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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin December 30th 2011

Yesterday we arrived at the Sheraton Resort in Hua Hin for a day and half of rest and relaxation. The sky has been crystal blue and the temperature perfect. The pool was a little cool but we did stick our feet in for a bit. We spent yesterday afternoon on our balcony enjoying the peace and quiet. I worked on the blogs and Jason did some work. Never a break for him, even works on vacation. We went into town last night to yet another night market. The area is famous for its seafood and it did look good but we had plans to eat at the resort for dinner. We picked up some final items at the market and headed back to the resort. Today we spent the day hanging out by the pool and ... read more
Night Market
Slurpee
Beach Jason

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin December 23rd 2011

We took a minibus from Kanchanaburi to Hua Hin. Expecting it to be full of backpackers heading for the coast, we were surprised to find it was full of Thai families. We wonder if they paid a little less than we did as it was a bit on the pricey side at 400 Baht (£8) each. Some agencies wanted to charge us extra for our bags too! It wasn't a bad journey but the driver had no idea where to drop us off and we didn't know where we wanted to be dropped off! A recipe for disaster perhaps, but he stopped at a major intersection, pointed one way and said "Beach". That was enough information for us to sort ourselves out. Our initial impression was that we had arrived in Thailands version of Magaluf, a ... read more
Hua Hin's historic train station
Pictures of the King with foreign dignitaries
Old railway carriages

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin December 12th 2011

The weekend after the King's Birthday we had another three day weekend for constitution day. Us teachers are not complaining one bit! The Mahachai gang (Lauren, Ben, Mike, Erika, and I) decided to take a trip to a popular beach destination for Bangkokians, Hue Hin. It's only about a two hour drive from Bangkok. We were excited to have a beach weekend for the first time since leaving Phuket. Our hostel was right off the road that had a nightly night market, convenient right? There were tons of older tourist there and families. Along the night market were stalls for the typical souvenir: clothes, jewlery, knock off dvds/cds, etc. After settling in our hostel we headed out to explore the area. The main area of Hue Hin is pretty compact and you can walk around easily. ... read more
Massive waves!
Pineapple Plantation
Ridin in style

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 27th 2011

Geo: 12.569, 99.9524 One thing I want to do while in Thailand is to ride on an elephant. (I rode on a camel in Cairo, Egypt, being able to look over to the Sphinx and great pyramids while doing it! What a story that was. We'll save that for another time, another adventure, but from memory, since it's long over.) Sunday, November 27 dawned hot and sunny. It was a bit hotter than previous days, but it is so nice not to have to think about piling on 5 or 6 layers of clothing, and then a bulky coat on top of that. Plus hat, scarf, double mittens, thick socks, boots. (I am from Maine.) But I digress. It was hot that day, and very sunny, so my walk into town felt warmer than usual. I ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 26th 2011

The children were supposed to have a long week-end holidays but since they had three weeks off from school due to the floodings...this week-end has been cancelled a week ago. Well, I'm the kind of guy who planned ahead, way ahead, and to get a good deal, I have no problem to pre-pay my accomodation. So here is the dilemna...paid hotel nights...no more long week-end...you guess it, on the road we went. Hua Hin will be the place for some holiday makers, but not for all I have to admit. This is one of the reason for my blog title. There is not much in terms of "visiting" here once you came few times. Markets..we have better in Bangkok. Beaches...the beach here is simply ugly, or not even existent anymore. Temples...well, nothing great to my knowledge. ... read more
Sea Pine golf course
ready for another relax evening
Tiffany

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 26th 2011

Geo: 12.569, 99.9524 While I was taking half of a TEFL course in Hua Hin, there were two weekend field trips that our little class took. The first weekend we were there nothing was planned, so three of us checked out Hua Hin's floating market, hoping it was similar to the famous floating market in Bangkok. This one was a disappointment. We 3 all rode out on one scooter; it appears everybody in Thailand rides scooters. I generally try to walk everywhere possible, but the floating market was too far away, and it was quite hot. Once we got there and parked the scooter, we looked for a way to enter; because we all look Western, we were directed to an opening that led to the boats. It cost 100Baht each (about $3 pp) to ride ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 24th 2011

We headed 2 hours south of bangkok down the coast to a small fishing town called Hua Hin. We stopped here with the intent of resting for a night to break up the trip even further south to the islands. We ended up staying for about 4 nights after meeting some really awesome locals. We visited monkeymountain where there is a temple covered in hundreds of little monkeys. Our visit to this town really gave us some insight into the culture since we were able to spend a majority of our time with locals that which we are now close friends with. It was a tiny little town where you see the same people walking around constantly. Extremely quiet by day and wild by night. All the bars open up and the streets are flooded with ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 10th 2011

Hello everyone! So... here is our last post about our experience at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. If you’ve read the last post, you already know the elephant routine we have been doing: feeding and cleaning 3 times a day, watering the animals and a special project mid-morning. Special projects are also related to the animals’ needs. For example, one day we planted pineapple trees (which will hopefully give pineapples in a year’s time), another day bananas were needed and another day, which was THE HARDEST, there was Harvest. Harvest means loading a very big truck with banana trees. The Mahouts, Thai employees, come with us to cut the trees, in a farm about 20 minutes away from the foundation. They cut and we drag and load the trees onto the truck. The harvest I witnessed ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 5th 2011

Saturday was a full on packed day.. Charlie did 4 hours of kite surfing lessons, by the end of it he was skidding through the waves on his own, which was huge progress.. the sport is quite expensive and probably addictive which is not good news! I spent the day taking photo's of everyone kite surfing and lazing about the beach reading.. could not complain! Saturday night we all went to a Moulan Rouge fancy dress party in Hua Hin.. ladies in sparkly corsets & hot pants with big feathers in our hair and the guys all went topless sporting dicky bows and eye masks.. We looked smashing i tell thee! The resort we went to was quite intimate, gorgeous pool that we all ended up in after about 2 hours! There was a lady boy ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin November 4th 2011

We are not actually in Hua Hin, about 25km south of there but it won't let me find Pak Nam Pran on here for some reason - maybe because it's so secluded! We spent 3 lazy days in Cha Am, everyday challenging ourselves to spend as little as possible, being well chuffed when we managed to eat a good meal for less than a quid! There wasn't a right lot going on in Cha Am.. it has been referred to as 'Blackpool' so we were happy to move on a day or two earlier than planned.. We did rent bicycles and tried to find the local bus station, cycling with the local traffic, trying not to get knocked over, ringing the little bell every now and then.. mainly because it made us laugh! So Friday morning ... read more




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