I am a little late in posting since we went to Thailand before Christmas, but better late than never. We had such an amazing trip. It is only a 1.5 hour flight from KL on the west coast of Thailand. The hotel greeted us with fresh flower necklaces which the girls loved. It was sophisticated enough (great food and drinks) for the adults but really catered to the kids as well.
The first day we arrange for a traditional Thai style long boat to take us to Koyao Island (off the east coast) to visit our good friends that live across the street. They were vacationing there for a week so it worked out great. The boat was slow and the water a little choppy but everyone handled fine. The scenery was so beautiful even after a hour you did not tire of it. Once on the island the kids just played and played while we relaxed by the pool and on the beach. Samantha and Claire even did some snorkeling, more hunting for shells that looking at fish.
The next day we stayed around the resort swimming and such. We were headed to the pool and when we rounded the corner to the lobby there was a baby elephant. Not everyday you see that in a hotel lobby. The hotel was equipped to make happy kids which equals happy adults. You could check our bikes, go on the water slide, enjoy the kids club and they even circus training school. Samantha flew on the trapeze and had so much fun.
On the third day we took a boat excursion out to "James Bond" island. We rode a speed boat out to the Phi Phi islands then boarded sea canoes and had paddled tour through sea caves. It was really freaking cool. The girls loved having to lay down in order to make it through the caves. Kyle and I just took the scenery and experience. We had lunch at local floating restaurant geared to feeding all the tourists. Here the girls got to hold an eagle. Again, not your everyday vacation experience.
The last few days we just lounged and enjoyed the resort and the family time. Samantha finally warmed up to the elephant and even fed it some bananas. Emily on the other hand kept her distance. Overall a wonderful family holiday.
Happy New Year!