On our recent trip to Thailand Liz caught me saying things like ‘and then we will go home’ or ‘let’s head home’ in reference to our hotels. We laughed because obviously we were not heading home per say! Home means a lot more to me than just the place where I pay the bills. I know that no matter where I am I have great friends and family that love and support me, I know that my hometown will always be my hometown and I know how awesome traveling the world is! With that in mind and with safety and security as a priority when finding a ‘home’ it can really be anywhere you want it to be.
I think that in order to be a frequent traveler (queue the traveler vs. tourist debate) home really does have to be where your bags are!
Here is a quick review of the places I stayed in Thailand:
CHIANG MAI – Royal Panerai
PROS: At less then $10 a night this six story hotel was a steal! The room was spacious and had a balcony. Everything was clean and the staff were helpful. Good location.
CONS: We were charged quite a lot for early check-in. When we booked it said there was a pool, fitness center and restaurant: there was, but it was at their sister hotel five minutes down the road.
RAILAY WEST – Sand Sea Resort
PROS: They didn’t charge us extra for early check-in. Absolutely beautiful property, two stunning swimming pools and right on the beach. Amazing FREE buffet breakfast. English movie channel and great wifi!
CONS: The pressure in the shower was sometimes non-existent, as in no water. Our bungalow was beside a water feature which attracted mosquitoes and smelled a little off putting. It was one of the most expensive places we stayed.
KOH LANTA – Lanta Pearl Beach Resort
PROS: Right smack dab in the middle Long Beach! Very modern and comfortable bungalows. The owner was absolutely lovely and took care of our every need.
CONS: Pretty bad wifi. No pool (although there are plans to build one by 2017) and every time we swam at Long Beach we were bite by Sea Lice (yes, it is as gross as it sounds). Also on the more expensive side.
PHUKET TOWN – Sino House
PROS: Excellent location for exploring Old Town Phuket. The room was huge! And you get discounts at the attached spa.
CONS: Poor location for exploring the rest of Phuket Island or going to the beach. No swimming pool.
PHUKET – Phuket Airport Villa
PROS: It had the most gorgeous swimming pool! Big and modern bungalows. It is perfect for one night before or after a flight.
CONS: The restaurant was okay but you don’t really have a choice since there isn’t anything else around and it is on the highway.
BANGKOK: White House Asoke
This hotel was NOT photo worthy!
PROS: Location, location, location.
CONS: The room was tiny, there was no art, no lamps, no character, it felt sad. Despite it’s fantastic location it was so hard to find because it doesn’t really have a store front or sign.
BANGKOK: Miracle Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
PROS: Rooftop pool overlooking the runway, enough said… Very quiet considering it’s location. Room service was fast and delicious. Shuttle to the airport at 3am was prefect!
CONS: The carpet in the room was very dirty. I have no concrete evidence to support my claim but the hotel felt a little sketchy.