Planning a trip to Phuket (Banyan Tree)

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2007

    Planning a trip to Phuket (Banyan Tree)

    Hi All!

    I'm planning a trip to Phuket and had a couple of questions.

    - We're planning on staying at Banyan Tree but I've been seeing some mixed reviews online. Anyone visit recently?

    - Any other airlines besides Cathay and Thai that fly direct to Phuket?

    - Which travel websites do you use for bookings other than

    - How about Koh Samui? I've been hearing great things about this place, esp. Four Seasons.

    As always, many thanks for your help!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Apr 2003

    We've stayed at the Dusit Laguna and the Allamanda.. not the Banyan Tree (all of them are in the Laguna). Overall, they're all good quality hotels.

    Not sure what the mixed reviews are though. Its been a while since we've been to Phuket.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Clear Water Bay (In Da Jungle)

    i stayed in the Amari Coral Beach resort, great private beach, pier with lots of coral to see while snorkling, can hire the gear in the resort, very cheap, walking distance to patong beach for shopping or entertainment, great spa/massage as well, individual huts facing the beach, great for couples, can hear the waves comming in, great atmosphere at night to have a massage.

    If i were u, i would find another 5 start resort to stay as the banyan tree is not cheap, i always think its over rated. even the banyan tree in bangkok, when i heard the price to stay there, i wondered what is so special and what extra service do i get for the extra 1-2K HK dollors.

    go to any travel agent and find a good package deal and try to extend a few nights. my package deal to phuket cost me 3K per person sharing for 4 nights, fly by thai airways and airport pickup/drop off. great deal.


    this website lists all the travel agents in HK, pick one that looks good to you.

    Last edited by wtbhotia; 25-01-2008 at 04:05 PM.