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13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 2 Bangkok to Chengdu

Good Morning Bangkok

Our flight to Chengdu was 10.05 am. Although we had already done online check in for our flight, we would want to be at the airport by 8 am. So we went up to the rooftop restaurant for breakfast slightly before 7 am.

Breakfast would start at 7 am and was getting ready by the time we arrived. We took the opportunity to look around the Bangkok scene from up here. On hindsight, we should have come up here the previous night to check out the night scene with the busy night market below. The views of the surrounding were pretty nice with the sun beginning to rise from the far end.

Next we helped ourselves to the modest breakfast spread. Breakfast was decent given the price we paid for the room. The breakfast wasn’t sumptuous but sufficient. After this quick breakfast, we returned to our room, freshened up and then checked out at front desk. We got back the same THB500 deposit we gave to the staff upon presentation of the receipt.

Patra Hotel to Ratchaprarop Station onward to Airport

According to the map provided by Patra Boutique Hotel, there is a short cut to Ratchaprarop Station. So instead of turning left out of Patra Hotel and then left and another left turn again towards Baiyoke Sky Hotel to walk back to Ratchaprarop Station, we turned right and walked across the railway tracks and then turned right to walk to Ratchaprarop Station not far ahead. It took only 5 minutes. However, you can’t drag your bags all the way as the path is uneven and having to walk along some dirt path. Continue reading 13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 2 Bangkok to Chengdu

13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 1 Bangkok

Flight from Singapore to Chengdu

We had wanted to visit Jiuzhaigou for quite some time. So when there was an offer from Singapore to Chengdu flying Thai Airways at only $272, we booked our flights for November. The catch was to transit in Bangkok. Instead to having a short transit from Bangkok to Chengdu where we had to take a very early flight from Singapore to Bangkok, we planned an overnight stay in Bangkok to have a more relaxing arrival in Chengdu on Day 2. Our flight details are as follows:

Singapore to Bangkok 12.25 pm to 1.45 pm
Bangkok to Chengdu 10.05 am to 2 pm on the following day

Chengdu to Bangkok 3.05 pm to 5.20 pm
Bangkok to Singapore 7.25 pm to 10.45 pm

Since we had quite a bit of time in November, we decided to visit Chongqing as well, a city in under 2 hours away from Chengdu by high speed train. We also took advantage of the Accor super sales and booked Sofitel Chengdu Taihe and Sofitel Forebase Chongqing at 50% discounts.




Original Itinerary for Chengdu and Chonqing

Day 1: Singapore to Bangkok

Hotel: Patra Boutique Hotel

Location of this hotel is near Platinum area, easily accessible from the airport using the airport rail link six stations away.

Day 2: Bangkok to Chengdu

Hotel: Leeden Hotel

This hotel is located near MRT Station walking distance to Chunxi Shopping Area.

Day 3: Chengdu to Juizhaigou

Hotel: Jiuxiang Hotel

This hotel is located near the main entrance into Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Will need to take a nine hours bus ride from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. Continue reading 13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 1 Bangkok

Yunnan Tour (11 Days 10 Nights) – Transit Bangkok

The beauty of Yunnan and the mysteriously captivating life in Shangrila highland made famous by the movie, “The Lost Horizon” decades ago had been on our mind for a long time. So we had been wanting to tour Yunnan for quite some time. Finally last year, we began to seriously plan for such a tour. The only time we could possibly take such a tour would be in November.

Having checked with a number of tour companies, the tour prices per person for a seven nights packaged tour to Kunming, Dali and Lijiang was around $1500, not including out of pocket money for shopping and dining. For a nine nights packaged tour including Shangrila, the cost would come up to about $2000 per person. There will be other expenses for tour activities to be factored in for such a tour as well.



As such, we decided to plan our own tour to Yunnan. Air ticket wasn’t cheap. Silk Air flies direct to Kunming but air ticket costs too much and China Southern Airline costs about $500 and needs to transit in Guangzhou. Thai Airways so happened was having a promotion for flight to Kunming but had to transit in Bangkok. The cost of the air ticket was under $430. So we took the deal and booked our flights to include a night stay in Bangkok on the way to Kunming so that we would arrive Kunming in much better condition.

Next, we had to do our research on how to travel between the cities in Yunnan. Kunming is close to 1900 m above sea level and Dali has an elevation of 2000 m and more than 430 km from Kunming. Lijiang is about 180 km from Dali and has an altitude of 2400 m. Another 180 km away from Lijiang is Shangrila also known as Zhongdian has an elevation of over 3100 m.

We would have to fly into Kunming, travel to Dali, onward to Lijiang before heading up to Shangrila. This would allow us some time to acclimatize as we travel upward to Shangrila. We would take the same route back to Kunming before flying back to Singapore via Bangkok. This is the usual route for most travellers unless we fly out of Shangrila or Lijiang and transit somewhere before heading for home. Airfare would cost a lot more if we take this route which is not really necessary. The return trip back to Kunming would afford us more time to cover places we missed during our onward journey which isn’t bad at all. Continue reading Yunnan Tour (11 Days 10 Nights) – Transit Bangkok

3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS PATTAYA AND BANGKOK WEEKEND BREAK – DAY 3 (MARCH 2016)

Day 3 – Bangkok to Singapore

Our return flight to Singapore was 8.15 pm. We requested for late check out but were given only till 2 pm. This made shopping in Bangkok rather short in order to come back to check out and head out for more shopping again. So we decided to check out early and leave our bags with the hotel.

We went for breakfast near 9 am. The restaurant was quite empty. We had probably missed the morning crowd of tourists from mainland China in which we were glad. We took our seats and then went to collect our food.

The buffet spread was quite good with the usual setup for a four-star hotel. We ordered omelets and went to get our own choice of coffee from the machine. Having gotten all our food, we settled down to enjoy our breakfast in this pleasant quiet restaurant. After a satisfying breakfast, we returned to our room to get ready to check out.


With our bags packed and having made ourselves comfortable, we checked out around 10 am and left our bags with the hotel. We were told we could use the toilet facilities at the wellness centre to shower when we returned to collect our bags before our flight. Continue reading 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS PATTAYA AND BANGKOK WEEKEND BREAK – DAY 3 (MARCH 2016)

3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS PATTAYA AND BANGKOK WEEKEND BREAK – Day 2 (MARCH 2016)

Day 2 – Pattaya to Bangkok

We slept soundly through the night. With our room balcony facing the swimming pool and the building next door, there was no sunrise to catch this morning. Around 7.30 am, we made our way to the restaurant for breakfast.

The restaurant wasn’t very crowded and the high ceiling in the restaurant gave the impression of a very airy and big space though the restaurant is not really very big. The ambience was clean and bright with the swimming pool outside seen from the full glass panel walls. The buffet spread was impressive with good quality food.

We took our seats and helped ourselves with the buffet and enjoyed our sumptuous breakfast. The food was really good. We loved the bottled fresh fruit juice kept chilled with ice. This was indeed the morning to look forward to with such great start over breakfast.

Back in our room, we got ready to leave for our first activity for the day before heading to Bangkok after lunch. It was too hot yesterday and we didn’t have a chance to check out the beach area. So we left Baraquda Hotel, crossed the road and walked through the street ahead towards the beach. Soon, we were at the beach after crossing Beach Road. Continue reading 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS PATTAYA AND BANGKOK WEEKEND BREAK – Day 2 (MARCH 2016)

3 Days 2 Nights Pattaya and Bangkok Weekend Break (March 2016)

Scoot Airlines had good offer for airfares to Bangkok for just under $115 for a pair of return tickets so we decided to take a short weekend break to Pattaya and Bangkok for March 2016. We booked these air tickets five months in advance. The flight schedules were as follows:

Singapore to Bangkok – 6.55 am to 8.25 am

Bangkok to Singapore – 8.15 pm to 11.40 pm

With such flight timings, we could enjoy three full days by staying only two nights in Thailand.

As for hotels, since we are Accor Plus members, we booked Hotel Baraquda Pattaya – MGallery Collection and Bangkok Hotel Lotus Sukhumvit.

Scoot Airlines would fly into Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok so public transport options to Pattaya became a little tricky. Though public transports are available which will cost less, travel time will be longer and effort involved will be greater, not to mention we needed to wake up very early to catch the early morning flight which may take a toll on our enjoyment of Pattaya when we eventually arrive.




So we contacted Mr. T Taxi Service to arrange for transfers directly from Don Mueang Airport to our hotel in Pattaya and also from Pattaya to Lotus Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok for the next day. The cost for the transfers was quite reasonable at 1300 Baht and 1100 Baht respectively. Correspondence with him via emails were promptly received. His contact email is mr_ttaxi@hotmail.com. With direct transfer from point to point, this would cut short travelling and waiting time and we would arrive in better shape to enjoy our short break in Pattaya and Bangkok.

Day 1 – Singapore to Bangkok onward to Pattaya

Five months came quickly and we arrived at Changi Airport near 5 am. We got through Scoot check in procedure rather quickly and collected our boarding passes. We were given the impression we had to arrive at the departure gate early as the aircraft was parked quite far away. So we got through immigration and had a very quick and rushed breakfast at the McDonalds and then went to the departure gate to wait for boarding.

Actually, the departure wasn’t open earlier then scheduled and so boarding procedure was also as per normal and not as rushed as we were initially told. We waited for a while in the holding room and eventually called to board the plane. However, we didn’t use the aerobridge and had to wait for the airport buses to send us to the aircraft. Indeed it was quite a distance from the boarding gate to reach the aircraft.

Eventually, we boarded the plane and we were actually still quite early. We had to wait in the plane until batches of passengers were brought to the plane for boarding. Finally, the plane received green light to taxi to the runway and shortly after got clearance for takeoff and soon we were airborne. We sat back to relax and we enjoyed our flight to Bangkok.

We touched down Don Mueang Airport according to schedule and went through immigration without any problem. We then exited the arrival hall and walked towards door number 6 to look for our driver but we couldn’t find him. We decided to walk back to the other end and we found our driver with our names of a placard. Apparently, either Mr. T had given us the wrong location to look for the driver or the driver had waited at the wrong place for us. Anyway, it was just a small issue.

Continue reading 3 Days 2 Nights Pattaya and Bangkok Weekend Break (March 2016)

5 Days 4 Nights Bangkok Day 5 (November 2014)

Day 5 – Bangkok to Singapore
This day finally came for us to leave this fabulous city Bangkok, after enjoying the food, the sight and sound of this vibrant city with so much life and so much to offer. Our impression of this city had taken quite a drastic shift after this visit in comparison with the previous visit back in 2007 where we did not come away with much excitement and satisfaction as this latest trip did. 

So we jumped out of bed when the alarm went off. Still dark but we took the opportunity to catch the sunrise from our room windows. It was a great sight to watch as the sun gradually appeared and awakened this dynamic city to begin a brand new day of vitality. Once we could no longer behold the glorious sunbeams with our naked eyes, we went to the restaurant for a quick breakfast. We had a plane to catch and not much time for more leisure this morning, not until we had cleared customs and immigration.
Glorious Sunrise over Bangkok
Glorious Sunrise over Bangkok
Sun coming out and shinning through...
Sun coming out and shinning through…
The awakening of Bangkok City
The awakening of Bangkok City





The restaurant was quite empty when we reached there so early. We helped ourselves to the buffet spread and then one more round on the fruits section. Of course washed down all that we consumed with another cup of coffee and then we returned to our room. The bathroom was the final visit and off we went with all our bags to the lobby. 

Check out was efficient and bills for a lunch and a dinner came up to be only 495 THB and promptly settled. So down we went to the hotel entrance where the hotel staff was already informed to get us a taxi to the airport. All was well thus far as we got into the waiting taxi and bid good bye to Mercure Siam Hotel.
Early Morning Breakfast...Empty Restaurant
Early Morning Breakfast…Empty Restaurant
Along the way we noticed something strange. Whenever we stopped due to road traffic, the driver would pull out a comics magazine to read. When the cars in front had moved, he was still reading his comics book. He had to catch up with the traffic quite a number of times due to lack of attention on the road. By the time we cleared the city roads and hit the toll road, he was driving furiously at 130 km/h. We saw he could no longer keep his eyes open most of the time. He was also shaking his head from time to time. My wife and I had to talk loudly trying to keep him awake. There were two occasions where we nearly met with an accident. 

Thank God we finally arrived at the airport, still alive and in one piece. Of course I had to take down his taxi car plate number and also took note of his name to lodge a formal complaint when I reached home. His name is D__ and the taxi car plate number is 7397, a pink colour taxi. 

I sent an email to Mercure Siam Hotel to complain about this incident. The hotel had checked the CCTV footage and would not allow this taxi driver and the taxi with this car plate number to pick up passengers from the hotel anymore. The hotel had also forwarded my feedback to the taxi companies concerned to take necessary measures against this driver. I sincerely hope no other visitors would have to face such harrowing experience like we did heading to the airport. 

After recovering from this shocking experience, we went straight to the MAS counter to check in our luggage and then proceeded with the immigration clearance. Soon all was cleared and we finally could breath a sigh of relief. We were now completely free and at ease for some leisure to roam the airport and check out what the shops at the airport had to offer. The Longchamp ladies’ handbags on sale were not any cheaper than those my wife bought in Paris airport 3 years ago. So we continued with more windows shopping till time to board our flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Main Decoration at the airport
Main Decoration at the airport
Symbol of Thailand
Symbol of Thailand
Shops at the airport
Shops at the airport
Shops and restaurants
Shops and restaurants
Longchamp Shop
Longchamp Shop


Duty Free Shop
Duty Free Shop
More cafes and restaurants
More cafes and restaurants
Restaurant
Restaurant
Donut Cafe at the airport
Donut Cafe at the airport
Soon enough we were on our way to Kuala Lumpur. A light meal was served once the plane was cruising. Not long later, we started to descend and arrived KLIA without any hiccups. As we had only slightly more than an hour to catch our flight back to Singapore we didn’t waste time for more windows shopping. We hurried to the duty free shop to buy some more Belgian chocolates that were on sale. Lo and behold, the sales staff were taking their time chit-chatting while a queue was formed waiting to make payment for their purchases. Eventually, our transaction was settled and we needed to rush a little to board our final flight home.




Twin Towers Shop at KLIA
Twin Towers Shop at KLIA

Shops at KLIA
Shops at KLIA
Duty Free Shop at KLIA
Duty Free Shop at KLIA


Again, our flight was incident free and we arrived Changi Airport safe and sound. So the final analysis of this trip to Bangkok; it was an eye opener how fast this city had progressed after seven years. The MRT was clean and efficient. The streets were relatively clean and we didn’t see any beggars on the streets this time. The malls were very new and modern and shopping was fun. No doubt, coming home from the lands of smiles also put a smile on our faces as we reached for the taxi to head home. 

Was it another rejuvenating break? Other than my sore neck and shoulder and the unpleasant taxi ride to the airport in Bangkok, which could be an isolated incident, this break was great and we really had fun. So definitely a rejuvenating break indeed for the time we spent in Bangkok. This was more so for my lovely wife who had thoroughly enjoyed herself, which was an understatement. On the way home, we eagerly looked forward to sharing the spoils of shopping with everyone at home.
With much anticipation, we began preparing ourselves to nail the next trip to Northern Vietnam in December, where the whole family would come together for a great family time during the upcoming Christmas break. More good news later...


5 Days 4 Nights Bangkok Day 4 (November 2014)

Day 4 – Bangkok
There was no hurry in getting up this morning. A bright and sunny morning greeted us as we entered the final day of shopping in Bangkok. We only had part of the afternoon and evening to shop the day before but we would be having the entire day to hit the streets later. So we took our time and went for breakfast at the restaurant on the 8th floor. The buffet spread was good but not exceptional enough to entice us for many more helpings. So we didn’t stay very long at the restaurant.
Sunny morning over Bangkok City
Sunny morning over Bangkok City
Good and filling Breakfast
Good and filling Breakfast
Since it was still early and the shops at the shopping malls were not open yet, we explored the hotel instead. We went to the rooftop swimming pool for a look and took some pictures of the city from there. The swimming pool has a short width but sufficient length for some casual swim. There wasn’t anyone swimming when we were there. Next we went a floor up to inspect the gym.
Nice Swimming Pool
Nice Swimming Pool

National Stadium as viewed from the swimming pool level
National Stadium as viewed from the swimming pool level




The gym is well equipped but seems to be underutilized. Perhaps most visitors to Bangkok have more than their fair share of workout by hitting the road and shopping till they drop. The gym offers an excellent view of the city. So we took more pictures and enjoyed the view from there for some time. Satisfied with the pictures taken, we went back to our room.
Swimming Pool viewed from the gym
Swimming Pool viewed from the gym
Excellent Gym Equipment
Excellent Gym Equipment
Great view while working out
Great view while working out
Working out with a view
Working out with a view
Nice city view from Gym
Nice city view from Gym
More great views from Gym room
More great views from Gym room
Inspiring view while working out...
Inspiring view while working out…


Perfect place for a work out
Perfect place for a work out
Gym with great city view
Gym with great city view
After freshening up, we watched TV for a short while and then finally made our move to accomplish our mission with a list of stuff to purchase. Having experienced the way around the malls the day before, we knew how to take short cuts, walk under shades on the overhead skywalk and this helped us conserve energy to be out for the whole day. It was a clear sunny day but not very hot and humid yet when we left the hotel.
Entrance of Mercure Hotel shared with Ibis Hotel
Entrance of Mercure Hotel shared with Ibis Hotel
Mercure Hotel and Ibis Hotel Building
Mercure Hotel and Ibis Hotel Building
Siam Discovery Centre
Siam Discovery Centre
This time we skipped MBK Mall first and would come back in the evening for a last look if we still had time. Very easily we made our way into Siam Discovery Centre without a sweat and as expected didn’t find anything of interest to us. Then we went next door to explore Siam Centre and spent some time there only to do some windows shopping.
Cute Stuff Bear at one of the shops in Siam Centre
Cute Stuff Bear at one of the shops in Siam Centre
A shop in Siam Centre
A shop in Siam Centre
Promotional Posters at Siam Centre
Promotional Posters at Siam Centre
Entrance of Siam Centre
Entrance of Siam Centre
Siam Centre next to Siam BTS
Siam Centre next to Siam BTS


Next we entered Siam Paragon Shopping Centre next to Siam Centre which was bigger and offered more to see but the shops were just about to open so we also didn’t spend too much time there. So we left Siam Paragon Shopping Centre. 

This time we went up the skywalk to walk towards Central World Plaza in order to skip walking on all the road pavements and avoid all the traffics on the road. The overhead skywalk is a covered walkway and so we needed not take a beating from the late morning sun. 

Actually it was quite windy as we walked under shade of this bridge enjoying the city sights while Bangkok was coming alive with the usual buzz to capture and captivate visitors as to why Bangkok would be one of the top tourists’ destinations in the region. The way leading to Central World Plaza was so easy to find with prominent signage and soon we reached the mall without much effort.
Chocolate Christmas Tree at Siam Paragon
Chocolate Christmas Tree at Siam Paragon
Groove at Central World viewed from Skywalk
Groove at Central World viewed from Skywalk
Signage at Skywalk
Signage at Skywalk
The World, Centara Grand at Central World as viewed from Skywalk
The World, Centara Grand at Central World as viewed from Skywalk
Snoopy outside entrance of Central World Plaza
Snoopy outside entrance of Central World Plaza
Information Signage at Central World Plaza
Information Signage at Central World Plaza
It was a refreshing sight to be welcomed into Central World Plaza by those cute Snoopy toy figures once we set foot into the entrance. Central World Plaza is a very modern and clean upscale mall with many major businesses securing a foothold there. There are 8 levels from basement to level 7 for those who have the time to explore this mall. The shops were starting to open when we arrived and some staff were busy setting up the event hall for some promotional event for the day. Like the day before, we didn’t spend a lot of time there and after a quick visit to Isetan, we exited the mall and turned left to head towards Platinum Fashion Mall.
Snoopy Welcome at Central World Plaza
Snoopy Welcome at Central World Plaza
Giant Advertisement
Giant Advertisement
Cafe at Central World Plaza
Cafe at Central World Plaza


Fashion shop at Central World Plaza
Fashion shop at Central World Plaza
Preparing for promotional event
Preparing for promotional event
Setting up for event in the day
Setting up for event in the day
Christmas Decoration
Christmas Decoration
Central World Plaza Christmas dressed up
Central World Plaza Christmas dressed up
This stretch of walk to Platinum Fashion Mall was unfortunately not covered so most people would be carrying an umbrella instead of tolerating the pinching heat from the midday sun. As it was a little windy and there were some stretch with lines of tress to offer a little comfort, we made it to Platinum Fashion Mall without much damage. It was still better than a raining day having to contend with the pouring sky and getting wet and then suffering a chill when we reached the air-conditioned mall; so we were in fact quite thankful for a little sunlight.
Outside Central World Plaza and Novotel Platinum Hotel ahead
Outside Central World Plaza and Novotel Platinum Hotel ahead
Central World entrance next to Isetan
Central World entrance next to Isetan
Big C across the road from Central World Plaza
Big C across the road from Central World Plaza
The Palladium
The Palladium
The Palladium near to Novotel Platinum Hotel
The Palladium near to Novotel Platinum Hotel
Back of Platinum Fashion Mall
Back of Platinum Fashion Mall
The World, Centara Grand at Central World
The World, Centara Grand at Central World
Amari Watergate Bangkok across the road from Platinum Fashion Mall
Amari Watergate Bangkok across the road from Platinum Fashion Mall


We started from the top floor to work our way down from building B to do our shopping first as we could easily hop over to Novotel Hotel for lunch next door before continuing with the rest of our shopping at building A of Platinum Mall. Building B is actually smaller and from the top floor all the way down, it would not take a lot of time. So we looked at mostly shoes and bags and some clothes over here and bought some of what we intended to purchase. 

When we were done shopping in building B, we went over to Novotel Hotel for a quick lunch. Like the night before, we took our windows seats to enjoy our lunch with a view. The clay pot mushroom olive rice we had for dinner was so good that we ordered it again. Once again, the wait staff were polite and friendly and the lunch was good too. This lunch would see us through till dinner time with quite a bit more shopping to be done.
Shoes on sale
Shoes on sale
Shoes aplenty...
Shoes aplenty…
Shopping for shoes
Shopping for shoes
Shoe shop
Shoe shop
More Shoe shops
More Shoe shops
Windows view of the Square Restaurant at Novotel Hotel
Windows view of the Square Restaurant at Novotel Hotel
Yummy Clay Pot Rice
Yummy Clay Pot Rice


When we visited Platinum Mall back in 2007, it was a totally different environment altogether. The shops were not so organized, the place all cramped up and looked quite old. It was like the kind of shops we had back in the late seventies in Chinatown area in Singapore. Our impression of Platinum Fashion Mall has now taken on a brand new level of experience which we didn’t expect. No doubt the new facelift with the addition of Novotel Platinum Hotel next door has raised the overall shopping experience to a much higher satisfaction index than before. Although Platinum Fashion Mall cannot compare with Central World Plaza or Terminal 21 Mall or even Siam Paragon Shopping Centre in terms of sophistication and modernity, it has charm of its own as well as its own niche market where the stuffs sold here are much cheaper for the mass market. 



Quite possibly, we might simply stay over at the Novotel Platinum Hotel during our next visit for the convenience of shopping for my wife and daughters. There is tremendous wisdom for this strategic move. During the past two days we were at Platinum Mall, we hardly saw any man. The few we found were actually tagging along holding bags after bags of stuff for their female counterpart. This mall caters mainly to the women crowd and doesn’t have much stuff for guys anyway. So staying at the Novotel Platinum Hotel would offer these poor men a chance to quickly offload their stuffs in the hotel room and then continue with more shopping with the ladies. Or they might get a chance to chill out at a lounge or rest in the room while the ladies do their shopping.  So we suspect Novotel Platinum Hotel might be a highly sought after hotel and we might have to book early in case rooms are sold out during major holidays or holiday weekends. 

After lunch, we continued with our shopping at building A of Platinum Mall. We combed every floor again and knew where to head for the stuffs that we wanted after yesterday’s quick survey. The whole operation took nearly 3 hours and our legs were feeling the strain and my sore neck and shoulder not helping either. Sure glad we were finally making our way back to our hotel. How we wished we were staying at Novotel Platinum Hotel!
Bags Shops
Bags Shops
More Bags Shops
More Bags Shops
Bags Shops with famous name
Bags Shops with famous name
Owner taking pictures of new models just arrived.
Owner taking pictures of new models just arrived.
So we began our slow plod back the same way we came this morning. When we arrived Central World Plaza, we spent a bit more time there with all the shops now opened. We went into H&M and bought some clothes as well. Having done shopping at Central World Plaza, we traced our way back to Siam Paragon Shopping Centre, Siam Centre and thankfully reached Siam Discovery Centre where Mercure Hotel was within sight. Finally, we made it back to our hotel room and unloaded all our bags from the shopping done for the day. 

A shower never felt so good and stretching out on the bed to rest our tired bodies and feet were indescribable joy. As night began to set in and our belly started to rumble, it was time to head out for dinner. The nearest place was the 8th floor restaurant which also allowed our dining bill to be reduced by half for Accor members. 

Surprisingly, we were the only diners there and we had the whole restaurant to ourselves for dinner. The restaurant also doesn’t serve buffet for dinner during weekdays. As expected, the restaurant didn’t fail us even though we ordered from the a la carte menu. The food was great and our tired bodies were coming alive once more. 

Since this was our last night at the hotel, we went up to the lobby lounge for our member's welcome drinks. We were given a drinks list and were surprised we could also choose hot beverages. So we ordered a latte and a cappuccino. Having been fully recharged, we left the hotel for some more last minute shopping for the final hours of our stay in Bangkok before taking our morning flight home the next day.
Empty Restaurant during Dinner time
Empty Restaurant during Dinner time


Whole restaurant to ourselves for dinner...
Whole restaurant to ourselves for dinner…
We went one round visiting the night markets nearby one last time to soak in the lively atmosphere of Bangkok City. With a little more shopping done, we entered MBK Mall the last time. The last thing I wanted to buy was a pair of casual shoes which I didn’t find anything suitable during the past few days rummaging through all the stores and shops in malls and markets. 

Before long many shops started to close and as we made our way back to our hotel, we entered one more shoes shop and took a look. Of all coincidence, I found a pair of casual shoes exactly the same type that I had been happily wearing for the past three years that had already worn out. Unlike my wife and daughters who buy shoes every other month, I only buy a pair or two every two or three years and so I am rather particular with shoes that are comfortable and that will last. And against all odds, the pair that was left on the shelf was the size that I needed which was also on offer for only 600 THB. The shop was actually closing and they entertained us for a little while so I hurriedly paid for the shoes and cheerfully threw away my old shoes and wore this new pair back to our hotel. This night indeed was meant for me as throughout the past few days of shopping, all those stuffs bought were for my wife and children. Thus I proudly wear this trophy shoes everywhere ever since. 

With MBK Mall closing, it was time to head back to our hotel. When we were near our hotel, we patronized another street seller who had laid some tee-shirts, shorts and blouses on the pavement of the road outside our hotel. We didn’t buy anything from her the night before when we left and returned to our hotel. As this was our final night here, we felt compelled to buy something from her, especially those goods she peddled was of acceptable quality and at such low prices. Sometime we wondered how much these street sellers could make with the kind of cut-throat prices they were selling their stuffs. Notwithstanding, they were happy people and led simple lives which were traits not to be lightly dismissed, for their resilience is something we probably might not attain given the same circumstance.

Street Seller outside Hotel entrance
Street Seller outside Hotel entrance




Hotel entrance at night
Hotel entrance at night
With these final shopping done, we went into the hotel and my wife returned to the room while I went to the lobby to get our MAS online check in done and our boarding passes printed out. When I made it back to the room, I watched the night scene of Bangkok City from our room one more time before heading to bed. We then did our final round of packing to get ready to leave the hotel at 8 am in the morning.
Bangkok City night view from hotel room
Bangkok City night view from hotel room
Bangkok City night view from hotel room... Siam Discovery Centre in Green colour light
Bangkok City night view from hotel room… Siam Discovery Centre in Green colour light


Having sent pictures of our purchases for the day to the children back home via our phone, it was time to crawl to bed and relax over some TV programs. Our eyes could hardly hold out after awhile and soon lost consciousness, recollecting the activities of the day in our dream world of peace.


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