When we were planning our trip to Thailand we did a lot of research as to what kind of activities could be done, what places to visit and what to eat. I found tons of articles on pinterest about the do’s and don’ts, what to pack and where to go. I noticed a lot of hype about visiting the temples, apparently they are very beautiful and have a very calming affect on its visitors. But, with all due respect to all the temple lovers out there we didn’t visit a single temple there 🙈🙈 you see, we live in a desert, and all our city has to offer when it comes to entertainment is malls, and if the weather is good you can have a picnic in the garden or the zoo in the afternoon and that’s about it. So the idea of visiting and roaming around more buildings wasn’t very appealing to us, God knows we do that enough here. All we wanted to do was jump in the pools and have as much water fun as we could. So, on our second day we went to Hua Hin’s famous water park yay!
We got up early and got ready. Me and hubby dearest decided to skip breakfast and have a heavy lunch afterwards *yep! We were that excited 😀*
1. while travelling you might have to skip some meals, while we adults can handle it, it’s just a little too much for our little ones. We came prepared though, we packed this little guy right here:
It was such a life saver!! With this little guy here all we had to find was some milk and bananas *which wasn’t so difficult * and use some sugar sachet which were already provided in the room and boom! A healthy and filling banana shake is ready!!
2. While water park means bikini for some, but since I’m a Muslim and I observe pardah (it’s basically the practice among Muslims of keeping women apart and women covering themselves while they go out) I had put together a ‘pool outfit’ that covered me properly, it was basically tights and a long sleeved t-shirt with a knee length top, I covered my head too. It did got me some weird looks and I looked very out of place, but whatever makes you comfy right?
We hopped on our bikes and we were off, it was so refreshing with the wind, the lovely weather and half-sleepy town you can’t help but just smile all the way ☺….
But the party had already begun at the Vana Nava water park, though the town’s shops stay closed till 10 in the morning, the water park was pretty crowded considering it was just half past ten. Anyways, we got our wristbands and instructions from the nice girl on the counter and headed in… I gotta say the locals really know how to make tourist feel welcome here, they are always smiling, I love how they greet us with ‘sawadika’ (hello in Thai) in their sing-song accent, they are just so patient and go out of their way to make us feel comfortable.
There is a small shop between the ticket counter and the water park, one has to walk through the shop in order to enter the park itself… The shop is filled with stuff one might need at the pool..shirts, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, tubes and some sovieniers *of course they are very expensive and that was very smart last-minute-purchases move.*
We beelined to the locker room and were greeted by a very friendly lady who showed us the lockers, in a few minutes we were ready to jump into the pool.. Yay!! Just look at the pictures:
It was so amazing and beautiful… There were lifeguards everywhere who made sure we follow all the rules and watch over us. The pools itself were very clean.. There was a wave pool, a kiddie pool *which was so cool it made me wish I was a kid 😊* a lazy pool and a pool where we ‘land’ after slides which was kept empty save for two life guards who are there to catch you and avoid any accidents after sliding into the pool… ☺ all in all it was very well maintained and appealing.
It was the first water park experience for daughter dearest so naturally, she was fussy in the beginning but she settled down after a while. Soon she got the hang of floating of water and loved it 😊
Since you couldn’t leave your kid in the pool unsupervised we took turns going to the slides. It was perfect! Their weren’t any long lines on the slides so you could have loads of slides in just half an hour as long as you don’t get tired from climbing up the stairs with a tube*I did 😆* though I did missed hubby dearest it made me remember how we took all those rides on our honeymoon in Malaysia together without any care 💖*there were long lines though 😜* oh well, parenting is a 24/7 job without any vacations *sigh*
It was a fun filled day for us 🙂 when we began to feel hungry and tired we had a quick shower in the locker room area… And oh my! the shower area was in such perfect condition *the water park I visited in Malaysia wasn’t so impressive* everything was neat, clean and in perfect order, every shower room was stocked with shampoo and liquid soap, there was also a hairdryer plugged in with a comb.. And a whole basket of new packed combs… *so thoughtful*
you know sometimes, it’s the little things that counts, you might be thinking ‘oh she is gushing over every little thing’ but I think these minor details are what tells how considerate are they of our needs 🙂
I take long showers 🙊so by the time I showered and got ready LO was so sleepy! Poor thing went to sleep as soon as we got on the bike, so we dropped the heavy lunch program and had a couple of cocunuts from a street hawker and it was just heaven 💞 drinking cocunut water on such a humid day is just so thirst quenching!! I think the sole reason hubby dearest was excited to visit Thailand was cocunuts.. He just loves em so much!!
So anyways we got back to our room and just chilled there until LO woke up and then we were off to a nice halal restaurant nearby by the name of Mooz. The food was simply delicious and the chocolate mud cake was just delectable… Yum!!
The chatsila market is a popular night market here. We headed there after dinner. Roaming around markets and finding cool stuff at cheap prices is my idea of a good time 😀😀 we even tried crepes there… I found them a little too sweet 😐
The market was a bikini heaven, so much variety!!! Obviously, modest clothing was hard to find… Just found one cute t-shirt and an adorable frock for LO 💟
We had to leave early in the morning for Koh Samui and we were feeling tired as well so we returned to our hotel returned the bike and hit the hay. And that wrapped up our stay at peaceful hua hin.
Have you ever been to Hua hin? I would love to know about the places you visited, do let me know about it in the comments section below… Till then…