The Market at Chaweng
The Thai market area of Laem Din is located directly behind the main tourist strip. On a visit to the market, Agal and Rick found the place stocked up with covered fresh produce, local cooked delicacies and clothes on bargain. Rick observed that many Thai people who worked in Chaweng, had built their homes on these backstreets and he found the setting nostalgic.
Stay at Iyara
Iyara. A unique hotel and chic shopping plaza featuring aesthetically furnished rooms in a beautiful beachfront setting. Conveniently located on the north of Chaweng Beach, Agalvizhi, Richard and the children had had an unforgettable stay at Iyara. The hotel housed four distinct room types—Superior, Deluxe, Cabana and Iyara Studio—in three separate wings—Plaza Wing, Cabana Wing and Ocean Wing. Further, the Deluxe type had two enchanting sub-types—Deluxe Sea View and Deluxe Pool View rooms housed in the Second and Ground Levels of the Plaza Wing, respectively. The latest addition to the regalia—six, new Private Deluxe rooms—had been opened in the private area of Plaza Wing’s Ground Level and one of them had been booked for the family. Their Deluxe had been furnished in modern Thai style with living area, separate rain shower and bathtub, and a 42″ plasma screen TV. Immediately after they had settled in, Jess and Sill had gone exploring the other room types.
They loved the Cabanas, set in low-rise cottages nestled among tropical gardens, four of them right on the beach with an absolute sea view. The Cabanas had been furnished in contemporary Thai style with originally teakwood furniture and a private balcony for relaxation. Rick had been enchanted by the Deluxe Pool Views, with their individual air-conditioned control unit, well-stocked mini-bar and bathroom equipped with bathtub, shower and complete toiletry options. Agal had been floored by the four Iyara Studio rooms set on the Second Level of the Ocean Wing with sterling sea and plaza views and authentic teakwood furniture. The children had loved the two Iyara Suites that offered secluded sun terraces and a dramatic view of the ocean from a bathroom that overlooked Mud Lung Island. The family had proved that souls that loved existence were at home, even in the most remote places on Earth.
A pedicure at Chaweng
Agal was looking across the beachside at Sill, Jessie and Tom engage themselves variously in jet ski riding, banana boat riding, water skiing, wakeboarding or windsurfing. She had heard that parasailing in the beach—behind a motorboat in a high rise above the water—offered a fantastic view overlooking Chaweng. Her head was rested gently on her husband’s shoulder, the sunlight glinting off her oblique, unblinking eyes. The owner of the shoulder was sipping a tall glass of red cherry that he had bought from the Ark Bar, probably the most popular beach bar in Chaweng. The drink tasted very refreshing and Rick was reminded of similar experiences a couple of nights ago, at the Tropical Murphy’s Irish Bar and the Reggae Pub, both, among the best at the Green Mango Strip that ran behind and parallel to Chaweng Beach Road.
Agal had her half-glass of juice half buried in the sand between them, now watching an army of vendors variously selling ice creams, fruit, grilled sweetcorn or chicken and Thai papaya salad, cold drinks, jewelry and sarongs. Rick hailed a vendor for some grilled sweetcorn for himself and chicken for Agal and an ice cream and papaya salad for each. Munching on her chicken and papaya, Agal noticed that a particular vendor, a young and beautiful Thai woman in her late twenties, had something worthwhile to offer—henna tattoos, hair braiding and pedicures. Agal badly needed a pedicure and beckoned out to her. As the woman went to work at her toes, Agal’s attention turned to two other youngsters, both robust boys in their early teens, returning to sea, having rented a kayak and a canoe each. Ten minutes and an excellent job later, the woman collected her wages and left with an enchanting smile that only Thai women could conduct. Agal finished her goodies, drained her half-glass and mildly closed her eyes. After a day’s interim, Agal, Rick and the children would be heading out to the beach at the southern end of Chaweng.
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