Yayy! Finally heading to the beach for the weekend.
This time I’m going to Hua Hin, no more than 200km drive from home. Luckily for me the weather is looking great. I can’t wait to soak up some sun and dip my toes into the ocean while sipping on fruit shakes and coconuts. I’ve been extremely tired this week as well as I’ve been doing my Thai classes every morning until noon for the past month and also just started boxing 5 days a week on top of my lifting routine. So yeah, I’m really excited to do nothing else than relaxing. Hopefully I’ll be fully recharged for whatever next week has to offer!
We usually go to Pranburi when we go to Prachuap Khiri Khan as Tom has his beach house there. But this time I’ll be heading with my friend as she needed a +1 for her stay at Resort De Paskani so Hua Hin it is! Check it out. How could I say no to that?
Happy to tell you guys that me and Tom are now officially working with one of our favourite protein bar brands, Naked Fit Fuel. We are joining their team as their new brand ambassadors. So excited to see what this can bring for both parts and I’m positive we can make a great team.
Being their brand ambassador of course means I can give my readers a discount so if you would like to make an order for some amazing natural protein bars and protein cookies in Thailand use my code NFFANITA or use this link and the code will automatically be added at check-out. There is of course also an option to order the protein bars world wide but just keep in mind that they might arrive slightly misshaped due to the heat… though this will not have any effect of the taste or nutrients in the bar.
Perfect on-the-go snack!
My recommendations for flavours:
Peanut butter brownie
If you’re looking for a yummy more healthy snack to replace your sweets, but not too worried about it being super high protein, the cookies are the right choice for you. It’s that yummy that it has replaced my cookie and late night ice cream consumption and I can’t complain getting an extra 12 grams of protein in.
Though if you have troubles hitting your your daily protein requirements and don’t want to have shakes or tons of chicken every day, it can be great with something a bit higher in protein, which is where the bars are great with 20g+ of protein.
Since posting our photos from our oh-so-amazing trip to Pai, we’ve been getting so many questions about where we stayed, where we had our sunset picnic and not least, where that fantastic bathtub picture overlooking that lush green garden was…
I’m happy to tell you guys the wait is over!
I think we can officially agree that I am the slowest blogger ever. But you know what they say… slow and steady wins the race.
Usually the company of the sun is enough reason to love the sunset, but it was an incredible feeling to level up to this luxurious experience.
As always I love to surprise Tom for his birthday with unknown locations and this year was no different. Although, this year Tom chose the location himself, I kept the experiences and hotels as a secret. But I usually like to keep the destination a secret too.
You can see some our previous birthday trips here: PAI & SARABURI.
In this post I’ll be focusing on the places we stayed. As you already know, during our last trip to Pai we stayed Yoma Hotel, Puri Pai Villa and the pool villa at The Quarter and even if these were fantastic, I had to go for something new this time around.
Still downloading all the content from our Pai trip last week. We got tons of footage and are so excited to share it with you guys. I thought I couldn’t fall any deeper in love with Pai than I already had, but this place never ceases to amaze me.
I love the lifestyle, the weather, the people, it’s just all around incredible. Pai is known for being a backpackers dream and there’s a lot of people who has the impression that this is a hippies paradise and a party destination and I’m sure it is. But from my perspective, not being there to party, it still is pretty awesome and I haven’t been affected by this vibe at all.
Pai has so many other things to offer, nature, lush green scenery, fresh air, beautiful hotels and properties, delicious foods and plenty of cool cafes and restaurants which I will be digging deeper into in my next post.
Had to get Tom a bday cake from Pai’s #1 bakery… only thing was that the minimum order was 2lbs cake. Safe to say we ate cake every day! It’s lemon cheese cake. SOO GOOD.
Pai has so many cool hotels! I ended up booking a different one for each night. This is from our private villa at The Quarter. Loved the hidden pool.
We are going back to Pai!
So excited to be going back to Pai next week for Tom’s birthday. It’s one of our favourite places in Thailand. For those of you who don’t know where Pai is, it’s located in the north of Thailand past Chiang Mai. In the province of Mae Hong Son. Mae Hong Son is known as one of the mountainous provinces in Thailand. So you can believe me when I say that the scenery is perfect wherever you turn your head.
The usual route would be to take a plane to Chiang Mai and get a bus from the centre/airport (has to be organised with your airline and only Air Asia offers this at the moment). Pai is famous for the 762 narrow and winding turns you have to conquer to get through the mountains before you arrive. It’s part of the charm, and so worth it. Though, if that’s not for you, there’s still an option to fly all the way with a small plane on a local airline called Kan Air.
There’s no secret that I love music festivals and luckily for me, Thailand has many.
808 Festival, Together Festival, Maya Festival, Mystic Valley, Transmission festival and Wonderfruit to name a few along with some amazing solo artists visiting us frequently. There’s no end to the crazy line-ups coming here. Most festivals have a focus on music, mainly EDM, House or Trance, but Wonderfruit, along with the focus on music, also puts emphasis on so much more. There are talks, activities (yoga, meditation, art classes), culinary experiences and more, but it’s also the feeling of just stepping onto the grounds. It’s nearly a perfect experience from start to finish. A wonderland with something for us adults, youngsters and families alike.
Same same, but different
This year they changed the location of the festival, but it was still held in the same area, at Siam Country Club. There was much more land to play around at, but unfortunately the ground was still not in optimal condition. Some bumps along the way can get annoying once you’ve had a drink too many. Or are walking around half asleep waiting for the sun to rise. Because you do want to catch sunrise at the solar stage! I’m sure it’s going to get better next year. That’s one thing Wonderfruit never fails with, and that’s improving and evolving every year.
Life changing experience
I got to experience the festival with a new set of eyes this year, and it really made me appreciate the work that goes in to the details. Every structure is carefully planned out to make it the perfect trip through the wonderland we all know as Wonderfruit. This year’s entrance was grand, with inviting wooden letters reaching out for you as you entered the ground. From there on a path of adventure was laid out for you. Firstly, with dancing umbrellas welcoming you, waiving their arms at you. If you actually stopped to enjoy every structure at the festival, as we chose to do on Friday, it can take you hours before you actually get in to the main ground. Everything is just so beautiful. People dressing up in colourful outfits, full of glitter, having fun! Seeing the smiles on your friends faces… on everyone’s face. Pure bliss.
Solar stage <3
Solar stage for sunset and sunrise
Then, it’s solar stage for sunset. Sunset is the most beautiful thing about the festival. It has to be done at Solar stage. At least on the main days (Friday and Saturday). Sit down in the grass. Look at the structure that is solar stage as the sun sets. Amazing tunes to go to the beat of the sun slowly setting in the fields. It has to be experienced. Creatures of the night dancing in sync with the music. Fire show around the grounds. Thai dancers lurking around the stage. Dragons dancing at your feet. It’s like they are performing just for you and you are in the centre of everything. I tell you it is life changing.
Dance into the night and eat your heart out
From there on you just dance into the night. Eat at all the amazing food that is scattered at stands and food trucks around the grounds. Drink all the drinks you please. On the last day… typically.. I found my favourite drink spot there. In the Thai area there were some creative Thai infused beverages. It’s so crazy with Wonderfruit how every day is a new experience, and you always stumble onto something new.
Where to stay
We never stay overnight the premises though. As in we don’t sleep there, but we do stay until sunrise! Though I’m sure it’s a great experience if you are able to get the air-conditioned tents while they’re still available or bring an RV. We got a villa with a bunch of friends this year, which probably will be what we do next year as well. A lot of the people we’ve met were more than happy camping on the grounds as well, so if you are not like myself (who needs air-con to sleep) then you will be just fine. There’s showers and toilets at the campgrounds. Though, if you want a fresh bathroom, clean sheets, and cold air, just google the location and you’ll be fine staying anywhere in an approx. 15 km radius.
I also want to add that Wonderfruit has a large focus on sustainability and this year they upped the game with reusable cups that you could pay extra for at the entrance. And in return you get a 50 baht discount for drinks inside. As well as moving one step closer to saving the world of course. A great initiative that should be followed by other festivals too. If not that, at least no plastic cups. All those drinks that gets bought during festivals…
H a p p i n e s s
Best festival in Thailand
Of every event in Thailand, of any event I’ve ever been to in the world, this is definitely the best one. It’s something to look forward to all year. So thankful for the people behind Wonderfruit and the great people who participates in it. Really, if you haven’t been you have to go!
Went for Natalie Glebova ‘s amazing birthday party in Pattaya last weekend. We started off with a white party at Cafe Del Mar with Natalie on the decks for the perfect sunset set. Most of you probably haven’t heard about Cafe Del Mar yet, but it’s a pool club located right on the beach in Jomtien. I love the venue at and in my opinion it’s the best place to go out in Pattaya area. Great vibes, great drinks and the venue is nice and open!
The second day we sailed away into the sunset with the perfect catamaran, tunes and crew for the occasion…
Probably the best birthday Weekend I’ve ever joined. Such an awesome crowd!
Hope everyone’s had an amazing Loy Krathong! This year we celebrated at Chocolate Ville in Bangkok. Fantastic location, I can’t believe I haven’t been before. It’s just like being at Epcot or some amusement park that is not located in Asia. It’s incredibly well maintained. Great ambience and amazing food and drink selection. We had a mixture of Thai and Western food and it was superb. Prices are also very reasonable. Definitely coming back!
Even if you’re last-minute, you’ll find a Halloween party in Bangkok at every corner. Bars and restaurants go all out, which is quite amazing. Open the event page on Facebook and you can see pretty much any of the top ones in Bangkok, as most venues advertise weeks in advance. Since I ‘forgot’ to take a picture of this years costume, I’ve added some of the past years costumes.
Wonder Woman, Dia de los Muertos inspired chick and Tomb Raider. This year… I was the pink bear from Epic Games – Fortnite (Cuddle Team Leader skin for those of you that plays). I’m a bit bummed I didn’t get the mast as well, as I now see that it was an option to order it. I will include the link for you below if you are interested to get one.
2014 (Koi and Ku De Ta)
We were super last-minute that year and ended up going to Petchaburi 18 to the costume rental shop. Awesome selections!
Of all the places I’ve lived or visited during Halloween, Bangkok definitely is on the top when it comes to selection of party venue. It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, people are going all out in one way or another costumes or not! This year was no exception. We started out with beers and tacos at Casa Azul, a Mexican restaurant located in Soi Ari before going to Atomic in Thonglor. Atomic was super fun with loads of games like beer pong and some other games which I had too many beers to remember what was called. Do check it out if you’re into games.
We had the beef tartar, some cheeses from their cheese selection and fresh oysters. All yum!
I’ve been to The Bar Upstairs a couple of times in the past few months but never had the change to eat there until yesterday. I was quite impressed by the quality of their food.. Their Brie de Meaux is the best one I’ve had in Bangkok so far. I loved the Fine de Claire oysters, so fresh and tasty and if you book through Chope you can get a buy1 get1 deal for the oysters. I always go to El Mercado for their fresh food selection, but I have to say, they have now got competition. They only down side is that the bar is located in Sukhumvit soi 11, which is not my go-to place when going out. Though with all these new great places popping up, it might be. If you are going out or just wanting to get a couple of drinks in, they also have an great wine selection along with a good selection of their own spins of mainstream cocktails.