The Key Resort and Spa Patong

The Key Resort and Spa

The Key Resort and Spa is about a 5-10 minute walk from Patong Beach in Phuket. It’s center piece is the large lagoon which is surrounded on three sides by the hotel accomodation. For the first few hours in the morning it’s in shade. Though by about 10 a.m. the sunloungers are in the sun and then the rest of the pool by about noon. On the roof of one of the buildings is the popular Sky lounge where you can enjoy the sunset while sipping cocktails. Just to the left of the hotel, as you face the sea, is Bangla Road, which doubles as the popular Walking Street at night.

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Wan Lai Bangsaen Songkran Festival

Wan Lai Bangsaen Festival

The Wan Lai Bangsaen Festival takes place a few days after Songkran. People in this area of Chonburi Province are descendants of the Mon and they celebrate Songkran later than the rest of the country. The highlight for the Bangsaen festival is the sand pagodas that are built on the beach on the first day of the festival. It is traditional in temples all around the country to make merit by building sand pagodas. In Bangsaen the local people build both gigantic and beautiful sand pagodas.

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Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

The Hyatt Regency in Hua Hin is the only hotel along this stretch of coastline that has as much as 250 meters of beach front. I’ve stayed here twice so far and have always enjoyed my visits. The grounds are very extensive as is the large pool and winding river. There is also a big water slide. As you can see from the aerial photos, there are many trees and shady areas on this property. It’s easy to find a quiet spot. The beach is also quiet as it is further south of the main stretch.

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Railay Beach

Railay Beach

Railay beach in Krabi is divided into two sections, east and west. West Railay is the mor popular side as it provides visitors with peace and quiet with a broad sandy beach surrounded by high limestone cliffs. The beaches, despite being on the mainland, are only accessiblew by boats. The limestone cliffs are popular with rock climbers.

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