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Dec 2nd, 2018, 10:33 AM
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They should change their name to Asparagus. More melodious. Thanks for continuing with the great narrative.
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Dec 2nd, 2018, 12:51 PM
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Ah, spell check strikes again. I thought Asparagus was an odd name for a hotel!

Enjoying your report.
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Dec 3rd, 2018, 12:48 AM
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We first went here about 10 yrs ago . It was one building on the beach and a very rustic setting. My how it has changed


Function area


Beautifuly lit gardens


Pomelo salad


Green papaya salad with soft shell crab and shrimp


Local greens and egg


Banana fritter


Grouper with basil and spicey sauce


What’s left of him
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Dec 3rd, 2018, 02:06 AM
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All these pics above are at Let's Sea Restaurant on the seaside in Hua Hin
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Dec 3rd, 2018, 02:39 AM
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Sunday

Girls walked the beach again before breakfast. We are liking the bakery for breakfast-- less food temptations all a la carte, but free for the 4 of us. Plus we get to spend more fun time with P/L.

They all went for more massages, I verged.

We met up at the bakery for lunch. Afterwards we all swam in our lagoon-- water was so warm, but still refreshing. Happy Hour in lobby bar at 6.

Dinner res at Let's Sea Restaurant about a mile down the road just past the Hyatt. We first were there some years ago with Smeagol and Muffin. It has been greatly enhanced since then, but the same good food. K brought a French rose to accompany dinner--$15. corkage. Dinner pics above.
$185 for 4 of us. Delicious.

Car back to hotel... 150B. $5. I think I have already said that cars or tuk tuks seem to only have flat fees... 100 or 150B.

Monday

Last full day in Hua Hin... Girls walked beach again... lots of washed up dinner plate sized jelly fish.

Breakfast at bakery: American breakfast: 2 eggs any style, fresh juices, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, 2 slices of Texas sized firm white bread, jam/butter, fried 1/2 tomato, fruit plate with 3 kinds of fresh fruits, bacon/ham. All served on a tray with my fav: a stiffly starched large napkin.

Peter off to massage, girls swam, I verged and dreamed about starched napkins.

All met up at Amber restaurant for a thai lunch: phat thai, smoked eggplant with minced pork salad, satay, Hong Kong noodle soup, ice creams... Yum.

Going for drinks at 6 as usual. Our first nite we met a thai employee who seems to be a supervisor in the lobby/bar area. She was offering 1/2 priced reservations to the beach BBQ for tonight. "White beach BBQ", specializing in high quality meats. We bought in. Should be fun...

More from Bangkok. I am caught up.
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Dec 3rd, 2018, 06:59 AM
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Complete disaster.. stand by
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Dec 6th, 2018, 03:33 AM
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What was the disaster?
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Dec 6th, 2018, 08:38 AM
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I have been unable to post for quite a while. Now I will catch up.

Disaster was the beach party dinner. I will continue tomorrow
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Dec 6th, 2018, 08:40 AM
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BTW! Fodors ignored my request for help....
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Dec 6th, 2018, 11:45 PM
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We walked down to the beach for the beach party BBQ, the GM greeting people as they arrived. The sand was soft and cool on our feet. As we made our way to our table we viewed many of the stations set up with foods. When we sat down a waiter gave us a menu, telling us also that they were out of rock lobster-- odd since the dinner had only started 60 minutes ago. We were also presented with the drink list, a package costing 1300B pp.--$39. No mention of this previously, also odd.

K went to get me some food: I requested a small piece of swordfish, a couple of shrimp, a piece of medium rare beef, some FF and any other interesting items. She returned a while later rather miffed. Beef was being rationed, she said and a piece quite thin, well done and the size of two postage stamps was on my plate---UGH! Also a skewer of 1/2 cooked and cold veggies. No shrimp, no swordfish, and nothing else. Just then a F&B man happened by and I questioned him about all of this-- he got defensive. Really defensive... I had been nice thus far, but then I lost it. I asked for the GM to come to our table. Peter got really mad and left the table. I followed suit and in my bare feet headed off the beach to where the GM had been greeting people. He was gone. The F&B guy paced back and forth and finally told me that the GM was in another part of the hotel and was coming. In 10 minutes or so he arrived. I told him of our experiences thus far and of the obvious poor planning and execution of the occasion. He seemed surprised but did say, "I had doubts about this concept...". He offered me dinner at the nearby fish restaurant, I politely refused, put on my shoes and began walking toward the main restaurant, at which time the others came to see what was going on. The GM followed making small talk and apologizing all the way. I finally agreed to him picking up our tab for dinner at the main restaurant.

We had a nice dinner including drinks and a bottle of wine, but the evening was a disaster. This experience ruined what had otherwise been a very nice stay at HH.

This writes up as an overreaction but had you been there it was anything but.
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Dec 7th, 2018, 12:13 AM
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Looking forward to more follow-up on this...
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Dec 7th, 2018, 12:26 AM
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I just read in K's trip diary, "lesson learned, keep to rule- no fancy high priced Buffett (sic) in hotels."

Tuesday

Girls walked the beach again before breakfast. Van coming for us at 11 for 3 hour trip to the Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok. Traffic not too bad--- today is the day before the King's birthday holiday.

This time we got a large corner room on the 16th floor. K prepared a bag of laundry to send out and 5 pieces of free laundry to be done by hotel-- perk. Both were back by mid-afternoon the next day. We are now set for the rest of the trip.

Pook had invited us to join he, Dang, and Mony at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club near to our hotel for dinner. He selected a nice large table out on the grass with a beautiful view of the glistening city lights as a backdrop. Dang ordered wonderful dishes, all thai cuisine, which we enjoyed very much. They are such great hosts-- a trip to Bangkok would not be the same without at least one visit with them.

After dinner Pook took us on a tour of a beautiful new building which has been built in the middle of the club. It houses bars, dining rooms, outside porches, and has the benefit of a/c. We sat in one of the lounges for nite caps before we departed.

ANOTHER FAB EVENING, only possible if you know local people who take you to their private clubs.


Wednesday


Nice breakfast in the club. K, P, and L then headed out to MBK for some shopping. Upon returning we went for lunch in a hotel restaurant-- not fab. The trio went next door for massages after lunch. 750B--$17. for full body oil massage.

For dinner Peter had suggested one of my fav bangkok restaurants: L'Opera on soi 39, Sukhumvit.
This place never disappoints. I ordered my usual ricotta and spinach ravioli, K and L had Salk encrusted sea bass and P had veal saltimbucco. All were fav. We had our fav waitress, assisted by others and a hovering manager. The girls enjoyed a nice Pinot Gris, dry.
The dessert tray always offers 6-8 very fresh Italian specialties. I always have the outrageous millefleur--- crisp pastry layers, rich custard and fresh whipped cream.... $63 for wine, $125/couple for dinner. We may return one day for their fixed price lunch at 380B--$11---salad bar and a pasta.
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Dec 7th, 2018, 01:20 AM
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BTW! we discovered a couple of days ago that someone had hacked into my computer and sent K a couple of questions under my name. Very concerning...So far no repeat. We reset everything and are moving forward.


Thursday

Club breakfast: eggs cooked to order, bacon, dim sum, cheeses, fruits, cereals, 5 hot selections, pastries, congee, breads, jams, Skippy PB, salad, pancakes, just to name the main items, plus coffee, teas, fresh juices.

Off by taxi to Oriental Lane's sub soi to Lim Silver for more spending and to pick up 2 bracelets K had ordered-- Cartier knockoffs. Plus of course some new finds and some gifts for Bob's medical office helpers.

Next up was pickups from Penny of custom made clothes at JS Thai Silk, 2nd floor, River City shopping arts center, next to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, on the river. All quite perfectly executed save one shirt for K that she wants a higher side slit made.

We took a boat across the river for lunch at the Hilton, which looks a bit tired.... So so lunch. 1200B.

We then took the slowest taxi we have ever been in to K's jeweler in the Nana Hotel, Soi 4, Sukhumvit Rd. Thai Stone Jewelry.
K got back a couple of repair projects, refined another rework of a bracelet, picked up a wonderful new ring, checked on some updating of paperwork for current insurance values for a new policy I have bought, and got 2 surprises. Pin presented K with an antique pendant for her birthday (75th in early January) and I told her that I was commissioning a Tiffany knockoff ring for her for her birthday--- think green stones and gold. Now broke we returned to the hotel and had drinks in the club before leaving for dinner.

Dinner this night was at Rang Mahal Indian Restaurant on the 26th floor of the Rembrandt Hotel on Soi 18, Sukumvit Rd. Great views over the city from large windows. Always request a window table. We had a completely crazy and FUN driver on this long drive, due to huge traffic. He sang, he told stories, he laughed with us, he blared loud music over his sound system, including a guitar solo by his 19 year old son. We laughed soooo much.
Really excellent food, and fantastic service. All our Indian favs: aloo gobi, palak paneer, chicken tikka, a minced eggplant dish, a delicious shrimp dish, black Dahl, 2 types of real naan, white rice. All this followed by ice cream, including authentic kulfi ice cream for me. They presented us with a domed silver dish which was smoking from dry ice--- 4 lollipops containing sweet candy covered by a rich frozen chocolate. 7244B for the 4 of us--$216. Expensive but totally worth it...


Friday

Peter and Linda's last day.

Breakfast in the club. The trio headed to the nearby Amari Mall.
Disappointed they had massages--500B--$15 for full body 1 hour oil massage.
They went around the corner to the Hyatt and had lunch in the tea room overlooking the Erwin Shrine. Good lunch.

Laying low for the rest of the day, then expect drinks in the club and dinner in our hotel's Italian restaurant. P&L leave for a long ride home on Asiana about 9.

We will be sad. Next meeting maybe Oct., 2019 in South Africa???

K&I have about 8 more days in Bangkok and then 3 nights in Singapore before returning home for Christmas.
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Dec 7th, 2018, 01:32 AM
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Dinner at Rang Mahl


Erawam tea room in the Hyatt


Laab gai..spicey ground chicken salad


Phad Thai noodles


Erawan shrine as seen from the tea room


Linda and Peter
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Dec 7th, 2018, 05:52 PM
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Sorry to hear that the beach barbecue was a disaster. You've had so many fabulous meals on this trip, I guess it was bound to happen.
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Dec 7th, 2018, 07:45 PM
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Kathie, we sure can not complain.��

We miss P/L already as they left last night. Peter emailed this AM that traffIc was stopped on highway for the King to pass-- annoying.

We had a nIce final dinner last nite here in the hotel in the Italian restaurant.


Saturday.

Off shortly to BITEC exhibition center for the twice annual Jim Thompson warehouse sale. Rest of day just relaxing. Light rain this AM.
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Dec 8th, 2018, 12:17 AM
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Shopping floor at Jim Thompson warehouse sale. Every one gets a big plastic shopping bag to fill.


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Dec 8th, 2018, 06:17 AM
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After returning from sale, we just hung out--- depressed without P&L
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Dec 8th, 2018, 10:10 PM
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Sunday

Last nite we shared a small pizza in the Italian restaurant.

Good night's sleep, breakfast in the club as usual.

K off to buy some gift bags and have a massage...You guessed it, more vedging for me.

For dinner tonight we have a res at the tea room around the corner at the Hyatt.

Monday is a holiday here and we are changing hotels for our last few days in Bangkok
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Dec 9th, 2018, 02:08 AM
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I am going to miss my every other day massages. One of the thing to enjoy while in the area. Should be a part of every tour in Thailand.
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