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Guest Post: Thailand – Khao Lak and Earthquakes

I was asked if I would be willing to accept a guest post. I definitely am always open to the idea, but of course it has to be something that relates to my passions! I found this Thailand travel piece quite interesting and intriguing. A special guest has written a travel story about his improved warning systems through his experience with earthquakes in Khao Lak!  Here it is:

“I recently returned from a vacation with my family to Thailand. We wanted to escape the cold weather of Europe and I had some vacation time due me. We had never been to Thailand before, so we thought we would stick to the beaten path rather than try some far-flung destination.

We settled upon Khao Lak. I had read about it being near Phuket airport, but being more family-friendly and cheaper than Phuket. We took a flight from Bangkok to Phuket and then hired a taxi to take us the 60 km to the main town of Nang Thong in the Khao Lak. I thought the taxi was a bit expensive, but then I always seemed to get slightly ripped-off when I catch transport from an airport.

We got to Khao Lak Orchid Resort by mid-afternoon. It was a big resort with great facilities. I was surprised at how developed Nang Thong beach was. It seemed full its entire length with businesses. Out hotel was a bit away from the center, and half way to the next beach of Khuk Khak. The less people and the more beach and sea to enjoy uninterrupted is ideal in my opinion.

The hotel staff was helpful. They found us a cot for the baby and introduced us to a babysitter. Nobody spoke perfect English, but enough to make communication of most ideas simple.

The following day we had a relaxing time on the beach. The day after there was an earthquake. We were in the restaurant and could see the table cutlery shake.

It was then that I remembered about the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Hadn’t it hit, here in Khao Lak? My wife started to get worried even though the shaking soon subsided. My reaction was probably wrong. I went towards the beach. I wanted to see the water: a few waves; nothing out of the ordinary.

One of the staff came up to our table in the empty dining room and explained that there had been an evacuation order.

We calmly got the kid and our day bag and got in the back of a taxi and started to drive in land. There was more activity on the streets, but there wasn’t a sense of panic.

We waited a few kilometers inland at a cafe for an hour. There were other people from our hotel waiting there. The general consensus was that the hotel had done a good job of getting everyone evacuated even though it was a false alarm.

I read on the internet the next day that the earthquake had hit in the same place as in 2004 with an intensity over 8, but the quake was shallow and not the type to cause a tsunami.

Over the next few days there were a few aftershocks. I didn’t get worried about these.

Other than the shaking ground I would recommend Khao Lak to anyone with children. The hotel where we stayed had plenty for the kid to enjoy. Moreover, the main town is good for restaurants and shops but doesn’t have a sleazy feel to it like other places in Thailand. My only warning is be aware that it is an earthquake prone area.”

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Romantic, Luxurious, Tropical, Beach Vacations!

Lately I have been really stressed and just thinking about needing a vacation.  My best friends wedding is coming up, and I honestly have no time to myself.  I would love to just take a romantic vacation with my man- but by the time I will have a week to myself, it’s going to be Mid-May; and who wants to take a tropical vacation when the weather is just starting to get nice up in the North!  So here is a little fun piece on beach vacations that have been in my dreams for the last couple of weeks 🙂

If you’re looking for a warm, luxurious escape right before the summer, a tropical beach resort would make an ideal destination. But with so many beautiful beaches around the world, how can you decide which one to visit? Here’s our top five list of beach resorts to escape the cold this winter season.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
For tropical breezes, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine that’s not too far from the west coast, head to Hawaii. There are many beach resorts to choose from, but Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is in a class of its own. The white sandy beach with crystal-clear turquoise water provides the perfect winter respite, and there are a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. There’s world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, and fun water sports – including wind surfing. A pristine national park is right nearby for you to explore, featuring a dormant volcano.

The Tuscany in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Tuscany Resort sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales. This small resort has only 30 exclusive suites, and each one is located right on the beach with its own private patio. If you can possibly tire of looking at the picturesque landscape outside your door, consider a game of tennis, golf, go horseback riding, caving, fishing, or parasailing.

Six Senses Soneva Kiri on Kood Island, Thailand
Wintertime is the best time of year to visit the exotic Land of Smiles, and the best place to stay is Soneva Kiri. There are several styles of lavish suites and rooms to choose from with sweeping views of the bay, many with private infinity pools. Each booking includes the use of an electric cart with which to explore the island, where you’ll discover stunning remote waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. The resort is also home to Six Senses Spa, voted Traveller’s World Magazine’s Best Spa (2011). Indulge yourself in a variety of massage and beauty treatments – you’ll forget that winter even exists.


Waldorf Astoria Maldives
This amazing resort is located on the northernmost island in the Maldives. If your dream of a winter escape includes views of the most beautiful ocean landscape imaginable, then Waldorf Astoria Maldives should be your destination. Luxurious water villas are built right over the sea, complete with private infinity pools, and glass floors so you can watch the tropical fish dancing beneath you. Swim from your room to the Great Barrier Reef, or go deep sea fishing. There’s also tennis, water sports, a Waldorf Astoria Kids’ Club, and even a bungee trampoline.

Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy
If you’re yearning for a trip to Europe, book a room at Hotel Splendido in Portofino this winter. Many of Europe’s wealthiest families flock to this resort on holiday, and it’s easy to see why. These beautiful villas offer picturesque views of the harbor filled with yachts, and you’ll find an array of shopping, bars, and nightclubs to keep you entertained until the wee hours. Originally a private palace, this estate is located within the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the perfect luxury resort for melting away all your winter blues.

Live – Laugh – Love – Travel

AJ

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