Here are a few of my favourite things. Imagine off key singing if you will.
Don’t you just love the flying bus that enables us to live a little dream for a few weeks. My God the guilt about the carbon is hard to bear but the things will fly with or without my guilt so hey ho.
We just love a little Luxury Escape as a change from the Outback caravan. So much fun to mix it up don’t you think
We started off our little adventure at a hotel called The Haven in Khao Lak. We were delighted they remembered us from our previous trip.
With great courtesy we were escorted to our spacious room….with a sea view! Once again more delight and so our long awaited Thai break commenced only to be reminded early the next morning we had forgotten it was the Monsoon season.
How had we forgotten this? Long term memory loss for it was not the first time we had enjoyed the monsoon in Thailand. It is very fortunate we always carry our Kindles well loaded with good books. Many years ago I was fortunate to work for a large publishing company and always had a supply of the latest books to read. Imagine the suitcase full of delicious books and some nice clothes as well. In this age of strict airline rules the clothes would have been left behind. Swimwear only plus the travelling clothes.
This time we had the idea that backpacks would be a good idea. The fact we had 30kgs luggage allowance did not matter, we were going to travel light no matter what.
The thing is we love to shop really love it. Our small house is full but there will always be room for an overseas treasure. Fearing the worst in that we would not be able to bring any tourist tatt oops treasures I mean we got out the mothership and popped the backpacks in . Now we were all good for treasures and unexpected finds.
Would you believe we will be home in a day or two and for the first time ever no shops. Not a single basket,statue or TShirt have we bought.
It turns out our hotels both of them are beautifully secluded and it’s all a bother to shop. First time ever we have done that.
As happens the sun did make a small appearance in Khao Lak once in a while. It mattered not there were books to read and our lovely girl and her lovely husband to pass the time with. We enjoyed drinks and meals and talked a lot . There was a day we took out the hotel bikes and explored a little. All I can say is the bikes needed a bit of love. Then we found our paradise. No words can describe the perfection.
You know when you plan your holiday and try not to be too extravagant because after all you know money and all that. Can you imagine the pleasure we had to find we had struck gold. OMG it is sweet heaven here at the Pullman Arcadia. I have to remind myself it’s a long way from a free camp on the highway somewhere in Oz.
I could boor you to tears but will try to refrain. So all I will say is it’s a long way from our usual holiday and you must be told about the sweet staff and amazing manager.
Roxanne you are a star and I just hope the company knows what a treasure they have in you. We spotted some rings in the store and as you do fell in love with them. Now as old big fingered westerners there was no chance we could get them on our very big fingers. I asked the charming Roxanne if there was a chance of ordering some in our size and away she went. We can only say how thrilled we are with the trouble the girls have gone to. Such a pleasure to have people determined to make you happy and go to so much trouble for us.
Families enjoying the gorgeous pool here.
We had not realised it was school hols in Europe and Asia either so there is plenty of amusement around the pool to be had. Influencers draped all over the place,it’s enough to make you shy about your sensible swimwear. Hard on all the Dads as well trying to keep looking the other way. Lots of little boys desperately trying to quietly drown little sisters while Mama is occupied with her phone.
The beach here was a pleasant surprise .I had read reviews that were really scathing about it and was troubled to read about all the rubbish. Now there is a bit up on the timeline that needs to be picked up but nothing horrendous. Far worse in other parts of Asia I have seen.
This lovely part of the world has been a joy to visit and this beautiful hotel with its yummy food and good cocktails is just brilliant.
We have been plant eaters only for some time and I was concerned it would be an issue but no. The morning buffet is a thing of wonder and all you would ever need. It is a shame to see huge plates of food left to waste and you would wonder at the reasons people waste so much. As a former mother of a large family waste just drives me crazy but as my girl tells me…not your problem Ma. Shut Up about it, but still.A pretty cool beach .
We are already plotting a return so must put financial plan into place and buy a lotto ticket at home. Phuket I love you!