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Accommodation Review (Hua Hin): Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel

Think Hua Hin, think Royal Pavilion Hotel, at least that true for me. It was our second trip to Hua Hin in July 2017, and we knew we had to go back to this hotel for it’s fantastic services and comfort. The building looks 3-stars, but service unquestionably matches it’s 4-stars rating. Continue reading “Accommodation Review (Hua Hin): Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel”

Posted in Bangkok, Holiday, Hua Hin, Train

Train Ride: Hua Hin Station to Hua Lamphong (Bangkok) Station

The thought of travelling by train in a foreign country makes my cells dance. I like trains, I enjoy travelling by rail. I wrote about Melbourne’s Puffing Billy steam train in 2016, it was a short ride, but sufficient to keep me smiling for days.

 

We managed to plan for another train ride this year in July, from Hua Hin to Bangkok. This was our second trip to Hua Hin, and we went with a purpose this time round. My partner and I really love Hua Hin for its calmness and slow-living.

 

So here is our little adventure on the 229km train ride from Hua Hin Railway Station to Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Bangkok).

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Posted in Bangkok, Holiday, Hua Hin, Photography, Pre-wedding, Singaporean

Casual Photography at Hua Hin, Thailand

Located in the Southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Hua Hin is a seaside resort with the charm and fascination of an active fishing port.

 

We especially love their scenic attractions, Swiss Sheep Farm and Santorini Park; which was the main reason we had decided to return to Hua Hin for our Couple photography 2 years later after our first visit.

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Posted in Accommodation, Bangkok, Holiday

Accommodation Review (Bangkok): Budacco Hotel

 

This review is based on my personal experience and thoughts, it has no mean to promote or condemn the hotel. If you strongly feel that what I have written is unacceptable, please feel free to comment in the comment box.

Budacco Hotel, Bangkok is located near Ratchaprarop ARL (Airport Rail Line) Station, I would say 8minute stroll is sufficient to reach the hotel from station, if weather is good. We paid 1000Baht as deposit. From online review, most Taxi and Tuk Tuk do not know where this hotel is since it’s in a small alley, so just tell them to go Baiyoke Sky Hotel, you can walk in from there.
There’s a video from the hotel website that guides you the way to hotel from Ratchaprarop ARL Station. For your convenience, I’ve note it down in point form. That was how we got to the hotel.

Source: http://www.budacco.com/location.php

From Ratchaprarop ARL –

  • walk towards Phaya thai station,
  • exit Ratchprarop station,
  • look for Exit 2,
  • go down to ground floor,
  • turn right in direction of Baiyoke Sky Hotel,
  • walk along shops,
  • turn right at “Ratchaprarop 3” sign,
  • walk straight,
  • turn left when see Budacco signage on top of a like yellow building (opp Baiyoke Hotel),
  • walk straight in and turn right,
  • Budacco is on right hand side (Beside Blue Spa Massage)

Depending on your objective of the Bangkok trip, this hotel might not suit you. If you are into shopping (Singapore Bugis street style) and will only be spending a day or two in Bangkok, then this hotel is heaven, because it is within walking distance to Pratunum!

But if you are planning to explore more, then you might want to read this para. The only train station near the hotel is Ratchaprarop ARL Station, while most malls and attractions are along BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System / Sky Train) or MRT stations. You will need to take ARL to Praya Thai (1 station away) to connect to BTS stations; or take ARL to Makkasan to connect to MRT stations. ARL train doesn’t come as frequent as BTS, I would say it’s about 10 to 15 mintues interval. But on the bright side, you can take ARL to Hua Lamphong station and connect to SRT (State Railway of Thailand) and Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Hotel staff greeted us with a big smile at the entrance and welcomes us with a glass of chilled drink and hot towel each. We check-in to the hotel twice for this trip, 2 days per stay. My review hereon will be for 2 rooms.

We stayed in Oriental Room 31 for 2 days on our first stay. Scheduled check-in time is 2pm, but they had allowed us early check-in at 12nn. Room is spacious and clean. Hotel showed their warm hospitality by folding our bath towels and face towels into elephants. Bed is comfy and firm enough, with 2 pillows and 2 cushions. There’s 4 windows in our room, 1 behind the wooden duo seats, 1 by the TV console, 1 behind the bed and 1 by the basin in the shower. 1 of the windows faces window of another building though. There’s a little ¾ length mirror corner where ladies can blow-dry your hair, and have your makeup put on, admire yourself before you start the day.

 

Our second stay at Budacco Hotel for the trip was at Deluxe Room 36, there’s no more Oriental room on Zuji.com for our second stay. Deluxe Room is a few SGD cheaper than Oriental Room. But the room orientation is so much different. The cute towel elephants are gone, shower is much smaller, basin is by the TV (yup, by the TV, in front of the bed). When we check-in to Room 36 at night, window wasn’t locked, it was faulty and took us awhile to get it locked properly. The window is greyed out/ covered, it’s as good as no window, we couldn’t see anything from the window at all. We open the window (since it wasn’t locked) and peep into someone’s kitchen from our room! *rolling my eyes* Bed is so soft that it gave me backache on the first night of the second stay. We requested for cushion, thought it could support my back alittle, (the one we had in Oriental Room, it wasn’t in Deluxe Room) but was rejected at the reception counter, they claimed to have no extra cushion for us. So that few SGD makes a dramatic difference!

 

Daily breakfast was fine, no delicacy but sufficient to fill our tummies to start our day right. The hotel has a little patio, so if the tiny café is full, you can consider having your first meal of the day at the patio, it’s sheltered, no worries about the scorching sun or even if it rains.

 

We had one of our dinners at the hotel café, the day we came back from Hua Hin at night (look out for my review on accommodation at Hua Hin!). We understand that hotel food can’t be compared with outside food, and our objective was just to fill our tummies and then sleep. Spicy stir-fried instant noodle with grilled chicken (100++ Baht) wasn’t too bad, but the amount of chilli padi almost turned my lips into sausages. Grilled chicken breast with teriyaki sauce (150++ Baht) turned out to be boiled-looking chicken in pepper corn sauce. We settled the bill with 1000Baht but hotel staff claimed to have no small change. We tried again with a 500Baht note, they hesitated before accepting it. So, my suggestion is, if you are planning to have your meal there, prepare the exact amount.

Budacco Hotel has kindly helped us store our luggage after our first stay, while we travel to Hua Hin for a night in smaller bags, since we will be returning to their hotel for a second stay. That really eased out worries of carrying huge luggage for train ride.

That’s all for my review on this budget hotel, and I hope it helps you a little in your planning. Bangkok has been good to us, and I hope you have a pleasant stay in the Land of Smile too.

Posted in Holiday, Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2016

It’s strange blogging in 2017 about 2016. But what needs to be done should be done. In my earlier posts, I mentioned about a Hong Kong accommodation, and the leather craft project. So here’s a continuation of the 2 posts. I’m not going to go into details of what happened those days in Hong Kong, perhaps just a brief introduction and direction to places. Continue reading “Hong Kong 2016”

Posted in Holiday, Hong Kong

Crafty Day In Hong Kong – Leather product

Disclaimer: This is not an advertorial post, I do not gain anything from Leatherism, except for the joy I get from sharing goodness.

This is a super back dated post. Back in October last year, I made an impromptu trip to Hong Kong with a friend. The trip was so last minute that we couldn’t get a proper accommodation of our budget, because there were a few mega conference and events going on during our stay there. Alright, I shall talk about the happenings in my next post.

 

Back to my crafty moment in Hong Kong. I spent Day 1 in Hong Kong alone as my friend could only reach the next day. This unplanned trip didn’t stop me from being crafty, and I’m glad I found Leatherism. Did an online booking with them prior to flying over, couldn’t do any bank transfer to them for payment, and they had kindly allow me to pay when I reach there. And so I signed up for a 3 hours workshop with them, under the “好好縫”series. This is my first leather craft workshop, so pardon the noob moments.  Continue reading “Crafty Day In Hong Kong – Leather product”

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Accommodation Review (Hong Kong): Yesinn @ YMT

Planning for a budget-getaway in Hong Kong? Need a shelter just for sleeping? Search no further, check out Yesinn @ YMT!

It’s my first time staying at a budget hotel, #yolo much! Ditch the big bed and classy shower gel bottles, my stayed with Yesinn @ YMT was pretty cool for me.

Check-in time was strictly 2pm, after verifying with them twice. I was quite pissed off with their inflexibility initially. But a short observation at the hotel lobby  makes me realized how lucky I am to have chosen the hotel. Their guest occupancy rate is high and check-out time is 12 noon, which explains why they have no room for me before 2pm.

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Yesinn @ YMT’s lobby

The hotel lobby is spacious, there is a foosball set, some arty-farty doodles by previous  guests filled the ceiling, and not forgetting the friendly crew.

My room was ready by 1pm, which I was so thankful for. Time for a cool shower after roaming around with my backpack right after the red-eye flight.

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I was greeted by this mural when the lift door opened.
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A minor downside of the bathroom – tiny basin which technically serves no purpose.
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Clean toilet
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Writing space & wall decor
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Bunk beds for 2.

I booked a Private Bunk Room Ensuite. As much as I want to try out budget stay, I prefer to have my own shower. I couldn’t let go my personal toiletries, but if you don’t mind using random brands, they have shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush ready for you.

The bunk beds made the 12sqm room extremely spacious, well not “extremely”, but at least you get some leisure space. I’ve seen photo of their standard rooms, hardly any walking space.

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We even have enough space for supper.

With  series of events happening in Hong Kong over the weekend (Halloween, Wines Carnival, Business Conferences), I’m lucky to have a room secured, that 1 last bunk room available at Yesinn @ YMT.

Enough said, here’s my review of my stay at Yesinn @ YMT.

Pros:

  • Friendly crew
  • Clean toilet and shower
  • Firm mattress
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Daily clean towels
  • Wide windows (for daylight)
  • Less than 5 min walk to Yau Ma Tei MTR Station Exit C
  • 50min bus ride from Airport
  • A21 CityBus (From Airport) stops opposite the street. About 5 min walk to Yesinn
  • A21 CityBus (To Airport) at the main street. Just 2 min walk from Yesinn
  • Located right beside Temple Street Night Market
  • 1 min walk to 24hour convenient store (K Circle)
  • Private Bunk Room gives you extra space
  • Lift access only via Guest Access Card which only brings you to  your level (Security purpose)
  • 24hour Security guard on duty at level 1
  • Free Wifi for guests

 

Cons:

  • No television for Private Bunk Rooms. But with free Wifi, who needs the television?
  • Comforter cover doesnt seems washed
  • Dim in-room yellow light at night
  • Shared hair-dryer and full length mirror at corridor
  • The uninformed HKD100 deposit upon check-in (But that makes you HKD100 richer upon check-out!)

 

That pretty much sums up my stay at Yesinn @ YMT. Nothing too fancy, but definitely decent enough even for a solo trip.