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    Slow Trip Back to Bangkok

    My wife (Thai) and I have decided, that after our trip to Koh Samui, instead of flying back, to take a few days and explore the coast from Sarat Thani to Hua Hin. The thought is to take the bus/train/min-bus in separate hops, with no more than a 2-3 hour ride between stops.

    I am thinking of the following itinerary:

    Sarat Thani - 1 night

    Prachuap Kirin Khan - two nights (include a side trip to the border)

    Hua Hin - 1 night (maybe two)

    Anyone have any thoughts on these stops or recommendations to the itenerary (hotel/side trips, etc.)?

    We could add another stop and another day or two if anyone thinks we will be missing something on the trip.

    Thanks.

    RickThai

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    Surat Thani?
    Khanom Beach.

    Prachuap? Bang Saphan, Thap Sakae and Baan Krut.
    All lovely.

    I cannot give you any recommandations for resorts etc. As I have always stayed with friends. Not that I am cheap, it just turnt out this way

    Border is Singkhon. A lively market there, especially during fridays.

    You will need your own wheels though, or make an arrangement with your resort.

    National park Huay Yang is well worth a visit, so is the waterfall Sai Goo.

    You can visit the island of Koh Thalu, a 20 minutes boat ride from the main land.
    Pretty nice corals here.

    Hua Hin, go see the Tham Phaya Nakhon in Khao Sam Roi Yodt.
    Quite spectacular, longur monkeys abound in this area.

    I guess a visit to Khao Takiarb is a must too. Chopstick mountain, with lotsa monkeys and with a great view of the coast line.

    Pala-U waterfall in this region is a must too.
    Situated within the Kaeng Krachan National Park.

    If you wanna know more about this unique place, read up on Bruce Kekule`s fabulous postings in here.

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    After hua hin take a 5 min minibus and check out Cha Am, then maybe Phetchaburi, then its less than 2 hours to bangkok on the mini bus

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    The train has better scenery than the highway. There is a 10.40 am train starts from Surat. Gets to Prachuap at 3pm. If thats too far [more than 3 hours ] there are some small beach towns about half way along.

    From Prachuap there is a 10am train to Hua Hin. This is an ordinary train. No problem for the 2 hour trip. Often good food available from vendors. Free for Thai people but you still need to get a ticket.

    Plenty of trains from Hua Hin. Some go to Thon Buri if that suits.

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    I'd go to Chumphon rather than Surat - 2 hours further up by train, has a nicer atmosphere to it (I got ripped off by some horrible bastard in Surat so I may be bias) and a nice beach, Tung Wualen, a short motorcycle ride from the city.

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    But a great trip you're planning, whatever you choose to do.

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    Dolphin bay/ Samroiyot beach, Pranburi.
    Beautiful beach front with nice restaurants and accomodation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    I'd go to Chumphon rather than Surat - 2 hours further up by train, has a nicer atmosphere to it (I got ripped off by some horrible bastard in Surat so I may be bias) and a nice beach, Tung Wualen, a short motorcycle ride from the city.


    I agree I am in Chumpon at the moment I was heading up to Hua Hin but I quite like it here.Don't know why? It just has a laid back feel to it.It make a refreshing change after all the crap going on in Phuket and bloody cheap Gf has just been out for guess what? More food and she has come back with shitloads all for 80 bht.It would have cost at least 200 bht on Phuket

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    There is a resort on the airforce base at Prachuap, units face out over Aow Manou beach, stunning views. About 900 baht.

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    I'd advise your Mrs. to rent a few movies so she isn't bored witless by your philosophical ponderings.


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    Thanks for all the good info (ponderings not withstanding- smile). I've also heard that Ban Krut is worth spending a day slothing around.

    I will certainly save the info for later review (getting approval by the missus).

    Regards,

    RickThai

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    Hello All,

    An update Sarat Thani was okay. PKK was great (two nights and I could have stayed another two). My wife vetored Hua Hin and now we are back in BKK getting ready to head to her hometown (Pran Kra Tae) for 8 days (groan - about 4 days too long for me).

    Still she has been a good sport so it is time to let her spend some quality time with her family while I act interested.

    Cheers,

    RickThai

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    What province is that Rick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    What province is that Rick?
    If you mean Pran Kra Tai (sp), it is in Kamphangphet Province.

    Regards,

    Rick

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    Been with the in-laws for over a week and it hasn't been too bad. I must be getting broken in. We leave tomorrow for BKK and I am actually starting to miss them already.

    They really are the nicest people.

    Cheers,

    RickThai

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickThai View Post
    Hello All,

    An update Sarat Thani was okay. PKK was great (two nights and I could have stayed another two). My wife vetored Hua Hin and now we are back in BKK getting ready to head to her hometown (Pran Kra Tae) for 8 days (groan - about 4 days too long for me).

    Still she has been a good sport so it is time to let her spend some quality time with her family while I act interested.
    Wise call, Rick.
    You give some and you get some back.

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with the inlaws.
    I always did too, although it took a couple of years to gain the confidence of my FIL. He had never spoken with a farang before and was a tad apprehensive about my intentions towards his youngest daughter.
    And I thought we had already sorted that out when I put a ring on her finger

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    Quote Originally Posted by pescator View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RickThai View Post
    Hello All,

    An update Sarat Thani was okay. PKK was great (two nights and I could have stayed another two). My wife vetored Hua Hin and now we are back in BKK getting ready to head to her hometown (Pran Kra Tae) for 8 days (groan - about 4 days too long for me).

    Still she has been a good sport so it is time to let her spend some quality time with her family while I act interested.
    Wise call, Rick.
    You give some and you get some back.

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with the inlaws.
    I always did too, although it took a couple of years to gain the confidence of my FIL. He had never spoken with a farang before and was a tad apprehensive about my intentions towards his youngest daughter.
    And I thought we had already sorted that out when I put a ring on her finger
    There are certainly cultural differences that require adjustments. My MIL lives with one of my wife's sisters (my wife has 4 sisters and 1 brother). This sister has two grown children that still live at home (a totally hot 32 year old daughter and a brother who just gradulated from college). Also my wife's youngest sister's 16 year-old son lives with them.

    So you start out with a household of 6 living in a 3 bedroom home. Then my wife and I show up with my wife's oldest sister, which automatically means that my wife's youngest sister and her worthless alcoholic husband come up from Bangkok to stay. Now we have 11 people living in a 3 bedroom house.

    In the same compound, two pairs of aunts and uncles have homes. One pair is raising one of their daughter's 14 year old son. Plus one of the daughters of the other pair of aunt and uncles also has a house and lives in the compound. That means that dinners almost always have a minimum of 16 people.

    Usually one of the other sister's of my wife stays (but not this time). However her two grown sons (one married with a totally hot wife, and the other living with another totally hot girlfriend) are almost always over there.

    When my wife's brother comes over with his wife and two daughters, your looking at 24 people and there is almost always one long-time family friend there for dinner, So generally, I'm the lone falong with 24 Thais of which only two speak a little English.

    Just the logistics of going to the bathroom and taking a shower in the mornings and evenings is no small feat.

    Still over the years (I've been married to my wife for 38 years), I have developed close relationships with almost all my wife's family (except for my wife's nephews wives/girlfriends - they are absolutely too hot for good bye hugs and kisses - and the husband of my wife's youngest sister - which everyone hates and want him to die).

    And my wife's family have accepted me entirely within the family, as family (which for Thais, as you know, means quite a bit). I am always more a part of the family and fit in better then the Thai husband of my wife's youngest sister.

    Still, that is a lot of people to live with for a week or so in such close contact (although you do get used to seeing attractive women walking around naked except for a towel as they go to and from the showers, or lounge about in their sleepwear in the mornings, etc.)

    Regards,

    Rick

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