Saturday, January 12, 2008

Baan Hua Hin Resort, Thailand

It was a long and hot 4 hour bus ride from Bangkok to Hua Hin. We paid 140baht each - $4.30. When we had originally looked at the map, we thought Cha-Am was south of Hua Hin and that the bus ride was suppose to be 3 hours. So imagine our suriprise when the 3 hour mark hits and signs for Cha-Am come up and we think we have somehow missed our stop! This bus was not a direct charter, it stopped along the way many times to pick people up on the side of the road at so called bus stops, which is what made the ride so long. Finally, now approaching the 4 hour mark, we realize Cha-Am is north and we are arriving in Hua Hin.

After we make it to the so called Bus Depot, we walked around for a little while then took a taxi to the Baan Hua Hin Resort (next time we will take a 12 passenger mini bus which was 180baht each - $6.50 and only 2.5hrs). We were so happy when we arrived! The hotel looked just like it did in the pictures on the website, a real step up from the place we stayed in Bangkok.
What was the first thing we did after checking in? Changed in to our swimsuits, bought some Singha beer and went in to the pool!

Here are a few night pictures of the hotel.

What made this hotel resort even better? For an 8 night stay, including a few days worth of breakfast and coffee, we paid 5800baht - $185 cha-ching!

Just like in Mexico, there are little geckos crawling around.

When we sent an email to make a reservation, we received an email back from a lady named Eva. The email had a familiar feel to it as if she had met us before. As it turns out, she thought were were a Jon and Krista from California that had stayed there last year. Although we were a different couple, we assured her that we were very excited to meet and stay at the Baan.

While we were in the pool, we met Eva, who turned out to be a very nice lady from Norway that stays in Hua Hin the majority of the months each year. Over the week she introduced us to many different people and showed us a nice semi private spot on the beach. By the end of the week, we had our picture up on the bulletin board with other guests that had stayed at the Baan over the years.

Look! On the right side, it's us! And right above us, is a couple also from Canada who went to school with a friend of ours that we met in Sanbon, South Korea.. small world! We love travelling!