Wednesday, 27 August 2014

W District (Bangkok, Thailand)

Food & Beer Garden
W-District is a new block between Soi 69 and Soi 71 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. It consists of 2 high rise condo buildings, a hotel, Art Exhibition Centre, small evening market and a Food & Beer Garden. O and of course a rooftop Bar& Restaurant at the 46th floor of one of the two condo towers. It is only 5 min walking from BTS station "Phrakanong". I liked it very much.

Staying here a day was a journey into memories for me as the area of Phrakanong at Soi 71 was where I lived for 2 years about 15 years ago. Wow what has it changed. In those days it was almost the end of Bangkok, on your way to Cambodia. Many things have changed, but it is good to see that some small shops are still there with the same people.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Walking in Phrakanong (Bangkok, Thailand)

Raining season
I love to walk in the small streets of any city in South East Asia. Not the highlights of a city, but real life. And there are always weird things you see.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Hof Art (Bangkok, Thailand)


My new motorbike?
"Hof Art" is a small exhibition centre at "W-District" at Soi 69 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok, just 5 min walking from BTS station "Phrakanong". At the moment there is a exhibition of modern art. Although some of the art are clearly copies of existing art other pieces show that there is a free mind & imagination within Thai artists. All art is also for sale.

See Hof Art Bangkok
and BK Asia

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Zepplin @ Sukhumvit 69 (Bangkok, Thailand)


View from the Sky Bar at Zepplin located at the 46th floor of "Le Luk" condominium B Tower at W-District Sukhumvit Soi 69. Open from 18:00 to 2:00. Besides a great view of almost 360 degrees they serve a great cocktail collection and a small Thai & Western menu. Prices are not cheap ... actually expensive. But the service is great & the cocktails fantastic.

As of the food I have mixed feelings. I had "Duck Confit in Orange" and that was not really good. After that I had "Creme Brule" that was very good. Maybe I had just bad luck with the duck?

I loved the view & cocktails!

See Zeppelin Bar & Restuarant

Beat Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)



A brand new small hotel in what is called "W-District", a new block between Soi 69 and Soi 71 of Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. The hotel is just 5 min walk from BTS station "Phrakanong". All rooms are decorate in art style by different artists. Some rooms can be a bit busy, like my room. But I liked it! The room was comfortable, although a bit small. Also forget to have any view. O and rooms at the back might have some noise problems from the small (but busy) soi behind the hotel (but I did not stay in a room like that).

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Flying with Bangkok Airways to Phnom Penh

As another airline stopped flying directly between Phnom Penh and Bangkok I had to look for a new airline.
And I always thought Bangkok Airways was expensive, but on this route at this time they were the cheapest. My last flight with Bangkok Airways dates about 15 years ago when flying to Koh Samui in a ATR-72. But flying to Phnom Penh is done with a Airbus 320.

The flight leaves from Suvarnabhumi Airport (where also their domestic flights fly). It was a smooth and pleasant flight with a reasonable good meal serviced. On the way back I used the small lounge that they have at Phnom Penh Airport. Simple, small and not much place to sit but friendly service.

Also their back office was quick & promptly when I submitted some questions by email. I like that! All together a pleasant experience and I will fly Bangkok Airways again next time.

See Bangkok Airways

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Traveling in the Green Season (Loei, Thailand)

Waterfall near Phu Rua (Loei, Thailand)
Travelling in the green season (also called the rainy season) is actually one of the most beautiful times of travelling in South East Asia. Because of the rain everything is green and growing. The air is clean and there are less travellers in hotels and attraction places like waterfalls.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A walk in the park (Bangkok, Thailand)


A nice cool morning in Bangkok. So after breakfast I made a walk & relaxed at "Benjasiri Park" (next to Emporium Shopping Mall). Open from 5:00 am to 21:00. Early morning older Thai-Chinese are doing Tai-Chi and younger people are running the track around the park. While some other people use the fitness in the park. And although you are in the middle of the city you really feel like you are in the nature of a Forrest. I love it!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

La Croisette Restaurant & Bar (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)


A restaurant & bar for breakfast, lunch, diner and cocktail in the evening. Located right along the riverside at the corner of St. 144. They have both indoor as outdoor seating and serving Western, Italian and Asian food. And of course like all good restaurants in Phnom Penh they have a good wine collection.

The staff was friendly but not as observant as at Metro. I had a Duck breast with vegetables & potato. And as dessert I could not resist a Creme Brule. The food was delicious and good value for money. A place I will certainly come back. Recommended!

Le Grand Mekong Hotel (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)



A brand new hotel (well in 2014) right along the riverside of Phnom Penh city. My room was a Premier Suite River View. Each of the 7 floors has 2 rooms with River View (with private balcony) and the higher floors have 4 rooms with City View (I assume the lower floor rooms have no view). The all hotel is decorated with wood and you feel yourself a bit in Ratanakhiri (but in the wrong way).

The room was comfortable and the bathroom big (maybe a bit too big). The rooms have fan, airco, free wifi, fridge and TV. The hotels services reasonable good plate-service breakfast at the "Sky bar" on the 8th floor. The staff is friendly and service minded. The hotel does not have parking or swimming pool.

The top attraction of the hotel is of course the view from your private balcony over the Tongle Sap and Mekong River. That is really stunning. But although all was fine I think I would not stay here again. I think for the price you can get a better room (although not with the great view). This hotel will have a serious maintenance problem in the future (or actually already has). But if you do not mind that, then it is a great hotel.

See Le Grand Mekong Hotel PP