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July 21, 2013

Chiang Mai

We flew up to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand as everyone raves about it. Stayed at a neat hotel and could walk to markets and old part of city. It’s an OK place but we were not as enamored of it as others are. We preferred the south for many reasons and one of them was the food. Overall we did not enjoy the food up north as much. Just not as tasty and I had a very nasty bout of food poisoning.

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January 4, 2014

Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary

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This is a great sanctuary that has taken in animals that need care. They do have some of them perform small shows but they are caringly done and the animals are well looked after and also get free time. They do the shows to raise needed money.

http://www.hutsadin.com/

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August 1, 2014

Hua Hin

We have visited Hua Hin a couple of times now and really enjoy it. This is the summer palace of the King and Queen of Thailand about 3.5 hours south east of Bangkok. It’s a good and easy road to get there and usually more Thai people than foreigners. It has great night markets, beaches, temples, elephant sanctuaries, a winery, and enough of a party vide at night to keep the young’uns happy (big young’uns). We like the Ko Takiab side past Monkey Mountain.

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August 2, 2014

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Had a great visit to a national park about one hour south of Hua Hin.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khao_Sam_Roi_Yot_National_Park

The drive down is easy with good highway and roads but we appreciated our GPS. The park costs 200 Baht per person and you are asked to show the tickets at a few stops. We first took a canal long-boat ride which was through a quiet area of mangroves. Pretty and saw monkeys, lots of birds, crabs and mudskippers.

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August 3, 2014

Hua Hin Vineyard

We hired a car (cheap in Thailand and pretty easy to drive here – at least if you are used to driving in Dubai!) and one day headed out of town to the West, into the hills to the local winery.

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August 4, 2014

Staying in Hua Hin

Our favorite restaurant U-Saw-Mass across the street from the condos:

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We have had three holidays in Hua Hin and love the place. Aside from the fun things to do, we discovered wonderful places to stay. Our favorite is in John and Kay’s, Busaba Pool Villas. They have a couple of 2-bedroom condos in a unit called SeaCraze and we have stayed in both. This is located near to restaurants and the beach and is a fun, quieter side of Hua Hin (and the best beaches). The building has a HUGE pool and nice gym.

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