Check out our trip report by ROBYN WADLEY, EITC SENIOR CONSULTANT – 7 YEARS
Robyn added to her 21 YEARS EXPERIENCE with a visit to THAILAND in OCTOBER 2019
1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?
To Hua Hin which is about three hours’ drive south of Bangkok and then back to Bangkok.
2 – HOW LONG FOR?
We had six nights in Hua Hin and four in Bangkok.
3 – WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND WHY?
We flew direct with Thai Airways which I haven’t flow with for quite a while. Being the only full service carrier to fly direct into Bangkok it made it very quick, easy and convenient.
4- WHAT OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT DID YOU TAKE?
We also took a private transfer from the airport to Hua Hin. Although there is a shuttle service too, the private transfer after the flight in made much more sense without having stops along the way at other hotels.
5 – WHAT WERE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT SEEING & DOING?
I have been to Phuket a couple of times and Koh Samui so I was looking forward to comparing Hua Hin to these as an alternative beach destination. I also was very excited about visiting the Inu Café – a dog café where some of the proceeds go to helping the local stray dog population. And finally, and probably most importantly, I was looking forward to some relaxing time by the pool!
6 – DID YOU REVISIT PLACES YOU HAVE BEEN BEFORE?
Yes. I have been to Bangkok a couple of times previously but it’s always fun to revisit. This time I stayed at some different hotels and locations to previous visits to get a new perspective on the city (Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers down on the riverfront and the Siam@Siam Design Hotel near MBK Centre). Both were nice for different reasons with the riverfront location great for cruising to various spots in Bangkok which is often faster than a taxi! I still prefer the Pathumwan area though, it is so lively and there is always something new to see.
7 – WHAT WERE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT EATING?
As always, buffet breakfast! But I love Thai food so there are always plenty of options.
8 – BEST THING YOU ATE?
The night market at Hua Hin is worth a visit for dinner with local restaurants cooking up delicious meals made to order. If you can’t find something there to tempt you then you just aren’t hungry enough!
9 – WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?
I loved the Inu Café in Hua Hin. It was so well run with the dogs all very well cared for and so clean. The bonus was knowing some of the proceeds were going directly back to helping the local stray dog population too. It is well worth a visit for a drink or lunch. I also enjoyed the quick boat trip on the river in Bangkok to the enormous open air market, Asiatique, which opened in 2012. You can find absolutely everything here from your standard souvenirs to local artists creations. And it has an amazing (and very busy) food hall; dinner here was delicious!
10 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?
My sunburn (absolutely not the fault of Thailand, just my own silly mistake!)
11 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?
I would always be happy to visit Bangkok again with its hustle and bustle. I enjoyed Hua Hin too, and if I was to go back I would probably stay closer into the town (the Marriott looked like an ideal location).
8 – YOUR BEST TRAVELLING TIP?
Even overcast days can cause sunburn!