Jr. goes to Thailand
Thailand is one of the most traveller friendly spots in the world, and you can be certain of one thing, Thais love children. You will often experience, as we did whilst visiting the night market in Hua Hin, Thai tourists taking pictures of your children instead of the market! The service in Thailand is amazing and there is a tradition for taking care of visitors, ensuring a magical stay. My wife and I stayed in Thailand with our son, the entire month of April and had an amazing time. Travelling in Thailand is very safe in fact, we felt safer travelling in Thailand with a child than we do in Europe – and Europe is our home!
We live in a larger city, so during our holiday, we were looking for some countryside quietness, by the sea. We found a spot 30km outside of Hua Hin called Sam Roi Yod. Sam Yoi Yod is a small, quiet town with a very calm vibe to it. As a result, there was no need to rent any sort of motorised vehicles instead, we rented bicycles, one equipped with a child seat for Jr. which was spot on. He was then able to direct traffic from the comfort of his child seat, whilst dad-mule grunted in the heat. This enabled us to cruise around the area at a slow pace yet at the same time, enable us to cover some ground. The beaches in this area are huge when the tide is low, perfect for Jr. and there was plenty of opportunity for trips to Monkey Island, located just of the coast of Sam Roi Yod – well worth the trip.
We rented a house (roof-top picture taken from the roof terrace) where we could make food and come and go as we pleased. Equipped with shorts and arm-bands, the boss was able to explore the area and retreat to his private pool on the roof whilst mum and dad enjoyed a chilled glass of Singha beer – win/win.
There are numerous restaurants located on the small road that passes through Sam Roi Yod and almost all of them have mild menus for littlens and tables on the beach, so remember your bucket and spade so the little people in the family can entertain themselves whilst you do too. We (two adults and one child) could eat two courses with drinks and dessert for Jr. for roughly 450 baht.
After having left Sam Roi Yod, we travelled to a resort named Oriental Beach Resort, located 10km or so outside of Ban Phe. The home we rented was 200 sqm and very exquisite. Two bathrooms, three bedrooms and a super dining/living room area. There was a pool area and a restaurant located just short stroll from our front door, should a speedy scooter trip to the closest restaurant seem daunting after a day in the sun. This was a lovely place to be and the village was very quiet. From Ban Phe you can sail to Koh Samet and experience white powder beaches, hooray.
- Visit Koh Samet
- Visit Monkey Island
- Buy sunscreen before you leave home
- If you have a larger child (4+) who still used nappies, bring them from home
- Visit Rayong aquarium
- Bring mosquito spray
- Pet the monkeys (wise words of a guide: monkey touch you, OK – you touch monkey, monkey bite)
- Forget to buy sunscreen at home
- Eat any of the “stuff” in the big, transparent plastic bags in the Ban Phe markets
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