|Prior to entering the grounds of Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort we asked permission to tour the property to take photos.|
|The entrance to the spa on the opposite side of the parking lot at Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort.|
With this knowledge one can easily say, "Why bother to travel?"
|The resort has a good sized pool and Jacuzzi facing the ocean.|
|Alternate view of the pool. It was a cloudy day but plenty of guests lounged by the pool.|
When we traveled to certain parts of the world in 2013, 2014, we sensed an element of heightened risk at the time. We'd never have chosen to visit many of those countries at this time when so much has transpired over these past few years.
|An outdoor Thai massage area.|
|A waterfall and pond on the grounds of the resort, next to the spa area.|
|We were excited to see a Koi pond.|
Even the most secluded of country villages fall prey to horrific crime and devastation. Sure, we felt safer living on an alpaca farm in New Zealand as opposed to riding on a bus in Egypt or Turkey.
|As we approached the pond, the fish swam close , mouths open, hoping for food.|
|Soon, as is the case for this resort guest, we'll be lounging in a chaise by a pool and the ocean.|
|The spa lounge.|
We easily gained access to the property after we showed our business card and explained to the reception staff we were preparing a story about the property and would be taking photos. They happily obliged. Security was at a minimum as we perused the property. (Had the 11 bombings in Thailand not occurred recently, most likely, we'd never have noticed a lack of security).
|Another decorative pool on the property.|
|An exercise and lounge area by the spa.|
Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort for only US $19, THB $659! That's less than the cost of a low priced hostel! (These rates may be seasonal and higher priced during peak holidays, etc.).
These rates include free Wi-Fi, free parking, air con, daily maid service and more. Had we not visited the property in person, we'd have thought the online photos were deceiving. But, after our visit, before we knew the prices, we both admitted we'd happily have stayed at such a property. It was a surprising experience, one we're glad we took the time to investigate.
|Walkway back to the reception area.|
Happy day to all!
Photo from one year ago today, August 22, 2015:
|The sign outside the huge permanent farmer's market in downtown Cairns, Rusty's Markets, a popular tourist attraction as well as a favorite shopping site for locals. For more photos, please click here.|