A Relaxing Getaway In Hua Hin

Thailand’s Hua Hin is famous for its laid-back culture, something which even I felt when I landed there after a three-hour journey from Bangkok. I wanted to spend some quality time there but I had very little time on my hands to relax.

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After enjoying Hua Hin’s famous sandy beaches, I headed to Khao Takiab, courtesy Google map. Khao Takiab is a small village quite famous for seaside restaurants and pretty beaches that include Hat Takiap, Suan Son and Khao Tao.

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On top of Khao Takiab hill, one can enjoy monkey mountain or Chopstick hill where Wat Khao Lad temple is situated. It is popularly known as the monkey temple because many monkeys inhabit the place. On your way to the hill, you will come across a huge and impressive 20 metre high Buddha statue overlooking the sea. Using staircase one can easily reach the mountain.

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The top of the mountain offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. From Hua Hin, Khao Takiab can be easily and quickly reached. I hired a tuk tuk from the downtown Hua Hin to reach there. Have you been to Hua Hin ?

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Win A Luxurious Stay In Sri Lanka

Here is a golden opportunity to win two hotel stays worth £1,800 in Sri Lanka, courtesy suitcasemag.com

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Goa’s Gorgeous Butterfly Beach

It was my birthday and I wanted to explore a lesser-known beach of Goa. A tea-stall owner, who served me copious amount of tea in the morning, suggested me to visit Butterfly beach, which I instantly accepted. Some fisherman in Agonda offered to take me around that beach for a sum of Rs2,000, which I politely declined. My good Samaritan, the tea-stall owner, guided me to reach that place. It was May – a typical hot and humid Goan weather.

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I rented a scooter and set off my journey towards the beach. After driving 1-2 kilometres on a deserted stretch with no one in sight except vast forests as company, I began to have fear of losing my way and exactly that happened. I lost my path. With no sign boards and people to assist in finding direction, this was bound to happen.

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The roads were terrible. While randomly driving, I saw a jeep full of people. I told them about my destination and sought their help in finding my way. They happily asked me to follow them, as they too were heading towards the same beach.

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After driving few kilometres I finally reached the beach. The turquoise water quickly erased my pain caused due to my tortuous drive to the beach. Other than me there were couple of travelers, who soon left the area. I was left all alone, lounging on the beach and soaking up the sun, which was nothing less than pure bliss. After spending around 1-1/2 hours, I left the place. While returning I took a wrong turn and again lost the path. However, somehow I managed to reach my hotel.

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When Bangkok Surprises You

With a hot and humid weather, I had no option but to search for a place full of greenery. During my online search, Google suggested me a nearby place called Santichaiprakan Park, which is close to Khao San road.

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The park impressed me after an overview and I decided to visit the place.

I approached a tul tuk guy and paid him 40 bhat.

Located on Phra Athit road, Santichaiprakan Park is full of greenery, though not big in terms of area.

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One can fully explore the park in just 20 minutes.

The park, situated in the eastern part of Chao Phraya River, offers some scintillating views of the sunset.

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And near the vicinity of the park one can find beautiful Phra Sumen Fort, which was constructed during the end of the 18th century to protect the city from foreign invasions.

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While returning from this place I stumbled upon a cute coffee shop and had some nice warm coffee.

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