August 17, 2014

Postcard from Khao Lak

Last weekend, I headed to Khao Lak, a sleepy beach strip north of Phuket. You can fly into Phuket Airport directly from Hong Kong, and take a 1.5-hour-long taxi ride to Khao Lak. We stayed at a boutique hotel called Chongfah Resort. Facilities were well-maintained, the decor was lovely and not overly ostentatious, and service was impeccable. Definitely worth every cent spent!

We were also lucky that despite being the rainiest time of the year (and hence low season), we only had 1 shower on our first evening... and perfect sunny days after! The sea was a bit wild though - at night, the beach was swallowed up by huge waves and spray. We were also fortunate to see the recent supermoon, apparently the largest of 2014, in all its round glory (see pictures of the supermoon around the world here).

Thai food as usual was fantastic - definitely looking forward to hitting the other islands in due course.

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De rigueur plane window shot! Flying over the Thai islands - simply beautiful.

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Hello Chongfah!

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And hello everybody! Got to practise my lousy breaststroke...

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When I have a large enough yard/garden, I'm getting a swing like this! So intricate and colourful.

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Pad thai - freshly made, satay, and free banana fritters given by the lovely uncle!

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Hipster sunset shot... need this to be on a beach tank top I think.

...This isn't really helping my Monday blues, but definitely good motivation and something to remember fondly till the next great adventure!

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