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Sawadeeka(p)! We just came back from the ‘Land of Smiles’ and it turned out to be one of the most amazing holiday ever! Bangkok is bustling and busy, as usual. We also took a 3D2N trip to Hua Hin, Thailand’s royal beach resort which is 2.5 hours drive away from Bangkok.
Thailand never cease to amaze us. Thais are extremely friendly and soft spoken (with the exception of tuk tuk drivers), shopping is VERY good and cheap, authentic thai food are aplenty. Let me tempt you with the following pictures!
Our Hua Hin, Bangkok Itinerary as follows:
Our flight from KUL to BKK took approximately 2 hours. Do note that Thailand is one hour behind Malaysia, so yay as we earned an extra hour to shop. From Suvarnabhumi Airport, there are three ways to get to Bangkok City Centre – AOT Limousine (~1000-1500 baht), Public Taxi (~450-500 baht) and Airport Rail Link (from 15 baht).
Since there were only the two of us, we chose to take the Airport Rail Link, City Line. The City Line will make eight stops across the capital, ending at Phaya Thai (45 baht). One can choose to take the Express Line, which is a 15-minute non-stop journey between Makkasan and Suvarnabhumi Airport and the fare is 150 baht per trip. I will elaborate more on our coming detailed posts, so stay tune!
Checked into Hansar Bangkok, 2 minutes walk from Ratchadamri BTS Station.
Got upgraded from Studio Suite to Urban Suite! *squeals*
They are running a low season promotion from 4500 baht in September and October. Including breakfast, nightly cocktails, free minibar and wifi. Our stay was excellent! No wonder they are voted as the No. 1 Hotel in Bangkok by Trip Advisor!
3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2,
Tel : +66 2209 1234
Getting Here: exit the BTS Ratchadamri BTS Station at Exit #4 and turn right on 3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2
From Hansar Bangkok, we took a 5 minutes stroll to Erawan Shrine to offer prayers. We wished for good weather throughout our trip and our prayers have been answered. It never rained (ok, only slight drizzle in one evening) and all our pictures turned out nice.
Next to Grand Hyatt Erawan
Getting Here: Chitlom BTS exit 6
Shopping @ Siam Square
Siam Square is definitely my favourite shopping spot in Bangkok (Platinum Mall comes second). It is the place where youngsters meet and all chic and hip things happen.
Getting here: Directly opposite MBK or Siam BTS (exit 2,3,4)
Dinner at Som Tam Nua, Soi 5. They serve one of the best Isaan food in town but please be there early to avoid the notorious long queue during peak hours.
Som Tam Nua
392/14 Siam Square Soi 5
Tel : +66 2251 4880
Open: 10.45am-9.30pm daily.
Getting Here: Siam BTS exit 4, look for soi (alley) 5 and walk in all the way.
After a fulfilling breakfast at Hansar Bangkok, we proceeded to Century Shopping Mall (Victory Monument BTS) and boarded a minivan to Hua Hin. The fare is 180 baht per person, and the journey took approximately 2.5 hours. The mini van departs every 30 minutes, or when the van is full (~15 pax). One can also take train from Hua Lamphong train station or bus from Southern Bus Terminal. Will elaborate more on that in our subsequent posts.
Checked into Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin. Their tagline: You Rest and Leave the Details to Us. I likey!
Such gorgeous view from our Rest Horizon room. It comes equipped with a private jacuzzi tub overlooking the sea!
I really like their amazing attention to details – bracelet as souvenirs for guests, Ipod equipped with lounge and jazzy tunes for loan, amazing dvd collection, free evening snacks sent to our room everyday, kaftan dress and fisherman pants for guests going to beach, etc.
I wish I can stay here forever…
Rest Detail Hotel
19/119 Soi Hua Hin 19
Tambol Hua Hin, Amphur Hua Hin
Prachuabkhirikhan 77110 THAILAND
Tel: +66 3254 7733
Afternoon tea at The Museum, Sofitel Hua Hin. The colonial style afternoon tea room resembles a small museum of artifacts from the long history of the Sofitel, which was originally the Railway Hotel.
Sofitel Hua Hin
1 Damnernkasem Road
77110 HUA HIN
Tel: (+66) 32512021
Hua Hin Railway Station, one of the oldest railway station in Thailand that comes with a Royal Waiting Room.
The train station was built in the same architecture style as Marukhathaiyawan Palace and this is an attraction that one should never miss.
Dinner at this famous Thai seafood and sukiyaki restaurant.
A sukiyaki set for two is only 120 baht and our order of crabs with tang hoon is only 150 baht. Fried rice or pad thai is only 30 baht each, Thai Ice Tea is 10 baht and pork satay is only 3 baht each! A very satisfying and affordable dinner!
Thai Seafood & Sukiyaki Restaurant
Getting Here: At the intersection of Naeb Kehad Rd. & Dechanuchit Rd., the first alley opposite the night market entrance.
We took a stroll along Hua Hin night market after dinner. Bought some knick knacks and souvenirs here too.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is one of the highlight of our trip to Hua Hin. We took their shuttle bus to HHH (30 baht per person, one way) and the journey took about 40 minutes. The bus departs from Market Village Mall, Hua Hin at 10am and 2pm daily. Reservation is a must as the maximum capacity per trip is only 10 pax.
What a sight to behold! This particular place with the right soil condition and right climate is suitable for grape growing.
Had a light lunch here, with wine pairing (450 baht per person). There are a lot of ala carte activities for visitors such as elephant riding, jeep tour, bicycle renting, etc.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
1 Moo 9, Baan Khork Chang Patana,
Nong Plup, Hua Hin.
HHH’s shuttle bus sent us back to town by 2pm. We took a tuk tuk to Plearn Wan, the first eco vintage village in Thailand. It is extremely popular among the locals; and it seems tourists never knew about this place. Everything from the signboard to the menu is in Thai, so we have to make use of our limbs and facial expressions.
Such a cutesy place to camwhore! And entrance is FOC!
Plearn Wan (Hua Hin Eco Vintage Village)
located between Hua Hin soi 38 and 40, directly opposite Klai Klangwon Village.
Dinner at Rest Scene, a pool side restaurant in our hotel. I miss the rack of lamb already!
We chartered a cab to Marukhathaiyawan Palace (Palace of Love and Hope (600 baht two way), 20 minutes away from Hua Hin.
The summer seaside palace, often referred to as “the palace of love and hope” is located midway between Cha-am and Hua Hin. It was built in 1923 under the royal command of King Rama VI using golden teakwood from the demolished Hat Chao Samran Palace. An Italian architect designed the palace with a dazzling composition of verandahs and latticework in regal proportions.
It is rated as one of the must visit attraction in Hua Hin. Entrance is 60 baht per person and rental of cover cloth is FOC for those who wear shorts, mini skirt and sleeveless.
Open daily from 8am to 4pm, closes on Wednesday.
Took a mini van back to Bangkok and alighted near the Victory Monument Station. We walked over to the Victory Monument Market for some ‘down to earth’ shopping. Sunglasses for only 39 baht? OMG! And our fish ball noodles lunch costs only 70 bath! It is a local market, so be prepared to use sign languages like what we did.
Checked into Hansar Bangkok again, and registered ourselves for a Thai Cooking Class.
We had so much fun cooking and eating our own masterpiece – padthai, green curry and tom yum goong.
Shopping at MBK mall, the only thing worth buying are ladies handbags @ 199 baht each. Had dinner at the famous MBK food court (6th floor). Food was nothing to shout except for the unassuming looking mango sticky rice (80 baht). It was really really good!
444 Phayathai Rd., Patumwan, Bangkok.
Getting Here: BTS national stadium station
Round 2 shopping at Central World, bought a lot of Thai brand lingeries such as Sabina, Ann Bra and BSC. VAT refund is eligible here too. Supper at Coffee Beans by Dao, a very famous cake house with 5 branches across Bangkok.
Coffee Bean by Dao
Level 2 Central World Bangkok
Full day of shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall! They now have a new wing (zone 3) with focuses on bags, shoes and leather wear.
Lunch at Kaiton Kao Man Kai, the famous pink shirt chicken rice. Could not believe that our lunch costs only 62 baht!
Pratunam Grill Fish
coming out from the Isetan exit of Central World, walking towards Platinum Shopping Mall
Went to Sirocco Bar at Lebua State tower for that “top of the world experience”.
dress code is applicable here: no shorts and open toe shoes for guys.
Located 65 floors above the intersection of Silom and Charoen Krung Roads and overlooking the Chao Phraya river, Sirocco’s view of Bangkok is nothing less than spectacular.
1055 Silom Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Tel: +66 2624 9555
Open daily from 6.00 pm – 1.00 am daily, weather permitting