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Was just browsing through some of my Bangkok photos, and realise that there’s this restaurant that I wanted to introduce to you guys.  :)

I understand that back in somewhere 2004, Thai Star Pol Tuntasatien started this restaurant in Sukhumvit area.  I was actually attracted by the concept of Summer restaurant.  Its all about the “casual concept, which you will see later.  First and foremost, if you are really interested, please please make reservation and be specific whether you want to be seated at Spring or Summer restaurant (mainly due to your seating preference and you can order both menu from either side).  Note: Spring is for ordering your proper dinner (Appetizers, Main Course, etc) while Summer serve sweet delicacies known as dessert  :)

We started our dinner at Spring Restaurant.  Overall I think the food is alright and furthermore our main intention is to check out the ambiance and also the dessert.  :) Anyway, we didn’t really order much from the menu to give full comment on the overall food serve in Spring.  Note: Sorry for the blur pictures cos I can’t seem to get the right setting and flash will just kill the pic.  :)

Spring

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Le Meridien Bangkok is our last hotel stop during our last trip to Bangkok.  :)  Situated at a very strategic location, which is none other than Surawong area, and a stone throw away from the famous landmark for ping pong show.  :)

This is the building day

And transform by night.  :)

You know what I like about the hotel.  I love how the hotel gives you the modern feel and yes simple but stylish.   :)

Although there’s no grand lobby to boast, but I love how the lobby looks so cool  :)

Waiting Area

Clean & Sparkling *kilat kilat*

Then we manage to check-in to our room and it looks how a Meridien hotel should be.  Comforting.

Personalised Welcome Message on LCD TV and CISCO phone  :)

The window with the auto-blinds that I just couldn’t stop playing with :P

Meridien supports UNICEF

And the comfy bed.  SEriously you will just melt and sleep on the bed anytime!  :P  Its so comfy especially the pillow!

The bathtub + shower place… see the above pic.. can see how you can make the toilet an open concept?

Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel are all provided and it smell quite nice too (although i still prefer Uma Sapna’s shower gel smell :P )

Mineral Water: THey provide 4 bottles in a room  :)

Or you can choose to drown yourself in the selection of alcohol *chargeable*

Or anything from the minibar *chargeable*

Oh, remember to wear the oh-so-comfy-robes while enjoying your drinks  :P

You know how Hotel always throw in some complimentary welcome drink?  And chances are, most of the time they sucks cos they give you some cordial drinks or some syrup-filled drinks, right?  But suprisingly in Le Meridien, you get a better treatment than that.  First you get to redeem the complimentary drink from the nice bar called Bamboo Chic! So you take your voucher and head on to Bamboo Chic at your convenience from 730pm – midnight (not when you are rushing to put your luggage and you gotta rush to finish your drink)

And I’m impressed with the interior once more!

Take picture first *blurry blurdevil*

Nice right?

Even the Toilet also very nice le

Oh, I haven’t even talk about the complimentary drink!  Instead of syrup-cordial-punch-drinks, we get to choose from the menu on what we want to drink, for free la!  ehhehe we got ourselves a pint of guiness and a glass of white wine.  How cool is that?  :)

The Spa, Fitness and Pool is situated on the 6th Floor.  Nothing great to shout about but at least there’s a swimming pool, right?  :)

Spa (You gotta pay for it  :P)

The comfy sofa near the spa, next to the swimming pool  :)

ta-da, the swim area and the comfy day bed.  :P

Okie, hope you like the hotel as much as we did enjoy our stay there.  The only set back was they didn’t pay special attention to our remarks when we placed our booking, in which they did apologize through email after that.  Don’t get me wrong, the staff, from the receptionist to the door bell to housekeeping are very attentive and friendly.  Just some minor stuff.  But if you were to ask me, for the price you pay and the things you get, I guess you can consider Pullman, which is as comfortable as Meridien is.  End of the day it depends on what you want.  For example, if you are bringing your family to Bangkok, you might consider Pullman for Pullman is more like a resort, while Meridien is more like a hotel building due to limited space.  :)

Anyway, if you are staying in Le Meridien Bangkok, you should walk around the area.  Go opposite the hotel to tailor made your working clothes or suit in Excelsior (I thought they are quite good) or walk over to Patpong area to catch a ping pong show.  :)  THere’s a noodle cart (street food) right opposite Meridien, which I find its pretty nice (operate by a lady).  Else along the street at night, there’s plenty of street food  :)  IF you want proper restaurant food, try out one of the Soi in Patpong, they have decent Italian restaurant there.  :P

Till then, blurdevil  :P

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Posted: February 2, 2010 in Travel
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If there’s only one place that you need to see in Bangkok, I guess it has to be The Grand Palace.    The Grand Palace served as the home for Thai King since the 18th century as well as the administrative seat for the Government.  Thai Kings stop residing in the palace around the 20th century but The Grand Palace is still used to perform royal rituals.

Admission to The Grand Palace – THB350 (including entrance to Temple of The Emerald Buddha).  The Grand Palace is open daily from 830 – 1530 unless there is a state function.  Warning: Please do not believe any strangers that inform you that The Grand Palace is close and there is a special Buddha day and they will bring you there.  If you need a guide, there is a free service for English guide (please check on the time) or you can rent audio guide for a fee.  Note that there is a strict dress code for any visitors to the Grand Palace.  If you are not sure on your dressing etc, there’s a special counter for you to borrow clothes to cover up (booth is on your right hand side when you enter the main entrance from the main road)

You can choose to take a cab or the infamous-tuk-tuk to The Grand Palace but I prefer taking the Chao Phrya Express Boat.  I guess its the challenge of getting to the right place and the language barrier is pretty much a challenge.  :) Anyway, this is the brief guide (taking Chao Phrya Express boat – its easy actually!).  Take BTS Skytrain and get down at Saphan Taksin Station.  Once you exit at Saphan Taksin station, head towards Exit 2 and walk down towards Sathon Nakhon Pier (you’ll see it in front of the exit).  Go to the Chao Phrya Express Boat (Note: NOT the tourist boat) and hop on to the Orange Flag boat.  Get off at Exit No 9 Tha Chang Pier.  Once you’re at Tha Chang Pier, follow the crowd and you’ll see The Grand Palace.  Oh, pay the boat fare when you get on board.  No advance purchase needed.  :P

Ok, time for pictures.  :)

The Chao Phrya Express Boat Ticket (Flat Rate of THB13 per person)

The Lady with the coin jar! :) She collects the boat fare and she’ll shake the coin jar, indicating that she’s coming :)

Sea View :)

There is a special standing area for the monks

No boat traffic yet :)

Remember, get off at Tha Chang pier

And walking towards The Grand Palace

Welcome to The Grand Palace

Do Not Litter!

Got our tickets

Heading towards the entrance

Inside The Grand Palace.  Enjoy the pictures! :)

Bramen: I’m scared  :(

The Temple of Emerald Buddha (no cameras allowed inside)

Lost? Fret not :)

Need to recharge?

Or a big fan will do!

Love this!

More pics!

And that’s all :)

Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I do  :D

*hugs, blurdevil*


The Fusion Suites is the 2nd Hotel that we stayed during our last trip to Bangkok.  In terms of location, Pullman is situated in a less touristy area.  The Fusion Suites is situated at Sukhumvit area.  If you don’t already know, Sukhumvit is the place where is pretty touristy, if you ask me. You get to see (a lot) of tourist bringing their Thai gf around, night market, and sometimes they even bring in elephants (yes, elephants) around this area so that they can sell sugar cane to you, and you get to feed the elephant.

Back to The Fusion Suites location, make sure you download the map (from the website) cos most cab drivers will get pretty confuse with the address and the hidden signage is not helping!! LOL.

Semi-hidden signage

And The Fusion Suites building look like this!  :)

We manage to get a pretty good deal for the Standard Room.  There’s always ongoing promotion of Stay 3 nights Pay 2 nights.  The last time I check the website, the promotion is still ongoing but the rate is slightly higher.  I remember paying approximately THB1600 per night under this promotion.  :P

They have pretty nice deco! :)

And……………..CUT! cos blurdevil is checking in  :)

Simple yet nice  :)

Sitting Area outside the rooms

The room is pretty small.  You can easily knock yourself (or your leg) on the bed frame…

iPod docking station :P *canggih*

LCD TV which is literally right in front of your bed.  :P

Coffee/Tea? Or perhaps some Whiskey/Vodka?

Toilet (Small Basin Area)

Rain Shower  :)

Photos in the Toilet  :P

That’s pretty much about the room.  :) There’s no facilities (i.e. Gym, Swimming Pool, Garden etc) as The Fusion Suites is pretty much a boutique hotel as you can see.  Breakfast is provided.  No pictures cos I’m always late for breakfast.  You’ll get a decent coffee, eggs (omelet, scrambled, etc), toast, orange juice etc  :)  Not bad for the price we paid.

I realise that the hotel do have their own tuk-tuk but they didn’t really offer to drive you to the station or anywhere.  So we pretty much walk to the station.

The nearest station is Sukhumvit (MRT) or Asok (BTS).  When you come out from the hotel (hotel is at your back), turn right, walk about 30 seconds, you’ll reach a cross road, just turn right again, and walk all the way up until you see an entrance going down to Sukhumvit line (MRT).  If you’re going to BTS, take the MRT way as it is pretty much connected and you get your air-cond!  :)

Asok Station

And if you happen to pass by Times Square, hop on to the Jaspal Outlet Store.  Its very cheap!!! :)

Last Picture: blurdevil + train @ The Fusion Suites

No complaints on the service here but they are not attentive as compare to Pullman, but well this is a boutique hotel and for the price we paid, its pretty cheap, so there’s no complaint.  You can check out the Jacuzzi Deluxe room  if you want, cos I think its nicer, with view and slightly bigger room  :)

*hugs, blurdevil*


Chatuchak Weekend Market aka Jatujak or short as J.J. Market is a weekend market (Opens on Saturday and Sunday) span over 35 acres of land.  Rumoured to have approximately 15,000 stalls – 20,000 stalls.  :O  That’s why Chatuchak is also known as mother of all market!  :)

If you don’t like bargain hunting, then Chatuchak is not really for you.  Shopping in Chatuchak is all about bargaining!  At the same time, I realise that some of the stall owners don’t really want to bargain price with you!  Just a gentle reminder, as the market is pretty huge, if you see something you like, and you are o.k. with the price, just get it.  Never, never tell yourself, you’ll come back.  Cos chances are, you might be at the other end of the market or worse still, you don’t even know where you are!  LOL

Getting to Chatuchak Weekend Market.  Take BTS and head towards Mo Chit.  Exit at N8 – Mo Chit Station and follow the crowd towards the stairs on your right.  Once you walk down the stairs, majority of the crowd will walk straight.  But try to see a small turning into your right, which will direct you to Chatuchak Park.  Go in and you’ll see the sign “shortcut to Chatuchak”.  As usual, follow the crowd!  :)

Happy Shopping! Picture time!  :)

Chatuchak Park

Shortcut sign

Clock Tower in Chatuchak Park

Tips: Get a free map to navigate you around.  Get colour map from the Tourist Information Counter

Super Small Chair and Table

Flowers

Lost and Found: King of Rock

Mini Scooter?  :P

Wooden Stuff

oh, if you like to make scrap book etc, Chatuchak is the place for you!  There’s so many materials, deco stuff for you!

I bought a packet of buttons (different sizes and pattern)

I regret that i never get all these stuff!

Tourist Police Car in front of the Tourist Info Center

See, rubbish bin is so happy!

Free Break Dance Performance (but damn hot la the weather!)

So small one, no? (tsk tsk)

For the sailor-in-you!  :P

True or False? Woman Marry Men Hoping they will change, Men marry woman hoping they will not, so each is inevitably disappointed!  :P

Toilet! Important k.  Cos they only have few main Toilets and keep a look out for sign like this

Eyes!

More eyes…

And more eyes!

Spotted: Statue at the Art Section

Then, me = super tired la

So we went and grab some food at Section 26 of Chatuchak Market.  Nice Vietnamese Noodle!

Grilled Pork Neck

Fried Chicken Wing

On the way back, we saw this super Teh Tarik performer

Can post for picture some more k!

That’s all for this post  ;)  Remember to wear airy clothes, slippers or comfy shoes.  The weather can get into your head sometimes.  And trust me, sometimes you just feel like giving up! LOL.  Happy Shopping!


Pullman Bangkok King Power is a relatively new hotel in Bangkok (i.e. Not more than 5 years) and frankly speaking, Pullman wasn’t my exact choice when I was looking through the hotel choices.  But that was in the beginning.  Then came the Accor Asia Pacific Super Sales, months before my travel date.  And I got a pretty good rate then.  And my say?  Pullman actually is right now, on top of my list  :)  (Note: I stayed at 3 different Hotels during my last trip  :P)

Pullman Bangkok is situated at Soi Rangnam area.  Its approximately 5 minutes walk from Victoria Monument BTS station.  If you think 5minutes is a long walk, fret not, they provide free tuk-tuk service to/from the hotel.  My advice, take a walk and you might find things that you actually like  ;)

I like the lobby interior.  High ceiling and the soft colour in the lobby makes me instantly-cosy!  Like really!

Nice flowers!  :)

Wooden Statue

We check in, way before the check in time, and the room is not ready, so we just hang out and walk around the hotel.  You know ,apart from the spacious cosy lobby, they have a very nice garden, which is an ideal place to rest and hangout (at least for us, while we were waiting for our room).

Cosy garden sofa!

Got Christmas tree some more!

Spot the Not!

Oh, and the Koi fish is very very big!

Snap snap snap!

Latte with Cookies!  :)

We proceed to check in to the room and was inform that they are having room-upgrade promotion.  We book a Superior Room (with no Breakfast) and if we agree to top-up THB800 nett per night, we will get instant upgrade to Deluxe Room with Free Breakfast for two and free wireless connection.  We agreed!

Personalised Welcome Message!

The comfy bed  ;)

The work station, mini sofa and tv

Wadrobe

Coffee/Tea (They provide 2 small bottle of Mineral Water daily)

Bathroom with Rain Shower + Bath Tub.  :)

With such nice room, you really don’t want to leave the room!

The Infinity Edge Pool (check out their Happy Hour by the Pool)

Spotted. Innocent Looking Lotus  :)

Le Spa @ Pullman

I inform the hotel (during booking) that we were celebrating our anniversary, and they gave us a card and chocolates.  How sweet!

Breakfast @Cuisine : Start your day with the right foot.

Interesting plant

Start your day with a some caffeine

And delicious breakfast!  (best part: they serve pork!)

Next to Pullman, there is a duty free shopping place known as King Power Duty Free Shopping Complex.  You can do your duty free shopping here and pick it up at the airport when you depart.  :)  All Pullman guest will receive discount voucher and a complimentary coin pouch.  ;)

On the way to King Power Complex

Spotted: Angels by day :D

Spotted: Angels by night

King Power Shopping Complex (Glass Dome!!)

Christmas Tree @ King Power

Dome + Christmas Tree by night  :)

Christmas Deco

Presents anyone?

Here’s where you can go if you stay in Pullman Bangkok.  Go walk around in the morning/noon at Soi Rangnam.  Try one of the street hawker (most are good!).  Get some seafood indulgence at cheap prices at Kuang Seafood.  Then unwind at Wine Pub.  :)  During the weekend, walk down to Victory Monument roundabout and check out the night market and the food stall there.  :)  Else you can always take the BTS and head down to Siam Area for shopping!  Hope this helps  ;)

Pullman, I will be back!

*hugs, blurdevil*


Wine Pub or shortly known as WP is a wine bar concept situated right in none other than the beautiful Pullman Hotel & Resort Bangkok (Will post later on Pullman Hotel  :) )  The concept is almost similar like how you can just drop by a bar/pub, and grab a mug of beer.  But this time, make it a glass of wine  :) Side Note: I prefer wine anytime right now :)

Wine Pub offers wine drinker a cosy place to enjoy their wine, selections of wine, tapas, cheese, cut meat and best part, the wine/food price are all quoted nett price.  You know how you get so frustrated having the ++ sign everywhere especially in hotel establishment and the next horror, you’re in your holiday mood and you are trying hard to recall what is the taxes charges for that particular country!  Well, I guess Wine Pub kind of solve it for you  :)

And as a bonus, they have different promotion everyday.  Every Friday, you get 2 set of burgers and a bottle of wine at THB900, Every Saturday, you get all-you-can-eat tapas and a bottle of wine at THB900 (steal!) and so on.  :)

Wine Pub Interior

Check out the cool wine holder (its like your shopping bag!)

I like!  :P

Cheers!  :)

If you’re not staying at Pullman Hotel, just direct the taxi driver to Pullman Hotel.  If taking BTS, alight at Victory Monument and head towards Exit 2, heading towards Soi Rangnam and you’ll see Pullman King Power on your right  :)  Open daily from 6pm – 2am  Enjoy!