Our recent holiday was mostly a relaxing one...time spent to 'recharge the batteries' BUT we did manage a half day of adventure and tick something off our bucket list thanks to Eco Khao Lak Adventures...an elephant safari!
Our adventure began after being collected from the hotel lobby, we drove a short distance with a small group of people (8 in total Eco Khao Lak pride themselves on small groups) ad met our elephant for the morning and of course their "Mahout" (elephant trainer), Our Mahout was only 13 years old but had of course mastered the art of the selfie...he managed to get lots of great photos of us with my camera (I needed both hands to hold on LOL).
First stop was the river where we helped scrub our elephant clean - such an unreal experience...then a short ride and we met up in the elephant camp where we rode our elephant through the jungle and on to the nearby beach returning to camp for morning tea.
It really was an amazing experience to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures...these guys are well cared for it was comforting to know there are now strict guidelines in Thailand for the care and protection of these elephants. We LOVED every minute of our elephant adventure!
Hubby and I are recently back from a winter escape to beautiful Khao Lak, just north of Phuket in Thailand...we booked months ago on a whim. It was a 'luxury escape' deal we saw advertised and was inclusive of breakfast, massages, dinners, afternoon teas, cocktail parties plus more - almost too good to be true!
We were certainly not disappointed and would definitely recommend this resort and style of package. The weather was mostly kind to us despite the act that it is "rainy season". John swam laps every morning in the beautiful swimming pool and after a long and leisurely breakfast we relaxed, read, walked along the beautiful beach and relaxed a little more....we thoroughly enjoyed the massages that our 'package' included...the hardest decision every day was where to eat dinner and we were certainly spoilt for choice!
Some amazing Thai food of course and lots of fresh salads, seafood and bbq's were on the menu. Looking forward to 'recreating' a few of the dishes we made at our 'cooking lesson' too!
Our beach walks were plenty...a great way to start the day after the breakfast buffet!
Never tire of the beautiful flora that the tropics produce, the heliconia's and palms remind me of our time in Cairns and always seem to scream "summer holiday"...
Will be back in a few days to share another part of our Khao Lak adventure.....our elephant safari....a magical day spent with magical creatures....until then thanks for stopping by xox
Have been MIA for a few weeks (more on that in a few days) but just realised I had not posted photos of our house renovation update. After much deliberation we decided to 'bite the bullet' and have our house painted externally. We originally renovated many, many years ago and the house was in dire need of both a new coat of paint PLUS a new colour palette.
The photos don't really show but the 'cracks' were starting to appear in the old paint work and it was chipping and generally looking pretty tired....so thrilled with the "new look"
The "team"arrived early one Monday and worked solidly for a week...we are very happy with the outcome and our colour choices...what do you think????
On my list of things to do today was make cards for Birthdays coming up....I have been recently getting photos in order and came across these little beauties in my clean-up....it didn't take me long to make this batch...
So happy that some of my holiday snaps of favourite places and plants get to live on in a greeting card....what did you get up to today???