The L Resort – Krabi

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While staying in Bangkok, I decided to plan an excursion to Ao Nang, Krabi. I packed my bags and was on my way to Don Mueang International Airport around noon. I boarded my flight and arrived in Krabi a short while later. A bus shuttle from the airport dropped me off to my beachfront hotel, The L Resort, in Ao Nang.

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The L Resort, Krabi

The location and scenery were better than I could have hoped for. I visited in early September, so the beaches weren’t crowded at all. Tranquil aquamarine water and long-tail boats floating in the distance are the sort of images you’d conjure up if you tried to picture Thailand’s seaside paradise. Well, that’s exactly what I got.

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The laid-back island vibe and picture-postcard views were breathtaking. My cozy room at The L Resort was spacious and tidy; it was equipped with all the modern amenities as well. The white and purple color scheme was incredibly relaxing while the wide, panoramic windows drenched the room in natural light and afforded a lovely view of the outdoors.

 

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The hotel has 48 guestrooms and two beautiful outdoor pools. Breakfast is served at Wanna’s Place where the food selection is absolutely scrumptious. On top of that, the staff is very friendly and is happy to share tips with travelers, so you’ll get the best out of your holiday.

During my stay here, I walked around town and tried out a few restaurants. There are lots of eateries, bars and souvenir shops dotted along the street. While you’re here, be sure to book a tour and visit the nearby beaches. The four islands you can hop to while you’re in Ao Nang are: Railay Bay, Chicken Island, Tup Island and Poda Island.

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Railay Bay

On my final day, I stood by the beach during sunset and gazed at the mesmerizing view. The sun dipped beneath the horizon in a brilliant display of warm, peachy tones that painted the sky like an artist’s canvas. It was truly a memorable weekend. The hospitable staff and management at the L Resort elevated my experience tenfold.

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Ao Nang, Krabi

Planning to visit Krabi? Check out The L Resort and book your perfect holiday!

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Experience Luxury – Dusit Thani, Bangkok

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Pamper yourself with the very best Bangkok has to offer. Dusit Thani is the epitome of luxury and ultimate relaxation. The hotel is located on Rama IV Road near the Sala Daeng BTS Station, right across the lungs of Bangkok, Lumpini Park.

 

The hotel boasts some of the finest dining options in the city. From traditional Thai cuisine at Benjarong to excellent Chinese culinary delights at the Mayflower and the most delicious steak you could hope for at Hamilton’s Steak House.

The Lobby Lounge is also a great place to sit back and relax as you treat yourself to an array of delicious cakes and pastries along with a drink of your choice.

 

Benjarong Thai fine dining restaurant takes you on a journey with its Thai specialties and exquisite atmosphere. The service is impeccable and will truly make you feel like royalty.

I tried the following dishes from their recommended menu:

  • Goong Homsabai (Tiger prawn), egg noodle, sauce Roe.
  • Goong Mae Nam Khawmao Grob sauce makham River prawns, pounded rice, kaffir lime, tamarind sauce.

 

The next morning, I had breakfast at The Pavilion, an all-day dining area which serves mouth-watering international dishes. Breakfast timings are 6 am to 10.30 am. Do yourself a favor, wake up a bit early, perhaps at 8 am because you’ll get your table quickly without having to wait in long queues. Enjoy your breakfast without having to rush.

Later that day, I dined at Hamilton’s Steak Restaurant and ordered the roasted chicken with parsley-garlic and baby potatoes. It was a symphony of the perfect flavors and textures, a great dining experience. The atmosphere had a cool vibe. The antique picture frames on the walls made for a great aesthetic.

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Last but not least, I dined at Mayflower, the Chinese restaurant. I had dumpling with hot and sour Sichuan Soup. That really hit the spot. The restaurant had a regal atmosphere, altogether proving to be a great culinary experience once again.

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I retreated to my room that night at the hotel. The rooms in the hotel are exquisite and offer a great view of the city. The cityscape at night is even more inspiring. One last look out the window and I was off to bed. It was a memorable experience.

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Shop Till You Drop – Bangkok!

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The capital city of the Land of Smiles is the best place to shop till you drop. From high-end fashion to budget trends, Bangkok has got it all and more.

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Across Central World

The BTS or Bangkok Skytrain makes it easy to travel around. You can visit the MBK near National Stadium and then Siam, which is the place to be for all high-end shopping. Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery are the major malls located in this area on Rama I Road. Just a few minutes away on Ratchadamri Road you’ll find more malls, namely Central World and Big C. As you go down from there on to Phloen Chit Road, you’ll see Gaysorn Village and Amarin Plaza.

I got an amazing tailored jacket and shirt from En Elle Tailors. Their shop is located  on the 2nd Floor of the Amarin Plaza. The fabric felt great and it was tailored exactly to my specifications. This made an excellent addition to my wardrobe. The owner, Mr. Singh, was very professional. I would highly recommend their shop and services.

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If you’re looking for budget options, you’ve got to check out the Pratunam Wholesale Market on Ratchaprarop Road, it’s a great place to browse and buy souvenirs. Practice your bargaining skills and jump right into it.  You can really save money if you intend to buy in bulk.

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Koh Kut – Back to Nature

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During my internship in Bangkok, I decided to take off to Koh Kut on a long weekend. The island is unique because it is sparsely populated by people and feels untamed and untouched by human interference. The lifestyle is laid back and you really get to connect with nature because the quaint town is essentially a jungle paradise.

I decided to travel the long way via the Boonsiri Ferry. From Bangkok, all the passengers hopped aboard the bus from Tani Road, which is in close proximity to the popular tourist spot, Khao San Road; after approximately 5 hours, we arrived in the Trat Province. We were then taken to Laem Sok pier. From here, we boarded the Ferry that brought us to Koh Kut in about an hour and a half. You can book your tickets for travelling on the Boonsiri Ferry website.

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The Ferry came to a halt at Ao Salad pier; from there,  a pickup transported me to my abode for the day at the Jungle Koh Kood Resort. It was a much needed break from the fast-paced life in Bangkok. The food was great, the atmosphere was splendid and the staff was extremely friendly. Though the the staff did not speak English very well, it was still a good experience.

The next day, I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit Soneva Kiri. It is a renowned luxury resort on the island. They have beautiful beach-side and jungle-view villas that are perfect for a family retreat. The resort is truly heaven on earth. With excellent service and absolutely delicious food, you really will wish you could just stay here forever. I visited the resort’s chocolate parlor and loved their selection of treats. For all chocolate connoisseurs out there, this is what dreams are made of.

I was very impressed to see that the resort is truly dedicated to sustainability and is taking active measures to not only preserve the environment, but also places great importance in giving back to the community.

I was told that the resort seeks to invest in the local community by helping them better communicate in English and provides world-class training. This is an example of a business having an inclusive long-term vision.

I was shown their on-site bio-fuel plant,  composting activities, organic farm and a marine-life conservation program.

Soneva believes in the ‘SLOWLIFE’ philosophy, it is an acronym that stands for Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, Experiences. This is the ideology that the resort maintains. Combining luxury, sustainable tourism and the idea of going back to nature rather than declaring war on it. In this day and age, we would all benefit by adopting such ideals.

If you want to travel to the resort directly, well you’re in luck. Soneva Kiri has its own airport on a nearby island, Koh Mai Si! Guests can catch a private plane from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and arrive via a 1-hour-and-15-minute flight. Then, a speedboat will transport you to the resort’s jetty in a matter of minutes.

After that wonderful experience, I moved on to my next abode, the Mark House. This is an affordable lodging option that is just a stone’s throw away from the beach and lies next to a river. There are also a few restaurants nearby, so you won’t have to venture out too far for a hearty meal while you’re staying here.

The property has numerous bungalows and a swimming pool. The owners are hospitable and laid back. The aesthetic of the cottages is quite quirky with weirdly wonderful decor.

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After spending a good amount of time at the beach and watching the sun disappear beneath the horizon in a glorious display of colors reminiscent of a renaissance painting, I headed back to my bungalow and called it a night. The next morning, I was on my way back to Bangkok with a ton of great memories and revitalized spirit.

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A Foodie’s Guide to Bangkok – Shabu Land

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Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish. An array of thinly sliced meat and vegetables are provided, which you can cook in the hotpot yourself.

I got to experience this style of cuisine at a really cool family restaurant in Bangkok. Shabu Land offers an all-you-can-eat buffet. Great price for great quality food.

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My hot pot was filled with the aromatic and iconic Tom Yum Goong.

The meal was absolutely delightful and the iced lemon tea I had, was refreshing.

Do try it out when you’re in Bangkok.

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A Foodie’s Guide to Bangkok – The Manhattan Fish Market

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Looking for hearty seafood in bustling Bangkok? Look no further, The Manhattan Fish Market has got you covered. Their appetizing menu consists of soups and chowders, pasta; fried, grilled, poached, flamed and baked goodies; salads and sides, sharing platters, desserts and refreshing beverages.

From their menu, I tried ‘Spaghetti in the Sea’ and I loved it. I also tried ‘Passionate Peach’, a delicious chamomile tea with lemongrass infusion. The ‘Lemongrass Cooler’ was equally delightful.

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Location: Central World, 999/9 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330

Website: www.manhattanfishmarket.com

A Foodie’s Guide to Bangkok – Sunrise Tacos

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Care to excite your palate with delicious Mexican flavours while you’re in Bangkok?

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Head to Sunrise Tacos, one of the most popular Mexican eateries in Bangkok, on the 4th floor of Terminal 21. The restaurant overlooks a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge and has a funky, vibrant atmosphere. Terminal 21 is an impressive themed mall, located close to Asoke BTS (sky train station) and, therefore, is easily accessible.

The chef recommended that we try the Santa Fe Salad with margarita storm; American Cowboy Tacos with hot sauce; classic chicken quesadilla and of-course, the delicious carrot cake, which we enjoyed with a cool glass of vanilla milk with cinnamon.

This incredibly photogenic carrot cake tasted even better than how it looked!

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Chef Luis came up to us and described the  philosophy at Sunrise Tacos. Produce is selected carefully and GMOs are avoided. Selecting sustainable suppliers is also a priority for the restaurant.

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Location: Terminal 21 shopping center 4 th floor Klongtoey Nua, 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110

Website: www.sunrisetacos.com