We stayed at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. It sits majestically within its own private bay, called Pai Plong Bay. The resort has a direct beach front location of 500 meters in length, with stunning views of verdant limestone formations and an extensive expanse of beautiful pristine white sands lapped by crystal clear waters.
|Outside the Resort Lobby|
|View from our room|
|Comfy King Bed|
|Room size is good|
|The private beach right in front of the resort|
Besides spending most of our time at the private beach, we took up quite a number of fun-filled activities organised by the resort like Thai boxing, Yoga, Kayaking.
|Art work on the sand by the tiny crabs|
|Roasting in progress...|
|Don't mess with the girl!|
As the resort is on a private bay, the only way out to the nearby Ao Nang beach and tourist area is by the resort speed boat. However, there is a fixed schedule and you have to make booking in advance due to limited seats. Most of the time, we would rather take the more adventurous route via the Monkey Trail - A 10-15 min walk over rickety wooden steps to Ao Nang. It was an experience!
|The Monkey Trial experience...|
|... with lots of Monkeys along the way|
|Ao Nang Beach... At the end of the Monkey Trial|
|Sunset at Ao Nang Beach|
|A wedding ceremony by the beach...|
Food at the resort was expensive and nothing to shout about. However, you can find the freshest seafood here at Ao Nang and we had lots of them... yummy!
|Seafood at Ao Nang.. You can FEEL the freshness...|
|Seafood at Ao Nang Seafood Street|
|Dinner at Ban Lay Seafood Restaurant, Ao Nang|
|This was our best dinner... at Phra Nang Kitchen along Ao Nang Beach|
|It was a feast!|
|Lunch at Dragon Bar|
|Tom Yum Kung|
|Mango with sticky rice|
|Thai Dinner Buffet at the Resort|
Ao Nang is busy but hasn’t lost that laid back, friendly small-town feel; it is developed but still retains its original beauty and charm.
|Line of small boats parked along the Pier|
|"Tuk Tuk" waiting for passengers|
|Ao Nang Night Market|
Of course we ended everyday with bottle of wine in our room. For this trip, we bought 3 bottles of red and 1 white from the Airport DFS. As we filled our days with back-to-back activities, we were all very tired at the end of every day. Wifey and I struggled to keep ourselves awake to last the whole wine session :p.
The wine for the trip, in order:
|B&G French Tom 2008 Bordeaux|
|Terrazas Malbec 2008 Argentina|
|Rheinhessen 2009... A German Riesling... Fruity and mildly sweet|
|Chateau La Hourcade 2005 Medoc|
|We had this Almond Liquor at the Club in the resort... Nice almond aroma with a smooth finishing.|