I’m just planning my next trip out to see my son who’s living in Thailand which will be early next year. That inspired me to have another look at the video diary my son kept of my last trip – which he called the ‘Monthly Mumly Challenge’. I’ve just watched up to Day 3 and I’m going to save the rest to spread out my memories.
My son, Nick, has been living in Thailand for several years and loves the country and the culture. It’s always great to spend time with him there because it’s like having my own personal tour guide. He’s done all the homework for me when I get there and has planned everything so well that all I need to do is relax and enjoy myself. Of course, the main reason I go out is to spend time with him as I miss him so much, but I must admit it’s a big bonus that he’s in a part of the world that is so lovely.
Up to now I’ve been to visit three times. The first time we spent a few days in Bangkok and then went on to Koh Samui. I loved every minute. In Bangkok we had a fabulous meal on one of the converted rice boats and visited the colourful markets and had lots of new experiences with the fast pace of life there a constant backdrop. Koh Samui was a real contrast and much more relaxing. I went on a coach trip to see all the touristy things like the Big Buddha and various temples and stunning viewpoints.
The following year Nick was living in Hua Hin in a lovely complex of bungalows surrounding a beautiful pool. Hua Hin is on the mainland and was very different from Koh Samui but I found it had its own charm. There’s a lovely long beach that we visited occasionally and a great night market where I had fabulous fish dishes. (I’m veggie but eat fish so Thai food is great for me). Nick likes to drive out into the interior and find lesser known places to eat which are always wonderful. I also have fond memories of Monkey Mountain and seeing Nick absolutely surrounded by the cheeky little monkeys and a lovely vineyard which we visited. Here I must just say that I do like to drink a glass of wine or two with my meal, but find that the wine in Thailand is quite a bit more expensive that I would have thought. Still, everything else is very reasonable.
So, those were the first two years I visited Thailand and this year Nick had another great holiday planned for me. When I arrived at Bangkok I had to get my bags and wait in the airport for about 4 hours because he’d arranged to meet me in Krabi and I was flying there. I was pretty tired by the time I arrived – the travel is the only downside. Still it’s all worth it when I get through the arrivals and scan the waiting greeters to find my lovely son’s smiling face. He had driven to Krabi from Hua Hin and found our accommodation, which was lovely.
We had a large en-suite room each and it was right in the middle of an area boasting lots of bars, restaurants, massage parlours and just a two minute walk to the beach. I had several massages, facials and manicures while I was there and they were so cheap compared to at home. If you’ve seen Nick’s videos you’ll have seen Day 3 when we visited the hillside restaurant with the fabulous view and also the massive downpour we had whilst there. What amazed me was how well and efficiently the staff coped with this adverse weather and still managed to maintain a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and, I can assure you, I never felt a spot of rain.
I’m looking forward to seeing again the rest of the Mumly Challenge videos as I plan my next exciting trip to Thailand. I know it will revive some fab memories which I’ll record.