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    Free Voucher Hotel Trip

    Through her job my wife gets all sorts of free vouchers for food and accommodation. She found some she had forgotten about the first week of October and they expired the end of October so we planned a little trip.

    I put it here as I think its all Central Thailand as we drove and the distances were never over 200 kilometers from Don Muang. We hit the Kirimaya Hotel for two nights up in Khao Yai, which is not yet north east Thailand. We then had a long drive to Cha am for a night at the Regent, then 2 more nights at the Sheraton Hua Hin.

    The weather was perfect and we stopped at the Italian village just before getting to our hotel.


    This guy was playing bossa nova on the crystal glasses. Chatting with him he was a retired school teacher from Bangkok who moved to Pakchong and Khao Yai for the weather, he got bored and found a hobby.

    There was big competition to get a photo in this archway. Very European dont cha know?

    So off to the Kirimaya, a beautiful resort with an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed course as part of the layout.
    The place is laid out in clusters of hotel building connected by green paths. You may walk or call for a golf cart.


    The rooms themselves include a huge deck to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. It was about 27 in the day and 19 or 20 at night.


    This was the first hotel I have been in that had an espresso machine in the room. The wife composed a nice early morning picture.


    I only got one shot of the mountains as my batteries were dying, from the top of Khao Yai about 3 kilometers from the park center looking north.



    We then had a four and a half hour drive to Cha Am, the longest drive of the trip. Since Cha am and Hua Hin are above Chumpon we are going to call this Central Thailand as well.

    The main pool of the Regent. After the Kirimaya this place was a let down. Its 25 years old and showing its age. Still a nice place but much more like 3 stars at the most. The pool looks lovely but has many broken tiles and brown scum on the pool floor. There is also NO BEACH.

    The hotel is 4 stories and the corridors go on forever, make a wrong turn and you wont find the elevators.

    A major problem was the staff. They all look like they were there when it opened 25 years ago, and they acted like that as well bored and not in the least bit friendly.

    If you want a hotel for around 2000 baht that was once luxurious take it, but its only okay at best. One thing I did not like was they advertise a mini mart, and mini golf on the property both were closed. If you dont have a car you will be trapped, and the closest mini mart is about 5 kilometers away.

    Going through the photos of the Sheraton Hua Hin now and will get them up later today.

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    So off to the Sheraton which is only 8 kilometers towards Hua Hin from the Regent. Here is a general layout of the place. It is all based around water.


    Upon entry we were seated and a staff member took all the particulars gave us free drinks and towels and soon we were off to the room. We were on the left side in the second building from the sea. 2nd floor with connecting rooms.
    The room was lovely and decorated in nice colors, the new style bathroom with a view to the pools if you wanted.

    Windows to the bathroom closed


    The always important shitter, it had a full bath and a rain shower separate.


    The view from the balcony look up towards the lobby, a nice artificial waterfall that provided a nice backdrop.

    The salas you see are the Italian restaurant of the hotel, we had dinner there one night.
    The view directly from the balcony, me and the kids in the pool.

    Heading down to the beach which you can swim to if you like.

    The beach view. Right in front of the hotel the tide was too high to walk on the beach, but just to the left and right there was a small beach. As usual this time of year in Hua Hin too many jellyfish.

    And finally the infinity pool where they had a 5-7 happy hour at two drinks for the price of one.


    Just 5 nights in total but being able to just stay in the hotel and swim, relax, use the fitness and sport room was just what the doctor ordered. Now back to work on Monday.

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    Looks ok.

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    Very nice report AO. Those girls of yours are sure growing up fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Looks ok.
    Curb your enthusiasm Willy.

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    Nice pics AO

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