Last post I mentioned that Hua Hin and Santorini Park were not worth a visit. Amidst all of the reviews which we realised were overrated, you could really do with a little bit of excitement though (no thrill rides, sorry to disappoint for adrenaline junkie!). Get away from the busy and over populated city of Bangkok!
Hua Hin is about 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Bangkok. There are a few travel options for you to choose – by bus, train or flight. We went by Grab Taxi. The convenience of Grab, I know!
To start with, breakfast by the street. We googled for halal food joints and found a few but located quite a distance from our hotel. We walked for about 15 minutes before reaching the place. A little exploration as we walked.
It was scorching hot in Hua Hin and we were not dressed for the beach cause we never intended to stay there long. There were pretty horses for ride at the entrance.
We took a stroll along the beach. It was supposed to be calming but I spent more time meddling with my camera actually. My lense just had to fail on me, out of all time! 😓 So, I had to find the right setting and doing it under the hot sun really got me on my nerves. I really wished I had brought along a point to shoot camera instead. Pfft!
There were resorts and villas facing the beach but most of it were empty, not many patrons on the beach. I can count the number of people sun bathing with my hands.
Not long after we left, it started to drizzle and we took shelter at Hua Hin Market Village.
The road along Hua Hin reminded me of Bali and Mui Ne. Or maybe all of the roads to the beach were built to look like that? Freshened up and the rain finally stopped so we head out and asked the tuk tuk how much it would cost to drive us to Satorini Park. The first two drivers we asked charged us 120 baht to Santorini Park while the third offered to take us to Santorini Park and The Swiss Sheep Farm for 200 baht round trip for one person. So be smart to ask around before hopping on the tuk tuk.
To our dismay, it started to rain heavily when we reached Santorini Park. The theme park was not closed but the rides were. Only the indoor games were available. And it was kinda confusing how they charge for every entry. For example, you bought yourself a pass to enter the park. Then, to go on a ride, you’d need to pay with the pass you got and some rides may require additional tickets or you’d have to pay cash on top of it. We wouldn’t be keen if the rides were opened.
Since my camera failed on me, I couldn’t get a pretty picture of the Ferris Wheel at the entrance.
We were given an hour by our driver but because it was so bored, we left early. Have you been to Santorini Park? Tell me your experience below.
The Swiss Sheep Farm didn’t have much to offer either but thank goodness the rain stopped so we had our chance to feed the sheeps. Since it was only November, they hadn’t remove their Halloween props. Kudos to their Halloween decorations.
Apparently, every visitors who interacted with the sheeps had their pictures taken.
If you don’t wish to buy the photo which comes with a frame, you are allowed to take a photo of it. Too bad they didn’t sell just the photo. I would have gotten it otherwise.
Another long journey back to Bangkok City by the minivan. Took us so much longer than expected. I don’t remember how much we paid for the van but I know it was cheap! Howver, it took us longer than expected. There was one stop for toilet break and multiple stops to pick and drop people off. I remembered reading somewhere on trip advisor that the van rides cost them somewhat 120 – 150 baht. And it was an express ride. Guess we should have checked on that before boarding. Lesson learnt.
Later, there was a small confusion about the drop off due to language barrier but was saved by a local who could speak basic english. She guided us to our next destination. Thank you for kind people!
The van dropped us off at an MRT station and then we had to make the switch to BTS and head over to Saphan Taksin. Take the exit to the Central Pier and take a boat to the Asiatique Mall. You could go the easier way by just flagging a cab there.
For easy navigations and references, you can refer to the BTS and MRT map which looks like this.
Or you can just easily get it off the internet.
I found Asiatique Mall to be a food heaven. We were surrounded by food trucks, restaurants, bars and cafes. I would love to walk around for a bit more but my legs were screaming for help! It’d been two days straight we spent walking from dawn to dusk! That must have been my calling! Time to do more exercise. Ah, maybe I do have a resolution after all. 😂
We took our exit and bought ourselves dinner by the road side. There was a halal chicken rice food truck and the famous banana pancake with nutella! Or it was really just prata with banana and drizzles of nutella and condensed milk. I’m not a fan of nutella but if you’re in Bangkok, you can’t miss their banana pancake!
Well, it’s been quite a lengthy post for just a day out, guess I’ll keep the rest of our story for another post.