not crabby in krabi

My friend, Suzanne, and I made the lightning quick flight to the southern Thailand town of Krabi from Bangkok earlier this year. Even though our visit was during rainy season, we never felt crabby in this brilliant beach town facing the Andaman Sea.
Low tide

One of two daily low tides

We stayed at the beauteous Nakamanda Resort and Spa which was located on a private cove in the quiet and secluded Klong Muang area of Krabi.

Nice pool we didn't get to use too much of at the Nakamanda.

Dazzling pool at the Nakamanda

We made time to visit the night market and even made the scene one evening at a 70′s club on touristy Ao Nang beach. Otherwise, we were quite content relaxing in our villa, spa-ing, and indulging in some delectable dishes! Our best dining happened in the form of a corn waffle from the market and the freshest seafood joint down the beach from our resort.
Thai shrimp on the beach

Thai shrimp with tamarind sauce on the beach

And we were very lucky that the rain let up just enough to let us trek on elephants in the lush jungle at Nosey Parker’s Elephant Camp:
Best part of trip was getting to know Suzanne better. This was our first jaunt together. We have since made another one to Hong Kong and are heading back to Bangkok next month! I know a good travel buddy (have you heard me mention Laura?) when I see one. Saigon LOVE to Suzanne and all, Lisa
Our frequent Krabi window view : (

Our frequent Krabi window view…sigh

welcome to fantasy island

I have had the unforgettable pleasure of visiting two extraordinary resorts on an island in Ninh Van Bay off the coast of Nha Trang, Vietnam.  The sense of arrival at both resorts with entire staffs waiting to greet on the pier,  made you feel like a guest star on an episode of the television series, Fantasy Island! Both evoked subdued elegance and exquisite traditional Vietnamese architecture while overlooking the very picturesque East Vietnam Sea.

View from our beach villa’s private pool at An Lam

My first trip to Nha Trang was to the awesome Six Senses Ninh Van Bay with my friends, Laura and Maria. After an amazing experience, I knew I had to return with Paul.  We chose a two-story beach villa, although the rock, water and hill top villas looked equally inviting. Most impressive was the level of luxury while still maintaining a very green operation.  Our villa had a private pool complete with butler service.  Sugar, our sweet butler, delivered impeccable service with personal touches that made everything that much more special. Besides just chilling out, we visited the wine cave for a wine tasting and on the second trip for a private romantic dinner. The food was absolutely fabulous and we especially loved the expansive breakfast buffet. Later this summer, Laura and I are visiting their resort in Con Dao, Vietnam. We can’t wait for more of the Six Senses treatment!

Romantic wine cave dinner at Six Senses

Last weekend, Laura and I visited Epikurean’s  An Lam Ninh Van Bay, another five star resort on the same island right around the bend from Six Senses. WOW! Just as impressive as their neighbor, yet with their own inimitable style.  Our butler, Luan, went above and beyond from the get-go! Our beer was always iced and each day he scattered flowers in our pool. Luan offered to arrange dinner on the catamaran but we opted instead for private tables on the jetty and the torch-lit beach. So many available activities, but we were thrilled to just enjoy our villa. Very obvious was the hands-on management style at An Lam. We enjoyed getting to know the property’s manager, Miss Lei who shared about other Epikurean properties. Hoping one is in our future…

Watch this video and enjoy your own little fantasy:

I would be hard pressed to choose between these two superb destinations. Both delivered breathtaking yet different escapes that I had only dreamed of before. Maybe I can just fly back to both? “Mr. Roarke, ze plane, ze plane!”

a little piece of heaven…

…marred only by a nasty stomach bug I got on the first night. On Friday, we drove four and a half hours from Saigon to pretty Mui Ne beach and checked into the idyllic CoCo Beach Resort for a getaway weekend.

Paul checking us in our beach bungalow in Mui Ne

Our bungalow was right on the beach with the lulling sound of the surf our entire stay. And yes, Tony, fresh squeezed juice was delivered upon arrival! Although rustic in appearance, the bungalow was equipped with all modern conveniences (including a mosquito net bed canopy!).

Room with a view

Mui Ne is said to be the best place for fresh seafood.  Unfortunately, my tummy prevented us from venturing too far from CoCo Beach to find out.  Also, didn’t get to find out if Mui Ne had cyclo drivers :( . The restaurant had a nice snack bar near our lounge chairs and another restaurant we enjoyed on the beach.

Here are some more Mui Ne snaps:

The silver lining in my heavenly cloud?  My hubby passed the “in sickness and in health” promise with flying colors!  I am married to a very caring and compassionate man. Thanks, sweetie.

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