Elephants roaming happily @ WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre

Ever wanted to get up close to elephants? Yet seeing them in the distance at a National Park just did not do it for you? Or perhaps you have ethical issues with trekking on, riding, petting or feeding, captive elephants? Well, we recently visited a place where you can spend a day amongst the elephants …

Street scenes @ Pranburi Night Market

Pranburi Saturday Night Market has been on our local ‘must do’ list for some time, and just a few weekends back we finally made it there! It’s only a short (25km) drive south from Hua Hin to neighbouring Pranburi and the Market only happens Saturday evenings.  This is definitely a locals market with genuine …

#BoutiqueFarmers

Recently we took advantage of an offer that, as foodies, was particularly appealing and required an out of town overnight stay. We didn’t have to travel far. Pak Nam Pran and Khao Kalok are neighbouring beaches in the Pran Buri region just 30 minutes’ drive south of our home in Hua Hin. And just …

Monsoon Valley wines

Large red wine glasses, two rows of five, lined up atop the wine bar. Monsoon Valleys winemaker and their wine consultant on one side of the counter, Vivien and me on the other. A serious wine tasting happening right in front of us. The task for them was to choose the next Shiraz to take the …

SomTam prep - Ple SomTam, Hua Hin

Reflecting as we do, after experiencing something new, we both said WOW – what a fantastic adventure we have just had! We had taken part in a new Thai Food Tour here in Hua Hin. It’s called “Eat Like a Local” and promises to introduce participants to eateries that Thai locals love to frequent. No Green …

Tropical Sanya, Hainan Island, southern China

When Michael and Vivien asked if I was interested in writing a guest post for their blog, I wasn’t quite sure what subject I would pick. The bottom line is that my life has been so crazy for the last decade, I have too many stories to tell!  Let’s just say that you are never …

Main pool lagoon - Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin – here we come! In late May we answered a ‘call-out’ from a well-known online travel company that specialises in putting together Luxury holidays to key resort locations Australians love to travel to. They wanted Aussie expats living in SE Asia as the ‘on-camera talent’ in exchange for a few days …

Hua Hin views - Hin Lek Fai viewpoint

Retiring to Thailand – is it an option for us? My wife and I retired at the end of 2015 and began to seriously contemplate our future after having experienced a reversal of fortunes during the GFC. We soon realised that our Superannuation fund coupled with a part pension was not going to support …

International Living Australia magazine_May 2015 front cover

International Living magazine (and website) was a good source of info for us when we were researching the possibility of retiring overseas – so imagine the pleasure we felt when the editor for their Australian edition of the magazine asked us to write a profile for their ‘Living the Dream’ section of the monthly magazine. …

Our new pool

The rental property here in Hua Hin that we’ve called ‘home’ has been very convenient thanks to its location close to the centre of town, shopping centres, public transport and of course, Hua Hin’s main beach.  But it was a rental property and did not feel like ‘our home’ so in late January we …

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