Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hua Hin...

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
Just got back from a couple of relaxing days in Hua Hin.  It was a mini vacation break as I get ready for my hernia operation this Friday.  After the operation, I am not sure how long the recovery will take (I understand it should be pretty fast).  Not wanting to take a chance, it was an opportune time for a couple of days with B and Marina - plus I had to use up my free night's stay before the end of this month.  The Hyatt Regency in Hua Hin is a great place to stay.  Great facilities, good location, and lots of privacy because they have their own access to the beach.  Tad bit expensive but you get what you pay for I guess.  

The drive down was fast and pleasant as it was early Sunday morning.  Our first stop was the new Rajabhakti Park.  The Crown Prince dedicated the park just a couple of months ago and it features large statues of Thailand's former kings in a huge plaza.  Costing 1 billion baht, the park was funded from donations and private sources and is located at the army training facility just 10 minutes south of the town of Hua Hin.  It will likely become one of the big 'must see' tourist attractions for the area and for Thais around the country.  There is room for more Kings as the plaza is huge!

Marina and dad taking in the sights

After checking into our hotel, we decided to go swimming in the pool and hung out at the hotel until it was time for dinner.  Nearby was a restaurant that we had not been to for some time.  On top of Khao Takiab mountain, is a restaurant call La Mer.  Its been there forever and it is famous for the view of Hua Hin at night.  Its expensive and the food only so so, but the view and atmosphere is what you pay for here.  Since we didn't want to eat at the hotel, this was a good alternative.  

outdoor table on the deck with Hua Hin in the background.  Marina dining with us tonight

On this trip, we also found ourselves a new favorite beach.  Hua Hin's beaches are getting really crowded and parking and getting space to relax is becoming a problem.  A local kite flyer friend told  us about this tiny beach just south of the city and we went to see it for the first time on this trip.  Its so small that the photo below shows one half of the beach.  The other half is filled with chairs from a private beach club.   Not a problem because one can get a one day membership for 200 baht - but - they will give you back 100 baht in food credits.  So for 100 baht, you get to use their pools, rest rooms, and deck chair for the day.  Considering some beach chairs go for as much as 50 baht each on the main beach, 100 baht for all the club facilities is a great deal.  If you want to go cheap, one can just bring your own stuff and lay on the other end of the beach.  For selfish reasons, this beach will not be identified on this blog.

The other half of the beach is the beach club

At night in front of the hotel was a large night venue called Cicada Market.  Its a large market consisting of a large outdoor food court, special events space, and hundreds of stalls under white tents.  Very nice atmosphere and not as crowded as the night market in the center of town.  Highly recommend a visit here for a change of venue.

Special event going on this week

The Cicada Market stalls - some interesting and unique items here in this market!

Its always a pleasure to go on vacation here in the land of smiles.  There are so many cheap alternatives and beautiful venues.  Just ask around, do some exploring, and get out and about in this wonderful piece of paradise!

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