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    Spend a month one night in Hua Hin

    Thai Pom and I journeyed to Hua Hin on Friday last. Now that the new bridge on the ring road is finished the drive is a piece of cake. Took 3hours and 15 min from Samut Prakhan. That included stops for gas, two rest stops for the ladies and about 15 minutes drive down the beach at Cha Am.

    Stayed at the Jinjjing Guest House. Reservations got a little screwed up but hey, TIT. Thai Pom stayed in a broom closet while Ms. E. G. and I had a nice spacious room with a decent sized deck. Nice and clean and the fridge was full of cold beverage. Cost was around 1k a night. And they really didn't rip you off on the beverages from the fridge. Decent staff and all but one MAJOR problem with staying there. Like most places that cater to tourists in this country nobody expects you to drive. Parking is about as plentiful as hen's teeth.

    This being a -lay-back- weekend we didn't do much at all. Went down the the "bar" area for a few cold singha, not much action at all. The eye-candy was totally non-existent (counted two worth a second look over a two day period). After a few we mossied on down to this place to try the seafood (what else when your at the beach with two Thai ladies??)



    Was thinking to myself as we entered this long pier that "its surely a tourist rip off"
    Didn't turn out that way at all. Dinner for four (6 dishes) and 4 large singha was just a tad over 1100 Thb. The staff were great and funny and the food was excellent.

    Due to camera and battery problems I don't have pix of every dish.



    If your anywhere around water you going to eat deep fried fish if you are within arms reach of Thai Pom. I swear, in an earlier life this guy was a fish. The small hoi were nice with a dusky almost BBQ type sauce. Interesting.



    The rock lobster was excellent, we damn near ordered another couple of orders but decided against it. The fried rice must have been the 'kitchen sink" variety. Had biog chunks of lobster, crab and prawns it it. Really decent

    I didn't get decent photos of the squid or the prawns in curry sauce which was other worldly. I could have been just as happy with any of the dishes as main courses they were that good.

    Saturday we had breaky and headed out for some exploring. We spent about 4 -5 hours exploring the coast between Hua Hin and Pranburi. It was neat just to piddle along and nose around in places a lot of folks that travel the main highways don't see. (We never did find the cliff jumping monkeys... but saw tons of new developments just south of Hua Hin. Who is going to buy all those units?????)

    We ended up on a long stretch of beach, must have been several miles that ended at a park. Can't recall exactly how we got there but it can't be all that hard to find. A very nice beach that was clean and free of any population other than fishermen. There was the occasional resort/condo complex across the road from the beach but nothing hi-rise or extraordinary.




    We did see some "tree houses" that were mentioned in another thread. Cute, sadly was going to take a pix on the way back but never returned.

    We continued along this beach looking around and the ladies chatted up a fisherman's wife and got the scoop. Gotta get there early in the AM to buy prawns, rock lobsters from the boatmen.

    We ended up here at Khaao Ko Sa Park a nice beach with lots of stuff for Thais. Jet skies, ATVs and banana boats. The park encompasses several hiking trails and overlooks apparently.




    We went next door for a cool drink and the ladies Som Tam (can't go 20 minutes without eating it seems when your on the road). A very typical bamboo and sticks place run by the typical Thai family. Caused some commotion and merriment when I ordered Kaffee Yen and dad heard kaffee lon. I repeated it and one of the girls caught the mistake and tried to correct dad... No way he heard kaffee lon.

    When he arrived with the Kaffee lon and I repeated Yen the girls busted up laughing and gave him a bit of good natured stick for it. A nice family and a great place to sit and watch the water and folks in the park. BTW the Som Tam (2 types) was apparently quite good, should be after Ms E. G. gave specific instructions on how to make it.



    This young lady took over our table after the fiasco with dad (whom you can see in the background still catching it from daughter #2), she had a smile that would melt ice. Can 't see it in the photo but her eyes actually twinkled when she lit up.

    I'm always on the look for some arty type photos to take. I like to find contrasting textures and colors. Here are a couple of shots I took on the way back to the car.





    The last one reminds me of something or someone, maybe DD?

    We continued our wander down the road finding all kinds of little nooks and crannies that were inhabited. In one such spot we found about 50 tables set up on the beach with white linens, wine glasses etc. surely a wedding being prepped for.

    WE continued on and ran into some serious mango orchards. Tons of the fruit hanging off the trees. As you can see in the picture below lots and lots of fruit. The lady doing the harvesting is very picky about which ones she takes. gotta be just right.



    Eventually we worked our way back to Hua Hin in time for some reading and relaxing. That evening had a couple of beers while the ladies checked out the night market, despite what the barmaid told them. " You live in Bangkok? Don't shop here it way to expensive, go home and shop". Turns out she was right. Its the only time I've seen the two of them, Ms TP and Ms EG go shopping and come back with absolutely NOTHING!

    Had a couple of beers in the Irish bar, nice place and again good staff. It was the only place that looked like civilization had taken hold in Hua Hin. Can't believe the number of empty bars/restaurants/beer bars we passed while walking the town. We covered just about all of it in two nights.

    Seemed all we saw were dead-enders (Irish bar excepted) both male and female on the streets. Luckily we were two couples so we had our own conversations and fun. This was my second trip to Hua Hin, the first in about 4 -5 years and I'm of the opinion that it is for relaxation and nothing else. If your looking for action, look elsewhere.

    All-in-all a great get away for a couple of days respite. I'll let Thai Pom fill you in on the trip back. He knows alot more about Noah's Ark than I do..

    E. G,
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    Don't ask the question!"

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    The trip back.......We had all the stuff in the car and headed out of the Soi around 9.15 am. We did not really want to get back to Bangkok at lunchtime and we had exhausted Hua Hin, why not go back via Nakon Pathom? The girls had never seen the Chedi so off we go. The offer of buying seafood in Cha-am was dimissed and we head North.

    1st stop to buy some Limes on the side of the road, 100 Baht a Kilo, what a steal say the girls. EG and I have a smoke!!

    Then the heavens open with the biggest strorm of the year so far, Windshield wipers not effective, crawling along at 30 KPH. As always happens when the first rains come, the Thais come into their element with parking. Sideways , Upside down and backwards in the storm drains!!!

    We had come too far north so we decided to continue with the plan, it could not rain for the next 100 Kms could it? Wrong answer. Girls want a pit stop. EG and I have a smoke !!

    The Chedi in NP comes into view the rain, it is an impressive sight if you have not seen it. Girls decide the market is still open and off they go. EG and I have a smoke!!

    Shopping finished now it is lunch time. We had planned to stop in Nakorn Chaisi and have lunch by the river but it is still raining. What the hell follow the plan. We went to a place on the river by the bridge, very popular with the locals and I from a previous life. Had a great lunch with 2 huge Garlic, Black Pepper Fried fish ( I had to share !!) washed down with a few Shandies. Again the Bill was around 1000B. Girls go to the Hong Nam. Eg and I have a smoke!!

    Set off for BKK and were back in the nest at 4pm, an hour and a 1/2 drive, again helped by the 'Complete" ring road.

    A really great weekend, did nothing but everything there was to do...TP

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    Nice pictures EG. I see in you, a small piece of me. That is very good for the soul. Good report guys. It seems that NR's knees up could be very good for me and Mrs. LoomB. I think we will make it a long w/e after all. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loombucket
    Nice pictures EG. I see in you, a small piece of me.
    Believe me - it'd have to be a big piece.

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    Thanks LB, Mamers who are you insulting? Me or LB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom
    We had planned to stop in Nakorn Chaisi and have lunch by the river but it is still raining. What the hell follow the plan. We went to a place on the river by the bridge, very popular with the locals and I from a previous life. Had a great lunch with 2 huge Garlic, Black Pepper Fried fish ( I had to share !!) washed down with a few Shandies. Again the Bill was around 1000B.
    Is this the place?...one of my favourite places for a long lunch...



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    KM, I dont think so. Looking at the second shot you are between the road and the rail bridge. The place I like is on the same side just the other side of the road bridge. It is buried in next to some local government offices. I am sure they much alike in food and price. Agreed great places for drawn out lunches...TP

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    Mamers who are you insulting? Me or LB?
    Umm, you. Sorry.

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    PliK!

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    If this ^ is your bird Klongy, you really are a dirty old bastard (from one to another)

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    If this ^ is your bird Klongy, you really are a dirty old bastard
    This one's too old for Klongy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    If this ^ is your bird Klongy, you really are a dirty old bastard (from one to another)
    Disregarding MtDs comment - cheeky young git - your assumption is correct PP: pic was taken is 2004 so she's a bit older now...and so am I of course...

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    Sounds like a good time though a slow one. Nice you had some female company along. Sounds like just the rt combination for a relaxing time.

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    Wow! EG are you sure you were in the same HH I live in? I'm sure one of the nights you were here was the night I was out until 5:45am - it didn't seem that dead to me.

    Nice pics.

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    Makes me homesick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    Wow! EG are you sure you were in the same HH I live in? I'm sure one of the nights you were here was the night I was out until 5:45am - it didn't seem that dead to me.

    Nice pics.
    The only places we saw that had more than one customer were the Irish bar and Berny's I believe its called, a golfers hang out apparently, in the back of a beer garden complex.

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    The prices of food in the tourist area are pretty high in Hua Hin. As you know EG I am a frequent visitor to the place and have seen the place grow in the last 5 years.

    Apart from the odd beer or six on Bintabart and at Beny’s and incidentally those little bars around the back never seem to close; been there until dawn a few times: I hardly ever go to the centre for food.

    There are a few restaurants the other side of the railway line (west) that do equally if not better local dishes for a quarter of the price some of these now offer pork chops with salad french-fries etc for 70baht. In town it’s over 200baht.

    Now I was there last week and I understand on Soi 88 there is a new Harley bar about to open next door to Manee.

    Kaho Takiab has a pleasant beach and as you drive down to the beach there are 3 beach restaurants on your right the third restaurant has excellent sea food and cheap, even their padkapaw tallay with fresh squid and big prawns is only 35baht served with rice.

    Past Market village you will need to do a U-turn under the flyover if you come from town there is a popular local restaurant favoured by expats and local Thais. Pandintong has good cheap food and unlike the restaurants in town they allow you take your own bottle of gin (even if you drink it neat), whisky or whatever.

    Their chicken and mushroom pies, steak and kidney pies etc are served with potato boiled or mashed, are tasty and excellent value for 150 baht. Their Thai food is a bit lacking in the spices though unless you ask for Thai style.


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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    Wow! EG are you sure you were in the same HH I live in? I'm sure one of the nights you were here was the night I was out until 5:45am - it didn't seem that dead to me.

    Nice pics.
    Damn, do you actually live in HH? Somehow I got the impression it was Samui? Next time NR we'll look you up.

    E. G.

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    E.G. you mist out she is a good looker too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    I'm sure one of the nights you were here was the night I was out until 5:45am - it didn't seem that dead to me.
    Really where in Hua Hin was that? As I was there also. But did not bump into you.

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    ^ I told you, I don't go to the Hua Hin Brewing Company. Bloody cattle market...

    Where was I? If it's the same night that I'm thinking of, a variety of bars in Bintabaht and a couple of karaoke bars near Bernies.

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    be there in may

    going for a month in may, getting tyred of patts and bangers, will be my first time there, no hotel booked, just gonna taxi it from patts around lunch, and try to find something central in the 800-1000 bracket, ive heard alot about the blind massage golden palace, and the seafood just out of town sounds great.
    trip report when i get back

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    This place gets very good reviews all over the net. Never stayed there as I live here but never heard anything bad about it or the people who run it. It's very central. Not all rooms have aircon so make sure you get one that does if that's important. If you're staying a month, you can negotiate a lower rate as they give discounts for stays longer than a week. Here's a link to their web page...

    Jing's Guesthouse - Hua Hin beach and town center

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    cheers mate, will check it out, also heard good things about the leng ghouse, but maybe a bit too far out, whats the story on the baht buses , if any, do they cover a fair bit of area?

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    ^ I stayed at Jing's last year. Also recommended.

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