This is my first post as i have now got over the jetlag and christmas .My wife will be hunting for her laptop i have it in my den normally it is strapped to her side inseperable.
I arrived in Khao Lak in November and to my favourite hotel Le Meridien my home from home for three weeks.I must thank my wife first for packing my case and making all the arangements as she spends many hours planning my holiday for me and sends me with a notebook packed full of where to go and what to do even down to the restaurants to visit.
My favourite room at the Le Meridien was soon sorted for me as i had been allocated one in the family wing nothing wrong with that but as i am alone i prefer the Le Spa Wing . Top marks to the Concierge on the ball as usual shame he will be leaving in mid January you really will be missed my room was soon sorted.
It was nice to see so many staff still there sadly some had departed to do other things. I love the friendliness of this hotel staff will go out of their way to make your stay so special. I was alone but never felt alone.
My favourite restaurant was the Boatyard which my wife said i had to try. I went with some thai friends it was also their first visit here and it is now their favourite also anybody going just has to have the prawns in Garlic Sauce it is so delicious all the food is and the monk fish in chili suce wonderfull.It is only open untill 19.00hrs but next high season 2009 should be open throughout the evening as a new hotel is opening up there which will make this place more accessable in the evening.
I aslo went to old favourites like Jai's Everyday House for the inside out fish and of course Rim Lay
I had a fantastic seafood meal arrangd by Preecha at the Le Meridien assistant food and beverage manager this was out of this world i had a mussel sea food soup, followed by crab, lobster , prawns and sole in an aniseed sauce with salads it was a gastronomic delight. Preecha you excelled yourself.
Trips i went on plenty i loved the trip to Chiowan Lan Lake with www.khaolaktours.info . This was so different i was picked up it was a personal privte tour with my own tour guide and driver i felt like a celebrity i have to thank the wife for arranging also the driver called Ken and Li my guide who stayed with me all day explaining history and culture and telling me about all the places on the way. I have to say what fabulous scenery so beautifull it was magical we went to the caves, jungle walking,canoeing ,tubing it was breathtaking. I must say being a 5 star man i was glad to go back to my hotel at night the rafthouse woild not have been for me my wife knows me well.
I also did the Surin Island trip with Kuraburi Greenview travel and this is well worth it. A little tip is to not snorkel on your own but ask one of the guys on the boat to show you the best spots i did and saw black reef tipped sharks this was amazing i raved about it for days along with other marine life.I was only sorry my wife could not share the experience due to our dog who nrarly pined away last year when he was left in kennels.We both feel dogs are for life hence the now seperate holidays.
I also one day took a bicycle and went to Takua Pa nearly killed me going all that way on a bike . I also went to Bangsak and had a look at the prawn farm just past there.Went to the water falls in the area and the nationl park.Most days went kayaking up and down the coast good job Mrs was not with me as for the first two weeks loads of jelly fish she would have freaked out in the sea as usually accident prone she would have been swimming with them.
I have to say for anybody thinking of going to Khao Lak that has never been go for it because it is a fantastic place and the people are so friendly. I shall be back there in a few weeks time but a message to my wonderfull wife when i come home it is then your turn you introduced me to Khao Lak and thank you for giving up your holiday so i could go there is not many like you you are one in a million.
I would also like to thank all the staff at the Meridien for making my stay so special you all went the extra mile and i look forward to my return.