” A Babymoon is a romantic getaway taken by the parents-to-be before their baby is born”
As we approached the 4th month of our first pregnancy, I desperately felt the need to take a break and a relaxing beach holiday with my SO. After consulting our doctor, we were told it was safe to travel and go on our little romantic getaway. The safest period being 20-27 weeks of pregnancy. However, it is never 100% safe, you still have to take a call on your own. It is advisable to take a precautionary list of prescription medicines listed by your doctor just in case you might need some. Also, some airlines require a signed travel document by your doctor.
We chose the end of my 5th month of pregnancy to go on our Babymoon <3
Our choice of destination was completely based on our love for Thai food and my wish to go to a beach. So we decided upon Phuket and Bangkok.
What did I pack?
- Bikini – I totally wanted to show off my little baby bump and click pictures by the beach.
- Hat – How can one forget a hat on a beach holiday!
- Sarong – If, like me, you are shy, you can wrap a sarong around your hip while still enjoying wearing the bikini.
- Swimsuit – Just in case..
- T shirts and Racer backs
- Loose short and maxi dresses
- Shrug – A neutral toned shrug if the evening got a bit chilly.
- Flats – a super comfy pair of flats for walking around during the day and night.
- Medicines – most important. Always carry medicines and a copy of prescription in your bag/pocket.
- Previous tests and reports – just to be safe.
- Comfortable night wear
Since we were travelling to Bangkok, we chose Thai Airways. The royal silk services were pleasing. On arrival in the plane, fresh lemon iced tea is offered, which is very refreshing. Followed by an entree, main and dessert for dinner. The drinks offered, ranged from hot chocolate to wine.
The flight was comfortable and the airport lounges were quite rad. I picked a cup of these yummy tom yum flavored mama noodles from the lounge and enjoyed it on my flight.
Where did we stay?
Phuket – Centara Grand Beach Resort
Bangkok- Anantara Hotel
Our Babymoon time in Phuket
We were very satisfied with our choice of property for our babymoon. The hotel staff welcomed us with refreshing beverages and a fruit basket of local fresh fruit and a giant macaroon. However they misunderstood our ‘babymoon’ as honeymoon and wrote the latter on the macaroon. Our room had a balcony with jacuzzi and a view of the sea. It was mesmerizing. Centara is a beautiful property which also preserves the nature. We spotted a Komodo dragon one evening while strolling in the resort and there were natural ponds for fishes and frogs. The resort also has a private beach, 2 swimming pools and a lazy river which makes you want to stay and relax in the property all day long..
The view from our balcony
The Lazy River at Centara Grand Beach Resort, Phuket
Fish and Chips at our resort’s Beach bar
Chilling with a fresh mocktail at our resort’s private beach
Outside our resort, we explored the Bangla Road near Patong beach. It was one of its kind. Bustling with crowd, bars with table top dancers and random executives asking everybody on the street if they would like to attend the boomboom show. It was a fun street but can get very crowded and uneasy to roam about during pregnancy. At and around the Bangla Road, there were plenty of massage centres providing foot and body massages. There was also a mall called Jungceylon. In the lower floor of the mall, there was a food market, food court and massage centre called Nutchita. The masseuses at this particular centre were very friendly and nice and understood my condition and gave me an amazing foot massage. During pregnancy, deep tissue massage or thai massage is not allowed, so do inform the masseuse and they will give you a suitable treatment. Another fun thing to do at Patong Beach, are small stalls that allow you to shoot with a bb air gun at a small makeshift shooting range.
Apart from this, we went for a romantic lunch at a restaurant called On the Rock. The view was beautiful and it was literally situated on the rock right at the edge of the sea.
Here are a few images of the restaurant:
We also tried local restaurants for amazing seafood but sadly ended up getting sick with diarrhea. So be careful while you eat and don’t forget to carry your medicines. For safer eating options, there were chain restaurants like Burger King, Mc Donalds, Hard Rock cafe and The Hooters. Hard rock cafe has live music band playing, which is a lot of fun. We also went to hooters one night for the wings but the taste was a little bit different but still yummy. Everything else at hooters was just the same like anywhere else in the world 😉
I also did some street shopping at Patong Beach. Picked up this cute flowy dress from a small local store. Decided to style it with a two toned and layered waist belt and wore it the next day 😀
Our babymoon time in Bangkok
So after Phuket, we had a short stay of 2-3 days at Bangkok. The evening we landed in Bangkok, most of our time was consumed in traffic while reaching our hotel. It took us about 3 hours which made me really annoyed. But once, we reached our hotel, it was all gone and everything was happy again. Anantara Siam is a beautiful property with amazing dining options within the hotel. We had the club room so we had a seperate lounge on the club floor, where we had a n exclusive check in and were attended by the lovely staff members. They were very humble and helpful. The lounge also offered all day drinks and evening buffet and exceptional guest services like drop off your shopping in your room by a staff member.
The hotel also provided guests with a special phone called the Handy. We could use it for gps, internet and calls. It was a mobile given to us by the hotel to be used during our stay in and out of the property. It was really helpful as we could call our home country, free of cost and easily navigate to places. We did not need to use our own cellphones or pay for roaming or local sim card/data.
Our first night we decided to eat at the thai restaurant located within the hotel. They were serving set menu which was included in our package. It was delicious.
Make your own shrimp rolls basket for starters
Main course including a salad, rolls, crispy fish and a chicken curry served with a choice of brown/sticky rice on the side. This was followed by dessert – Thai sticky rice with mango.
We did not get much time to explore Bangkok. The places we visited were :
- Asiatique – located on the river side. Good for street shopping and food.
- Central World Mall – a huge mall with lots of options to shop and eat. Amongst all, our fav place to eat was Groove(located on the 2nd floor). It is a fun place to go in the evening. The mall consists of a lot of local thai designers and mixed international brands to shop from.
- Siam Paragon – Great for luxury shopping
- Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel
Here are a few pictures from our evening at Asiatique :
Dinner at Happy Fish, Asiatique
Oversized sleep shirt i bought from a local shop at Asiatique.
One thing i have everytime i go to Thailand is Bubble Tea. I love Taro flavoured bubble tea. It is a must try.
Chicken Katsu curry at Omurice, Central world
Month 5 of Pregnancy – Babymoon
So here’s how my bump looked by the end of 5th month of my pregnancy on my babymoon ^_^
And following are the pictures from our last breakfast in Bangkok
Mangosteen – local Thai fruit
Fresh honey at breakfast
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