Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hua Hin & Bangkok 2015 - Day 2

Good morning, Hua Hin!!

It’s a brand new day to start our adventure. In line today is our mini excursion to the local places of interest starting from the must visit Hua Hin Railway Station, Plearn Wan Shopping Village and Santorini Park Cha-Am. There are many places to visit but due to our time constraint, my sister decided on these three which already took up half a day.

Before heading out, we have to settle our brekkie. Breakfast was in the Club Lounge with various selections where you order and have the food brought to your table instead of the usual buffet breakfast spread. 

Breakfast Menu 
Earl Grey Tea for the day 
Butter Croissants 
Egg Benedict
Pancakes with Maple Syrup
Thai Chicken Noodle

First stop, Hua Hin Railway Station. #1 in the top 10 things to do in Hua Hin.

A brief “commercialize” introduction

“Built during the reign of King Rama VI, and only a short distance from the centre of town, Hua Hin's railway station and adjacent royal waiting room are undeniably attractive. The brightly painted wooden buildings that are Thai in concept and design somehow manage to have a 'Victorian' feel to them.

The story about the birth of Hua Hin as a royal seaside getaway town would be incomplete without a mention of this historic railway station. Back in the early days, there was no road access to this idyllic beach town, and train travel was a new and delightful alternative to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin instead of by boat.” – Top 10 Things to Do in Hua Hin (

Hua Hin Station - Royal waiting room
An old train
Railway tracks
Hua Hin Station
How can we miss a photo on the landmark?

Hua Hin Railway Station
Opening Hours: 07:00-23:00
Location: Western end of Damnernkasem Road

Personal Tots

One gets easily attracted and carried away by the beautiful structure of the railway station. Though it is only a small station, the great color combination of red and yellow makes it a favorite spot for photographers. I can finally understand why you can spend so much time just by taking photos here.

Next, Plearn Wan Shopping Village. My sister wanted to visit Plearn Wan because of the old school feel which is tough to find nowadays.

A brief “commercialize” introduction

"Not just a themed open-air mall, Plearn Wan feels more like a living museum where you can experience a slice of life in 1950s Hua Hin. Plearn Wan's two-storey courtyard-style building, an architectural statement in itself, houses a community of period-style shops selling everything form liquor, inexpensice plastic-and-tin toys, snacks as well as a beauty salon, photo studio, outdoor cinema screen and a 20-room guesthouse or 'Piman Plearn Wan'. 

From the main street, Plearn Wan's curious looking entrance - a giant structure fashioned from reclaimed wooden planks - is hard to miss. Stepping through the small opening (compared to the wooden structure) is like stepping into a time machine - suddenly, you find yourself surrounded by all things vintage. When it's crowded, usually at night, the festive atmosphere resembles that of a well-organised temple fiar from decades ago." - Official website for Plearn Wan

The massive entrance to Plearn Wan Shopping Village 
What you see after the entrance
Every other little things in Plearn Wan 

Personal Tots

I like the nostalgic feeling at this place. You are like transported back to the 50s. Great place for photo shoots and also if you want to shop for “old days” toys and snacks. It brings back memory of what you played during childhood. Another interesting thing that is sold there is family T-shirts. They have plenty of designs for selection.

For more details, visit Plearn Wan Official Website.

Last stop, Santorini Park Cha-Am.  

A brief “commercialize” introduction

“Santorini Park brings a slice of the picture-perfect Greek island to Cha-Am. It’s got all the details right, from classic whitewashed buildings, colorfully painted windows, down to stone-paved paths and domed towers. An impressive lineup of shops, restaurants and an amusement park promise good times for everyone. This photogenic outdoor entertainment outlet occupies an expansive area just before the main highway reaches Cha-Am Beach. It’s quite an unusual sight, given the whitewash theme and architectural style that sets it apart from its surroundings. Cliff-top views of the ocean and a sweeping beachfront are the two missing elements that would otherwise make this place closer to the real thing.” – Top 10 Things to Do in Hua Hin (

The romantic ferris wheel (not so on a gloomy day) 
Main entrance
The words say it all
Just love the Santorini feel
Photo spots everywhere
Caught taking wefie with Mr Teddy (he is not so happy about it) 
Sister love
Big sister overdose
Younger sister overdose

Personal Tots

I really like this place. It is exactly just like what I saw on the various websites and blogs. It really live up to being a very photogenic place. This is heaven for photographers. You can take tons of photos here with the nice building structure and colors. I love it!

For more details, visit Santorini Park Cha-Am.

After Santorini Park, we head back to hotel for afternoon tea at the Club Lounge followed by a swim in the pool. We were upgraded to a Pool Access Room so how can we leave swimming out from our itinerary.

Dinner was at the hotel. We decided to go for the “Italian Cuisine Tasting Night” experience at Felicita. The price was quite reasonable at THB790 nett per pax. It’s ala-carte style buffet with free flow of soft drinks and fruit juices. We had a wonderful meal.

Dinner at Felicita - Italian Restaurant
Beautiful interior
Menu for the feast
Antipasti - Cape Sante Con Crudo
Antipasti - Bruschetta Napoletana
Fritto Misto 
Prosciutto E Melone 
Soup Selection - Crema Di Funghi (it doesn't look good in the photo but it is definitely good when tasted)
Pasta Selection - Tagliatelle Piccolo (this is yummy!)
Pasta Selection - All" Amalfitana (minus the anchovies) 
Pizza Selection - Hawaiian
Dessert Selection - Tiramisu

The night is so "FULL" of good food and drinks.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hua Hin & Bangkok 2015 - Day 1

It was really a long 3 hours car ride from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin - *back aching*.

Finally, we reached our destination – InterContinental Hua Hin. It is a short 2 days stay and hopefully we can get the best out of Hua Hin. Freshen up after checking in, we head out to explore the night life of Hua Hin with first pampering our bodies with a nice 2 hours body scrub and aromatherapy massage in Let’s Relax Spa in Hua Hin Market Village.

Hotel Entrance
Hotel Interior
Hotel night view
Our Room
Pool Access from room
Hua Hin Market Village
Hua Hin Market Village

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Let's Relax Spa and Massage
Let's Relax Spa and Massage

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It was drizzling when our massage ends at 7pm and our stomachs are growling. Deciding that we will come back the next day to explore Hua Hin Market Village, we moved on to the night market. Tuk tuk ride was THB140. Drizzle became rain when we arrived at the night market and it really dampened the mood. We had no choice but to do the stupidest thing, buy an umbrella when we had 2 nicely packed in the luggage.  As we walked further into the night market, a barbeque aroma travels its way into our nostrils that turn us into drooling fools. What come into view were restaurants after restaurants of BBQ seafood line up for selection. It is amusing how the restaurants were clearly differentiate by their patrons. Basically, they are divided into 2 groups, restaurants patronized by Caucasians and restaurants for the Asians. We chose *Lung Ja Seafood* run by a Thai Chinese boss (I think that's the boss). 

Lung Ja Seafood Restaurant
Lung Ja Seafood Restaurant

We ordered King Prawns after witnessing them on the grill, followed by tom yum goong, stir-fried kang kong with salted bean and stir-fried kway tiew. Of course, fresh coconut drink is a must. "Seeing is believing" was the best description at this moment. The BBQ king prawns were finger licking good. The spiciness of the clear tom yum goong sends us perspiring big time. The kang kong is of comforting taste but the kway tiew was not up to our expectation. We paid THB1000 for the meal with the king prawns taking up THB650. The rain starts to stop when we were done with our dinner. *lucky me* 

BBQ King Prawns
Extra Spicy clear Tom Yum Goong
Thai Style Fried Kway Tiew
Stir Fried Kang Kong with Salted Beans

Now it is time to shop for souvenirs and local desserts. Similar to all night markets, you see one you see all. Merchandises are common so it highly depends on your bargaining skill to clinch a good deal. We got a Hua Hin Station magnet and some really cheap pouches at THB20. T-shirts in Navy design were cute with the best color combination of navy blue and white. I also got to eat my all-time favorite Thai pancake with shredded coconut and really sweet cream.

Hua Hin T-shirts
Thai Pancake with shredded coconut and cream
Phad Thai hawker

Ending our night with a minor commotion and that was to find our room’s wireless phone and wifi not working at 10pm. We were already very tired and just wanted a nice bath before hitting the bed. Fortunately, the Front Desk Manager on duty was quick in response and had our room changed within 15mins.

With a new room, a nice bed and pillows, both of us fell into lala land instantly.