Arrival in Thailand

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The flight from Kyiv to Bangkok was long. And it was hard to get any sleep while flying. Whereas an overnight flight from DC to Europe leaves later in the evening and arrives first thing in the morning, the K-B flight left in the early afternoon and arrived before sunrise. So getting some sleep was difficult.

After a short layover in Bangkok and treating myself to some Starbucks (unavailable in good old Kyiv) we had a short 1 hour flight to Phuket. The Phuket flight was on the local Bangkok Airline, so we had to recheck our bags. Not a big deal, since our layover was pretty short. Bangkok Airline has a beautiful lounge open to anyone flying that we were able to use while we waiting for our flight.
Bedroom
We changed into shorts, read some brochures and snacked on some sweet baby bananas.

Phuket International Airport is small, but still bigger and much nicer than Borispyl in Kyiv. All of the signs are in English alongside Thai, so it was easy to find where we needed to go. As Americans, visas were not required for a short stay.

My husband had arranged for a car to meet us and take us to the hotel. Unfortunately, the car was not there to pick us up. A representative from another hotel in the same small chain called for us and found they did not have a reservation for the car. No big deal. The rep found us a taxi and it ended up costing half what the hotel car would have. And when we arrived at the hotel, they were nice enough to compensate us with an upgrade to a suite overlooking the pool and the ocean.
Tub
And now I am on the veranda of the suite typing this blog. So it all worked out. They were very nice and apologetic.

After an exploration of the grounds to snap some pictures, we took a short nap (sleeplessness was starting to get to us) and then hired the hotel driver to take us into town to change money, find some lunch and do some shopping. We headed to Patong Beach where vendors abound and offered us any and every thing under the sun. Our destination, though, was to find a tailor to get some handmade clothes. We found a nice one and arranged to have a few suits and shirts made for the husband and after much insistence by him, a dress for me. After picking fabrics and patterns and getting measurements done, we headed out to walk the area and start on the souvenir shopping.
Shower
No sense in leaving it for the last minute. There are lots of beautiful things to buy, but also lots of crap. We picked up a few things. Luckily, we have all week.

Several hours later and we were spent. We met up with the driver and headed back to the hotel. Out hotel is on the southern end of the island, away from all the action, and that is just fine with us. It means it is quiet, which is just what we want for our relaxing vacation. But it does mean it is a small drive to get to places. But really, it is a small island and it doesn't take more than maybe an hour to get from point A to point B at the most. So we got back to the hotel, showered and changed and then tried out the hotel restaurant for dinner. The restaurant sits right on the beach, and alongside the pool. It is open air on all sides with a beautiful breeze that flows through. The staff is attentive and courteous and very pleasant and the food is good too! We had a wonderful relaxing dinner by the pool with the ocean in the background and hearing the waves lap up against the wall. A wonderful end to a wonderful first day in paradise.
moonspdr says:
Andrea-I booked it through Expedia. It's the Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket. It used to be an Outrigger resort, but since we were there it has become an independent resort. There is another Outrigger resort on Phuket, though. Definitely get him to take you :) Phuket is beautiful!
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011
missandrea81 says:
Do you have the exact name of the hotel and how did you book? I think I might make hubby take me to Thailand when he gets home.
Posted on: Sep 14, 2011
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Living/dining/kitchen
Living/dining/kitchen
Bedroom
Bedroom
Tub
Tub
Shower
Shower
Living room
Living room
Terrace
Terrace
View to bedroom
View to bedroom
Terrace
Terrace
View from terrace
View from terrace
Front of hotel
Front of hotel
Pool view with ocean after that
Pool view with ocean after that
Water at low tide
Water at low tide
Hotel restaurant
Hotel restaurant
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