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Old Dec 8th, 2016, 10:31 PM
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Yes tons more shops incl a huge one on the ground floor near the old exihibitation space.

Even a veteran bkk goer gets ripped off: our taxi asked for flat fee of 400B for ride to BITEC today and I agreed as he would pay highway toll too. DUH-- 150 B on the return in heavy traffic..

Bought only a few items--- interestingly K feels prices are the same at the outlet, only they have way less to choose from.

Dinner was in the hotel last night... simple satay gai for me and Caesar salad for K.

Tonight it may be Italian at L'Opera on soi 23 ?

Tomorrow at 11 a car will come for us and deliver us to the new Marriott in Hua Hin. I need to make up Carol's bed for her arrival shortly.


Benita--we keep saying "benita will like this... B will like that" as we drive by places...
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Old Dec 8th, 2016, 11:43 PM
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It's soi 39, my mistake....it is fabulous
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 06:40 AM
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That is interesting that the sale at BITEC isn't better than the outlet. I've always been disappointed that we haven't been in Bangkok for the sale. Now I don't need to be disappointed.

We have never eaten at L'Opera in Bangkok, but did eat at the one in Yangon.
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 07:25 AM
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What is BITEC? Haha its all that traveling with Peter that made you weak when confronting those Bangkok taxi drivers. We loved L'Opera...wish we were there

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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 10:21 AM
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Thank you for even thinking of me. Trust me, I am hanging on to every word you write. Every morning I hop on Fodor's to see what goodie you might have left!
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Old Dec 9th, 2016, 11:38 AM
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Bob and Karen...my best wishes on your Big 50. More to come!

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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 05:12 AM
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L'Opera was magnificent as usual. It is an old fashioned Italian place with great food, great friendly service and a candlelit atmosphere.

My ravioli with boar Ragusa to die for. No fusion here.

Our driver came for us at 11 this AM. 2500 B for one way to Hua Hin in an SUV...3.5 hours-- yuck, but comfortable.

The new Hua Hin Marriott is very nice. Located directly on the beach with several pools and a lagoon type pool. We were upgraded to a pool access room, which means you step right off your deck into the lagoon.

We had a simple meal in their Amber restaurant tonight. Mango and sticky rice for dessert, of course. Benita, wait till our try this!!!

We plan 6 days of total relaxation while here.

It was a bit sad to drive by the former king's favorite palace here today--wondering if anyone will use it again???

We plan to visit a restaurant here that Pook (Hanuman) has suggested to us-- you know it will be good-- Italian.
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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 01:26 PM
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What do you mean rice and mango for dessert-how about having it for the entire meal. Remember, dessert first. Boar?? That would be a new taste for me.
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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 01:45 PM
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Tell us about the new Marriott in Hua Hin... Is it a new building or did they remodel an older hotel? Where is it located? Is it close to the lovely old Sofitel?
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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 11:01 PM
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Kathie-- it, the hotel, is in the exact same location, but totally new except for the two buildings at sea front, but they look totally new as well, but gov't said they must remain cause they are too close to ocean for current rules. The blogs are "low rise", mostly 3-4 stories.
I just came from the large lovely adults only pool smackdab in the center of the property. The bldgs are in a "U" shape with pools and a large lawn in the middle. There are lots of green plantings, some older tall trees and lots of 15' hedge dividers.

There are lots of kids here. Don't know if that is the norm, but this is a holiday weekend. There is a big kids club, a pool for them, a water slide and some other kid friendly areas, like a tree house.

There is a lounge chair area along the sea front set up in stadium platforms, which is nice. There Is a seaside bar and a fish restaurant by the sea.

Not sure kathie if this is the place for you?

Our room is very nice, comfortable, with a terrace with direct access to the lagoon---way smaller lagoon than at Khao Lak.

Food seems very very good and the pastry is the best we have had in Thailand (paying attention Peter?).

HH seems to have continued to grow. The road from bkk has been much improved, but it still takes 3 hours to get here.

The hotel colors are pleasing-- greys, cocoa browns, white with pops of color here and there. Few if any flowers. Lots of bamboo, willows and shrubs they are training as archways and topiary.

Benita-- one very common dessert is a 1/2 a mango, sliced, and served with a good portion of sticky rice with a sweet coconut milk reduction and pine nuts on top.......fantastic.

Btw, as I told you, not a snake to be seen!!!!!

We asked the tailor about custom made dresses and she said the price starts at 800 B--- about $ 25... that seems too cheap, let me ask K what she said....

Think about a January date to come down to lunch-- bring Ali and whoever... K will show you jewelry and clothes she has made and other junk...


K is at the pool all day today. We just had lunch at the adult pool--- we shared a chicken roll up and K had a coke and I had a strawberry/raspberry smoothie. Maybe $20..

The maid left a great little elephant on our bed today, made from towels.

Because we are Marriott platinum and know the director of rooms here, we are greeted by name often. People come by all the time and ask if we need anything, etc.... It is nice to be known nd appreciated for our loyality. Carol, they are already practicing for your gala arrival. They have never had a 1Ker and platinum at the same time.

We plan to hang out until Friday, doing not much of anything. We will visit a restaurant or two Pook has suggested, but other than that just relax
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Old Dec 10th, 2016, 11:19 PM
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Boar is a ham like meat, which they chop and shred. It is mild and makes a rich sauce taste when combined with tomato sauce. Send Will down Maine to shoot one and Ali can experiment with it for you.

K just came in the tailor said dresses start at 600, so neither of us have this right. That may just be tailoring costs if you bring your own fabric which we often do--- from Jim thompson.
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Old Dec 11th, 2016, 01:37 AM
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Kathie...the adult pool is very nice and private. The pool guys do a good job keeping families and kid out of there. As Bob said the area is surrounded by a high hedge, but it does not prevent the shreeks of kids reaching there. This is a Thai holiday, so there might be an inordinate amount of families with small children here now.

There also is no club here. We do get breakfast and 1 hr of drinks(6-7) from a limited menu. There was no wine on the list, but after some phone calls I did get some.

Food has been good so far. Had. Nice long walk down the beach this am toward the Hilton.
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Old Dec 11th, 2016, 07:25 AM
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Thanks, Bob and Karen for the info.
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Old Dec 11th, 2016, 04:05 PM
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Headed for the big fish restaurant last night at the seafront, but after looking at the menu decided to stay in the beach bar.

We shared sashimi nachos and the most wonderful tuna lab-- quite hot (spicy) as it is meant to be. A unique take on laab using raw chopped tuna--we loved it. We each had a lime tart for dessert-- tasted like key lime pie. Small but satisfying meal.

Looking forward to another big breakfast this AM.

I forgot to say that yesterday's lunch was at the adult pool where we shared a chicken wrap and fries.
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Old Dec 11th, 2016, 07:05 PM
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Just so you know---we are eating tons of the best pineapple...
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Old Dec 12th, 2016, 07:07 AM
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Eorgot to ask..have you moved into the retirement home yet? Is it in Natick or ? Dear friends of mine are moving to a rather posh one in the vicinity from their long time residence in Wayland. Name of it?
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Old Dec 12th, 2016, 10:46 AM
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Boar is a ham like meat lol. Wild pigs

Does best pastry mean that Karen is limiting your selections
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Old Dec 12th, 2016, 04:06 PM
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The hotel has gotten considerably quiet without all the families gone. Walked noth on the beach yesterday and I think Kathie what you and I think of as the Sofitel is now the Centara. In looking at a map the Sofitel looks to be way north of town ..even north of the Sheraton.

Weather could not be better..warm, but not real hot and muggy. Off to another wounderful breakfast., then today's walk on the beach.
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Old Dec 12th, 2016, 05:13 PM
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Ah, yes, Karen, what was the Sofitel is now the Centara. I had forgotten that.
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Old Dec 12th, 2016, 08:12 PM
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Looking around more I see many shrubs ready to bloom, especially yellow hibiscus.
Bright yellow ones. Perfect for carol's arrival.

Carol-- they have buggies to take you around the hotel, if you want one.
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