We had a great weekend in Hua Hinn. The water was a little bit chilly, but overall the weather was great. There was a nice breeze that just made it so nice.
The Hyatt there is just a really nice place to stay. The kids like the pool, which has a giant slide and a "lazy river" that winds around. Whenever we stay there, Tim tries to get a room on the first floor next to the pool so that we can just walk out. The Hyatt will not guarantee those rooms, so if you get there when one is available, then you are in luck. We were fortunate this time to get one.
The service staff at the Hyatt is also just top notch. They go out of there way to help you without being obtrusive. The one thing that stands out is when we were having dinner at the Father's Day buffet. They had mushroom pizza on the buffet, and while the kids love pizza, they don't love mushrooms. Jacob mentioned to his mom that he wished that there was cheese pizza. Five or ten minutes later a waiter arrived and placed a cheese pizza on our table. A staff member had overheard his talking to Tim so they gave him his wish. They made a ten year old boy and his sisters very happy.
Most of the time we hung around the pool and the beach. We ventured into town for lunch one day, but for the most part we just relaxed at the hotel. You can ride a pony on the beach for thirty minutes at a cost of about $13. Tim managed to bargain them down to about $10 a ride, so we rented three ponies for the kids. Aleena had a young pony which she had to switch off of by then end of the ride because it was too tired. I guess eating at the buffet really beefed her up a bit.
Overall it was a really nice trip and we had fun. By the end, however, the kids were bickering with each other quite a bit. I think three days together without friends crossed some sort of threshold.
I did get a chance to use my new camera. There were a few issues with the flash that I couldn't figure out, but so far I'm happy with the results.