Have you ever thought about getting away from the hectic Western lifestyle where each day flashes by with little in the way of cultivating our inner soul and spirit?
Have you ever considered spending some quality personal time at a writer’s retreat, relaxation/meditation/yoga retreat, or cooking/culinary vacation?
Summer is here and our mind turns to a relaxing tropical getaway for sun and relaxation and for personal spiritual enrichment; what’s our pick?
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 open air market
✔ Local music scene entertainment
✔ Inexpensive massages and spa treatments
For a $1,000 USD monthly retreat budget; this vacation rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all of our requirements plus it’s comparatively inexpensive with prices starting at $18 USD per night so a months stay(31 nights) would cost $558 which leaves $442 for food, entertainment, and Thai massages, etc. In terms of food cost; a meal of savory grilled chicken/fish with sticky rice plus made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea will set you back only $3.50 USD.
If a non-touristy small beach town is attractive to you, Prachuap is that place.
This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai(means “home of warm hearts” in the Thai language) 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 of Prachuap.
Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers and writers and it’s perfect as a retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok. “Baan Aomjai consists of just five unique free-standing bungalows, varying from a petite 15 sqm studio to a spacious 80 sqm 2bed/1bath bungalow, all equipped with air-con, modern amenities, and covered patio. Our terrace lounge has the facilities to host large events.”
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 swaying 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 start 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.
Baan Aomjai’s Website: https://www.baanaomjai.com/
For short stays, browse the rental calendar availability on their Airbnb page at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14749791.
For stays longer than two weeks, make a reservation by contacting them on their Facebook page.
+ 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/.
+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from San Francisco(SFO) to Bangkok(BKK), Thailand.
+ For a scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap, check out this Facebook video.
+ Check out 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 filmed 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 dancing 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’.