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... 40 Bhat each for a 4 hour journey, firstly where was 1st class?funny just the same as 2nd . Lots of students on the train heading to Cha am apparently it's school hols and that's where they like to frequent. .. Lots of help from lovely fellow Thai passengers in identifying our stop, Hopefully as we got up early this morning (6am) we will get back into some kind of sleep pattern. checked in at Tonys guest house got ...
... I can safely say that I am officially "Buddhaed Out" and "templed out". Enough of removing shoes and making offerings. I don't know if this was an older temple or a put together for the tourist market. I think it might be a bit of a mix. Some weird looking figures. Also Khao Tao is a fishing village, as you can see by the fishing boats. I didn't know there was a baby Buddha to sunglasses. There was also a mother Buddha. Some thing I hadn't seen before was the adorning ...
... would translate what Kampi was saying and would tell us to look for the '’green bush’’ which while nice wasn't incredibly helpful considering the whole hill was green. The binoculars were passed around but as per usual I couldn't work them, so I used my camera instead, in the three photos I actually took I got three blurry shots of the gibbons as proof.
We had breakfast on a table which overlooked the hill in hope to see a few ...
... 8217;d sit on the seats and the backs would shake, the motor conked out a few times; let’s just say I was bloody scared. With our life jackets on we sped out into the deep, dark dam, which could easily have been the sea and within a few minutes we had arrived at 'Monkey Island’.
Monkey Island was as the name suggests - an island in the middle of the dam with heaps of monkeys. At first we saw a few trees move and some little heads ...
Sorry the last blog was so short, but as you can tell Bangkok is not my favourite place!
Anyway, I am now here at the Wildlife Friends of Thailand Rescue Centre, in the Region of Phetchaburi, and have just finished day 2!
My first day started at 6.30am going and making banana balls with vitamin supplements for one of the 65 year old elephants who is malnourished and suffering from many wounds, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Regent Chalet Regent Beach Cha-Am
having just spent 5 days at the regent we came back on the06 march 05
when we arrived at the hotel we found the night life very quiet indeed. But the next day we were chatting to a lovely couple wo told us to go to the village of a night time there where plenty of bars and resturants there.When you come out of the front entrance of the hotel turn left and the village is no more than 5 mins walk away.
We found johns english bar the cheapest prices for example a bottle of chang beer in the hotel is 150 bahts in the village is 50 bahts also in the hotel you have to pay 10% service charge + tax.
The beach is shingley due to the tide also lots of very large jelly fish.
We noticed a sign on the reception in the hotel they do not take visa traveller cheques due to the forgeries going around But i must say the thia people are very lovely indeed and we will be going back to thialand soon
Good beachside resort
This is a vast complex with three separate wings. We stayed in the Regency Wing which was set in lovely grounds amidst banana and coconut palms. Our room was spacious and kept spotlessly clean by our smiley maid. The hotel was full due to many people coming here instead of going to the south after the tsunami but it never seemed overcrowded.
We were pleased overall with this complex. The only niggle was that people would put towels on the sunbeds very early in the morning and then disappear for two or three hours. Because the hotel was full, there was a shortage of sunbeds and this did cause some friction. However, this is a minor point and did not spoil our stay here.
There is a small village within walking distance of the hotel. It is very easy to arrange excursions to many interesting places. However, if you just want to relax and do not fancy the swiming pool, there is the most glorious beach right on your doorstep.
Great Value well presented hotel
A large hotel, popular with the British. We upgraded to the Regency Wing approx. £70 a night. Large very comfortable room, with excellent standards of cleanliness. Fruit bowl on first day, second day, birthday cake for my son, obviously checked his passport.
Gardens and pool all very well kept, staff working on them constantly. Reception very friendly. We ate out as food prices a little high by Thai standards, but other guests remarked on how good the food was. Several restaurants to eat out at in small village street nearby. Follow the crowds to the good ones. DD's good for breakfast, about £1.00. Tom yung (probably spelt wrong) excellent dinner for about £2.50 a head.
Worse thing here is mosquitos, take some repellent and you 'll need spray for your room.
So Good We Went There Twice
We have now visited this hotel twice. It is an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and you need to look beyond its rustic charm. The rooms are relatively basic but very clean. It is the location that is five star. The restaurants at the hotel are excellent but venture out onto those on the beach - well worth a visit.
Liked the elephant
Very Large hotel, right on beach.
Good choice of restaurants. Some way out of Hua Hin but regular hotel transport
experience Thai massage. That by the elelephant is different!
Arrived in the Regent, Cha am after a hectic 3 days in Bangkok.
Yes the Hotel is Quiet.
But it is a wonderful place to stay. Granted, we had one of the Regency wing rooms, and the room could not be faulted in the slightest.
The service in the Hotel is second too none, ALL the staff cannot do enough for you.
The food there is also first class, if not a little expensive (By Thailand prices).
The pool area was wonderful, the pool was clean, and not at all crowded. You don't need to go to the sea front, as the pool is that nice.
Not once did we encounter any Cockroaches or anything like that, yes a few mosquito bites, but what do you expect!
The small village a five minute walk away, has two or threee very good restaurants especially the Bamboo bar, which serves beautiful food at rediculously cheap prices. Also the Jampee bar over the road, great atmosphere, very cheap, always a smiley face!
Would definately go back here!
LOVED IT !!!
Peaceful and relaxing, Apart from jet skis!
After the buzz of Bangkok, it was a delight to stay at the Regent. It was fairly quiet, the rain of the "rainy season", was a welcome visitor at night.
Whilst the hotel has sufficient outlets, there are a few bars and restaurants within easy walking distance, which offer reasonably priced and good food.
The staff are friendly, and the accommodation is certainly adequate for a beach holiday.
There is also a shuttle bus to Hua Hin, which costs 120 baht return.
Considering the very reasonable accommodation costs, I would recommend this Hotel to all.
All is not what it seems.
We have done Thailand lots of times since 1979 but
we went to the Regent Cha-Am end February 2004 for 11 nights which was long enough. This is NOT a luxury hotel.
The same photograph of the hotel has been appearing in the brochures for absolutely donkeys years. The main hotel has two triangular shaped wings with courtyards in the middle and there is a Regency Wing.
As we were just having a spur of the moment holiday we chose a Standard Room with Breakfast, in the main hotel. Our jaws dropped when we were rather ceremoniously ushered to our room. It was on the ground floor (If you look at the photo in the brochure it was in the right hand wing). The room smelled damp, it was dingy, dark, 70's decor and although the balcony was very large it overlooked a still lagoon pool (aka Mosquito Magnet!) I pulled out the bed to look behind and there were straight back hairs all over the floor and skirting. I cried.
We were given another room on the ground floor, still in the main building, looking onto the Regency Wing Pool and the front of the Regency 'tower' building. This room was similarly decorated but did not have the damp, dreary smell and was altogether more airy. I believe these are the Upgraded rooms in the brochure. The bathroom was decorated in dark brown tiles on all walls, which made my nightly 'Cockroach Hunt' harder. We found one in the bath which gave me the willies for the rest of the stay! However, the rooms are off open walkways and it is to be expected in the tropics.
The staff are wonderful though, they provided me with several cans of insecticide, but in spite of this I still got bitten 105 times. The hotel nurse was very friendly on the two occasions I visited, she did not have a clue about what had bitten me but was friendly and efficient nonetheless. The blisters were the size of 1p pieces and I still have the scars.
There is a friendly Lobby Bar for a pre or post-dinner drink, not the sort of place to spend a whole evening. A 'Traditional Pub' downstairs with resident band, SKY TV, pool table, darts board and air conditioning that would freeze a brass monkey. It had a good atmosphere but the staff were too attentive for it to be a pub!
The Coffee Shop was pleasant , try the Beef in Oyster Sauce. Again the staff couldn't do enough. The downside was it wasn't comfortable to eat outside at night because of the Mosquitos.
The restaurant on the Lake over the road was an experience, we had to book yet we were the only couple dining! An extremely romantic setting and again two attentive staff each. We started with the Thai Vegetable Soup, sounds innocuous enough but beware, it'll strip the coating off your tongue. The staff thought our water guzzling, panting and sweating quite amusing in a charming sort of way.
Great ambience though.
I could go on about all the restaurants but there are so many eating places within the hotel, there is sure to something for everyone.
The beach is very clean except for the jellyfish that get washed up every tide. The sea was what I call the 'in and out with waves variety', not calm, clear and tranquil like some of the beaches further south. The horses on the beach look exceptionally well cared for and beautifully groomed, the locals are inoffensive and actually go away when you say 'No thanks'. Further along the beach there are local fishermen tending their nets, facinating to watch and photograph again, no bother.
Outside the hotel, there are vast grounds and quite the most sophisticated crazy golf course I've ever seen. There are shops and a supermarket all reasonably priced. 10 minutes walk down the road there is a parade of shops and restaurants. I felt a bit worried as there was a patch of nothingness before you get to them, with a few stray dogs. Personally I would not like to eat in any of these restaurants, but a beer would be OK.
Despite being bitten to high heaven, the staff were excellent and couldn't do enough for you, the food was great, the weather superb in February, 80 degrees at 9am and well over 100 at midday.
If we were going here again I would shell out for a room in the Regency Wing tower, were the clientele seemed mainly to be on Saga Holidays. The only advantage of this, is that you get a more nicely appointed room to sleep in, the service or food isn't any better because it's ALL good. I noticed a lot of ladies on their own here in the 55+ age group, they obviously felt safe and relaxed.
Dont be fooled by 5 star ratings...
I recently stayed at this hotel on a recommendation from my operator that it was "comparable" with the Marriott hotel in Hua Hin, believe me this hotel is a 3 star at best. The rooms are basic and look like something from the 70's, the beach is drab and is a working fishing beach rather than a "resort", also the tide comes up to the edge wall of the hotel so no sunbathing on the beach once the tide comes in.
It is a huge sprawl of a hotel which was mostly empty and the standard of decor is very basic, in some brouchures it has this hotel listed as a 4 and even 5 star but this is in no way accurate, the Marriott in Hua Hin (20 mins drive from Cha Am) is much nicer and there is at least a town within walking distance (the regent is in the middle of nowhere situated between Cha am town and Hua Hin, the way you get to either is via the expressway (not recommened to walk is 20mins by car to nearest town along busy road)
An amazing holiday!!!
The Regent Cha'am Beach Resort consists of the main hotel, the Regent Chalet and The Regency Wing and is a two and a half hour drive from Bangkok airport. All areas are open to all hotel guests and you can get a tuk-tuk from the main hotel to the Regent Chalet.
The three pools you can choose from are located at the three areas of the hotel and are all large and well-maintained. However, the hotel does ask that you use the pool nearest to where you are staying, but at the weekends when the hotel becomes busier with Thai's on their weekend breaks the main pool gets rather crowded and the use of one of the other pools is advised.
There are several restaurants located on the hotel site, all of which offer superb food. But if you take a short walk out of the hotel to the small village there are three restaurants which are great value for money and the food is delicious. The restaurants are The Bamboo restaurant, Tom Yum Gung, and the Sakthong restaurant. They are all run by local Thai's who are very attentive to your needs.
The hotel itself does not offer any watersports, but they can sometimes be found on the beach. These are run by local people and you are reminded by the hotel that it is your responsibility if anything goes wrong. For those of you who like horse-riding, there are horses on the beach which can be rented for 200baht for half an hour. Whilst we were there the horses were all in good condition and properly tacked up. If you are not so confident in riding but wouldn't mind in giving it a try there are lead rein rides available as well. However do makes sure the care of the horses is to your satisfaction.
The hotel is located about 20 minutes from Hua Hin, which can be reached by a taxi recommended by the hotel for 300baht for the round trip. Hua Hin offers good shopping oppurtunities and bartering is not really needed as the prices are very cheap. The night market is worth going to and is on every night from 5.00 til 12.00. You can find all sorts of souvenirs here.
There are several reps which work at the hotel and there are many excellent tours to go on. The overnight stay at the River Kwai is a truly brilliant experience even though the accomadation has no electricity and air conditioning. Other tours include visits to the Sam Roi Yod national park and the Pala-U waterfall.
You should also make sure you go elephant riding at one of the several camps located throughout Thailand.
In all the hotel is very good with pleasent helpful staff and we never had a problem. The rooms were kept clean each day by brilliant maids. All the restaurant staff are excellent and do their most to ensure you have a nice meal. Check-out is at twelve noon and if your pick-up is later on in the evening they give you a changing room to sort yourself out.
It is set in lush tropical gardens and is a way off the main road. It runs onto a lovely beach which is hardly busy and there are many shells to be found. However, you do have to be careful in the rainy season as white jellyfish pose a problem in swimming in the sea.
We had an amazing holiday(in the low season) and if you choose this hotel we hope you won't be disappointed. Have fun on your hols!