Napalai Resort & Spa Hotel Pranburi
Travel Blogs from Pran Buri
... walk under the belly of the elephant three times in the same direction then return to the front and bow, it’s an act of wishing for luck. I tried it, you can never have too much luck eh? The locals did seem a little confused though when I was walking underneath there.
There was more to do at the grounds than just see the statue, we walked down some steps and found that there were waterfalls and a river where people were feeding ...
... for several good reasons though. Firstly, the obvious being I was mounted on top of this massive beast with my five year old. Secondly we were being held in by a defunct strap which would have served more purpose being a decoration in a shop. Thirdly the seat was definitely tipping to the right and as I nervously looked round to inspect the nature of the strap attaching the seat to the elephant, it was a mere bit of rope, comforting;not! However our mahout seemed to have everything ...
... other seemingly not so successful. As we head along the beach we notice there are fewer ghost crabs and hermit crabs, and luckily for me there is no sign of supercrab waiting to attack my toes. We are also starting to see some jet skis, banana boat type things and lots and lots of windsurfers and kite surfers.
There are more resort hotels as we get closer to town, but still a shortage of bars, cafés and restaurants ...
... There were no seatbelts but there were grab handles for turns, braking and start ups. The restaurant we chose was a Thai food place with some vegetarian options called Orchid. The third night we all went into the night market to see if there was a restaurant there. We wandered around – some of us wanting to exit – but there didn’t seem anything interesting to choose. Somehow we managed to find ourselves at the same restaurant we were at the night ...
... on the drift line, shame on us all.
We went back to our room and fell asleep until 8pm when we went to our resort's bar. Here sat Warren and Richie along with a wizzened old man. It turns out he is the head-man round here and if he doesn't give the nod it doesn't happen. He greets us warmly then bids his farewell.
We drink a few beers and share tales of past travels until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.
Other places to stay in Pran Buri
9 Moo 5, Parknampran Beach, Pran Buri | 5 star hotelfrom $94
478/7 Moo 2 Tambol Paknampran, Pran Buri | 3 star hotelfrom $44
97 Moo 4 Paknampran, Pran Buri | 3 star hotelfrom $96
5/1 Moo 1 Paknampran, Pran Buri | 3 star hotelfrom $60
223 Moo 4, Phu Noi Beach, Pran Buri | 2 star hotelfrom $44
169 Moo 3, Pran Buri | Hotelfrom $59