Bangkok Shopping Spree (4D/3N)

Bangkok would have to be one of the places where things are cheaper, much cheaper than in Singapore and a shopping paradise for the shopaholics (who like to get things in the bulk and cheap) out there!

Singapore to Seoul: Ways to Maximize Your Cash When You DIY (Flight)

With the average flight to Seoul from Singapore costing about S$1200++ per person (and that’s just economy!) on Singapore Airlines, getting tickets on promotion are definitely worth it.

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort (馥蘭朵烏來渡假酒店)

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort (馥蘭朵烏來渡假酒店) is located in New Taipei City (Wulai), close to to the Wulai Town (and waterfalls).

Wulai Hot Springs Escapade Itinerary (3D/2N)

While this trip was a simple and short one, it wasn't necessary one of the cheapest: this trip was one meant to enjoy the hot springs and just take it slow (and basically be pampered).

Staycation: Club Room Stay at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

Rendezvous Hotel Singapore was having a staycation promotion, so needless to say we grabbed the offer (which came with complimentary breakfast, wifii, drinks and snacks).

Upcoming Trip: South Korea, here we come! Seoul - Jeju - Seoul

South Korea

Since autumn is coming up, it was decided that we should travel during autumn time (for 9 days) to experience something different (and not too cold, since I still can’t muster the courage for some place wintery… yet). For this trip, we decided to squeeze in a couple of days to visit Jeju island (just 3 days 2 nights), renowned as the "the Hawaii of Korea".

This has got to be one of the most challenging trips ever planned! It was originally a trip planned for 3 than ballooned to 5: due to some unforeseen circumstances (with the challenging coordinating to a frenzied state of panic when the promo tickets for our preferred dates started dwindling in numbers fast) it became a trip for 5 to South Korea on different flights (Singapore Air, Asiana and Korean Airlines) with overlapping days (we all arrive and depart with a 2 day difference, but we still have time to meet up). 


Air Flight

Singapore Airlines was having a promotion, so naturally it propelled us to want to go even more. With prices almost 50% off the original pricing for a full-service flight (with entertainment, food and an allowance of 30kg checked-in luggage) it is a bargain (even if the timings weren’t the best). [Read all about my analysis on budget vs. full-serviced flight to South Korea here]

So with tickets purchased at S$662 per person for a pair of return tickets from Singapore to Seoul, it was time to check out the accommodation and flight to Jeju!

Domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport (to Jeju Airport) are available daily at hourly intervals (there is a flight in and out of Jeju almost every hour or so). Depending on the dates (peak season), timing (last minute booking) and (departure) destination (e.g. Seoul or Busan), the average price per person on a domestic flight is around 150,000 to 170,000 won (that’s about S$185 to S$210).

DramaQueen and her friend MX, managed to get their (promotional) tickets on Korean Airlines for about S$740 person, but they would be arriving and departing 2 days earlier. Despite their arrival and departure differences, we still had a couple of overlapping days which we decided to head to Jeju.

Initially we were planning to go with Jeju Air, being budget and all. It would have cost us 108,000 won (about S$135) per person for return trip from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju; the other budget airlines were either sold out for the dates we wanted or did not have any special fares (the normal fares were too much to our budget). But thankfully the payment system for Jeju Air failed on me, so after some (more) googling for another alternative which was hopefully cheaper and (more non IE) browser friendly... lo and behold I found Air Busan which was having a promotion. So we ended up paying only 99,000 won (about S$125) per person for a return ticket instead. It was a happy moment (of course if it could be cheaper, even better lol). The total came up to S$787 per person.

C managed to get her (rather later) flight tickets from Flight Center for the (almost) same dates (arriving and departure later than us by at least two days), and it included the flight to Jeju and back to Gimpo Ariport (!). Her return tickets on Asiana from Flight Center (SingaporeIncheonJejuIncheonSingapore) cost her S$902.

Accommodation (Seoul – Jeju – Seoul)

1. [Seoul - Hongdae Accommodation] 2 nights
Since our flight would arrive at night, practically a day would have been wasted, so in order not to waste any more time, we decided to stay in one of the most happening places in Seoul (on a weekend night) – Hongdae, where the shops close late, along with a vibrant youth culture ongoing. Initially the booking was planned to be made with Ara’s 2BR Apartment, located near the Hongik University Subway Station and right smack in the middle of the Hongdae area. Ara’s 2BR Apartment seemed like a perfect fit for our 2 nights stay… until it was snatched up by another person (3 months before our departure!). It was only a matter of days that Ara’s 2BR Apartment was snapped up, leaving us a little at a loss.

So it was back to square one again. After much re-searching it was a contention KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) and Private Flat in fun, hip Hongdae. In the end the former won as the location seemed more ideal: the subway/AREX is accessible via the lift and is sheltered, so that would help when it gets wet or chilly (especially since we would arrive late a night). The only issue was that the spare mattress would only be available if there are 3 people or more (a maximum of 4 persons) booking the place. Well, it is only for 2 nights, so it should be ok since it is a queen size bed.

Note: Do note that the KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) charges a minimum of 2 persons. So even if you are a single traveler, you would be paying the price of 2, should you choose to book this place. You will only get the extra mattress if you have more than 2 people (it’s a cost thing). Oh, and there is no TV.

After confirming with the host (Sue) that KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) was available and that there was only going to be one bed (coupled with the ‘trauma’ of having Ara’s 2BR Apartment so suddenly snapped up and the fact that the popular accommodations seemed to be getting snapped up relatively fast), I quickly used the AirBnB mobile app (first time using it) and booked it with the “Instant Book” option.

While the “Instant Book” option was, well, instant, what I didn’t like about that there was no safety guard should you have a trigger happy shopping finger or any buyers’ regret. The payment went too smoothly, a little too smoothly to my liking and does not seem that secure. It would have been better if there was an OTP (one time pin) sent to the mobile phone for double confirmation, rather than just authorizing the credit card with a simple click of a button.

Anyways, with KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) successfully booked for our first 2 nights (and money taken by AirBnB), the headache for the first leg of the trip has been resolved. Now, hopefully the host, Sue, can reply me soon on some of my questions about transportation to her place at night. Stay tuned for my review on KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae)!


2. [Jeju Accommodation - Jejueco Suites + Tour] 2 nights

I came to know of this really interesting accommodation called Jejueco, an eco-style place that is efficient in the way it uses energy (sorta reminds me of the Beitou Library in Taipei, Taiwan): resources are responsibly used to cause minimal environmental damage. There are only 10 suites (equivalent to 1 room apartments) has a separate bedroom in one room and lounge/dining, and kitchen. Depending on the room type (Deluxe or Jacuzzi) it may or may not come with a balcony. [You can read more about the room details here]

They also provide tours, which was a plus point since it will be our first time in Jeju and we really don’t know (exactly) where to go and what to do. The tour seemed like a perfect “crash-course” on what to do when we are in Jeju. The tour includes breakfast and lunch for 2 days, as well as the admission fees. The only thing would be dinner and evening free time, which should be fine.

The reviews at Tripadvisor were encouraging, so we ended up booking a room for 2 nights with tour for 5 persons 2 rooms). Stay tuned for my review Jejueco Suites + Tour!


3. [Seoul Airbnb Gyeongbukgung Accommodation] 4 nights

For our remaining 4 nights in Seoul, once back from Jeju, the accommodation chosen was Sui’s Loft (#3) & (#1) located near the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong area – the cultural area. I would have loved to have stayed in Lina’s place again, but it would be a tight squeeze with 5 people. Moreover, Sui provides heat packs and a wifi egg during the stay so those were additional plus points (since it was autumn and should be colder than spring). Stay tuned for the reviews on Sui’s Loft (#3) & (#1)!

Note: If you are traveling to Seoul and are looking for a place to stay for 1-2 persons, I would recommend Lina’s Loft as a good base. Lina’s Loft is near the Gongdeok Station (AREX, Line 5 and 6) and is relatively accessible to the other parts of Seoul as well as the Incheon Airport. There is even a famous market nearby and plenty of restaurants and cafes throughout the area; you will be spoilt for choice! [Read my review on Lina’s Loft here]



Vouchers

Of course, no trip is complete with discount vouchers. Discount to Everland, Trick Eye Museum, shopping and every other discount we could get our hands on were printed out. :)


Communication Devices and EG SIM Card

When you are overseas, you might want to get a local SIM card to make those local calls etc... In South Korea, if you are traveling in a large group and just want to use data only than you can consider getting a WiFi egg. But if you are planning to make some local phone calls and use some data, it might be best to use a local SIM since there’s practically free WiFi everywhere in Seoul and the accommodations (we selected) do provide WiFi as well.

Out of all the SIM cards and plans (of different telcos), the EG SIM card seems to be the most economical one. There are many options in how you get your EG Mobile SIM card: you can order online and choose to collect it upon your arrival or have it sent to you, or you could simply purchase it at the authorized places when you arrive in Seoul/Busan/Jeju etc… And there is now this option, you can actually purchase the SIM card at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 for just S$38 (30 minutes worth of talktime and 500mb worth of data), which is not too bad. A trip to the airport and it’s done… now no more hassle over getting a SIM card upon arrival (especially night flights).

For this trip, we decided to only get 1 SIM card, since KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) and Sui's Loft provide (complimentary) WiFi egg. And for everything else, well, there’s free WiFi for that.


Transportation: T-Money

Since I still have my T-Money Pass with me from my last trip and DramaQueen so kindly offered to loan hers for this trip (since her flight is in the day and she has time to get another card), catching the last AREX train to Hongdae would be even easier!



Ok, flight(s), accommodation and everything else has been settled… now the only thing left to do is (try) to wait patiently for D DAY! Super excited!

Summer Holidays in Scotland: Edinburgh (Old City)

Edinburgh

The first stop in our summer holiday trip was in Edinburgh, where we spent 3 nights in total. We departed for Edinburgh early in the morning on coach. Our next stop after Edinburgh was Inverness.

Edinburgh

During our short time in Edinburgh, we managed to discover the 2nd most populous city in Scotland and the 7th most populous in the United Kingdom; we were actually quite surprised by its beauty. The city is divided into two parts, the New City and the Old City, and to be honest, the best sightings and attractions are located in the Old City. Hence, we did not really visit the New City.

Compared to the Old City, we found that the buildings in the New City are too modern and the houses are not very interesting. We found the Old City to more interesting as the buildings have kept their original (history) form. Together with their old architecture and the mix between old and slightly new buildings make the scenery quite interesting.

The train station separates the Old City into two parts and we can see plastic white roofs covering it.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh

I have to say that in Scotland (not only Edinburgh), they have a very peculiar taste of mixing the old and the new together. For example, you can have a beautiful ancient castle, sitting next to a modern garage.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

The two sides of the city are joined with beautiful bridges and right behind there are mountains and nature, and that makes the beauty of the city.

Edinburgh


We slept in two different hostels in Edinburgh. One is called The Backpackers, a small cosy, hippie kind of hostel, where people seem to have settled for the year and the other one is The Royal Miles Hostel, located just under Edinburgh's castle and is decorated very nicely as if we were entering a castle. They were both located in the Old City and it was very convenient to walk around.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh


We went to Edinburgh Castle, for which we had to pay an entrance fee (not too expensive though). We found the castle quite nice, built with old stones, and composed of several different buildings. It is a place that I would suggest visiting, when passing by this city.


After this long visit we had a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was perfect to replenish our bellies before going to bed and rest our tired feet.

Hard Rock Cafe
Re-fuel time!

We did not stay very long in the city as the next day we left quite early to catch a coach for Inverness.




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A Fun (½) Day Out at Alive Museum (Singapore)

Alive Museum (Singapore)
Alive Museum (Singapore)

Alive Museum, previously known as Trick Art Museum, is one of (South) Korea’s biggest chains of illusionary museum which incorporates 2/3D artworks set in different angles to create interesting 3D visual illusions; offering an interesting ‘interactive’ artful experience where visitors can ‘interact’ with the pieces by posing and taking ‘creative’ photos. And it is finally here in Singapore! It is located at Suntec City which makes it relatively convenient to get to too. 
*Thanks to omy.sg and Alive Museum, I was given the opportunity to visit this intriguingly fun museum! All opinions in this post are completely my own, based on my experience & thoughts.*
 
Alive Museum (Singapore)
The 'artful' and colorful tickets :)
 
The adventure started when I meet up with D and we made our way to Alive Museum full of anticipation. When we arrived, we were in awe: there were countless of art pieces (ok there were about 80 or more art pieces, but it’s been a while since we were in a museum so it seemed countless). 

Alive Museum (Singapore)
What lies beyond...

Once we were inside the museum, we slowly warmed up and were soon busy posing and taking (some ridiculously posed) photos. There was none of that ‘stuffy’ museum aura with stern security guards eyeing your every move and signs plastered (almost) everywhere to tell you that no photography is allowed. Contrary to that, there were signs everywhere encouraging you us to ‘interact’ with the art pieces by posing and taking a photo (or two) with them. So it ended up being a fun day filled with nothing but doing funny poses and taking photos with the art pieces. It was a crowded weekend, making it slightly challenging getting some good shots with some of the more popular art pieces, but we still managed to have a fun time posing silly and snapping photos away.

Alive Museum (Singapore)
Just getting warmed up on the poses...
Alive Museum (Singapore)
getting warmer...
Alive Museum (Singapore)
totally abandoning any sense of 'pretty' and just having fun lol

For the few times that we were out of ideas, there was signage (next to the art pieces) to give inspiration on how to pose, where to stand etc… And in addition to the paintings, there were mirrored floors and walls to add to the ‘interactive’ experience… Ultimately we had a blast; even though we were somewhat camera shy (initially)!

Alive Museum (Singapore)
a few ideas for poses

So is it worth to make a trip down to Alive Museum? The answer would be an absolutely yes! Especially if you have not visited before, and/or want a fun day out with friends or family which involves taking lots of ridiculously fun (posed) photos in a artistic environment to bring out your inner artist (lol). It is also the perfect place if you are the sort who just likes to take photos. And there will always be a reason to return: 30% of the exhibits will be switched for new ones ever 12 to 18 months!

For just S$25, the admission fee for an adult might not be the cheapest around, but considering that this is Singapore, it is pretty reasonable pricing (you just have to take your worth in photos haha). Of course, there are ways you can save (that little bit more): 
  1. If you are going in a family, the family package might be more worth it.
  2. If you have the Passion Card, you can save 20% off the original ticket pricing.
  3. Stalk the website or Facebook page for more offers and promotions (you never know what you might come across) ^^

Alive Museum

Website | Facebook | Promotions

Address: Suntec City #03-372 (between Towers 3 and 4)

Ticket price: 

  • Adults $25
  • Child (aged 3-12) $20
  • Family Package $60 (2 adults, 1 child, $10 for each additional child)

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily (last admission 9pm)



Current Promotion: Present your full priced ticket and "Like" Alive Museum Facebook to redeem a Burger King Meal worth S$7.85. Offer valid from 21 June to 30 September 2014. While stocks last.
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Travel Thoughts: Bangkok during the coup and curfew implementation

It was just days before the departure for a holiday in Bangkok when the news of a military takeover was announced. While there were some worried travelers who cancelled their flights and postponed their trip immediately, we decided to go ahead (but with precautions of course). Travel insurance was a must, as was signing up with the MFA (Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to keep abreast of the situation and Singapore’s take on the situation, and of course keeping an eye on the local news when we were in Bangkok.

When we arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, nothing seemed out of the ordinary; everything and everyone was bustling about as they should be at a busy airport. Even when we took the BTS to our hotel, it was reassuring that there were no glaring (obvious) signs of the turmoil that was portrayed on the news before we left. Unlike what the news reported, not all areas were high with tension and people went about their daily lives; locals and tourists alike (mostly in the unaffected areas).

Bangkok curfew
Life carries on...

On our arrival (and first day in Bangkok), our plans were somewhat changed because it was also the first day the curfew was implemented (and for all the days throughout our time there): we had to be back in the hotel by 10pm and not leave again until after 5am. The announcement was somewhat sudden, so on that first night we could see from our hotel a “mad rush” (as much as possible) on the roads with vehicles of all sorts filling up the streets to get home before the curfew. I can imagine it to be much more chaotic on the trains and buses.

Other than having to be back in the hotel by a certain time, our schedule was not greatly affected sans the late night market visits and eating part of the trip, and missing out on Asiatique. :( Despite the circumstances, the main inconvenience we had during our time there was the barring of TV channels – there was practically nothing to watch as we were confined within the hotel room for the first 2 nights (more channels were allowed for broadcast the following days, so it wasn’t all too bad).

Even when we were out, life seemed to go on as per usual with little hint to the turmoil that was hidden beneath and often portrayed on the (local) news; it was surreal seeing the chaos and riots on the news and yet walk about streets that were the exact opposite of what was being portrayed. No doubt that there was a crisis that was ongoing, but it seemed distant and life seemed to go on. The only reminder that a curfew was in place by a military coup (that had occurred) was the occasional TV signal (to say that that broadcast has been blocked), and as dusk approached shops closed early (as early as 8pm as they had to get home by 10pm); nightlife was almost non-existent.

Bangkok curfew
A reminder of the situation on television as life continues...

Despite that, we managed to have a good trip and still managed to eat and shop to our hearts’ content (well almost). It was, for the most part, an interesting experience and I would definitely visit Bangkok again sometime in the future.



What is a holiday… really?

A couple of days ago I was reading an article on Yahoo about “4 Common Travel Planning Mistakes That Cost Singaporeans Dearly”, and the author mentions that staycations don’t count as a holiday. What really counts as a holiday (in the author’s eyes) is to get out of Singapore because “The point of going on holiday is to get away from the stress and suffocating congestion of Singapore – and that includes getting away as far as possible from sight, sound and kiasuism other Singaporeans..”

Well, I believe that a holiday, no matter where you are, is something or someplace where you enjoy yourself, being relaxed and just taking it slow or getting to do all the things you want to; which varies for each individual. For the time (and sometime budget/family) constraint individuals, yes a staycation DOES count as a holiday too. The rationale is simple, if your idea of a holiday is just lazing by the pool, chilling out, having breakfast served and just doing the things you normally don’t have time for than it doesn’t matter whether you are outside of Singapore or not... Does it?

Spend a little more and find yourself on Sentosa or even Tioman (for example), where you could convince yourself that you are somewhere out of Singapore (figuratively or literally). I mean, if you are just mostly going to be staying in the hotel and not going out much for your holiday other than eating and shopping than it really doesn’t matter where you are… right? As long as you are happy and have a good time, it doesn’t matter where you are. And if it’s a staycation, you even get to save more (and have a bigger budget for a better room etc…) on the flight fare.

Even if you decide to go overseas, while you might be able to get away from the sight, sound and kiasuism of other Singaporeans, that still won’t spare you from meeting nasty people abroad who behave in strangely similar ways, just in different ‘presentations’. No matter where you are there will be some sort of congestion (unless you decide to head off to some remote place which isn’t well-known to escape people and/or traffic).

Ultimately, it all boils down to your attitude and perspective. If you think that a holiday is an ’escape’ from all of that (and the reality in which you live in), than you will always be coming back ‘home’ more unhappy than when you left and always wishing you could go back. A holiday, in essence, should be something that is viewed as an extension (not an escape from) of your life; where you learn and enjoy the new (and probably sometimes challenging yet fun) experiences, and do it within your means not beyond it. Otherwise, you will only return from each holiday feeling more ‘drained’ than last one.

Dinner at Central World - Zen Japanese Restaurant

After an eventful day out after a half day tour at the Maeklong Railway Market and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำดำเนินสะดวก), we decided to head back to the hotel to escape the sweltering heat (for a while) and decide where to go next, Platinum Mall (again) or some other shopping mall in the vicinity. In the end, PrincessyLee decided that we should take a walk to Central World and have dinner there. So walk we did, though the busting (human and vehicle) traffic streets with a whiff of some really bad smog (from the traffic). It took us about 15-25 minutes or so (on foot) to get to Central World Shopping Mall, but it was well worth the walk (sans the scorching sun).

Upon arriving at the entrance of Central World, the outlook of the building was pretty impressive and its interior resembled that of a shopping mall you would be able to find along Orchard Road (in Singapore); a really huge shopping mall and a somewhat upgrade (a little more upscale) from Platinum Mall (in furnishings, décor and items being sold). Central World has its own cinema, a great variety of shops selling clothes, accessories etc…with a good balance of branded designer items, big brands (e.g. H&M) and even budgeted items, and a plethora of restaurants with cuisines ranging from Western, Italian all the way to Japanese.

No thanks to the on-going curfew at the time, we decided to play it safe (no movie or vigorous shopping) and just have dinner instead (after a bout of window shopping of course). Given the variety of food options, it took us quite a while to finally decide what to eat. But decide we did and we chose this Japanese restaurant called, “ZEN Japanese Restaurant”.

Zen Japanese Restaurant
Zen Japanese Restaurant

From the moment we entered the restaurant to when we were seated down and eating, it did not seem that we were in Bangkok at all: the ornaments that adorned the walls and surroundings, and seating layout were very Japanese-like and literally transported us to a place outside of Bangkok.

Zen Japanese Restaurant
The very Japanese interior
 
PrincessyLee ordered the saba set (with rice) while I ordered a dish that resembled a beef don (or similar). Both meals were served with a soup and a side of kimchi (? – made me wonder for a split second if we were in a Japanese or Korean Restaurant haha).

Saba Set
The Saba Set which came with a bowl of rice and a rather large piece of fresh saba, served with a side of soup and kimchi
The set I had, I think there was rice underneath (lol)
 
Anyways, the food in general tasted pretty nice and the pricing was reasonable too. Service was prompt and acceptable, though it would have been better if the waitresses/waiters did not just, well, literally stand around and ‘wait’ (it was a slow day given the curfew, protests and all, but still when you have more than 3 waitresses just standing around you while you eat, it can get a little bit stressful).

Thai Milk Tea
And how could we forget the drinks? PrincessyLee had the Thai Milk Tea. This is before it was mixed...
Thai Milk Tea
The drinkable version, all milky tea goodness! ^^
Sprite - the Thai Version
It seems that I was on a Sprite spree when I was in Bangkok. I just love the slim looking cans hehehe

With dinner in our happy tummies, we made our way back to our hotel sidetracked to Platinum Mall again for another round of intense shopping (lol) and managed to buy bubble tea, before ending the day with a wonderful Thai foot massage.

Bubble Tea
Some random bubble tea shop that we stumbled across called COCO
Bubble Tea
Tea with bubbles (pearls) for just 50 baht. It was pretty nice.






Dinner at THE WALK + Chili

After all the shopping and getting a nice relaxing foot massage, it was time for dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. As the curfew was still in place at the time, the restaurant closed earlier (at 11pm), so we wasted no time in getting our dinner after a long’s day of walking and shopping.
 
The WALK
The Reception
 
When we arrived at the 20th floor (via the elevator) we were greeted with a very ’happening’ reception area. The reception area was empty, but a few seconds later a waitress pop ups from behind a door and upon learning that we were here for dinner, she ushered us past the bar area (which was deserted, given that the curfew was in place) and up some stairs to THE WALK, which was located on the 21st floor.
 
Chili Hip
Chili Hip, a left turn and we were at...
bar
...the lounge/bar area. After walking straight and up a couple of stairs...
THE WALK
THE WALK
 
The (overall) lighting was slightly dimmer than expected (ok, it was practically dark, except for the lights that illuminated off the surrounding buildings and projector), so it was a tad hard to see what we were ordering. It would have been better if the tableside(electronic) candles were brighter, but we somehow still managed to order a plate of Phad Thai Noodles and Phad Thai Rice (I think). Our booking came with complimentary drinks (e.g. soft drinks, wine, or fruit juice), which was a nice touch.
 
While waiting for the food, we marveled at the surrounding night lights and the other patrons who were there that night just for a drink or two. There was a group of elderies (in their 50s-60s) seated at the table next to us commenting that it was too dark to see what was on the menu (lol), but they too managed to order their dinner in the end.
 
Night time in Bangkok
Night time in Bangkok
 
The food soon arrived and we found ourselves happily digging in with the surrounding night lights and ‘hip’ fashion music playing in the background.
 
Bread
The starter: warm fluffy soft bread served with the restaurant's own special concocted sauce reminiscent of satay sauce with a pinch of lemon grass; very peanuty and refreshing at the same time.
Phad Thai Rice
Phad Thai Fried Rice (I think): The rice was flavorful and the seafood fresh.
Phad Thai
Phad Thai Noodles: well flavored and simply a delight to eat with the flavors bursting in the mouth, along with fresh seafood.

Although the lighting was dim, the wait staff did an excellent job being attentive at taking our order, serving the food and even processing payment at an efficient pace. So with our tummies filled, we ended the night by heading back to our room for some serious last minute packing.
 





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