A Travellerspoint blog

November 2011

Hangin' out in Hua Hin

Took a shuttle bus to the city of Hua Hin today. Sad to leave the super quiet little beach front of Samroiyod, but I think I am going to like this city for a couple of days. We went to a mall (one of the most modern I've ever seen) so Baylie and Shawn could go bowling, and later we found an outstanding sidewalk restaurant called Moon Smile that had amazing food. Shawn works himself into tears at every meal here because he loves the spicy stuff but doesn't know when to quit!

Question of the day from Baylie: "What is with all these fat old white men talking to the young pretty Thai women? How do they know them?" Unfortunate vocabulary word of the day...prostitute. This place is really not that seedy, but she noticed the odd couples sitting at bars as we were walking to dinner. Well, she's seeing the world.

Check out Baylie getting a "fish massage"...
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At the very fun "Night Market"

Posted by Pelham Family 05:01 Archived in Thailand Comments (4)

Planning our next move...

Good-bye Mountain Breeze house...sigh...

We (ok, mostly me) really needed the comfort of our little villa in the mountains after leaving India. I am so glad we found this place, it has been perfect. But tomorrow is our last day so we need to figure out where to go next. We had planned on the island of Ko Tao, but the wind and weather are messing with the ferry schedule to the islands so I think we will start heading north. First to the city of Hua Hin for a couple of days then on to see some temples in Ayutthaya. After that we need to go in the general direction of Cambodia. When our Thai visa expires we will cross the border into Cambodia and see the Angkor Wat ruins. When we come back to Thailand we will have an additional 15 day visa.

Yesterday I finally took that hike to see the cave Baylie and Shawn had gone to without me. So glad I did! It was by far the most spectacular of the three. Also ran into some of the cute Dusky Langurs on the way out. Baylie and I also took a long walk on the beach and found more creatures to study (home-schooling you know!).

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was a little non-traditional, but great :)
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Posted by Pelham Family 23:19 Archived in Thailand Comments (3)

New Pics in the photo gallery

I finally bought a little wifi time and uploaded some new pictures to the gallery. It was a quick job so I just randomly picked them, but maybe they will give you a little idea of the beautiful place we have been for the last week.

We were really hoping for a little boat ride out to "monkey island" today, but it has been very windy the past few days and the fishing boats aren't making the journey right now.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We are missing family, friends, and turkey this week...

Posted by Pelham Family 23:09 Archived in Thailand Comments (5)

Thai Massage

Amazingly painful...but also wonderful!

After a brutal hike up a steep path to another spectacular cave, and a second killer hike up and over a jungle covered hill, we finally got some beach time yesterday. Emerald colored water, sand like sugar, and not a single other visitor to be seen. We got some cheap tasty food (especially good was the pineapple fried rice, served in a pineapple half), then Shawn and Baylie were up for tackling the mountain up to cave number three. My legs were done, so I had no plans to leave the beach for quite a while. After the second approach I couldn't refuse the girl offering a massage on the beach. The pounding and stretching were excrutiating and when she dug her fingers into the nerves of my sore legs I thought I would scream. But in the end I have to say I was never more relaxed!

Posted by Pelham Family 21:25 Archived in Thailand Comments (3)

We have wheels...now I just have to remember to STAY LEFT!

For the first time on this trip we are in a place where the traffic is calm, predictable, and polite. Driving actually doesn't feel like a suicidal proposition. So we rented a couple of scooters for the next few days and we had a blast just zipping all over our little town today. We explored some of the gorgeous Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park and we already know we will have to go back a couple more times. We rented headlamps and crawled and climbed our way through the bat filled Kaeo Cave, we found two outstanding beaches, and we got a look at a Dusky Langur - the most cartoonish little monkey I have ever seen (look them up, adorable!) We stopped at a roadside shack for some great stirfry and later found a stand with yummy grilled meat on a stick - you've gotta love meat on a stick!

On a side note, my latest hair dye job has gone slightly awry. I'm feeling very Morticia Adams-ish.

Posted by Pelham Family 05:12 Archived in Thailand Comments (7)

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