Phuket & Pattaya 13th to 23rd September inclusive 10 days.
Shaz & Miller are off to Thailand again & would like to welcome any friends who wish to come along. Package is competitive due to a winter sale with special airfares from Thai Airways.
Hotel accommodation is at special rates as we are there before School Holidays start.
Flights International $875.00 per person Thai Airways Flights Brisbane - Bangkok - Phuket & Return Bangkok to Brisbane (All meals and drinks included) ($875.00 each) $1,750.00 per couple
Accommodation Total including breakfast $283.00 per person Accommodation Phuket – 13 – 14 (2 nights) Novotel Phuket Resort (Patong Beach) AUD$101.00 per night AUD$202 per couple for 2 nights includes Patong Central transfers, WiFi & Breakfast
Accommodation Pattaya 15 – 22 (7 nights) Royal Twin Palace Hotel - $52.00 per night AUD$364.00 per couple for 7 nights - includes Buffet Breakfast.
Flight Phuket - Pattaya includes meals - $75.00 per person
Airfares – Phuket - Pattaya $75 per person - $150 per couple
TOTAL COST $1233.00 per person ($2466.00 per couple)
Breakfast & Poolside Resort time & relax - Breakfast at resort included.
Tour to Big Buddha (Largest in Phuket, atop mountain with great views).
Big Buddha is being built on one of Phuket’s highest mountains. Since construction began over two years ago. It stands 45 m high, and is a “must see” for Phuket visitors. The Buddha is basically completed, just the grounds and facade need to be finished on this magnificent construction.
Give a little, and leave a tile with your personal message on it, that will become an integral part of the site. Ample photo opportunities. Note that conservative clothing is appreciated at any temple.
On return from the Big Buddha we come across some elephant rides.
The Thai elephant is one of the friendliest animals in the world. It is also the national symbol of Thailand.
In the old days, elephants took part in all of Thailand’s major wars and later on worked hard in the logging business. Today the Thai elephant is a star of the country’s tourism industry.
Kata Viewpoint - On the way back to Patong it is well worth spending some time taking in the magnificent panarama from Kata Viewpoint.
One of the most popular platforms in all of Phuket.
Veiws to Big Buddha, Kata Noi Beach, Kata Yai Beach and Karon Beach.
After this a visit to Karon Temple Markets and Karon Aussie Bar.
Karon Temple Markets - The grounds off Karon Temple (Wat Karon) become an outdoor market. Lots of clothes and food. They start late afternoon.
It covers a fair sized area and I found a wide variety of stalls. Lots of clothes and the prices looked pretty cheap.
Some of the stalls are more in the open, others are under a sprawling, colourful roof of ropes and plastic.
After dinner take free Hotel Shuttle Bus Tuk Tuk to Patong Beach – Visit the famous “Bangla Road”
Bangla Road in Patong is the main centre of all nightlife in Phuket.
If you want to party or enjoy some drinks, then this is PARTY CENTRAL.
Every holiday in Phuket must include at least one night out in Bangla Rd. Go-Go Bars, Ping Pong Bars and hundreds of Beer Bars to explore.
Enjoy live music at the “Aussie Bar”.
DAY 3 SATURDAY 15th September - Phuket to Pattaya
Breakfast then Poolside, Beachside relax. Checkout and depart to the airport PM Karon Beach is the largest beach on the west side of Phuket (where all the white sand beaches are located). Not only is it long (about 4 km), but also very wide compared to most beaches in Phuket. Almost never crowded and you can find a nice park at the north central end with a nice lake known as Nong Harn Lake which is surrounded by a landscaped jogging / bike path. The south end has less trees and granular but very nice beige colored sand, but is highlighted by the stark and absolute interface of white sand and clear blue water. The north end has a few more trees, and is highlighted by the fact the sand texture becomes very white and very fine texture almost squeaky like powder snow at a ski resort. World-class long and wide tropical beach with white fine sand and big waves of clear blue-green water. Full services such as Lots of sunbeds, watersports and longtail boats for hire.
PM – Depart to Pattaya Arrive, Pattaya, Airport transfer arranged. Check in to Royal Twin Palace Hotel.
DAY 4 SUNDAY 16th September - Pattaya
Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is a collection of natural objects that are valuable because of their rarity or oddity, such as Thai-style trained trees that are more than 200 years old from the early Rattanakosin period, fossilized tree trunks that are aged millions of years, and stratified rocks that are so colourful. The park also contains much more than what its name suggests, it is not only a living museum of curious and beautiful things of all the three kingdoms-animal, vegetable and mineral, but it also offers you several kinds of amusing and exciting shows. Thousands of crocodiles, both saltwater and freshwater, living in shady natural surrounds.
Located on an over-70-acre piece of land just 15 minutes' drive from Pattaya, this Park & Farm is a new striking tourist attraction created with more than 20 years' efforts, for all nature lovers.
It contains much more than what its name suggests. It is not only a living museum of curious and beautiful things of all the three kingdoms-animal, vegetable and mineral, but it also offers you several kinds of amusing and exciting shows.
Dinner - Cabbages & Condoms - Dining in the treetops, watching the Sunset to the west over the water. After dinner drinks beachside.
DAY 5 MONDAY 17th September - Pattaya
Sanctuary of Truth - The world's largest wooden castle located on the seashore of Pattaya City. This building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and covered with wooden carvings used to reflect Ancient Visions of Earth, Ancient Knowledge and Eastern Philosophy. Although the overall shape roughly follows traditional Thai architecture, the temple is richly detailed with wood carvings depicting the four major philosophical and artistic influences that can be seen in Thailand: Hindu, Khmer, Chinese and Thai. It is constructed entirely of wood which is the main reason it is taking so long.
DAY 6 TUESDAY 18th September - Pattaya/Jomtien
Soi Bakhao Markets – Cheap Shopping Locals Style (Markets only open Friday & Tuesday each week) – No bargaining at these markets as prices rock bottom. Local Thais shop here also. Gives a good guide to pricing, for later in the tour, when bargaining at street stalls. Drop purchases back at room and lunch on private rooftop pool and entertainment area.
Cabaret Tiffany’s - The very first transsexual cabaret show in Southeast Asia, Tiffany's is also Thailand's longest-running and Pattaya's most famous cabaret show . Meet the clones of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer or Barbara Streisand. Let these professional performers entertain you with an impressive repertoire that vary from dance-and-song numbers in fabulous costumes to comedic impersonations. With more than 30 years' experience in show business, these 'ladies' put up a glitzy show that is excellent entertainment for the whole family.
DAY 7 WEDNESDAY 19th September - Pattaya/Jomtien
Buddha Mountain - Thailand is a land of many Buddha images, with statues and paintings everywhere. The world’s tallest Buddha image carved into the side of a mountain just outside of Pattaya in south east Thailand. In stark contrast to the nearby hedonistic Pattaya resort, just a few kilometers away is the beautiful “Phra Phuttha Maha Vachira Utta Mopas Sasada” or “Khao Chee Chan”, now commonly referred to as Buddha Mountain. In this tranquil setting, it is possible to forget the hectic tourist based life of the surrounding area. The park, the image and the mountain showcase the undying Thai devotion to Buddha and their king.
Pattaya Floating Markets.
Souvenir shopping - Take a boat tour around the popular floating markets, one of the most popular Pattaya attractions, and marvel at the distinctive Thai architecture of its teakwood buildings and bridges.
Dock at one of the island gardens or sample Thai dishes from boat vendors.
Lunch Beachside - The Glass House
Dinner – Mango Tree next to Hilton Hotel with views over Pattaya Bay. After Beach Road Pattaya – Bars, Music & Street stall shopping.
DAY 8 THURSDAY 20th September - Pattaya/Jomtien
Pattaya Park - Fun for the whole family is on the cards at this amusement park with its gigantic slide, Jacuzzis and a seaside tower - at 240 metres the highest in Pattaya - with a revolving restaurant at the top. The view from the observation deck at the top is panoramic and quite exquisite – especially at sunset. There are three options available for visitors to choose how they would like to get back on the ground: Sky Shutter, Speed Shutter, or Tower Jump – depending on how much of an adrenalin rush you prefer.
Buddha Hill and Pattaya View Point - This awe-inspiring, panoramic view of Pattaya City and Bay area certainly sheds new light on an area long renowned for nightlife. It's great place to head out to with family and friends, who are looking to escape the heat of the day and enjoy Pattaya from an elevated perspective. The sacred Buddha image at Wat Khao Phra Bat temple also resides on the hilltop; here it is common for worshippers to pay their respects, making for interesting viewing.
Dinner – “Bakadin” Thai Style outdoor banquet. Then a few after dinner drinks in Soi Bakhao and then to Jomtien Beach cafes and desert.
DAY 9 FRIDAY 21st September - Pattaya
Soi Bakhao Markets – Last minite shopping again Locals Style (Markets only open Friday & Tuesday each week) – No bargaining at these markets as prices rock bottom. Local Thais shop here also. Gives a good guide to pricing, for later in the tour, when bargaining at street stalls. Drop purchases back at room and lunch on private rooftop pool and entertainment area.
DAY 10 SATURDAY 22nd September - Karon & Travel
Breakfast poolside at resort.
Shopping Relax and catch up day.
Pattaya Shopping - Pattaya offers some of the best shopping outside Bangkok, and it is actually more accessible being a much smaller area.
New shopping malls are constantly being built – "Central Festival" is the latest to spring up between Beach Road and Second Road –very “up-market” – lots of “brand-name” shops/restaurants etc etc.
Beach Road and Second Road are the main shopping roads.
Along the beach stalls, shops and arcades offer all the usual souvenir stuff and some things that might cause a few raised eyebrows.... (A Samurai Sword or replica gunfor example). Lots of big brand copies, CDs and DVDs for 150 baht, computer programs..... The malls....several new malls are currently being built or just about to open - Check out the older “MIKE’S MALL” & “ROYAL GARDEN PLAZA”- (accessible from Beach Rd or Second Rd) offer more quality goods still at great prices. Royal Garden has an eatery with good views of the bay on the top floor.
Other Malls around town include “Big C” on 2nd road, Tesco’s on Pattaya North (Nua), and Carrefour on Pattaya Central (Klang), and the new the Avenue Complex on Pattaya Second Road, featuring the Villa supermarket for those craving a taste of home – at a price.
All these have a range of other shops and restaurants all under one air-conditioned roof. Tesco and Big C also have stores on Sukumvit Rd -the main road from Bangkok. Tuk Com is a building which has a huge array of electrical such as mobile phones and computer accessories spread over multi levels.
PM. Depart by minivan Pattaya to Bangkok International Airport 8.00pm
Arrive 9.45pm Check in and depart 11.59pm. Arrive Brisbane 11.50am Saturday.
DAY 11 SUNDAY 23rd September - Arrive Brisbane Noon
Other Pattaya Attractions:
Underwater World - Underwater World Pattaya is a modern aquarium with a 100-metre state-of-the-art acrylic tunnel where visitors can walk through an underwater environment filled with dozens of marine species including the rare shovel-nosed ray, a hybrid between a shark and a stingray.
Mini Siam - At this miniature city scale-model replicas of hundreds of famous sights all over the world are on display, making for a great family outing. Visitors can get their picture taken with the models, made on a scale of 1 to 25.
These include The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Bridge over the River Kwai, the Golden Stupa and Pimai Khmer Sanctuary Buddha, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, London's Tower B ridge, the Trevi Fountain, the Sydney Opera House. The Democracy Monument in Bangkok was the very first model built at Mini Siam.
Around the world in 80 days? Make it one! See all the world's wonders as well as Thailand's popular attractions at Mini Siam, where nearly a hundred replicas of famous sites worldwide - from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the Statue of Liberty - are displayed.
Koh Samet - Perhaps one of the most popular island destinations in Thailand, Samet Island is an ideal getaway located in Rayong province - a mere one hour drive from Pattaya.
If you enjoy lying on pristine silvery sand beaches, swimming in the sky-blue sea or bronzing it all up under the island's brilliant sun, the Samet Island Tour is a perfect choice for you. Ferries run regularly, or catch a speedboat.
Only one hour's drive from Pattaya is the village of Ban Phe, the jumping-off point for the boat ride to the island of Ko Samet.
The island boasts clean, white sand beaches.
Shopping in Karon:
Shopping in Karon starts at the beach traffic circle. Here, you will find a supermarket for all your drinks/snacks and hygiene needs. If you walk up the main road towards Karon's Buddhist Temple you'd be forgiven for thinking that the area is made up entirely of photo labs, pharmacies, banks and tailors and more tailors and more bars than Las Vegas, although with more modest prices.
Take an evening stroll up to Karon Circle, with its sculptures of workers commemorating Phuket's tin-mining and agricultural past, and do some shopping. You will find a wide selection of shoes, fake name-brand watches, sunglasses, bags and suitcases and all sorts of souvenirs, from silk cushion covers to wooden handicraft items, to toy elephants. There is also an optician shop, KT Optic that offers pretty good discounts on name-brand sunglasses. In Thailand, spectacles cost a fraction of the prices they command in the west and of course computerized eye examination is free here.
Further up from the Karon Circle on the same road, the shops (mostly tailors) are soon outnumbered by bars and restaurants. In the side streets by the Centara Karon Beach Resort (formerly Soi Islandia Park Resort) stand more tailors and a dental clinic (dental treatment is a bargain for foreigners visiting Thailand and many people come here expressly for this reason) but this two parallel backstreet area is largely guesthouse and bar/restaurant territory.
The Aroona Karon houses a range of handicraft shops as well as restaurants and cafés. The main building is the Old Phuket Resort, built in Sino-Portuguese style. This complex is a lovely place to look for souvenirs and handicrafts.
Location is on the Beach Road, next to Woraburi Resort and not far from Hilton Phuket Arcadia on the Beach Road
A trip to a local village market can be so much fun. Visitors are sure to spot some unusual products that they have never seen before. Likewise, going to a talad nat (community market) is a way to shop for the best bargain nick-knack items such as T-shirts, CD’s and DVD’s, jeans, hair accessories, handicrafts, fresh and cooked food.
Opens every Tuesday and Saturday from 14:00 - 20:00 and located at Wat Karon on Patak Road, Central Karon.
There's a big sign saying 'Special & Cheap Price' at the entrance of Karon Plaza, and experienced shoppers will know that a lot of fun is to be had here, bargaining and haggling.
Products are mostly Thai made and the usual gamut of T-shirts, DVD's and handicrafts is for sale.
Located opposite Harry’s Restaurant on Lung Phochuan Road
Although the Nunya's are committed to Social Interaction, hard partying and good old fashioned fun we are also committed to the responsible consumption of alcohol ...........but by the way, thats nunya bloody business either !!