24 Feb Magical Mystery Tour Thailand – Part 17
Mars and Maem make their way to Hua Hin for the penultimate drive of their magical mystery tour.
Bangkok to Hua Hin
Day 27 Saturday 6th July – 200km – 10.00am to 3.00pm
Goodbye Bangkok, see you next time. Straight on the expressway west to route 9, then south to route 35, through Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, onto route 4 past Phetchaburi to Cha Am Beach where we saw a sign with a big statue that looked like it was standing in the sea.
“Let’s go there, that looks amazing”, I said.
“Ok”, said Maem.
Cha Am is a beautiful place with mainly Thai resorts. Maem asked a shop lady where the statue was and we set off north along the beach road for about 20km until we came to the place where the lady had told us to go.
Maem asked again and we were directed back south on the same beach road with me thinking we were on a wild statue chase, but after a few km we saw a sign with the statue on (which couldn’t be seen from the other direction). The sign pointed to Puek Tian Beach where we found not only the big statue but many fantastic statues, it was well worth a visit.
Then on to Hua Hin, another 50 – 60 km.
Hua Hin is a big city, or rather a long city that runs parralell to the sea. We didn’t really know where to go so we took a random left turn on soi 59 and it couldn’t have been more perfect because there, after about 100m or so, was a T-Junction with a big restaurant right next door to the Baan Pa Ploy Hotel where we got the last room. Hua Hin is a very popular weekend destination for Bangkokians.
After checking in and freshening up we didn’t need to search for food and beer, it was just next door. Perfect.
After food we went to explore the town and what a busy area it was, we were so lucky to stumble on this part of town as it is the hub of downtown Hua Hin full of shops, bars, and an amazing selction of restaurants. I was already looking forward to our evening meal, whatever it might be.
I bought a lovely black, light cotton shirt at a street stall.
“Lets get dressed up tonight for our last meal on the holiday”, we said together.
Eventually we found ourselves on a road with many restaurants built on stilts out over the sea, all of which advertised fresh seafood. We looked at each other and without a word we knew where we were eating later that night.
There is a road that leads to the fishing pier at one end and at the other end of the beach there were again many restaurants right on the beach. We had a beer at a lovely little bar overlooking the beach area that was packed with people on holiday, people selling ice cream, peanuts, cold drinks and offering horse rides on beautiful arabian looking horses.
As it was our last night of the holiday we decided to treat ourselves and took a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon back with us to drink whilst we were dolling ourselves up for what I felt sure was going to be another fresh fish feast.
And what a feast it was. Lobster, prawns, snapper, deep fried morning glory, beer and a rather cheeky bottle of Chablis all in the most beautiful surroundings sat listening to the sea gently lapping around the stilts the restaurant was built upon, a marvellous last meal.
All that remained was to look around the night market, but we weren’t too enthusiastic being full of fish and knowing we had the last big drive of our amazing holiday to do in the morning.