A little nervous heading to Thailand so soon after the Boxing Day Tsunami, I was unsure as to what to expect stepping off our Thai Airways flight.
With a quick 1 night stopover in Bangkok, we were up early the next morning to catch a short flight to Krabi where we stayed at the Best Western Ao Nang Bay Resort & Spa. A short walk to the beaches, shopping and restaurants, this was in a fabulous location. With an assortment of travellers from families to couples to people travelling on their own, it was always busy around the pool at 4pm as everyone caught up on each others day at the swim up bar.
Krabi is extremely laid back and does not quite have the hussle and bussle that the main cities have. This is definitely a great place for a family holiday.
From here we headed by bus to Phuket. We stayed in Patong at the Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa. I am a 5 star kind of girl and this was absolutely breathtaking. The suites were decadant and were set in lush gardens with 3 pool areas to choose from as well as an extra pool and restaurant located right on the beach straight across the road which is only for those staying at the resort.
As hard as it was to leave this lovely resort, we hit the shopping with vengenance and were soon bargaining our way to designer bags, shoes, jewellery. Whatever you wanted was there to buy and looked just like the real thing. As these markets open at night we worked up an appetite and luckily the restaurants had the most amazing food to keep our hunger at bay.
The days were spent at the beach or poolside with visits to the world's largest jewellery factory and enjoying 2 hour massages for NZD18.00.
We visited the Fantasea Show Phuket which is a cultural theme park situated at Kamala Beach with an extravagant show with elephants and acrobats for all ages. Although a little noisy, well worth seeing.
Unfortunately our departure date was upon us where we flew from Phuket to Bangkok and then onto Auckland. For my first trip to an Asian country I was blown away by how friendly and happy the people of Thailand were especially after the devastation they had suffered. I felt safe the whole time I was there and would not hesitate at all to recommend this destination to anyone. Value for money this is a great place to visit with shopping and eating out super cheap.
I am definitely going to re visit Thailand in the near future.