What’s your favorite tropical beach town retreat getaway? Such as a writer’s retreat, relaxation / meditation, yoga retreat, cooking / culinary, cozy small beach town retreat getaway? With the snow season in it’s waning phase; as of March 2, we’re looking at about 45 more days until resorts start to close their doors in mid to late April. What’s our pick for a relaxing tropical getaway?
Here’s one of our favorite small beach town tropical retreat which checks off our list of requirements:
✔ Palm trees
✔ Scenic beaches and warm ocean water
✔ Tropical warm sunny weather in an exotic locale
✔ Quiet, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging; a good value comparatively
✔ Cheap/inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoors recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Night markets
✔ Farmer’s market
✔ Local music scene entertainment
✔ Inexpensive massages and spa treatments
For a $1000 monthly retreat budget; this vacation rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all our requirements plus it’s comparatively inexpensive with prices starting at $18 USD per night so a months stay(31 nights) would cost $558 USD which leaves $442 for food, entertainment and massages, etc. In regards to the cost of food; a meal of grilled chicken/fish with sticky rice, made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea cost only $3.50 USD.
If you want a non-touristy beach town, Prachuap is the place.
This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a beach side town in Thailand accessible by inexpensive daily express bus from Bangkok airport(BKK) to the scenic beach town, Prachuap.
Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers and writers and as a retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok. They have studios, one and two bedrooms apartment available for rent.
This air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi, a mini-fridge, towels, bed linen, terrace, free parking, washing machine and flat-screen TVs. Enjoy their relaxing patio aka sala equipped with an opened kitchen and dining area. It is a very relaxing location surrounded by towering palm trees. There’s also a swimming pool, gym and restaurant within 5 mins walk of the guesthouse apartment and the scenic Ao Manao beach is within a 20 minutes bike ride. If you’d like a change from the local Thai food, there are good Western food options such as pizza, pasta(Italian), German and French food available in town.
The owners are very helpful in getting you acquainted with Prachuap and can help you pick daily activities to enjoy your vacation or relax at scenic palm trees swaying beach near by and go for a swim, get a tan and kick your feet up and relax up under a palm tree reading your favorite book.
Highly recommended for those seeking an alternative vacation spot to noisy city life in Bangkok. Added perks include inexpensive Thai massages in town that starts at only 150 Baht(equal to less than $5 USD) and enjoy night markets for cheap tasty eats and a good place to buy souvenirs for friends and family.
This is a newly built(August 2016) vacation rental and the property is well maintained with daily maid service. Great vacation rental for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families with or without kids.
For a travel guide to the city of Prachuap, read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prachuap_Khiri_Khan_Province.
For transportation options from Bangkok to Prachuap, Thailand, read http://www.prachuapkhirikhan.org/practical-prachuap/transportation-prachuap-khiri-khan/prachuap-bangkok/.
Check out airfare from San Francisco(SFO) to Bangkok(BKK), Thailand.
For a scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap, check out this Facebook video.
Here are the top 10 attractions and things to do if you’re planning a vacay getaway in Thailand and aiming to check off the tourist’s top ten to do list.
“Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the scenically stunning world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.” – planetware.com
Btw, if you’ve seen the movie,’The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, while vacationing in Thailand, you might want to visit the famous FILM SET of Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lay, an enclave of paradise on the coastline of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Southern Coastal Thailand. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing(swim, scuba, snorkel to your heart’s content), the sand silky soft under your feet, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders.
“You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone’s so friendly. It’s such simple stuff, but… If I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this. For everyone.” – Alex Garland, ‘The Beach’.