Hotel Review: The Lakehouse Ko Yo

Location: 93/2 Soi 5 Rom Yen, Tambon Ko Yo, Amphoe Mueang Songkhla, Chang Wat Songkhla 90100 6.8 km

This newly opened, kid-friendly guesthouse is situated in the Island of Yor or locally known as Ko Yo. Yo is an island in Songkhla Lake where some of the most spectacular sunsets can be viewed. It can be accessed via the Tinsulanonda Bridge, the longest in Thailand.

Let’s talk about The Lakehouse

A simple, vibrant picture would certainly make that lonely wall lively.

Rooms are pretty big and spacious. Our room got two big sliding windows overlooking either the outdoor pool and the greeneries behind or the awesome surrounding stilt houses and sunset. The wooden framed bed is big although a bit hard. There are matching wooden furniture with plenty of drawers. There’s a full body mirror, and two extra orthopaedic pillows. Oddly though, the flatscreen TV is not connected to any cable and or antenna and so there is nothing to watch there. The floor, linens, and bathroom are clean. Wish I could say the same with the pool.

The Pool is one of the amenities our kids are so excited about when going on trips and staying in hotels. For them it’s not worth going if they couldn’t swim and have fun in a pool. The Lake House’s pool was a bit of a disappointment though. It wasn’t very clean when we got there. The water was murky. Although they did vacuum and put chlorine in the evening after the pool closed for the night. In the morning it was a whole lot better but still the water was murky. Our kids nevertheless, had fun. However as parents we couldn’t help but worry.

Haad Kaew Resort’s swimming pool is still the best thus far.

Wi-Fi is one of its strongest point. The internet connection is strong and fast. We had no hiccups opening Youtube videos and even streaming movies.

Amenities are plenty. In the rooms, they have got freebies and other complementary items a pair of toothbrush.  A mini reading lounge is on the ground floor adjacent to the restaurant with plenty of English books, and a pool table at the third floor.

Hotel ground. Well there is none. The hotel is situated very near the road that they only got space for parking and that is about it.

The hotel itself is a pretty small place in terms of width. But it’s a three story building with big rooms and even bigger living rooms on each floor.

Food. The Lakehouse has a restaurant that offers both Thai and Western dishes.

Clientele
*Foreigners who are working around Songkhla come to unwind or party
*Malaysians who are visiting Songkhla or Ko Yo
*Any group of friends who wants to hangout
*Families on staycation

Services. The staff were friendly, accommodating, and speaks English. We didn’t require so much services from them,  they appeared always ready to help.

Price. Got the Deluxe 1 room for $29/night without breakfast. I believe there is no “with breakfast option”. We paid our stay through paypal which is really convenient for bloggers like us.

Generally, The Lake House Ko Yo guesthouse is a great place to go for families on staycation, group of friends who are looking for some fun while relaxing from the busy city life.

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Things You Might Want to Bring for a Countryside Staycation with Children

A staycation in the countryside is both fun and refreshing, there are however dangers lurking around the corner that we must be prepared of before going especially if you are tagging your kids along.

Recently we went to this beautiful resort located at the South of Thailand.  The resort is devoid of any form of city features except those in the resort itself. It has amenities resorts and hotels in the city have like Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fridge but it is situated out of nowhere.  You see nothing but nature around- trees, bushes, birds, flowers, and some others. There are no Seven Eleven’s nearby, not even a gas station, or a local convenience store.

Going to places like this and traveling with kids along, we usually anticipate the things that we might be needing. It is better to be prepared than be sorry as they say. Having this in mind, we have prepared the following for a smooth, worry-free in the countryside.

Things you might want to prepare for a countryside staycation with children with you.

1. Medicine. A child can react differently to a different environment.  The air might be fresh and clean, but there are other elements to consider such as pollens and dusts that could trigger asthma.  Since my younger son has not gotten rid of his asthma yet, bringing his Babyhaler and Seretide are a must.

2. Cream or ointment for allergies and bites. There is no shortage of mosquitoes. They were everywhere especially at night. They were unbelievably huge and persistent. Fortunately though, the rooms are well sealed. So we still had a good night sleep.

3. Long, cozy pants, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. These are needed especially if you want to take a walk and enjoy nature or you might want to take photos around just like the photo below. Crawling creatures are plenty. And there are loads of fallen sharp twigs, leaves, and oh poison ivies.  I checked out poison ivy treatment at buyrhustox.com before coming, but gladly there were no poison ivies in the place.

4. Long, sturdy sticks. Before setting out for an adventure, bring any long sturdy sticks.  If there are bushes, chances are there might be snakes.

5. Other miscellaneous nitty-gritties like hats, backpack full of extra shirts, snacks, and a bottle of water.

These are some of the things that we prepare before setting forth.  Although needs may vary from place to place or from family to family, but hopefully these list here will help you in any way in your on travel.

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Unplanned Staycation: Rimlay Park Resort

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Rimlay Park Resort Review

If you would like to know our experience in this resort read on.

 

My husband and I work full time. Parents out there could surely empathize with us wanting to getaway and simply relax.  And in today’s busy and structured world, this does not come by easily.  Parents have busy schedules and kids’ have timetable full of classes from dusk to twilight, plus special classes here and there. With all these crazy sched in the family, finding the common time for a holiday is rare and difficult. Fortunately though, the previous week we had that rare time. And so we grabbed the opportunity and went on our unplanned staycation.

For us, a perfect staycation means staying in a new place with a nice accommodation, clean air conditioned room with wifi, fridge, and coffee maker, and most importantly a place with kids pool. So we hurriedly booked Rimlay Park Resort at Phattalung Thailand.

As soon as the booking was confirmed, we drove there the following day. Since it is unplanned, I forgot the kids’ life jackets. They love swimming but they do not know how to swim yet, thus the life jackets.  We ought to enroll them in a swimming class. And yes we will, it is important.

We got to the resort after hours of going back and forth exploring the outback. Yes it is in the countryside. It is a little haven in the middle of acres and acres of rice fields and forest.

The place is good and we rated it 4/5. But it does not have a proper kids pool unlike Haad Kaew Resort. It is actually an adult pool with a shallow area where adults could sit around and tête-à-tête while in the water.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well.  The kids had so much fun.  The accommodating lady owner lent them swimming aid noodles. Although short, but it had been a relaxing stay and an enjoyable one for the kids.

Rimlay Park Resort is a great staycation place for families or a getaway haven for group of friends. If you would like to know more about this resort, read Rimlay Park Resort Review.

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