Had one night in Patong on 8th December, this place was just like Blackpool!!! Very touristy and tacky but was an experience! We found here that you get much better service if you are male and over 40!! Spent the afternoon on the beach, very jam packed. When were out in the evening we bumped into the Austalians we had met in Phi Phi and so spent the night partying with them (it was their last night so would have been rude not to!!).
The next day we moved onto Kata Beach and only planned to stay for 2 nights but had to stay an extra night as the bus to Bangkok was full the day we wanted to leave. Kata was a lot more chilled than Patong but where we were staying was a bit of a trek from the beach. Weather wasn't great when we were here, was sunny for an hour or two in the morning and then cloudy for the rest of the day and rained late afternoon/evening. Went to the beach on our first day but just stuck around the pool the other days.
Left Kata on the 12th to come back to Bangkok, such a long journey back...left Kata at 4.30pm and got to Bangkok at 6.15am! Seats were really uncomfy and both totally shattered now! Got two more nights in Bangkok before we fly to Malaysia. Plan to do some shopping and see Siam Square as we didn't get chance last time.