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Posted by - ® Carolyn on May 18, 2006 at 6:57 am:
In Reply to: Hi Carolyn posted by RB2 on May 17, 2006 at 7:36 pm:
I have to say when I went to Thailand in November I enjoyed it, though the space and relaxation wasn't there. There was a lack of good quality villas so we booked the Evason hotel at Hua Hin. I don't think I'd rush back there. Would definitely consider a villa holiday there if they could lift the game. We looked extensively and there were only villas in main tourist areas around Phuket and Koh Samui. Very few villas were up to the standard available in Bali. Most villas have maid service every 2-3 days and we love Angkasa where you are served an amazing breakfast (muesli - home made, corn cakes, bacon and avocado, fresh toast and jam) each day. When you roll away from the breakfast tables rooms are serviced, pool towels are out and the sun is shining and there's nothing to do all day but relax without the intrusion of other guests.
I guess it depends what you want. We were really just after some R&R and that's exactly what we got. Our friends, first timers to Bali (and Asia), were shocked at Kuta and the massive push down there from local operators. They found the persistence of some overwhelming - nothing new.
I am still definintely searching the Thai travel sites for a similar experience, also Fiji, but for now Angkasa certainly takes the cake.
I agree that some of the shine has been taken from Bali. I guess the terrorists have made their point loud and clear and there was definitely tension when we were out. My friend who got married was keen to go out and party and I was not prepared to do this, and she withdrew when we were driving around past bomb sites - was very sobering. Several sites just look sleepy and quiet. I was even edgy leaving the airport with the images of the Bali 9 running through my head, even though we had nothing to fear. I guess it will take a lot of time to clear that.
In the meantime the numbers are coming from elsewhere and the tourist industry is creeping back to normal. I applaud those who can look away from all that has happened.
The wedding was perfect. I would definitely do this again in Bali. The intimacy and the warmth was unforgettable.
Hope you have a lovely holiday in Thailand - would love to hear back about your experience etc.