Nov 21

2014 Summer Holiday

Had a very enjoyable 4 week break this summer. We visited Thailand, staying at some old favourites, plus visited some new places. The Lebua Hotel in Bangkok is just a delightful place to stay. Once again I couldn’t fault anything about our visit and will definitely be returning first chance we have! Likewise, the Sunrise Tropical Resort in Krabi is like an old friend – I never tire of going back.

This time we also visited Koh Tao, Koh Nangyuan and Koh Samui on the eastern side of the Thai peninsula. Loved the place we stayed in Koh Tao – The Thipwimarn Resort. And Koh Nangyuan was really nice. Our 4 days there flew by and I think we will definitely be heading back there again one day.

We also made our first visit to Sri Lanka this trip. After stopping just the one night in Colombo at the Cinnamon Grand (another lovely hotel), we caught the train up to Kandy – an interesting experience, although not quite as nice as I was expecting. A couple nights in Kandy, then travelled by road to the Back of Beyond eco-lodge at Dehigaha Ela. Very rustic (the rooms don’t even have walls!), but very enjoyable. We also travelled by road to Sigiriya, Girithale and Pinnawala. At the latter we could watch the elephants bathe from our hotel window.

Finally, we spent a few days in the Maldives – a country I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time, since we live so close. Beautiful beaches, good snorkelling. A great way to finish off the trip.