It's evening and we are on our last day in Thailand. It's 7.00pm. Our bags are packed, Kaya is having her tea, our taxi is booked for 9.30pm and we fly at 1.05am on the 25th with Emirates.
We're back in Ayothaya, at the Sherwood House. We decided on a few days back at one of our favourite Thai guesthouses after a month on the islands. Our trip to the islands ended up being in the singular as we decided to stick with Lanta because we had sorted out a good arrangement with our guest house to cook food for Kaya and wanted to be near the medical services on Lanta. We also wanted to maximise our snorkelling trips so took turns going out on boats which meant we needed down-time at our guesthouse without moving about. We stayed in the Green Garden Resort on Khlong Khaong beach which was very family oriented. The bar was very Majestic - run by Bao and Rene with the help of Jim. The last week ended up with a great group of people staying, some who were there long-term such as Austrian couple Harry and Martina, plus returnee Marko from Germany and two fantastic Canadian women, Brandy and Carol, who were delightful with Kaya. Kaya enjoyed being with the children of the family and Andaman (Bao and Rene's kid) and had a great few days with Brandy and Carol. Ae, one of the masseurs, became a temporary Aunty of Kaya's and gave her lots of hugs and played games with her.
We have all had colds which is interesting given we all arrived with colds from the UK! We're all over them now in time for flying which is good.
So, a few hour to go and we're on a 12 hour flight with a 10 month old! Should be very different to our flight out with a 7 month old.
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