(View from the room’s back door)

Getting There

It was a semi-planned New Year’s vacation in Khanom when I booked the reservation online.  It was Mama Wasana (our Thai mama who takes care of us, most specially Filipinos) who recommended the place as she said it is way beautiful than Krabi.  So, came the day to head there the 29th of December we tried our luck heading to Hat Yai.

(View from the common balcony)

It was a pain in the rear to get there, I was disappointed how my friend driver in Hat Yai didn’t show up on time and got us stuck in the terminal for hours waiting for the van to Nakhon Si Thammarat.  The drive was 3 hours the driver said, but we didn’t know that it will take another hour from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Khanom (as it is already at the border of the next city, Surathani).  We arrived at 9pm in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the van dropped us off a huge hotel where we spent one night because no van going to Khanom at night.  I was so disappointed I couldn’t help not to cry, I didn’t want to disappoint Chris on our first holiday together but I think I did.  I told him maybe we should go back to Patthalung because everything was going downhill, but he insisted that we go finding our way to get to Khanom and we will have a wonderful holiday together.

(Khanom’s Paradise)

What a Pain in The…?!

After almost 8 hours of trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat, a night in a hotel there, almost 2 hours van ride, and a motorcycle ride, we found the resort we were booked in.  As we checked in, the receptionists noticed that we were supposed to checked in the day before, I told them we were in trouble finding the place and all the sh*t happened like trying to reach them on the number written on the confirmation email but the guy who answered said he no longer works with them, blah blah.

(People launching their floating lanterns during NYE)

No Pain, No Gain!

Anyway, after seeing the beach while on the motorcycle ride to the resort Chris said, “I’m sorry to disappoint you but we are not staying here for 4 days (that’s how long I booked our stay)…”.  I asked if he didn’t like it, he said, “After seeing the beach along the way, we’re staying for 6 days!”.  The beach was gorgeous, aside from on and off rainy days here, it is awesome.

(Everyone at the NYE party, too busy watching people play the games in front)

(Goodluck for 2013!)

Celebrated our first New Year’s Eve (NYE) at Racha Kiri Resort, I sang a song on the stage, and flew a floating lantern.  It started raining a bit as soon as we started lighting the lanterns, it was said that it’s lucky if the lanterns float and bad luck if otherwise.  Fortunately, all the lanterns that everyone float flew away even from a struggling beginning and guess what? Ours was the longest and the farthest lantern that floated among those lanterns that was set to fly that NYE!  Well, the weather may not be too friendly here but that didn’t stop us to have a great new year celebration!  Happy New Year everyone!!!

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5 thoughts on “Spending New Year in Khanom

  1. It looks like all the hard work paid off!! Very similar to our adventure trying to get to Bang Saphan Noi for New Year!! Travel on those dates is always difficult, I guess.. but the paradise which can await makes it worth while 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your New Year’s celebrations together 🙂

    1. Worth all the hassles, we’re extending our stay ’til Sunday! True, and its cool to know that people are doing almost the same thing at the same time. Happy New Year to you both! Enjoy your holidays too! 🙂

  2. I’m so happy it turned out to be an amazing New Year’s celebration and break. The photos are wonderful

  3. Looks like a great time. I think that Southern Thailand is just a place that will always give people some trouble navigating. I was in the area on 2 separate occasions and had some kind of problem getting around both times. Though, it’s always worth the trouble. 🙂

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