I spent a fait bit of time online attempting to find a decent two bedroom hotel in a reasonable location and was surprised at how hard it was. In the end there was not much to chose from (unless you wanted to spend 10,000 baht per night) so I reluctantly booked for two nights at the Khum Phucome Hotel.
We organised a van to pick us up at the airport for 350 baht and this went very smoothly. Check in was also smooth and we were shown to our room. Now for 4,000 baht ($130) I was not expecting the ritz and at first glance we were all pleasantly surprised.
As we were all hungry we headed off for a walk before eventually finding the Rain Tree Cafe where we got ourselves some lunch. I then took all the kids back for a rest while Seerung and Bow went off for a look around and to do a little shopping.
That evening we hired a private car through the hotel to drop us off at the night market in the centre of the city for 100 baht. It was a great evening until one of the wildest storms I have ever seen wrecked havoc across the city. Shops quickly closed but those that were too slow ended up with their merchandise flying through the air like missiles. I found shelter for the family in a little walled off area and hugged the kids closely while watching the carnage around us. Quite scary but exciting at the same time.
Once the storm passed we figured we had had enough excitement for one night so attempted to find a songtaew to take us back to the hotel. Seerung got angry at a few people who were asking crazy prices before we eventually found someone who would take us.
Once back at the hotel we quickly found that having an apartment with a kitchen does not really mean you have a kitchen! No plates or cups or a kettle or a microwave – nothing! We called reception and they provided us with a kettle. I then had to figure out a way to warm up Jacobs bottle of milk and thankfully discovered a vase with fake flowers in the bathroom which I filled up with hot water (after removing the flowers) and plonked the bottle in that to warm itself. The kids all had a great bath before collapsing into bed.
The hotel itself was almost a little spooky. The place was completely empty during the day time and early evening. We appeared to be the only guests in our entire five story block. Late at night the place must fill up because walking to breakfast the next morning there were a few tour buses in the car park and about 50 people hogging into the buffet. While nothing to write home about the buffet did the job for us.
On the second day I took the kids for a swim and once again we were the only people around. The pool bar was closed and to Seerung’s disappointment the massage shop was also closed.
Over all the hotel did the job but I doubt very much we would stay there again. The lack of cooking facilities, boomerang beds and thread bare curtains caused too many problems for us to really relax. The location was also a pain but that is my own fault as I knew that when I booked.
After breakfast on our first morning we organised the same car and driver to take us to the Chiang Mai Zoo. The girls were really excited about this and due to the number of photos that we took that I would like to share I will devote the 2nd day of out two day Chiang Mai trip to a separate blog soon to follow.