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Published: June 23rd 2017
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Our first breaky at the Methavalai was very nice, but a slight disappointment with no pancakes - we've been very lucky with our previous hotels! The dining area was renovated 2 years ago when we were here; it now feels modern and calm and makes the most of the beach which is 6m away. I cut my breakfast short to go for a sleep, I can't believe how many nana-naps I've had here - I never, ever sleep during the day at home.
Mum and Nana went to find the Laundromat with absolutely no idea where it was, although they were getting ready to go for 1.5 hours, and the clothes were already in the bags - doesn't sound like something Mum would do at all! Apparently the laundry was 500m down the road on the edge of a building with no signage. I reluctantly did homework while they were gone.
Another 1.5 hours later they finally returned and we all went swimming together. A note to anyone who will listen, don't walk on the boards next to the pool in bare feet while the sun's out - I could still feel my feet burning once I'd
gotten out of the pool, hours later.
Mum and I went for a walk up the street to find prices to compare with the market tonight. The streetscape has changed dramatically since last time we were here; the majority of the shops were restaurants or hotels. It had rained quite heavily half an hour before we left, meaning that all the clothes and bathers shops were packed inside because they had moved everything in so it didn't get wet making it almost impossible to walk around. Everything is incredibly cheap compared to Bangkok, generally by a good 70%!m(MISSING)aking it my paradise. Mum stopped at an Internet café quickly because for some unknown reason there was no Internet here today. I must admit I love walking down the street here; it's the only place I actually feel beautiful with all the guys looking at me and the seriously creepy guys commenting, it's not ideal but I'll take it.
We caught Mr Long's mini-bus down to the Cha-Am Wednesday Night Market which again has grown since last time we were there; we agreed to meet Mr Long at 7:30, two hours later much to Mum and my disgust.
We split into the two obvious groups and went crazy; well not Nana and Pa, but us. We got belts for 49B instead of 299 as they were at the markets in Bangkok, purses, wallets, clothes for 50B, sunglasses for 50B, handbags and a few more things that I can't think of.
Dinner was the best part of the market by far. I had my pancake characters and orange juice I've had every time we've been and mum had a spiralled potato on a long stick, fried with salt on top; basically potato chips. We ate in the nearby pack and were joined by Nana and Pa with their sticky rice and mango.
Nana and Pa went to the front of the market to meet Mr Long. We somehow managed to convince Mr Long to take Nana and Pa them and come back at 8.30 r for Mum and I. The market had so much more energy and vibe when it was dark, there were more people, more shops and everyone was having more fun, considering it is a workday tomorrow. In two hours we still didn't cover the entire market which works out well because we now
have an excuse to go back next week.
Although this is more of an observation than something that we've done - the Methavalai is incredibly quiet. Normally breakfast will be full of Thai's having conventions which we never see again and Scandinavians but at breakfast there was only ten tables of Thai's and three of white people and there would be at least 70 tables! The pool chairs are normally all taken, we've only ever seen six others at the pool. At night time, only one balcony will be lit up and only two have inside lights on - it's crazy!
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