Amazing Thailand (Day 3, Part 1)

4th December 2016

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Complimentary breakfast at hotel

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0800 hrs Depart for Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour

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Murals depicting the different stages of life

Death and illness are morbid subjects to talk about and I have friends’ parents passed away or like my secondary school friend passed away due to leukaemia two years ago. When I was a flight attendant, I also have to face such situations and no matter what sort of emergency situations arise, we still have to regain our composure and provide immediate assistance. I try not to be a busybody and probe too much unless they choose to share with me, likewise, I do not like others probing into my personal life too. Everyday is a gift to be alive and I am thankful for it.

Never like to visit tombs or cemetery as it sends a chill down my spine.

0800 hrs Depart for Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour

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This is one of the oldest surviving bakery serving traditional Thai dessert. Can you believe that the shop owner is 88 years old and has been in this trade since her youth?

We were treated to the freshly made yummy Thai dessert and I like the yam paste.

These are all the delicious Thai dessert made by the shop owner.

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Cannot help but wonder how will I look when I am old. I think I can only slow down the aging process by using the correct and proper skincare products.

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They look like two best friends sharing close-knit relationship.

The Bang Loeng Market Walking tour also includes food tasting of the local delicacies.

1100 hrs Lunch at local restaurant (part of Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour)


Nom.. Nom.. Nom.. I do not have any dietary restrictions so I can enjoy all the amazing feast.

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1200 hrs Transfer to TrueLove @ Neverland

 We then visited the only husky café at Bangkok, TrueLove @ Neverland. TrueLove @ Neverland is a heaven for all dog lovers and especially the huskies lovers.

Meet MOMO (the white dog on the right picture), she is my favourite dog in the café! MOMO steals the limelight from time to time even though the huskies are the stars.

Interacting with the huskies does put a smile on one’s face because they are simply too adorable! These huskies feed on ice and carrots as their daily staple. The fur of Siberian husky is soft, nice to touch and these dogs are so cute to cuddle with.

WAH.. WAH.. WAH! The café owner is good looking! Anyway, he is trying to attract the dog’s attention to look at the camera. I want to find a boyfriend but the first and foremost criteria is the hair cannot look like balding. Secondly, facial complexion has to be good with no pimples. Thirdly, cannot be too touchy. Still waiting patiently for the right one to appear in my life…

 Feeding time for the huskies!

Cakes and drinks are available too!

– End of Day 3, Part 1 –

Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 3)

1730 hrs Dinner at NETA Fish & Meat (Buffet)

We have our dinner at NETA Fish & Meat and this is the first and only Japanese style buffet restaurant in Ratchada area that serves over hundred of delicious dishes. For as low as 499 Baht, diners can enjoy variety of dishes in 90 minutes.

Address: The Street Ratchada. Bangkok Thailand

Phone: +66 2 121 1992

Website: https://www.facebook.com/netafishandmeat/

Oh… I love to eat salmon and salmon contains high levels of healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon is my favourite fish and I like to eat it raw or seared, which slightly intensifies the flavour of the fish. The fortunate thing is that no matter how much I eat, I do not put on much weight and my BMI is within healthy range.

1830 hrs Transfer to Rot Fai Market Ratchada

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We visited Rot Fat Market Ratchada, a hipster market which originated at a disused railway yard in Bang Sue. Rot Fai Market Ratchada is located near the city at Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station, which is significantly closer to the city and much easier to access than the bigger Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin.

You can also chill and enjoy a drink at one of the cool pubs, or simply go shopping at the many local stalls. Too little time, too much to shop at this hipster market! There is everything that one expects to find at Rot Fai Market Ratchada.

2000 hrs Transfer to Divana Nurture Spa

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Massage is what I always look forward during an overseas trip! Divana Nurture Spa  is a luxury spa concept and service here is top-notch! We experience the Phikat Bua Prakob Remedy Wellness Spa Program, easing the soreness of body through the application of Authentic Thai massage remedy. It is a total indulgence, you feel so pampered and relaxed in a bind treatment along with the healthy benefits of the “Phikat Bua Prakob”, a legendary herbal compress that adds up to the bona fides of therapeutic treat. Divana Nurture is certainly a place for the wealthy “tai tai” who has the money to splurge and indulge in the much needed relaxing massage.

– End of Day 2, Part 3 –

 

 

Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 2)

1300 hrs Transfer to Bangkok

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We have our lunch at this unique comic themed Bangkok restaurant, Lengzabb.

Not just another restaurant with fancy décor of Marvel Superheroes, Lengzabb also looms as a favourite lunch spot for many Thai young generation.

Address: Muang Samut Songgram, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

Phone: +66 85 514 2978

Website: https://www.facebook.com/lengzabb/

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One of the ‘MUST-TRY’ dishes is this spicy pork bone clear soup, locally known as Leng sab. The Leng Sab dish is served with hot steamed rice, the pork meat is soft, tender and tasty.

I have the tom yum soup with rice vermicelli for myself and the chicken satay is for sharing. The taste of the Thai chicken satay cannot measure up to our satay in Singapore.

1500 hrs Visit Dinosaur Planet

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The Dinosaur Planet is an entertainment centre in the heart of Bangkok, bringing visitors back in time to the ancient world of dinosaurs, where they’re come back to live.

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Anyone wanna hop in my truck and go for an adventure?

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Visitors can interact with the various types of dinosaurs and it can be a little intimidating because the dinosaur will suddenly charge towards you unknowingly.

The attractions are family-friendly and children can enjoy exciting presentation techniques, memorable activities and world-class performances at Dinosaur Planet.

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Bitten by a hungry Tyrannousaurus Rex

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All of us then check-in to Grande Centre Point Terminal 21, a good 4/5 hotel located at the heart Sukhumyit, with direct access to the transportation BTS and MRT. The hotel is modern in style with rooms that are clean and spacious. Whenever I check into such a grand and luxury hotel, I will feel lazy and I do not want to go out anymore.

Address: 2 Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: +66 2 681 9000

Website: http://www.grandecentrepointterminal21.com

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The view overlooking the central business district of Bangkok is amazing and perfect.

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Just me.. cutting a lonely figure, taking time to admire the mesmerizing view of the city’s skyline.

 

 – End of Day 2, Part 2 –

Amazing Thailand, Day 1 Part 1

2nd December 2016 (Friday)

Continued from Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Overjoyed to be invited for this 4 days 3 nights media trip to Bangkok & Amphawa from 2nd to 5th December 2016 hosted by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

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Thai Airways, National Carrier of Thailand

3+3+3 seating layout on Thai Airways (TG) wide body jet Boeing 777-200 ER

It has been a while since I fly with Singapore Airlines (SQ), but my personal opinion is that I find Thai Airways (TG) Boeing 777-200 ER (“ER” for Extended Range)  aircraft seats are newer and spacious than Singapore Airlines. There are generally two classes of travel on B777-200 ER, namely Business Class and Economy Class.

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In every airline in the world, flight attendants not only need to look impeccably groomed throughout the entire flight, they are also responsible for upholding on board service and safety standards. When I boarded the aircraft, this Thai stewardess attracted my eyes because I like her make up and she is very pretty. Her eyebrow embroidery and smoky brown palette eye shadow with dramatic thick, false long eyelashes are all on point. But.. the ear rings maybe abit too big.

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Jeslyn Ng (Editor from Tripzilla), Me and Jaclynn Seah (Travel blogger, The Occasional Traveller)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the in flight entertainment system or…just sleep.

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From left to right: Jaclynn (Travel blogger, The Occasional Traveller), RuiMing (Journalists, Shin Min Daily News), Me (Travel blogger, Irene-Travelogue.com), Jeslyn (Editor, Tripzilla), Nicolas (Marketing officer, TAT) and Jiayu (Travel blogger, flyhoneystars.com)

That’s us, a group of social media influencers, making our way to clear custom formalities in the Kingdom of Thailand.

1200 hrs Lunch at Nui Seafood (Mahachai)

We were drove to have our lunch at Nui Seafood Restaurant (Mahachai) to sample some seafood gourmet delights. My favourite dish is Barramundi Fried Fish, deep-fried to crispy, and served with green mango and chili fish sauce.

How to get there:

The restaurant is located in Mahachai, about 1.5 hours from central Bangkok.

Address: Mahachai, Samut Sakhon, Thailand 74000.

Phone: +66 34 421 166

Website: http://Www.jnuiseafood.com

Click to view a larger image of the menu

The price for each dish is reasonably priced and range from THB250 to THB400.

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1300 hrs Explore Saint Anna’s Church

After our delightful lunch, we went ahead to explore Saint Anna’s Church, Samut Sakhon, located by the Tha Chin River.

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The statue of Saint Anna is one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia
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Wat Ban Laem Temple. Photo Courtesy: TripAdvisor

1400 hrs Explore Wat Ban Laem

Departed for Wat Ban Laem Temple. Wat Ban Laem is the most important temple of the province and Thai people have worshiped Wat Ban Laem Buddle for ages due to his supernatural power.

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1430 hrs Explore Maeklong Railway Market

Next, we explore the famous Maeklong Railway Market, also known locally as the Umbrella Market.

Maeklong Railway Market looks like any other open-air market in Southeast Asia with vendors selling tropical fruits and vegetables, freshly caught seafood and other local foods. The market is sheltered by low-hanging umbrellas and the railway track is actually the walkway of the market.

The local guide brought us to a good spot to watch the train running through Maeklong Railway Market.

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Jiayu (Travel Blogger, flyhoneystars.com) and me chilling at the café, having our caffeine fix iced thai milk tea while waiting for the train to pass through the market.

 

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Watch: A piercing siren will sound and in a flash the market transforms with the stallholders whip away their produce and pull down their umbrella to make way for the train to pass.
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Dodging train at Mae Klong Railway Market
– End of Day 1 Part 1 –

Birthday Remembrance for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bangkok, Thailand
5 December 2016

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, born on 5th December 1927, ascended the throne in 1946 and held the reins until 2016. Having reign over Thailand for 70 years, placing him as the world’s longest serving head-of-state and Thailand’s longest reigning monarch. At the age of 88, His Majesty passed away peacefully on Thursday, 13th October 2016 at Siriraj Hospital

A special event is staged by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5th December 2016. Bhumibol 1 Bridge was chosen especially for this special event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people.

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I felt deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event held on Bhumibol 1 Bridge to commemorate His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday.

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Group photo of the Media Participants invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand on Bhumibol 1 Bridge

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My fan girl moment with some Thai superstars in the crowd and these boys are ridiciously good looking! From left to right: Boy Pakorn, Phet Thatkrit, Pai Wisarut, Jaron Sorso and Tara Tipa.

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Portrait of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX

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Beautiful sunrise painting the skies with shades of pink hues

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Thousands of mourners gathered on Bhumibol 1 Bridge named after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on what would have been his birthday, to remember the Nation’s “Father” and his work to improve the lives of the Thai people.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Mass display of grief, standing in silence for 89-second to mark the King’s life and reign. Thai Royal Anthem is then played and the crowd also join in the mass singing of the song Kwam Fan An Soong Sood (The Impossible Dream) which was composed by His Majesty.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Thanask Patimaprakorn leading the crowd in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Photo Credit: Strait Times

A total of 999 buddhist monks led the prayers in honor to the late His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Spotted the Deputy Prime Minister walking towards my direction which I quickly went up and ask if I can take selfie with him. It is not everyday you get to go so close up with a prominment and influential political figure.

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Mourners holding alof picture of the late king.

At the end of the event, white and yellow balloons were released. Yellow is the color associated with the Birthday of the late king.

Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa (Part 3)

Click to view Part 1 and Part 2 of my upcoming media trip to Bangkok & Amphawa.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Chubb Travel Insurance Benefit

Chubb Travel Insurance Table

 

My Sister Sandy is currently working as a Financial Advisor with Manulife and these are the 2 travel insurance policies that she recommends for my trip to Thailand. You can click on the links to view enlarge image of the travel brochure.

Travel insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks of traveling. I will like to highlight the importance of buying insurance and share an example of my own travel mistake when I was holidaying at Athens, Greece in May 2014..

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I got into an accident when the car I was driving hit a huge stone hidden among the bushes. Survived the accident with minor scratches and I had to quickly pull myself out from the damaged vehicle. Shaken by the crash but I knew I had to get back on my feet and moved the car out of the way so that it won’t be a safety hazard for oncoming cars. Had I bought insurance from the car rental company, I wouldn’t have to pay so much for the car damage.

With travel insurance, it gives you a peace of mind when traveling. The processing of your application is very fast and you get to know whether your submitted application is approved within 1 to 3 working days.

If you are keen to know more about travel insurance policies or financial planning, please leave your email or contact number under the “Leave a Reply” section and I will ask my sister to get back to you soonest possible.

 

OVERSEAS WIFI ROUTER

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One way to cut your monthly phone bills when overseas is to rent a Portable Wi-Fi Router. Forget about data roaming and use Portable Wi-Fi Router with affordable access for your travel out of Singapore.

 

Benefits of using Portable Wi-Fi Router are:

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Simply reserve it online at goo.gl/nfFeaB at just $5 a day with first day rental waived. Promo codes below:

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End of Part 3

Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa (Part 1)

I am pleased to share with all of you that I have been invited to join a 4 days media trip to Bangkok and Amphawa by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It will be my 8th trip out of Singapore for this year 2016 and I am absolutely looking forward to this all-inclusive trip of airfares, accomodation, tours and meals hosted by TAT.

Very fortunate to be selected as one of the lucky six participants going for this 4-days media trip from 2nd to 5th December 2016, consisting of travel bloggers, editor from Tripzilla and journalists from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

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Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/tat.sg

More than a month has passed since the passing away of the great and benevolent King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the announcement from the Government has been made to reassure tourists with plans to visit Thailand that all events and festivals are going ahead as planned. While the mourning period is being respected, other areas of life will be returning to normal to avoid disruption and to enable people to make a living.

As such, we, the social media influencers are invited to get the latest updates on the tourism facilties and current situation in Thailand and that after the trip, we can support the growth of tourism in producing contents on the activities and places of interest to visit in Thailand. Meanwhile to help reinforce the message by Tourism Authority of Thailand that life goes on as per normal in Bangkok and around Thailand.


You can view the past posts on my trips to Thailand from the following links

Graduation Trip to Bangkok and Phuket

End of Part 1