We love Thailand, have been in Bangkok several times, and in Chiang Mai once. Now we were looking for a beach holiday, but wanted to stay away from Phuket and Krabi because we feared that it would be a tourist trap. A colleague advised us to go to Hua Hin. Tripadvisor is our guide nowadays, and this is how we found Long Beach Inn. It turned out to be 25 km south of Hua Hin, in a small conglomerate of resorts and hotels, relatively luxurious private homes, and dilapidated wooden homes of local people. You don't find shops selling the "tourist stuff", nor attractions for kids, other than a nice beach and a beautiful nature in the Sam Roi Yod national park. We heard only bird songs and no cars or motorbikes in the early morning. Long Beach Inn has 9 or 10 rooms, around a nice garden with a pool and jacuzzi. Meals are served in the garden, breakfast is not "buffet style" but you order what you like from Thai style rice soup, rice with omelet, to western style toast with omelet, fruit salad, or muesli with milk, or American style pancakes and waffles.The lunch and dinner menu has a good choice of oriental and western food. I don't care for pizza, french fries, hamburger, goulash or spaghetti in Thailand, but others may do. The Thai food was delicious, but for variety we had half our dinners in other restaurants. During our stay there were guests from the USA, Canada, England, France, Russia (?), The Netherlands. We had a spacious executive room with king bed and a balcony "without a view" which in fact we didn't use much, but it offers more privacy than a terrace in the garden. I uploaded pictures to show this. The honeymoon suite with a jacuzzi was the other room on the second floor, with a balcony overlooking the garden. All other rooms are ground level. The bed was firm, but we slept well, the bathroom had a bath/shower combination, (no rainforest shower or other fancy stuff), there was a minibar and daily complimentary water (not only the first night). The hotel website has more detailed information. We didn't find a safe, though we didn't need one. It takes more than 3 hours by car from Suvarnabhumi, and the hotel can arrange this transport (the local driver knows how to find the aiport, a regular taxi could have a problem finding the hotel...) for 3000 Baht (67 euro, 92 USD). One of the things we liked most is the free use of bicycles, and we used them to visit the Sam Roi Yot national park, and other places. The wifi had problems, and except for the first few days I couldn't use my Android phone except for telephone and text messages. Strangely enough my wife could use hers, as well as her Apple.
We have seen more resorts (from the outside, swimming pool, garden etc) in the neighbourhood, but will definitely come back here when we return to visit sites we didn't go to this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is nestled between the majestic mountains of Kao Sam Roi Yot National Park and the unspoiled beach of Phu Noi (only 150 metres away). The tastefully decorated rooms are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fan, mini-bar, satellite TV and en suite bathroom. The swimming pool with Jacuzzi is set in tropical gardens. Our restaurant provides an excellent a la carte breakfast, and is well known for home made Italian dishes. A golf course is available within walking distance. There are a great variety of outdoor activities. ... more less
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