Thailand was once the top spot on my travel bucket list. Before moving back to the United States from Japan, I was able to check Thailand off my list. Since it would be a shorter flight from Japan to Thailand versus from the United States to Thailand, I knew it was the best time to take my dream trip. 

Yes, once upon a time I lived in Japan. Being a military spouse, you get to live in some amazing places. CJ was able to grow up there during her toddler years. It was a wonderful experience, however, that’s a story for another day. 

Day 1

Travel from Haneda Airport (Japan) to Phuket International Airport, with a connecting flight in Bangkok. We had to hustle through the airport to get from gate to gate in order to not miss our connecting flight. But a gate attendant walked us (at a jogging pace) to the next gate so that we had no trouble finding it. 

Check-in to hotel. We stayed at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort. Beautiful resort.!! I suggest a beachfront room. You can see the sea from your patio. The other rooms at the resort are across the street from the beach. 

Dinner. Since it was evening and traveling with a toddler, we opted to stay in and ordered room service for the first night. 

Day 2

Breakfast at resort restaurant Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Hang out by the many pools on the resort property. Each pool is awesome in its own way. They were not crowded, so if you wanted to sit by the pool to read, it would be enjoyable. One pool was suited for kid fun and had a water slide. 

Lunch at a cute little seafood restaurant across the street from the resort. 

Visit Old Town Phuket. Here you can do some sightseeing and shopping. The buildings were colorful with very cool architecture. 

Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe Phuket. 

Pool time. An evening swim to relax.

Day 3

Breakfast at resort restaurant Fisherman’s Wharf.

Pool Time! Checking out a different pool today. 

Lunch at Seacret. One of the restaurants at the resort. 

Shopping. Getting gifts at the resort shop. 

Sightseeing and Cobra show. There are many taxis near the front of the resort. It’s easy to get around Phuket. We also went to the Siam Cobra Show. 

Elephants. We only fed and took a picture with the elephants. Sadly, these elephants were there for tourists to pay to ride. 

Shopping in Patong. There are many vendors selling items, along with outside bars. Patong beach can turn into a party scene at night, so I do not recommend taking kids there.  

Dinner. Went to the seafood restaurant across from the hotel again. 

Day 4

Breakfast. If you’ll notice the pattern, we ate at Fisherman’s Wharf each morning. Fresh fruit was amazing! 

Pool Time! A morning swim was a great way to kick off the day after breakfast. 

Lunch. We went a few blocks away from the resort to a little restaurant near Patong Beach. 

Shopping and sightseeing in the same area we had lunch in. 

Afternoon pool time. It was a nice and WARM afternoon, so what better way to cool down than a dip in the pool. 

Dinner. Fisherman’s Wharf at the resort. 

Day 5

Time to head home. Check out of the hotel and take to taxi to the airport. 

What place is on the top of your travel bucket list? Have you been to Phuket (or Thailand)? Let me know in the comments below. 

Walk on beach – Andaman Sea

Coconut Connection (adult beverage)

A temple in Old Town Phuket

One of the 6 pools. 

Fried softshell crab – Secret Restuarnt

Fanta, oh so refreshing