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More Thailand and kids in June questions

Jul 18th, 2008, 07:25 PM
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The thing about the JW Marriott Phuket, and the Anantara GT too, is that to get off site to eat, you either need a rental car or you need to be prepared to pay a huge price for transportation from the resort and back again, as both places are located quite far from any dining options...far enough to not really want to walk in the case of Anantara and too far to walk in the case of the Marriott.

I'm sure you could do the program at the TECC while staying elsewhere, but I really think that would take away from the experience a lot. We were there in late DEcember, and I needed fleece to keep warm. June would be a different story, though. I'm pretty sure there are fans. I really think the experience would be good enough there to make you forget that you spent two nights without AC. If you think the TECC is expensive, wait until you see prices for the Anantara...this year is about double what we paid last year, and last year I felt robbed. It was way too high a price to pay for AC and a pool imo, and paying double that is just way, way over the top. $500 per person for 3 day mahout training, on top of the room charge and everything else there. The two of us spent $3000 in 5 nights there and ate only 1 dinner there that was lousy, breakfast was included in the mahout package...crazy expensive, exceptionally poor value.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 07:28 AM
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Phuket questions:

The JW Marriott would be logical for us because we could stay for free, but based on some of the descriptions from others I'm having flashbacks to a prior trip to the Marriott in St. Thomas - where they have you trapped and gouge you to death. Even though I practically live in Marriotts for business, we're not big on theirfood - much too fancy to our liking. The fact that Kim spent $2200 in food/activities for just 2 is downright frightening - WOW!

So, one option that has caught my attention is a new Courtyard that is being built at Kamala Beach. This one will have multi-bedroom suites which would be perfect for us. Anyone know anything about the location? Is it close to restaurants (serving Western food) and activities or isolated like the JW?
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Jul 21st, 2008, 09:13 AM
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i have stayed there and did not experience the expense that kim reports...not any pressure...

you need to know that the hotel is very issolated and that the trip into patong takes at least 45 minutes...

the rooms are very nice and different from the usual marriott room, more thai...and more lux...

the food is expensive but not outrageous and it is much better than the average marriott food...there is the delhi, the italian rest, a beach fish place, and the general restaurant... we stopped for lunch last month at the general restaurant while passing by and it was very good..

there are buffets each nite or a la carte in the main rest......the buffet breakfast is excellent---make sure you have it in your rate if you can...a la carte or room service is also a choice..

go---you will enjoy it....its one of the top marriott places....

if i had tons of points i would try to rent a villa in the timeshare...they are fantastic and you are right there at the hotel and use all of their facilities...
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Jul 21st, 2008, 11:05 AM
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I'm thinking the Holiday Inn might be perfect for us. Good kid options, family suites and close to town. Yes, no, maybe?

We really don't want to be isolated, particularly since we're planning on spending most of our time in Phuket (~3 nights?) away from the hotel doing activities.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Forgot to mention that the MVC timeshares are 7 night mins so they are not an option for us. We've stayed in one in Orlando a couple of times and they are nice.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 11:50 AM
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Statefan, you've got there on your own. Holiday Inn, Phuket, will be perfect for your requirements.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 11:55 AM
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Personally, I would not want to stay around Patong Beach. Too many pushy touts and crowds of people along the busy beach street wanting to sell you something. My own preference would be for Kata Beach, or perhaps Kata Noi (Kata Thani Resort).

The weather in June will probably not be very good for swimming in the water. When I was on Phuket in June/July time frame, the red flags were out everyday. The flags warn you of dangerous under currents. Maybe not so good for the kids.

What about Koh Samui? Swimming in the water should be better there, during June. Just a thought.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 12:54 PM
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We're fortunate to have relatives with 2 beach houses a couple of hours from our house so ocean swimming is not really our focus for Thailand. I'm really interested in the John Gray thing and that is my primary reason for thinking about Phuket. We like to stay busy - the East Coast of Thailand sounds like it's more for rest and relaxation. We don't do either too well.
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Jul 21st, 2008, 01:03 PM
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I have to put in my two cents in response to KimJapan's comments about the Anantara and venturing to town to eat meals. As i explained in my trip report, we ate no meals at the hotel while we were there other than breakfast which was included with the room rate. Instead, we chose to walk 15-20 minutes into town each evening to eat at local restaurants and never had any problems with safety or feeling anything but welcome at the restaurants we visited. In town, there were lots of taxi companies and excursion companies. I am sure if we had inquired, we could have gotten a ride back to the Anantara for a reasonable amount.

While the TECC program near Chang Mai sounds great, we wanted something more resorty than the basic rooms offered at TECC with the ability for the kids to walk down to the elephant camp and for us to stay at the pool or even go for a bike ride while they were there. I had no doubts about their safety and would feel the same even at ages 5 and 8.

Just my two cents
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Jul 21st, 2008, 02:03 PM
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Thanks Amy. I have not decided what to do on that front yet. Price is probably going to make that decision for me though.
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