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Thailand - 2011 (Autumn)


We flew in to a flooded Bangkok
on Bangkok Airways from Luang Prabang. We had picked up a couple of hours delay, on leaving Laos but had managed to get a message to the Sofitel in Hua Hin, where we would be spending our anniversary, who were sending the transfer limousine.

We needn't have worried. Although the severe flooding was causing traffic problems, the main route to Hua Hin was passable and the journey only took, perhaps, an extra half-hour.

Room Decoration - Anniversary at Sofitel
Sofitel Lighting Ceremony

Room Decoration - Anniversary at Sofitel

Sofitel Lighting Ceremony

After our last visit to the Sofitel, earlier in the year, we were looking forward to spending some relaxing time there for our anniversary. We were not to be disappointed. After a speedy and friendly check-in we were allocated the same club room that we stayed in on our last visit. This room had been completely redecorated. Tastefully refurbished in a decor that was in perfect harmony with the style of the hotel.

The club facilities were, once again, excellent - as indeed was the service and staff of this establishment. We learned, however, that ownership was to be transferred completely, from Sofitel (Accor group) to Centara, with effect from 1st January, 2012. Hopefully this will not mean a great deal of change.

We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our stay, taking particular notice of such events as the evening Sofitel "lighting" ceremony, which will disappear. Just a small event, but beautiful to see, although we had never taken too much notice in the past.

On our anniversary, the staff went overboard - flowers, cake, room decorations. Whilst it is not unusual for hotels to provide tokens, the genuine and friendly way in which this was done was greatly appreciated.

We, once again, spent our time at the hotel, just chilling out and relaxing at the pool. This hotel perfectly suited our needs for some relaxation time and it was a first class 5 night break.

Hua Hin - Topiary at Sofitel
How many on one moped?

Hua Hin - Topiary at Sofitel

Hua Hin - How many on one moped?

Hua Hin town can both be laid back and hectic. It is definitely changing and getting much busier, but excellent quiet restaurants can still be found.

On our anniversary, our friend, who lives in Hua Hin, arranged an excellent meal at
Coco 51, where we had not eaten for a couple of years. A most enjoyable meal and evening (topped off by another anniversary cake). We had a particularly good Thai / Fusion meal as Orchids, one of our favourites, and again visited the Palm Bistro, out of town. Naturally we visited the night market, eating in our favourite, inexpensive, Thai "restaurant". The name of this place (completely unpronounceable) always escapes me for some reason!

The food, the company, the sights and sounds, all reminded us of why we like Hua Hin - even the bar area is fine for an hour or two.

All too soon, once again, it was time to say goodbye to Hua Hin. A smooth and uneventful journey to the airport, painless departure formalities and an excellent EVA Air flight, back to reality!

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