousel for our bags. They came out pretty quickly & again vip service thru customs. We were escorted all the way to our Bangkok Airlines check-in. It was good service & worth the money if time is tight like ours. We also booked it for our son for later that night, as it was his 1st international flight by himself & that also went well.

Bangkok Airways is my favorite airline, love the free lounge which we used for an hour or so & dancing stewardesses thru the safety video. Great flight into Phuket, driver Mr Somchai was there to meet us onto Swiss Pall Beach resort at about 4:30pm. Melissa was in the pool with cocktail in hand, so went to room & unpacked for our 9 day stay.

Quick trip into Juncylon for supplies from Bic c, all the usual stuff & importantly a box of Singhas, had fun packing everything into a tuk tuk on the way back.

Di was desperate for a steak so we headed to Nickis Handlebar for dinner & a few drinks. The new bar looks ok, had a chat to Khai & a drink with our friends Sue (Gismo) & Colin. Di & Melissa had steak of course & i had my favorite, the panang Curry pizza.

Called an early night as it had been a long day, so returned to room & went to bed. Di waited up for our son Matthew to arrive. Matt arrived about 2:00am, there was no pickup from Swiss Palm beach for some reason. They said i didn't request it but i did re-check my email, i did request & they confirmed the pick-up. He was befriended by nice taxi-man after he exited who only charged him 1700Baht!!! for the ride. (Idiot) He was in his own room directly across from us. So all good.

The weather when we landed in Phuket was hot & cloudy.

Thats all for now.
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