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#31 goodgirl

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Posted 18 May 2005 - 12:01 AM

QUOTE (Nat16 @ May 17 2005, 09:05 PM)
Those who have stayed at Hua Hin or nearby, what did you do during the day?

We have 9 nights at the Evason Hua Hin, and sort of thought we might be able to travel around, sort of using the hotel as a base - is this possible or are we kidding ourselves?

We stayed about half an hour south of hua hin and I remember seeing signs for the Evason (although it may have been a different Evason) and it was a fair bit out of town. We spent one day in Hua Hin and that was enough for us. There is the beach, some night markets, hmmmmm...... shops, struggling a bit to think of other things. We did a day tour, but our tour guide didn't speak english, so he kept dropping us off at places and then we didn't know what we were supposed to do. Hua Hin and surrounding areas aren't as westernised as other parts of Thailand as they are the holiday resorts for Thai people. (mostly people from Bangkok go their for weekends).

We also did a snorkelling tour but got stranded on this deserted island for 36 hours in the pouring rain because the boat couldn't get back. THAT WAS GREAT... dry.gif . (Moral here, is check the weather report before going anywhere on a boat).

I'm probably not painting the best picture here. i apologise for that. We did love the Hua Hin part of our trip but mainly as a place to just relax at our resort and read a book on the beach.

Oh and we did get offered an elephant trek so that is somewhere nearby.

Don't worry if you're out of town. There are plenty of taxis, tuk tuk etc which are dirt cheap and often the resorts have coutesy buses anyway.

I hope you have a fabulous time!!

Oh and you are only 3 hours away from Bangkok - so you could even do a daytrip there if you wanted to.

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:50 PM

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We are having our honeymoon on Koh Samui. Somewhere called sala samui. Have had a look at the website, its only new and it looks exquisite. Very private, your own pool, outdoor rain shower etc and right on the beach. After reading all these posts about thailand I'm getting totally psyched about it biggrin.gif

I have just booked 5 nights there - not for a honeymoon but for H2B 30 birthday present. It looks absolutely amazing!!!
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Posted 03 July 2005 - 11:03 PM

My h2b and me went to Thailand 2 years ago. We stayed in Bangkok for a few nights at the Indra Regent, I think it's a 3 star but honestly you think you're in a 5 star, it's beautiful inside, and right across the road is the Pratanum markets, perfect location! We walked to the World Trade Centre from our motel, only about 15 mins away. Tuk tuks are parked outside the motel all day, so it's a great place to base yourself from in Bangkok.

Then we went to Chiang Mai for 5 nights. We really loved it there. We stayed at the Imperial Mai Ping, really close (500m away) to night markets, 2 really good pools and a lovely beer garden (cheap yummy food and great atmosphere).

We also did a tour, 3 days with Topper tours (booked from Bangkok). It cost us $120 each for the whole tour which included accomodation, food and our own personal driver/guide (we were the only ones leaving on the day). We visited Pai on our first day (about 6 hrs drive away but absolutely special - hot springs source the pool at the motel, really quiet, we promised we'll go back one day even though it takes so long to get there). We also went to Mai Hong Son (on the Burmese border). Our tour included a few activites including elephant trek which was fantastic, and a visit the long neck Karen Hill Tribe.

We fell in love with Thailand ,especially Chiang Mai. All up we probably spent under $2000 each for everything including spending money. Very cheap!! Highly recommended!!!!

Good luck choosing!
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 08:38 PM

Hi Dee,

My fiance and I have just returned fron Koh Samui and this is where we plan on going for our honeymoon. We stayed in a place called Poppies resort, the hotel is an upmarket bungalow style with lovely gardens. This place is amazing, At night Chawang beach is lit up with all of the little beach (yes on the sand) restaurants. I cant recommend Koh samui more, its absolutely fantastic! The shopping on Koh Samui ( Chawang Beach Road) is excellent and cheap as chips! They are lovely kind people and it is somewhere I plan on spending alot time..... Good luck!


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Posted 20 July 2005 - 11:23 AM

Hey Tracey M
I'm glad you had such a fantastic time at Poppies. We were considering going there for our honeymoon. Is it far from the main centre of Chaweng?
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Posted 20 July 2005 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE (Tracey_M @ Jul 12 2005, 08:38 PM)
Hi Dee,

My fiance and I have just returned fron Koh Samui and this is where we plan on going for our honeymoon. We stayed in a place called Poppies resort, the hotel is an upmarket bungalow style with lovely gardens. This place is amazing, At night Chawang beach is lit up with all of the little beach (yes on the sand) restaurants. I cant recommend Koh samui more, its absolutely fantastic! The shopping on Koh Samui ( Chawang Beach Road) is excellent and cheap as chips! They are lovely kind people and it is somewhere I plan on spending alot time..... Good luck!

We stayed at Poppies for the first week of our honeymoon too! And then the second week at the Evason Hideaway Hua Hin (pure luxury!).

KennaSan - Poppies is at the far end of Chaweng Beach. There are shops and restaurants all the way along Chaweng Beach Rd, right up to where Poppies is. The "main" part of Chaweng Beach Rd is further along but you can easliy walk there or get a taxi if it's too hot!

Another thing I would highly recommend (which is very near Poppies!) is the Thai Cooking School - we ended up going back twice for classes as it was so much fun!!

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 01:15 PM

koh lipe is divine and heavenly.

it is quieter than the others with white sands, bright aqua water and some of the best snorkelling in the world...

Kanchanaburi is beautiful for a mainland treat - bridge on the river kwai and the river is lovely.

Koh Tao and Koh Mak are other off the beaten track islands...if you like that stuff..

I hear Koh Samui is totally packed, but Koh Phang Nan is a lovely quieter option...

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:33 AM

Thanks so much Susie!
We'll definitely look into it. I'm so glad you enjoyed your honeymoon so much. It sounds like it was divine! smile.gif
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE (Heidi @ Jul 4 2005, 12:03 AM)
My h2b and me went to Thailand 2 years ago. We stayed in Bangkok for a few nights at the Indra Regent, I think it's a 3 star but honestly you think you're in a 5 star, it's beautiful inside, and right across the road is the Pratanum markets, perfect location!

Simon and I stayed at the Indra as well for the last 2 nights of our honeymoon and we loved it! Before that we had 13 nights at the P@ttaya Hill Resort in Pattaya. I must say we were a bit apprehensive about going to Pattaya after web reports and reports from a few of the I-Do girls but we had a blast! Originally we wanted to go to Phuket but as we were going with timeshare we were unable to get in, but now we are so happy we went to Pattaya! It was awesome. The shopping, the bars and clubs, the people, the culture...all amazing biggrin.gif Would go back there in a second..in fact we are already planning our next trip back for (hopefully) 2007 but this time we want to go with a group of friends...
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Posted 24 July 2005 - 01:41 PM

We are now considering a wedding over there....eloping! Woohoo!

Did anyone see any weddings while there? What were they like?

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:13 AM

We went to the wedding of our Best Man and his wife on Koh Samui two years ago and it was AMAZING!! Click here to see some photos...

I know the couple had to go to Thailand early (and stay there for 30 days??) before they were allowed to be married there. They also had to hire a translator to help them with their interviews with the relevant authorities and pay some extra money (IYKWIM ph34r.gif) to get their paperwork through... It also took longer than they expected and everything only just got done in time for the wedding.

For some reason, they had to marry in a registry office in Bangkok BEFORE the actual ceremony in Koh Samui (can't remember why this was). The ceremony on Koh Samui was conducted by a Christian minister but they also had the option of a traditional Thai wedding ceremony.

The resort where we stayed organised EVERYTHING with the bride and groom, so there wasn't much they had to do themselves. There were a few small problems due to the language barrier, so the food wasn't exactly what they ordered and for some reason they couldn't understand that the bride wanted ORCHIDS for her bouquet so roses turned up on the day and a guest had to drive to the local flower markets to get orchids for her!

The only other thing I remember organisation-wise was that all the guests were asked to bring Australian wine with them as GOOD wine is very expensive over there.

From the guest's perspective, it was simply one of the best weddings I have EVER been to! All the guests decided to make a holiday out of it, so we all had a week in Bangkok where we celebrated the hen's and buck's nights. Then we had a second week on Koh Samui (and the FOB paid for our accom!). It was like going to a two week wedding - FANTASTIC!!

Hope I didn't put you off with what I wrote - I just wanted to let you know of the experience that our Best man and his wife had. smile.gif

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:28 AM

Thanks for that susie! You didn't put me off at all! I think they way they do things has changed slightly...you now only have to spend 3 days prior to the wedding there, usually in Bangkok for the paperwork to be done by the Australian Embassy, and then to have it translated. You can then go and have the wedding wherever you choose to....there are so many sites to look at, and they all look gorgeous...hard to choose!!!

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:47 PM

So many Thailand visiters here - wow.

Can't blame you all for enjoying it so much.

I spent four days in Bangkok (Indra Regent) then flew to Chaing Mai and did a tour from there to Chiang Rai, Mae Soeng and the Golden Triangle - staying in the Lisu hilltribes and the Karen hilltribes. back to Chaing Mai for five days (night markets are superb) Back to Bangkok for another day then across to Kanchinbrury and the River Kwai where we stayed on a floating motel on the riverbanks of a hilltribe for two nights. Back to Bangkok again for another week and came home. (and excuse any spelling mistakes !)

We did many day trips from Chiang Mai and Bangkok - the Grand Palace, The Butterfly farms, a barge up the Maekong River, elephant camps, a trip on the death railway at the River Kwai, many other temple trips and market trips.

Had a ball and loved everyone over there. My Mum and Dad just booked their 6th trip over there.

Hoep you enjoy it just as much.

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