In a moment of nostalgia, and cabin fever (after a weekend of flu) I’ve been looking through old photos of our last trip to Thailand. It was before Thomas was born….and oh my! don’t I miss holidays before he was born, or any holiday at all for that matter! Travelling with kids is a lot harder, but I must say seeing his face when he runs to the ocean is all worth it!!!
When we go to Thailand we usually stay in Bangkok and when I say Bangkok I mean we don’t really leave the Ari-Siam-Silom areas! These areas are where my husband’s family live and as we are always short on time, we don’t really get a chance to travel around the country much. But even though we stay in this area of Bangkok with the bustling streets, the markets, the coffee shops, the street food to the swanky new restaurants and bars….I could spend a month just investigating this small area of the city. But during our last stay, we ventured out of Bangkok to Hua Hin.
I was so excited to get out of the city! Before I married Pat, I lived in rural areas of Thailand in the Northeast, so going on a trip to the beach was super exciting for me as I’ve only ever been to the East: Kho Chang, Pattaya and Chon Buri before. So Hua Hin is the furthest South I’ve ever been! (it’s not that far south…I know).
Hua Hin has a reputation for being one of the more up-market beach towns in Thailand. There are so many hotels to choose from, but we decided to stay in my favourite chain of hotels ever- The Dusit Thani
The Dusit Thani Hua Hin is swoon worthy, just look at these pics!
The main entrance:
One of the restaurants, with the MOST AMAZING breakfast buffet of your life:
Now, usually I am not one for big hotels. My usual beach stays in Thailand usually involve a wooden beach hut with a plastic coca cola bottle where the shower head should be in a room with more mosquitoes than you’ve ever seen in your life….but my husband is Thai, and as a typical Thai, he loves a bit of luxury! And after my stay at the Dusit, I must say, I am a convert! Can I ever go back to my lopsided beach huts?? Not likely!
Our room was impeccably clean and had such a wonderful view:
I adore all of the Thai details that Dusit has to offer, it has become my favourite chain of hotels now. The small details such as the orchids in the rooms to the water lilies in the ponds and the most intricate Thai detailing in the fabrics and wood carvings…..they also specialise in Thai massage and spa….take me back there now!
Our room with a view, and not just my handsome husband 😉
My favourite thing though was the swimming pool!! The Dusit Hua Hin has the biggest, cleanest, most beautiful swimming pool I have ever seen in my life! It’s surrounded by lush greenery, ponds and the seafront! We spent most of our days by the pool, lounging around, going for walks on the beach and getting snacks from the bars. I really want to take Thomas there- he will have the BEST time of his life there, I know I won’t be able to get him out of that pool!
The pools are really safe too, they have steps up the side so little ones can get in and out easily and there are also water features that I know Thomas will love! he will be like a moth to a lightbulb with them!
We loved all the restaurants on site too, there is an amazing Thai restaurant on site and an italian restaurant. I wish I’d taken some photos of the food! but I was too busy talking and eating to remember! but I did get a snap of my three good looking dinner companions!
Us before dinner (gosh when is the last time we went on a dinner date??!):
There is plenty to do around the hotel, not only for couple like us, but also for families. In fact, I am itching to take Thomas back here so much! The hotel has a kids club, kids meals, tropical gardens, dvd hire, watersports….and for adults I would recommend the spa!!!!
We did venture out of the hotel into Hua Hin, we went to a nearby temple with a large Buddha and to various seafood restaurants along the seafront in nearby villages. Hua Hin town is full of restaurants and the main street will have you entertained for hours with all the bars and market stalls!!!
For kids there are also plenty of nearby attractions too- the Vana Nava water park is HUGE, the rides are state of the art- big kids like us love them too There is also a Thai art centre 4 Arts Sake which kids will love to take pictures with.
Thank you Dusit Thani Hua Hin for having us and we will certainly be back as a family soon!