|Sam Roi Yot – a view of the beach across our resort.
Sam Roi Yot, yes that’s where we went to for our family holiday this Easter break. Not the better known Koh Samui, or Kota Kinabalu, or Hoi Ann or Phnom Pneh, but after all my globe trotting efforts on the web, this small, lazy town which is 256 kms South of Bangkok in Thailand is what I chose, The reasons were fairly clear – I wanted a lazy rested holiday with nothing to do except eat, sleep and breathe and for that a location by the beach works best as I was going with my strapping young lads who have abundant energy and who need something and somewhere to spend that excess, without burning off too much money! The resort was highly recommended by a friend who usually spends a good few weeks there every year with her family. So hotel and flights booked in a span of three days, this holiday felt rested right at the start!
|Bicycling path – Sam Roi Yot
Once that was out of the way, we headed straight for breakfast. It was a decent spread of Thai and Continental dishes, not as lavish as some other ones we’ve had but enough to satiate one’s appetite. That done the kids jumped straight into the pool. A dip in the warm water, it was the kind of temperature that I always like in a pool, I watched the kids go for the hundredth time on the water slide, trying out different positions. Their laughter plus my cup of coffee elevated my mood further and it was then that I observed my beautiful surroundings for the first time. The pretty little cottages side by side, the splash of blue with two decent sized pools and abundant greenery actually made the setting look very relaxing. The happy travelers around me, most were young families with babies and toddlers in tow, the friendly waiters, the long list of cocktails in the menu and a surprise complimentary spa massage given by the hotel for all my unnecessary stress earlier – worked well in setting my mood several notches towards a lighter, happier feeling.
The same day we made new friends at the resort. A Thai-American couple from California who had a little girl and two boys of similar age as mine. After the first shy, awkward moments, the boys hit it off really well. After spending hours in the calm waters of the sea picking up starfish, sand dollars and mini crabs and paddle boating too, we all headed happily back to our rooms to spend some time in the air conditioned interiors soothing our almost burnt skin! The evening was spent taking a walk down the road exploring our neighborhood. “I don’t like this place,” complained my 7-year old. “Where are all the cars and the ‘tuk-tuks’?” I couldn’t believe it! Here I was finally getting peace and quiet away from the maddening crowd and traffic back home and here was my little city-dweller complaining about the lack of noise!
Having spent a frenzied day in the water park, we decided to spend the rest of the holiday in the resort, relaxing by the pool, and did not venture out much. Oh well once I did cross the road to buy a new swimsuit from a kind Thai lady who apparently had walked several miles to sell her wares, and once to get a braid-fix! I love these tiny little braids that the Thais are so good at making. It makes my hair look so different and manageable atleast for a couple of days after.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner were all spent in the little restaurant in the resort overlooking the sea and the pool. The waiters were very friendly and the food delicious and hygienic. I think between the four of us we must have tried out almost every dish in the menu over the five nights spent there. It may sound boring not having anything to-do, but trust me time just flew! The resort had other things to keep us busy and I must say we tried them all! Thai massage, foot massage, spa treatments kept the adults busy, while the open lawn, the playground, the pool of course and a children’s room where kids could watch movies free of charge kept them boys busy and happy. It was such a big change not having to manage schedules, do time checks or rush around seeing this and doing that. One of my best memories from this holiday is a quiet run on the beach early one morning, after watching the sun rise beautifully over the mountains. My cousin who lives in Bangkok did a 6 hour journey along with his girl friend only to come and meet us and spent a night in our paradise, adding to our joy and happiness.
|Just before my jog