So, I’m back from our whirlwind vacation at Hua Hin & Cha Am, possibly the most beautiful places I’ve been to…
So, I’m back from our whirlwind vacation at Hua Hin & Cha Am, possibly the most beautiful places I’ve been to.
As far as comparisons to Hawaii and Maldives go, I’m at a loss - I’ve never been to these places because I’m truly a city girl at heart. Skyscrapers thrill me, bustling traffic excites me and prior to this trip, I’ll pick any cosmopolitan city over these beach spots anytime. But Hua Hin has stolen my heart (Cha Am’s just as lovely too, but we went to Hua Hin first and you know how it is with first loves…)
But I’ve been to Australia and I dare say that the beaches at Hua Hin & Cha Am are prettier than Gold Coast’s. I’ve never pimped any vacation destination as much - I keep telling everyone these days that they must visit Hua Hin before it gets excessively commercialized. There wasn’t a single thrashy hooker (think Pattaya) or hoards of coordinated-outfits honeymooning couples like in Phuket. Just rows of palm trees, private beaches all to ourselves and clear blue skies.
My friends know that I shun the sun like anything, but at Hua Hin, everything was so pretty that all I wanted to do was to spend the entire day basking in the sunshine, feel the powdery soft sand between my toes and sip champagne whilst listening to the crashing of the waves. With my beach hat and SPF of course.
Unfortunately the boy wasn’t with me (he was fishing somewhere in the South China sea) but there’s always next time! I’m definitely bringing him to Santorini Park at Cha Am when I have a chance to - where the name suggests, is a mini Santorini - all cerulean and white. Insanely cute and pretty, so much that it deserves a post on its own next.
And the hospitality! These days, most people don’t often associate Thailand as the Land Of Smiles much anymore and I can see why in Bangkok and Phuket, but people are amazingly real and friendly at Hua Hin & Cha Am. Non of that touting crap at their vibrant night markets, you actually feel safe walking along the streets at night and even the food feels like it has been lovingly prepared, no kidding.
My TripAdvisor tip: Give Phuket (and the surrounding Kohs) a miss and head to Hua Hin or Cha Am before the hordes of tourists arrive. A short 2- hour drive from Bangkok takes you to this pure, untainted beauty and so another trip is definitely on the cards, this time round with the boy.
Accommodation was sponsored, but I’ll gladly pay for these beachfront villas in a heartbeat. They were indulgently luxurious (free flow mini bar!), yet were at the same time, comfortably homely. And the rooms provided the perfect way to take in the sea air and all of nature’s magnificence whilst still being connected to the world via Facebook. I will be lying if I say that free WiFi isn’t important - but clearing emails in a seafront room is a billion times better than at my work desk. And who can ever say no to Ferragamo toiletries?
Pictures taken by Zachary Yong & Kelvin Chew and the rest with my iPhone ;)
Marrakesh Resort and Spa (Hua Hin)
63/411 Moo Baan Nong Kae, T. Nong Kae, A.Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110
Tel: +66 (0) 32 616 777
Raya Resort Cha-am
264/2 Ruamchit Road, , Amphoe Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand 76120
Tel: +66 32 472 641