La Playa at Phuket

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Jul 15, 2008

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Karon Beach Princess Hotel

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

April 14, 2007
Phuket, Thailand

Ton and Konika gave us a ride across the Thai boarder this morning. After clearing customs and obtaining our free 30 day visa we bordered a van to Hatyai. (B100 for both of us) From Hatyai we took an express bus to Phuket. (B960 for both of us.) The US dollar is sinking daily and we were lucky to get about 33 Thai Bat to the dollar.

It was dark when we arrived in Phuket town. There's always a certain amount of apprehension when we get to a new town. We might have a list of prospective hotels to choose from but we have no idea where they are or which is best. We knew that Phuket Island has several different beaches and each with their supporters. We get off the bus and take the path of least resistance. That is we let some taxi driver guide us to a nearby booking agent who, after we tell him how much we want to spend and that we want the hotel to be near the beach and have a pool, books us into the Karon Beach Princess Hotel. The rate is B1600 per night and we sign up for 4 nights. Turns out the pool is on the roof but the beach is right across the road and the room is spacious. The next morning we find the free breakfast is really great. Arvid would like to lose a few pounds but that will have to wait. Also, we have in room internet for B300/day.

Basically, we just laze around Karon Beach for 4 days and never see anything else. The beaches here are very nice. They are farily clean with squeeky sand. There's plenty of night life right here in Karon Beach so we haven't felt the need to leave to see the rest of the island. Sure there is lots more to see on Phuket and we feel a little guilty at only giving the place such a short stay, but we can't possibly see everything in the whole world. Anyway we've got an idea what there is here and it is nice, so now we can push on.
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