The plane left Heathrow on time (9.45pm) and the flight was excellent. EVA operates brand new 777s with the latest entertainment technology, we could choose to watch videos, etc. when we wished, and we all had personal screens. This meant Sarah and Jamie were occupied for the entire flight, even Sue and I managed to watch a couple of films in between eating and sleeping.
We flew into the new Bangkok airport (as it was built in a swamp it is beginning to sink) and I must admit I preferred the old version. We had to queue for ages to get through passport control, something we never had to do in the past. We had a mini-bus to ourselves for the journey south to Cha ‘am, with the journey taking half an hour longer as the airport is on the opposite side of Bangkok. Anyway, we played ‘I spy’ for 3hrs, with one stop for the loo and ice cream.
We are staying in a chalet on the hotel grounds, quite large, very quiet, and peaceful, all we could hear is the little brats next door (Jamie and Sarah!). We have stayed at this hotel for the last 8 years (I think) and have been in most of the room types over the years, but Sarah and I think this is the best, Jamie and Sue are still making up their minds.
So far we have done very little but eat, sleep, walk and talk. We have met quite a few friends from past years, unfortunately, Sarah’s friend Charlotte left on the following day that we arrived, but her grandparents are still here (I am looking forward to getting old, one day, and then I can send the grandchildren home!!!!!)
We have all managed a massage from the ladies on the beach, I must be getting relaxed because I nearly fell asleep. Today we had a walk to one of our favourite eating places and then had a dip in the pool before thrashing through the waves for half an hour on jetskis, the sea was calm so it was more fast than exciting. It is low season and the resort is very quiet, from past visits we are used to the peace and solitude, but this year seems exceptional.
One evening, we were talking to Wan (she owns a local restaurant), she is Sarah’s favourite Thai and keeps cats and dogs. Sarah has been friends with her since she was 9yrs old and she remarked that this is the quietest she has ever seen business. We are surprised as there is a lot of money being spent on developing the area, with a lot of building work being done. I shall have a trip into Hua Hin tomorrow and arrange for a car, and then we can go and visit our old haunts and see what has changed (if anything).