Sumanawas (The Golden Temple) – Glorious simplicity.

Among Thailand’s most famous temples are those that are renowned for its grandeur, and buildings that are visions of gold. However, Sumanawas Temple, Pranburi sparkles of unhindered simplicity.Set amidst the landscape of the beach, the temple is without doubt a place of quiet worship. Drawing from the luxuries of the coastal life is Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, the hotel is a tropical getaway that is pleasantly adorned with luscious greenery. Things to do in Pranburi would include cycling, hiking and a multitude of water activities. It is best to explore this unspoiled territory by bike. Cycle your way to Sumanawas Temple and observe the simple mysteries of life in Pranburi on your way.

The temple is a refuge to all those who visit while the buildings coated in gold, faintly dazzle in the noon day sun. Calm fills travellers, as the grounds are not frequented by many. Regardless of your religious beliefs the temple is inviting to those who are in a meditative or pensive mood.

The grounds are also home to many stray dogs. It is a source of comfort for their hungry souls. Monks and visitors make generous contributions to appease their hunger for love and food. Many who visit the temple are drawn towards these needy beings. Those who pity their condition attempt to safeguard their well- being throughout their stay. Your heart will undoubtedly warm towards them.

An ideal vacation in Pranburi would include a visit to the Sumanawas temple, as it captures the simplicity of the area and its people. Once you set foot on the holy grounds it would become apparent that the tranquility of the surroundings would urge you to prolong your hours of worship or even relaxation.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world. Google+

Black Mountain Water Park: Outdoor Family Fun

If you are looking for a way to beat Thailand’s tropical heat look no further than Black Mountain Water Park. Situated 10 kilometres north of Hua Hin and minutes from Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, Black Mountain Water Park is one of Hua Hin’s favourite attractions. Able to accommodate 1000 people at a time, the 55,000 square-metre Black Mountain Water Park is one of the largest water parks in Asia and a must-visit destination not far from Pranburi Resort.
The 2013 winner of TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, Black Mountain Water Park offers fine outdoor family entertainment with its colourful water slides and spacious family-friendly pools. Opened in 2011, the Park welcomes visitors daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m and is managed by the group responsible for the prestigious Black Mountain Golf Course that lies opposite the Park. A 600 Baht entrance ticket (half rate for children) allows visitors to enter the expansive Park while beautiful wooden bridges and paths carry visitors to the Park’s attractions which include nine pools and numerous water slides. A popular attraction here is the 17-metre-tall tower with nine water slides placed at different levels that carry visitors to the pools below. Visitors can opt for an exhilarating 76-meter journey along The Bee, snake through the 86-meter-long Blue Snake or take the thrilling 50 kilometre-per-hour ride along The Purple Speed under the watchful eyes of the Park’s trained lifeguards.

For a more relaxing afternoon, float along the slow-flowing ‘Lazy River” or lounge beside the Kids Pool to watch children enjoy playing with water guns, water slides and colourful climbing rods. Walk along the Park’s beautiful man-made lake and engage in an exciting game of water polo before wake boarding in the two metre-tall waves of the Wave Pool. An extra fee allows visitors to use the Park’s lockers and towels while a large food court serves Western and Thai dishes and snack and ice cream kiosks lie scattered across the Park. Finally, enjoy Thailand’s warm weather with a cool cocktail at the edge of the breathtaking Infinity Pool.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

Handmade Arts & Crafts in Hua Hin – A Vibrant Collection of Beautiful Artefacts

Gorgeous Thai Silks, brilliant Thai paintings and a hundred more fascinating knick-knacks make up the ‘Family Tree’ arts and crafts collection in the royal city of Hua Hin. A vibrant town full of ancient palaces Hua Hin is an extremely popular tourist destination and a hotel Hua Hin should be one that allows easy access to the white sandy beaches. Travellers seeking a touch of class should consider the Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa.

This luxurious hotel sits right on the white sandy beaches of Hua Hin. Just minutes from the areas world class golf greens this resort boasts traditional Thai hospitality and loads of modern comforts. Indulge in some pampering at the expansive spa, relax on the beach or try out the delicious cuisine. Look forward to unwinding in comfort at any one of the well-appointed rooms and suites which offer views of the beautiful gardens or beach. Lagoon rooms take luxury to a new level, with private a terrace over the gorgeous lagoon. Guests are offered the services of Chief Experience Guru, who will happily map out daily excursions, key attractions and even advice you on the best tee off times.

The Family Tree handmade arts and crafts fair is a must visit for all those who love collecting beautiful artefacts. Encompassing the services of over 30 different cultural communities this fair brings together traditional creations of Thai jewellery, silks, natural dyed fabric, traditional cosmetics, toys, cultural ornaments, impressive true to life Thai paintings, sculptures and much more.

Your one stop shop for acquiring the perfect souvenir the handcrafts fair is a must see, while exploring the elegant palaces and temples of traditional Hua Hin.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+