March 20, 2014
Our last breakfast. My last sugar donut. I take more pictures because I've never had such a great breakfast spread. It's one of the things I'll most remember about this resort along with the beautiful beach and lovely pools. What I won't miss is the damp room. About half of our time here our room has been damp. It's a shame because everything else was so nice. However, I think I should have said something to the staff the first time we noticed the damp. I did mention it in my comment card that I left when we checked out this morning.
|This is what our breakfast plates look like almost every morning. Mine has 1 egg over easy, 1 slice crispy bacon and a few potatoes (if available), toast, juice, coffee, fruit. Here I add the sugar donut and 1 other sweet-this time a tiny brownie.|
|Goodbye damp room!|
|Whale shark appears-he's big at 30+ feet long|
|He's pretty close!|
|Blue sea star|
|Leaving the Le Meridien|
|The guard has to lift the barrier gate every time you enter or leave the Le Meridien property.|
|Scenery on the way to Phuket|
We finally find TROPICAL GARDEN RESORT. I booked this property on May 30, 2013 through Sawadee.com. The cost for our stay of 9 nights was 33750 baht but then I got a 2000 baht discount so I paid a total of 31750 baht for a deluxe sea view double/twin room. That was about $1081.78 for the 9 nights which isn't bad. There is a parking area for our car. This hotel is right on the main road and from what we can see, there are lots of shops and restaurants close by. We check in and are given a welcome passport which contains a card for breakfast dated from our check in to check out. The staff here do not speak much English to our dismay. I'm trying to let reception staff know that my daughter is arriving tomorrow and we'd like rooms close to each other. I had also requested this when I did the booking with sawadee.com This should prove to be interesting. All the travel and tour books in the lobby are in Thai and Russian. (Later we will discover that Phuket is a holiday destination for a lot of Russians) So far what conclusion I've made is that PHUKET is much busier than KHAO LAK. We're looking forward to spending time with our daughter and grandson but I think I prefer the quiet and slower pace of KHAO LAK and I've just arrived here!! We will be here from March 20-29, 2014. We are given Room 6307. Unfortunately the lift/elevator only goes to the 4th floor!!! That means Richard and I and the guy leading us to our room have to trudge up all these stairs with all our luggage. I am not happy about this at all. Why have 7 floors of rooms but the elevator only goes as far as the 4th?? Our room is ok, a bit shabby. There's a bathtub, hair dryer, nice balcony. Beds are a good size. I try to e-mail my daughter but no internet connection. I finally get the connection but now there's a problem as for some reason I'm unable to send or receive any e-mail at all. I'll have to talk to someone tomorrow if I can find a person who can understand me!