This post is a sort of photo roundup of our time in Hua Hin, and our impressions of it.
We enjoyed our weekend trip to Hua Hin before the two week lockdown looming in Bangkok. It has a lot of beaches, and seems that when it is busy, it caters well to tourists. I imagine people probably complain about it being very touristy.
Obviously, because of the COVID situation here in Thailand, our experience in Hua Hin was rather different than it might be ordinarily.
On our last day we spent time in the walking street area, and it was dead. A lot of businesses were closed, for rent, and some had obviously been closed for quite a while. It was sad to see.
We looked for a place to eat and managed to find one restaurant with some Thai food. That area obviously caters to a lot of foreign tourists, as many of the restaurants serve non-Thai dishes of various types.
We just weren’t interested in that. We managed to find some lunch, I had a massage, Crystal got her nails done, and we headed back to Bangkok.
On Saturday we went for a drive out into the country and looked around. There are a lot of low, jagged mountains that might be interesting to explore. Crystal wants to stay at a local elephant/wildlife sanctuary, so when we’re able, we will go for a weekend. Because it is so close to Bangkok, it’s ideal to do some short weekend trips to the area. We thought a guide might be helpful to get us to some less well-travelled destinations.
On Saturday night, after having a sunset beer at the beach, we had seafood at a nearby restaurant. Crystal had the very messy but delicious rock lobster, and I had a stir fry with sea bass. Both dishes were very good! After that, we went around the corner and got a much needed massage.
The birds at the restaurant were excitable orange parakeets. The video I shot was with the screen turned toward them so they could see themselves on screen. While I did that, the friendly restaurant dog had to check out what I was up to, and get some attention too. I don’t know the breed, but it seems to be a bulldog/pit bull of some sort. It was short and muscular, and heavy enough to knock me off balance while filming the parakeets.
We’ll definitely be back to check out some of the sights in the area, and spend more time at the beach. We’d also like to check out a small, rocky mountain down the beach that juts into the sea. It has a Buddhist temple complex, and seems like it would be quite interesting.
It was nice to get away from the noisy hustle and bustle of Bangkok for a weekend. Coming back here is a bit depressing as the COVID situation has become much worse in the last few weeks (as I unfortunately predicted in our recent video). We hope the situation turns around quickly, and the pace of vaccinations picks up!
On a side note, we filled up our rental car for the first time. I was surprised at just how fuel efficient the Toyota Yaris is. Our fuel economy was 6.3 litres per 100 km, which I thought was excellent, considering we run the air conditioning non-stop. The E20 gasoline we filled with was $1.08 Cdn per litre.