Hua Hin: The Land of Eternal Sunshine
by Joey Kurian
Hua means “Stone Head “In Thai. This coastal town is located 200 Km south of Bangkok,Thailand.Once upon a time it was a sleepy fishing village on the Gulf of Siam. This picturesque place has evolved itself into a well established holiday destination. In my article I will feature the spa and resort we stayed in and all the attractions we visited in our three days there. We drove to Hua Hin and when we entered it, I felt a sense of freedom and belonging. I had escaped from the concrete jungle and I was in Utopia. I felt like jumping out of the van and run along the clear white sand. I was feeling euphoric and Hua Hin had naturally done that to me.
We checked in at the Smor Spa Village and Resort which is located on the beach. The room was very comfortable and it had a special ambience to it I guess because of the decor. We ventured out into the gardens of the spa and came upon the Smor beach and bar grill run by the youthful Sheik Sajed.It was a bar where you could spend lazy afternoons chilling out with a beer in your hand. The garden had a romantic ambience and it grew as the sun set and came to nighfall.The grill bar we found out served the only authentic Indian food in the whole and Hua Hin.Shaik Sajed cooked for us and before we could eat the whiff of the aromatic spices created by the Indian Moghuls came flowing into our nostrils and we were elated by our sumptuous meal fit for a King. The Smor Spa and Village is a total retreat in well-being. It offers a complete range of body treatments for stress reduction and restoring health and beauty. Ingredients used throughout the treatments include traditional herbs, fresh fruits and plants that have aroma therapeutic properties to help in relaxation and to achieve harmony for the body and soul. The massage is based on traditional Siamese methods that improve blood circulation and help in muscle and tension relief.
We had only three days the amount of time we spent in the Smor Spa and village was fun so one morning we decided to head along the beach to “Chopsticks Mountain or Khao Takiap”.Its is only a stones throw away from the Smor spa and village. It is a rocky mountain with a temple and a huge golden Buddha. From there you can have one of the best panoramic views of the beaches of Hua Hin.We decided to pray at the Golden Buddha for luck and good health, while doing that saw many monkeys prancing around.
Like the saying goes all good thing must come to an end-on our drive to Bangkok, I day dreamed about Hua Hin .The serene beaches, tranquil atmosphere, walking on the clear sand barefooted-it was like I was in my own version of ‘Narnia”I am gong back there to discover more unknown places and tell the world. My last glimpse was of the molten sun below the end of the world and how the wind had brought the salt air into my head-a sight to remember!!!!!