Aloha! We’re Betsy and Pete!

2015 began our fifth year of location independence. We’ve road-tripped, sold all our stuff, and now have just begun our second year of traveling the world full-time. Happiness can definitely be found in a simplified, travel-centered life! Join us as we're PassingThru!

Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas, Krabi Thailand

Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas, Krabi Thailand

“This must be what a king feels like.” My husband is up to his neck in the soothing coolness of our private pool at Pimann Buri. “Beyond heavenly,” I agree. The luxury resort marketplace is very competitive throughout Thailand, with big hotel names and independents alike vying for your business. In Krabi, the folks at Pimann Buri Luxury Pool Villas are “in it to win it” with a superlative setting and an outstanding experience to offer you. Secluded from, but very close to, the stunning Ao Continue Reading

Hotel Review: Ramada Phuket Deevana

Ramada Phuket Deevana

Ramada Phuket Deevana delivers solid 4-star services in a friendly, yet secluded environment convenient to Patong's lively nightlife and beautiful beach. Our Experience: Part of the Deevana Hotels & Resorts group, which operates in the Phuket and Krabi resort communities in Thailand, the Ramada Phuket Deevana is a bright, contemporary hotel situated approximately 10 minutes walk from Patong Beach on the nearby Andaman Sea. Set back from Bangla Road where all the lively nightlife in Continue Reading

Train from Bangkok to Hua Hin

train from Bangkok to Hua Hin

We took the train from Bangkok to Hua Hin to experience the historic Hua Hin station in all its colorful, vintage glory and glimpse daily life in Thailand. We are very fond of train travel, and invariably choose to go by rail whenever possible. When we learned we could take the train from Bangkok to Hua Hin for our planned resort stays, we were excited! The most beautiful train station in Thailand was to be our destination. Boarding our morning express train from Bangkok to Hua Hin at Continue Reading

Chelona Khao Tao and Las Tortugas Condos, Hua Hin, Thailand

Chelona Khao Tao and Las Tortugas

Chelona Khao Tao and Las Tortugas are sister resort condo projects from property developer Sansiri in Hua Hin, Thailand, perfect for independent stays. Our Experience: Having completed a stay at their Escape Hua Hin hotel, we were invited by property developer Sansiri from their corporate headquarters in Bangkok to review two holiday rental condominium projects in the Hua Hin area, Chelona Khao Tao and Las Tortugas. Sansiri, a major player in residential, hotel and resort community development Continue Reading

Hotel Review: Escape Hua Hin, Thailand

Escape Hua Hin

For weekends or longer, Escape Hua Hin Thailand provides an affordable full service resort experience suitable for families, couples and single vacationers. Our Experience: Escape Hua Hin reimagines the traditional Thai red fishing village, which is a signature element of Hua Hin’s historic beach atmosphere of sun, sand and sea. A photo posted by PassingThru (@passingthrucom) on Nov 1, 2015 at 3:31pm PST   Although the hotel’s location is on a busy main road, traffic noise is Continue Reading

Hotel Review: Haven Hua Hin, Thailand

Haven Hua Hin

Haven Hua Hin is perfectly designed and privately situated to provide a heavenly five-star experience of respite and rejuvenation on the Gulf of Thailand. Our Experience: Where to begin? Heaven has come to rest here on the Gulf of Thailand. Haven Hua Hin had us immediately upon arrival, with a welcome drink, a refreshing cold towel, and this view: A photo posted by PassingThru (@passingthrucom) on Oct 25, 2015 at 12:21am PDT The minimalist, Eastern atmosphere throughout Haven Hua Continue Reading

Hotel Review: Somerset Park Suanplu Bangkok

Somerset Park Suanplu Bangkok

Somerset Park Suanplu Bangkok serviced residences provide a “home away from home” environment which is enhanced by staff’s superlative “Heartwear” ethic. Our Experience: When you travel as much as we do, you wind up in a variety of accommodations: hotel rooms, hotel suites with extra conveniences, AirBnB apartments both private and shared, even luxurious pool villas! We’ve often found ourselves wishing for a hybrid between the daily caretaking in a traditional hotel and the homelike convenience Continue Reading