De La Paix, Cha Am, Thailand

February 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Cha Am is approx 2 hour drive from Bangkok Airport, however it depends on the time of the day you travel and the traffic. Situated in a remote part of Cha Am is the Hotel De La Paix.

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The De La Paix, originally had another name, but 5 years ago it changed its name and while we stayed there, it celebrated its 5th birthday. At first glance the design of the hotel is ultra modern and you will either love it or hate it, but I love the design.

It has 2 pools, one that is nestled between 2 rock walls and the other that is located near the beach, which is the only pool that can be used by children. You are given fresh cold water and fruit skewers by the waiter free of charge. There are only 2 restaurants at the resort and we had lunch on the first day and a special set menu dinner that night. Both meals were really good quality. Breakfast is amazing, just like I remembered travelling through Asia many years ago where there would be a huge variety of food. At many hotels, coffee can be a letdown, however the De La Paix offers coffee any way you like it, included in the price.

The rooms are awesome, one of the best I’ve stayed in! They are spacious and comfortable and each room has a unique rain shower, separate bath and toilet and a huge mirror.

We wanted to stay at Hua Hin, but after visiting there on our last night, we were very happy we didn’t choose this location, it’s busy and full of people..not very relaxing. We had also stayed at the Hotel De La Paix in Seam Reap Cambodia, and loved.

Jungle Flight Zipline Chiang Mai

February 6th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

There are a number of companies that specialise in zipline experiences throughout Chiang Mai which range in price. Based on user reviews, and cost we selected Jungle Flight which didn’t disappoint.

The drive was approx 1 hour from the centre of Chiang Mai city and there are some steep and windey roads, so be prepared if you get car sick, one girl on our bus did feel the effects. When you arrive, you are greeted by the staff who fit you with the appropriate gear.

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It’s then a small walk to the first tree where you are instructed on all the safety requirements.

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Then it’s off you go!


At the end, there is a 40 metre abseil down the tree face which is fun.


Cost: THB2200
Rating: Awesome

Chiang Mai Hill Tribes

February 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We were warned not to visit the hill tribes just outside Chiang Mai as it was commercialised, however we wanted to do a tour and ran out of time on the day. We drove for about 40 minutes up one of the mountains close to Chiang Mai where we reached what looked liked like a primitive village.

The tribe were sitting outside their bamboo huts weaving or making other items to sell.

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There are a number of different tribes, but what most people want to come and see are the long neck tribes.

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It was a bit like a human zoo, however, they depend on the tourist trade to survive. Tour cost was Thb1000 each for half day tour that also includes entry, transportation, water and entry to the orchid and butterfly farm which really could be missed.

Ristr8to Coffee, Chiang Mai

February 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

To find good coffee is sometimes difficult, and good coffee while travelling even harder. We saw a review on a small coffee house in the in-flight magazine on Bankok Air and decided we must try it. It was some distance from our hotel but we arranged a tuk tuk to take us there for Thb100.

Ristr8to is on the main road which is surrounded by many other coffee places, there was a number of people there and we managed to grab the last table.

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You choose your blend and if you don’t know the blends the staff will make some recommendations based on what you like. Colombian is always my favourite, because its rich with flavour and has a smooth after taste.

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They also provide ” Latte Art “, however they remind people that because of the time taken, it does affect the end taste.

http://www.ristr8to-coffee-chiangmai.com/

Chedi and Manathai

February 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We don’t usually travel to Thailand in the high season, but this year was an exception. We picked the Chedi hotel because of its design, high recommendation and location and the hotel didn’t disappoint us.

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The rooms are spacious and have all the mod cons that you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Each of the rooms comes equipped with its own Nespresso machine, which is nice to wake up to a decent quality coffee while away. The cost of the hotel isn’t cheap for a Thai standard, the room cost us THB16,950 which is just under $550 for two nights. The only complaint about this, is the loud frogs each night, and I mean loud.

We moved to another pre-arranged hotel called the Manathai, this is a smaller boutique hotel, that consists of only 29 rooms. The hotel is a traditional Thai style hotel, with high ceilings and timber floors.

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We arranged a junior suite and I was looking forward to our stay, as we heard many great things about this hotel. The rooms are quite small and I wouldn’t consider our room a suite, just a standard but smaller room than the average for Asia. The pool is somewhat small, but we were the only people sitting beside it, however there is very little privacy around the pool area.

Wedding day

February 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The reason for coming to Chiang Mai was to celebrate the wedding of John to Pattama and the day started with a long precession down the Main Street, however, this wasn’t for the bride and groom but the local flower festival which is held every year on the first weekend in February. The flower beds in public spaces all around the town are especially beautiful at this time of year. Everywhere there can be found gorgeous displays of yellow and white chrysanthemums, and the Damask Rose, a variety found only in Chiang Mai.

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We rushed to get ready and got a tuk tuk down to the Ratilanna where the wedding was to be held. But managed to get there 1/2 hour early, so we enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while we waited.

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The ceremony was conducted in Thai and English, but it was in the Thai tradition. It was amazing and the bride looked stunning.

After the ceremony, the sky opened up and it poured with rain. Dinner was a Thai set menu, followed by more drinking and dancing downstairs.

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Chiang Mai

February 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Getting to Chiang Mai was easy, a flight to Bangkok with an overnight stay at the airport and then a 10.00 am flight on Bangkok Airways. Bangkok airways is a full service airline with free club lounge access for its passengers. The service provided is fairly basic, but nonetheless it’s better than some other airlines provide. Once we reached Chiang Mai, it was a short taxi ride to the hotel (fixed price THB120).

We arrived at The Chedi hotel and immediately we were both impressed, however we did have to wait a short while to be checked in. The room is modern, spacious and well equipped with all the mod cons, including an Nespresso coffee machine. Our room over looks the pool and the river which was a nice bonus.

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We found this really cool little place next to our hotel called Pum’s cooking school and restaurant. It less than $10 for both of us including drinks.

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The night market wasn’t as busy as we thought, there were a few people around, but since this time of the year is considered high season, I’m not sure where they all are. We found a unique place on the street for dinner where we both enjoyed BBQ prawns and crab fried rice as well as seafood tempura for less than $30.

The bed was quite comfortable and had a good night sleep apart from the frogs outside, they make a horrible noise, but managed to wrap the pillow around my ears which drowned the sound out.

Breakfast was served in the restaurant by the river in which you order from the menu. The have some interesting things for breakfast which is of the highest quality.

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Another massage today while Bron gets her hair done before the wedding we are attending today.