September 1, 2010

Hua Hin getaway

So it was decided, Hua hin, a 3-hour drive down South of Bangkok, Thailand.
I threw all doubts on the famous beach destination the moment I saw Alila Resort's arm in Cha-am. In the end, we checked ourselves into AKA resorts, a surreal all-villa resort and spa place that's situated admist the organic farm and infamous golf course just 15-mins away from the city.

We wouldn't deny using El's birthday as an excuse for this well-deserved getaway since we spent mine the month before on a staycay at Amara Santuary that was really really really bad (that was all before we found out that Capella offers us corporate rate at half of what we spent in Amara - oh, and if you are thinking of booking a really good villa stay with Amara, please don't!)

Funny how this has morphed into a travel blog more than being fashion-centric. Hope you don't mine.

Back to Hua-hin.

You really have to be there to soak up the good crisp air. It's a place for you to not think about anything. Not forgetting that Hua Hin is the home to Chiva-som, world's reknown luxury health resort.

Everyday is spent lazing in the well-furnished villa; renting DVDs from the conceirge and ordering room service of ice-cold lemongrass drinks that compliments the sweltering weather, soaking up the sun and watching it tucking into the clouds every evening at the cabana upstairs.

Of course you can bring out your inner Tiger Woods (no, not that) by driving up the range for some golfing action with the well-trained locals or engaged in yoga by the sea. And if you are more adventurous, we would recommend you the extreme ATV (be warned that you will be covered in mud at the end), jungle trek on the friendly elephants, or just ride on the horses along their infamous beach. We rented a bike, Scoopy-O, the locals coined. It brought us places, and helped us steered clear from the restricted timings back to the resort.

It could just be that we ended up in really bad Thai-food places all the time, but frankly, their seafood and western food seemed to taste better. I love Livanto, especially after a 3-hour massage and spa indulgence at White Sands. Elsa loves the fresh seafood and dragon prawns that was surprisingly yummy if you had realised the stall front was just a push cart tuck along the cramped alley of the night market.

And if you are planning a trip there soon, I recommend huahin taxi to you. The owner and his drivers are highly reliable and it's value-for-money. Have Fun!


Leon Koh said...

wow.. hua hin.. a corner I have not been too.. thanks for the post on it..

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silver costume jewellery said...

I would love to visit Hua Hin, I've heard great thing'sabout the Chiva- som.

styledamsel said...

Hello there,
Yes, you both should travel there some day during the peak season, when there's no rain. Remember to rent a scooter to travel around the city.

Greyfrey said...

have been to hua hin.. the streetside seafood is just amazing!