Over the border into Thailand

We had a long day of travel to get over the border into Thailand – firstly a bus that took us to the border in Cambodia (and averaged 30km an hour over 6 hours…extremely bumpy roads!) then a mini van to Trat, and then another mini van to Rayong.  There, our day’s travel was rewarded with a happy reunion with our awesome friends Claire and Doug and their daughter Olivia, as well as Reuben’s sister Sacha. This merry gang had come down from where they live in Chiang Mai to play on the beach for a week with us, which we were very happy about!

 

Sach, Olivia, Claire and Doug
Sach, Olivia, Claire and Doug at Pattaya

 

We stayed at a lovely apartment half an hour’s drive outside of Rayong and spent a wonderful week relaxing there.  We ate a lot of food, played Settlers of Catan, swam in the big swimming pool, visited the rather sleazy town of Pattaya for an afternoon, went on a crazy sea biscuit ride at the beach and took a day trip to the nearby island of Koh Samet.  This was a lot of fun – we went on a one hour boat ride from Rayong, jumped on a Songthaew and got off at a beautiful beach where we swam, ate lunch, got massages and relaxed – lots of fun for a day out!  From Rayong we drove back to Chiang Mai – a long day’s drive with the highlight being our midmorning stop at IKEA Bangkok, where Reuben finally got to try his Swedish meatballs!  (the last two times we had visited an IKEA it has been at the wrong time of day and they weren’t serving them, so this was an exciting find!)

 

The stunning beach at Koh Samet
The stunning beach at Koh Samet

 

Doug and Olivia swimming
Doug and Olivia swimming

 

Fun times on the beach
Fun times on the beach

 

At the ferry terminal on Koh Samet
At the ferry terminal on Koh Samet

 

The lovely Claire and Sacha
The lovely Claire and Sacha

 

A tired Olivia on the boat
A tired Olivia on the boat

 

Swedish meatballs at last!
Swedish meatballs at last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire says:

    Perhaps my favourite post so far… because you finally got to us (we were very patient!) Love you guys!

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  2. Aunty Moira says:

    Awesome to see you all together !

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  3. Sacha Olson says:

    Yeah!!! Good times peeps! Thanks for meeting us for a fun break at the beach. It was a wonderful rest….well except for the fact that all of us got sick except for you two.

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  4. Kate says:

    Looks like so much fun! Glad you guys all got to hang out together ❤

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  5. Mum Bunn says:

    Koh Samet looks stunning! Looks like you all had lots of fun.
    But I would give those swedish meatballs a miss…

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