I recently attended an educational hosted by Viva Holidays to Thailand. As this was my first trip to the country, I was keen to see what it had to offer. We flew with Thai Airways, via Bangkok then to Phuket. We stayed at the very popular Graceland Hotel, which was directly opposite Patong Beach and a very short distance to the local shops.

Next stop was Khao Lak. This was a 2.5 hour drive up north transferred by Tour East and totally worth the trip. Here we stayed at the very luxurious Sands Resort. This resort consisted of three separate wings and had one of the best water parks for kids of all ages that had a very “Disney” impression. From here it was a very short, cheap tuk tuk ride to the local pub, the Monkey Bar which had a fantastic atmosphere for both adults and kids. Khao Lak had a variety of hotels, from the very contemporary X10 to the beautiful more traditional La Flora and the Laguna. In Khao Lak, there were several waterfall locations to visit.

We then headed back to Patong where we completed our educational staying at the Patong Merlin where we were hosted with an amazing buffet. Food was amazing and so much variation. One of the biggest selling points of Phuket is the Phi Phi Island locations accessible by speedboat. If you like looking at white sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas you will understand why Phuket has so much to offer.

From Mary Maljevac, Altitude Travel

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