Heather's Thairy

Heather's journey to Bangkok, Thailand: a year of adventure!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Driving Miss Heather

Alisa, Ryan, Shandi (Ryan's friend) and I went to Hua Hin with other staff members this weekend. We rented motorcycles on Saturday and headed to the national park that is about 40 km away from Hua Hin. It is an easy, straightforward drive on wide roads with little traffic.
Hua Hin is a beach town that I have been to a few times now. I didn't realize the sort of landscape that surrounds Hua Hin: it is very surprising how the land changes as you drive South!
Our first stop was a temple that is nestled among huge rocky cliffs. The scenery is spectacular.

From this point, you can take short boat tours around a canal system that explores the mountainous area. It costs 100 baht a person and lasts about an hour; it is very peaceful and relaxing. We saw some interesting birds and some kind of amphibian that reminded me of mudskippers, though I'm not sure what they were.

After that, we drove to a lookout point that provides a 360 panoramic view of the area. I was lazy and didn't hike all the way to the top, but the view from partway was really nice too.

Some of the plants were really interesting, too: there were several types of cacti around, which was sort of weird to see right next to a palm tree.

Our last stop was a beach, which was practically deserted and covered in seashells. A stark contrast to the hustle and bustle business of the beach in Hua Hin, it was nice to wind down the day sitting in a gazebo and enjoying the view.

Saturday night we went out for Indian food and I had a fairly early bedtime, being sort of exhausted from the day's activities. Sunday I spent a bit of time on the beach and headed back to Bangkok in the early afternoon. It's nice that there are such interesting places close to home to make for action-packed weekends.
One final note: Alisa is famous!

Until next time,


  • At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Mom said…

    Hi Heather,
    Say how come Alisa got the star treatment and not you? Poo-Poo said to tell you she loves all of your pictures and she feels like she has travelled to all these great places along with you. Love, Mom


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