The day after the wedding, we said goodbye to Shanhong’s side of the family, who flew back to China, and then boarded our own flight to Bangkok and the bus 3 hours further down to Hua Hin, a coastal resort. The whole of my family were booked into the Anantara resort, which for me, is a paradise indeed! The rooms, the food, the service, all excellent – and both a beach and a beautiful large pool to enjoy!
After a few days in Hua Hin, it was time for the drive back to Bangkok, and chance for a quick shop and a quick trip to the Grand Palace – a ‘must see’ for anyone going to Bangkok – it really is beautiful!
After Bangkok, it was time for my family to return to the UK, and for Shanhong and I to return to school. It had been a great trip and a really good chance for the family to be together. I was just sorry that my dad could not have been there too, but unfortunately, flying no longer agrees with him. Still, one brother was heard to say he’d spent more time with another during this holiday, than he had in the last five years! One of my nephews obviously enjoyed it too – he proposed to his girlfriend while in Bangkok, and rumour has it they are planning a future family holiday for another wedding!
It was really, really good to spend time with the two families, but some would say that it wouldn’t really qualify as a honeymoon, having so many people around, so one weekend in October, we drove up to the Proud Phu Fah resort in the hills of Chiang Mai. We had been given a gift voucher for a one-night-stay in the honeymoon villa at the resort (thank you Mary and Mac!) and were in for a lovely surprise! The resort was very small, just nine bungalows, but the rooms certainly had character! When we went through our ‘front door’ the first sight was an outdoor hot tub – with bedroom to the left, and bathroom to the right! Needless to say we had a lovely stay – and yes – we did use the hot tub!
The following day, after a lazy breakfast, we drove back down the hill, calling in at the Botanical Gardens on route for a long walk. Lovely place, although obviously the wrong time of year as very few plants were in flower! It is a nice place though, and worth a visit.
You’ll have noticed teddy came with us – no surprise there! Well – that brings us up to date in October 2007. As I write this we are ‘packing’ for our next visit to ‘home’ in China! Trevor & Shanhong xx