Great Activities For You And Your Family In Croyde

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One of the best kept secrets of North Devon, Croyde has become very popular with the surfing community, thanks to the awesome swells that the Atlantic creates at this point of the coastline. If you are planning a holiday in North Devon, you simply must visit this sleepy little village, which, according to local folklore, gets its name from Viking raiders.

 
 

The Gold Coast Oceanfest

This amazing festival takes place in mid-June, which is a great time to sample the hospitality that Croyde is famous for. Music, surfing and beach sports all take place, and you will need to book your tickets early, as this festival is very popular. There are affordable Croyde holiday cottages to rent, so accommodation is no problem, but you should book early if you are planning on going during the festival.

 
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The National Marine Aquarium

This is a must-visit place, with the largest ocean tank in the UK, you can see several species of sharks and rays, along with many different kinds of marine life. A great place to take the kids, as the aquarium is very educational, and you might see large groups of school children who visit as part of their outdoor curriculum.

 
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Great Hilltop Walks

 

A clifftop walk to Baggy Point will become a daily activity, and no matter how many times you do it, you will see something different every time. If you fancy and extended hike, Saunton Sands is well within walking distance and offers stunning views of vast expanses of beach. In fact, Croyde is the ideal place to base your holiday, as there are many local attractions nearby, and by renting a country cottage you can immerse yourself in the slow way of life that this part of the country is known for. No one rushes in Croyde!

Sourcing Accommodation

Don’t make the mistake of turning up and expecting to find accommodation, at least not in Summer! High season travellers are advised to book a few months in advance, as the best cottages are snapped up by canny travellers who know how the system works. Stepping into Croyde is like travelling back in time, with quaint streets and tea shops everywhere, you would never know if its the 21st century or back in the days where men declare love through poems and hand-written letters.

Whether you are looking for a family holiday or you want some time alone, you’d be hard pushed to find a nicer place that the sleepy village of Croyde.
 

Hua Hin


A mother-daughter excursion ended up being a family trip! (blame the word beer)
Before hopping onto the plane, I briefed everyone: Just eat (i.e. drink beer) and relax (i.e. get daily massages).
In my case, get as much sun as humanly possible before flying back to China.
Currently nipping as I’m drafting this post. #bloodywinter


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Our stay at Norndee was fabulous. Travelling around the world means we go through all sort of accommodations, from budget bunk beds to fancy-ass hotels, very often seeing it as a temporary stopover but not somewhere we would go back to. Therefore, it was alarming when I told mum: I want to come back!

 

Santorini Park @ Cha-Am is a great place for taking outfit shots or pictures in general. However, if you are expecting more than that (like us), you’d probably be disappointed. Aside from small theme parks, sparingly scattered restaurants and repetitive shops, there isn’t anything else that could make up for the entire afternoon. (p.s. admission fee required) We spent an hour here before heading to Premium Outlet Cha-Am for retail therapy.

 

Hua Hin Station

Getting roasted in the sun was not part of the plan (as you can tell from the picture it was already 5pm) but we had a great time waiting for the train from Bangkok to stop by. Choo-choo.

Coconut Ice Cream

Mum said this was the BEST coconut ice cream she had so far. Bold statement. However, dad and I don’t fancy coconut processed anything (except for fresh coconuts) yet we find this deliciousss. Worth the trip to Wat Huay Mongkol just for ice cream. [Concoction: Coconut ice cream, kidney beans, glutinous rice, corn and nuts]

 

Mango top; No-Brand jeans; Lacoste hoodie; Converse sneakers; Coach handbag; North Face backpack

Hua Hin is the perfect place to simmer down. People were friendlier and more laid back compared to what we experienced at larger cities in Thailand. Even though Venezia Hua Hin and FN outlet both let us down, I would still go back with Mr. Valentine perhaps just a tweak in itinerary. Couple of days in Hua Hin and Cha-Am then 2 days in Bangkok? We shall see :)

 

Ho Chi Minh

Just over two months ago, we made a trip to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in hopes of taking a short break off work.
It was Mr. Valentine’s first time in HCM (my second!) so it was interesting to see how we both traveled with the same itinerary.
If we were to sum up the trip with only three words, it would be: Banh Mi, Pouring Rain and Banh Mi.
Wait. Did I repeat myself?

Lunch @ Rice Field

Rustic interior, delicious home-cooked Vietnamese cuisine and aesthetically pleasing tableware made up to a cosy afternoon. Blessing in disguise as we sheltered away from the pouring rain. No doubt one of THE best rice paper rolls we had in HCM. [Vegetarian options available]


Vietnamese breakfast combination we had almost every morning.
Rice vermicelli with eggs, fresh vegetables and lime drizzles. AND iced milk coffee.
Hidden gem in an alleyway, strategically situated below our Airbnb just right among where the locals live.


 
 

Pham Ngu Lao

We tried searching for a pub with less-loud music and minimal crowd but failed with disgrace. After a 15mins beer session, we left with greasy hair, wet clothing (it was raining) and realization that we no longer fit into the existing planet. [p.s. we bought beer from convenience store and stayed in watching Christmas films. Yes, in August.]

We wore a raincoat every day and did so much walking our feet were crying for assistance.
Travelling during the rainy season made us see how the Vietnamese doesn’t let the rain stop them from anything.
Literally, I mean selling barbecue in the rain.
A solid few days in Ho Chi Minh living life like the locals made us want to experience Vietnam even more.
Danang and Hoi An next?