Have We Found Heaven on Earth?

We spent an incredible week at the Thai beaches of Kamala Beach, on the island of Phuket, and Khao Lak.  We had picnics on the beach, swam in the ocean every morning, and made time for our refreshing afternoon “coconut o’clock.”  It was heaven.  We have to mention that on Khao Lak we stayed at the beautiful J.W. Marriott.  We stayed on points, got an upgrade to a suite, and generally pampered ourselves.  (Not that that’s saying much after four months in SE Asia — “Soft bed!”  “Two pillows!”  “A working toilet!”)  It’s a fantastic deal for points — a giant breakfast is included and Jordan’s status got us free happy hours and discounts on food and other stuff.  If you have Marriott points and time to go to Thailand, we highly recommend this place!

For those with a memory for detail, Khao Lak was one of the areas heaviest hit by the 2004 tsunami.  The recently released film The Impossible, starring Ewan MacGregor, documents a real-life family’s story that survived the tsunami in Khao Lak. We heard some scenes from the film were shot on location on the beach.  Scary to think about.

Here are some of our favorite pictures of our week on the Thai beaches:

JW Marriott Khao Lak
Coconut o’clock
JW Marriott Khao Lak
Post-swim relaxing
JW Marriott Khao Lak
A storm rolling in at Khao Lak
JW Marriott Khao Lak
The JW Marriott
JW Marriott Khao Lak
The hotel had a massive pool that meandered all over the property. You could jump right in from the first-floor rooms!
JW Marriott Khao Lak
Beachside at Khao Lak
JW Marriott Khao Lak
Breakfast at the J Dub — Eggs Benedict and sushi
JW Marriott Khao Lak
View from happy hour at the swim-up pool bar
JW Marriott Khao Lak
Beachside shacks in Khao Lak
Phuket, Thailand
Our beach picnic — roast chicken, veggies, papaya salad and beer. Not bad for $5.
Phuket, Thailand
Sunset in Phuket
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