Wednesday, June 10, 2015

L's early birthday waterslides

To celebrate L's birthday (a week early) and to start summer off on the right foot, we took a quick trip to the beach! 

L had asked to go to a waterslide park, and a very wise friend pointed out that for the cost of tickets for a family of four, we could get a room at Centara Grand Mirage in Pattaya and enjoy their waterslides as a part of our stay!  Genius! In the end, the room was a bit more than just waterslides would have been, but we all agree it was totally worth it.

Pattaya, our nearest beach, isn't exactly picture-perfect white sand paradise.  I didn't know what to expect, but our friend assured me that we would love it.

She was right!  It was gorgeous.  I think we've all been spoiled.   It's going to be hard for our usual 800 baht rooms to measure up from here on out.

The water isn't crystal-clear, and the sand is admittedly a little rough, but it's the ocean.  Even when it's bad, it's good.

We spent most of our time in the pool.  The lazy river/waterslide combo was our favorite, though we did indulge in some "cliff jumping" at the deep pool and the kids also liked taking a break in the splash pad.

Whim got a waterproof phone case, and we took so many pictures that eventually, every time I called his name, L would say, "Is it time for a sophie?"  By the end of the trip, he had us all saying "sophie!" (selfie) instead of cheese.

It was hard to leave, but I've noticed time and again that you can pack a lot of fun into a quick overnight trip.  And speaking of packing, we packed our own food and only had to worry about eating out once. 

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