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The build up for this holiday had been huge!!! For the last 4 months there had been no other talk in our household except about what we were planning to do in Thailand!!


When we arrived into Phuket, we were amazed at how busy the airport was..... well we soon got over that as we stepped outside of the airport and it was even busier!!! Phuket is definitely a tourist destination from all over the world!!!


I was glad that I had prebooked our transfers, as I watched all these people fighting though the crowds to try and haggle the prices down and they were still paying more than me!! And my transfer was a very new minibus van with air-conditioning!!


Phuket airport is a 45 min ride to Patong Beach where we were booked into Holiday Inn Resort.


Holiday Inn must be the ultimate family resort, as they have great kids, family and adults pools. The kids club for under 12yrs and 12-17yrs..... was great fun where the kids made loads of new friends!!!!


And not forgetting the whole reason that we chose Holiday Inn, The Family Suite!! They had a superior room for the parents connected to a pirate themed kids room, with beds shaped like boats, X box’s, bean bags, toy box, TV, Videos!! 


But unfortunately they had none available!! I had booked 4 months in advance but due to the popularity of this suite they were fully booked out for the 7 days that we were staying there!!! But there were so many other great things about this resort that we got over it pretty quickly!!


Patong Beach was just across the road, and full of activity!! There were beach deck chairs all set out (you do have to pay local people $5.00NZD to have one for the day) and there are people selling pancakes, ice-cream paragliding, speed boating all over the place!! 


There are two exits that you can take out of the hotel, one side takes you out directly in front of Patong Beach which is lined with fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars. The other entrance takes you out directly in the shopping markets!! So location wise we couldn’t have got better... the moment you walk into the resort you forget all that hustle and bustle of the outside world to see beautiful huge pools, and the great smiles of Thai people!


Shopping can be fun, bargaining skills will improve greatly with each purchase!! I have to say Phuket did have it all from beautiful heel Shoes, dresses & handbags!! To suit taylors & all the labels for the boys so going over with an empty bag is recommended!! 


Drinking fresh cold Coconuts, eating the juiciest Pineapples , topped off with Ice-cream everyday from Haagan Daz and Baskin Robins made this the best holiday ever!!!


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