I am helping my Mum plan a trip to Thailand in July for her 50th. (A group of five women for about a week) It will probably be Phuket as it will be the easiest to access for us all - but its flexible.
Im looking for any tips on accomodation, which beach to stay at etc.
Somewhere a little away form the craziness, but accessable to shops, bars and restaurants.
Any tips anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help.
Firstly you understand that Phuket in July is the rainy season? However, it's not all that bad, but don't expect every day to be sun shine! Also, be aware the sea can be rough with drownings in double figures every year.
I would recommend Kata/Karon. there are nice beaches, good restaurants, bars and cheap accommodation. It is also not so far from Patong ( the crazy place full of bars & 'night life' (read hookers)but still worth a trip for an evening or two! Just to look, of course.
If I am allowed to make suggestions on this site try phuketgardenhomes for accommodation, not on the beach but air con, fridge in room and pool. For food: Kata Mamas, on the beach in Kata, Red Oinion in Karon, and Fomula One (french restaurant)in Kata center. Kata & Karon are totally different to Patong and the like, friendly and easy going! Other popular places in Phuket such as Cape Panwa & Lauguna are really so far away from anything Thai that you might as well be anywhere!!!
Hope your ma enjoys herself!!
Kata/Karon was going to be my suggestion as well -- big, long beach and a great selection of shops and restaurants. Do expect some rain and occasionally rough waters. Day trips Koh Phi-Phi and "James Bond Island" are easily arranged and good for small groups.