I have one last Thailand post to share with you. Looking at the pictures have me longing to be back in the tropical warmth, adventuring as a family again.
The first few nights we stayed at the JW Marriott in Phuket. It is an absolutely gorgeous resort with beautiful rooms. Brayden was too young to leave in the kids club alone. They start at 4 years and up. There are so many free activities to do at the resort though. The boys went kite flying and bike riding. They have a gorgeous pool with kid slides and it’s right on the beach. My only complaint would be the slope of the beach is too steep for kids to play in the ocean. There are some massive waves pounding the shore that I didn’t feel comfortable having the boys anywhere near the water. There are also paid activities at the resort such as circus training.
We took two excursions. The first was to James Bond Island. There were stops along the way to a few other islands but they all seem to run together in my head at this point. I think this is when we also stopped at Koh Pan Yi, the floating Muslim fishing village. The children at the school invited Logan to play soccer with them and then lost the ball into the water before he had a chance to. James Bond Island is a complete tourist trap, but you kind of go there knowing that beforehand. It was still beautiful to see and we just avoided the vendors lined up on the island.
We also went kayaking through the limestone caves which was so incredible to see. I thought the boys were going to fall out of the kayaks laughing so hard at the peeing monkey overhead that barely missed another kayak below. I wished we had looked for a private tour though. It was peak tourist season when we visited and at times it felt like we were on a Disneyland ride with a snake of kayakers following one after the other.
These are images from our other excursion to Koh Phi Phi island. We also had a few stopovers on the way there. Koh Phi Phi was the biggest disappointment to me. The island is stunning, but has been taken over by college students and their trash. You can’t walk into the water without stepping on a beer bottle. So, people and boats everywhere. We did do some snorkeling off the island. Logan tried for the first time and B bounced around in his life jacket while the fishes tickled his toes.
And our last stop was at Ao Nang Beach. We had switched hotels from Phuket to Krabi and stayed at the Sofitel Resort After staying at the JW Marriott in Phuket, I would hands down recommend the JW over the Sofitel. For one, it wasn’t on the beach. There was a noisy road between the hotel and the beach. And the beach didn’t look appealing at all. Small things about the property bugged me. For instance the kids pool is lined with hedges so you can’t sit on a chair and have a clear line of site to them. If there was an emergency you’d have to jump over the hedges to get to them or run around to the other side. The chairs were also sitting on top of rocks so the kids had to walk barefoot over them and then over dried grass to get the pool. Maybe we were just spoiled by the JW.
Our last night stay after getting back from Elephant Hills was at Ao Nang beach. We did not have enough time here. It was by far my favorite beach and I would have loved to have made it over to Railay Beach. But we only had the evening and our flight was early the next morning. The monkeys were everywhere but we did keep the kids at a distance. They tended to get into spats with each other and didn’t see tourists standing close by.
That’s it for Thailand! Hindsight is always 20/20 when planning though. We had to do most of our planning and reservations there since our dates were unknown due to the space-a schedules. Knowing what I know now, we would have planned to perfect southern Thailand trip by splitting our time between the JW Marriott in Phuket, and Ao Nang Beach with a night or two at Elephant Hills and skipped Krabi completely. I would love to venture there again and explore the Northern part of the country too.