A beautiful boutique hotel - excellent find!

Trip Start Feb 01, 2011
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Villareal Heights, Kata

Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Sunday, February 20, 2011

20th to 25th Feb.....

I took the bus from Khao Lak at 8 am on Sunday morning - the journey took 3 hours in total to get to Kata Beach.  I was the only white (even though I am developing a nice tan) person on the bus.  I slept for some of the way - after a while the scenery is more of the same - lots of wooded areas.  My first impression of Kata Beach was very positive and I still feel the same.  When I arrived at my hotel I thought WOW!!  It has lots of class and style - a bit on the lines of Hotel du Vin group.  The owner, Phil, from London has done a great job with it.  The afternoon I arrived he took 3 of us on a guided tour of the place - showing us the best places to eat, have massages, to see, sunset picture spots and view points.  He also told us what places of interest are worth visiting.  We also received from him, a fresh coconut - my first one ever - it was delicious  to drink and then you scooped out the coconut on the inside of the shell and that too had a wonderful flavour - not a bit like the desiccated coconut I have eaten in the past!

In the evening, I went down to the beach and took lots of pics of the sunset - to be uploaded later, along with pics of other places.  I had a most enjoyable Thai dinner and retired to bed at about 10 pm.  I slept like a log - the most comfortable bed so far on my travels.

This morning I had my hair cut, a manicure and a pedicure - it has made me feel so much less like a backpacker!  I have booked an appointment for a full Medical check-up at the International Hospital - it is fantastic value and they have state-of-the-art equipment.  I have heard great reports of the treatment in this hospital from an American and a Canadian who come here each year to avail of these services at a fraction of the cost they would have to pay in their own countries.  I have to fast for 10 hours before this health check-up - watch this space for feedback.

That's it for now.

22nd Feb - Had my check-up today - all went well - I was there for 4 hours in total and had all sorts of tests done - at the end of it I received a printout of all the results available - the rest I will receive by 8th March by email.  I had a final consultation with a doctor to go over the results - the only red flag was that my cholesterol was higher than she would have liked - she suggested I eat less seafood as it contains high levels of cholesterol.  As I am a fish eater I will have to make some changes to my eating habits.  However, I am really happy with the rest of the tests - all that at a fantastic price in comparison to a private check-up at home.

I spent the rest of my time in Phuket visiting the Big Buddha, Patong, walking the beaches and taking a bus ride around the island.  It would not be a place I would rush to go back to - too many girlie bars and old men with girls young enough to be their grand-daughters!!  Quite gross, and sad for the poor girls.  Nearly every old man you see riding a motor bike, has a young Thai girl on the back - c'est la vie!

There was one bright positive side to the visit - the place where I had breakfast each morning, had the most delightful and wonderful young ladies - Ying and Ying - they were kindness itself.  Firstly, the place was like a French patisserie - scrumptious croissants, pain au chocolat, pastries, breads, a fantastic bircher muesli with yogurt, fresh fruits and honey  plus really good quality coffee - what more could you ask for?  But, getting back to the staff, Ying No 1 took pics of me and me with them and presented me with a wallet of these pics and a beautiful orchid plant when I was leaving - I was quite overcome.  Unfortunately, I could not take the orchid as it would not be allowed on the plane to Penang - but the thought was there.  I was really sorry to say good-bye to them - that was the good side of Phuket.

On 25th I left Phuket and flew to Penang.   
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Duncan Brown on

Brigid , I am pleased you are enjoying your travels . Look out for us overhead on Friday , we are flying to oz !



Jim Kelly on

Hi Brigid

Glad to see that you are having such a wonderful time, you sound as if you are realy enjoying it. Good luck at the Hospital I am sure all will go well.

I am jogging along ok, Eileen is fine I spoke to Dermot last week he was the usual Dermot but sounded good.

We wish you well on the rest of your jurney.

Love Jim and Eileen

Annette on

Hi Brigid

Sounds great - looking forward to seeing the pics. Enjoy this leg of your journey.

Stay safe

Love A x

Maureen on

Hi Brigid Glad all is still going well. Heard from Rod & Wen again yesterday they are back on Friday after their month in Penang, they have had agreat time. Be good!!

sheelagh and harry on

hi brigid, good to hear from you, sound fantastic wish we were with you, be good but enjoy your self just the same, love as always harry

Martin Rafferty on

Hi Brigid,
Delighted to hear from you.
Look forward to your next message.
Let me know when you are likely to be next in Dublin.

sheila boniface on

glad you are having a good time Tony is getting on well after his knee op in december he had a complete new knee. hoping to play golf when weathe gets better love from us both xx

Pauline on

This sounds a lovely place to watch the world go by. Can you book me a sun bed please, oh and a cup of tea. ;-)
Glad all is well. Keep safe.
Love Px

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