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A stay, for example, at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, ( the finest hotel I have ever visited, may cost nearly double other five-star hotels along the River of Kings, but the experience will be unmatched. Now, as Thai island Phuket has its own international airport, you can reach it more easily than before. The Emirates flight from Cape Town to Dubai is direct and then you have a 16-hour layover in which to do a Dubai city tour before heading to Phuket. Although Phuket has been long famous as a party-non-stop island, it is so much more than that and, as we experienced, entirely possible never to go to Patong Beach. The Pavilions Resort, phuket/ is on a hill above Thalang Choeng Thale and Layan Beach. There are free shuttles down to the beach although this serenely private resort, lushly planted with palms and orchids, is hard to leave. A more affordable and family-focused option is to stay near the Sirinath National Park, on the northwest coast right near the airport. The Dewa Nai Yang Resort has several self-catering units and supermarkets are within walking distance. ce erside terra Bangkok riv Bangko k wedd ing ven ue ns pooll Pavillio AgriKultuur |AgriCulture 56