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Day 36: The cheapest way around Bangkok — RailTravel Station

As my hostel was near the Bangkok (Hua Lamphong) Railway Station, and I was meeting a friend in the city for dinner, I figured the fastest way to get to our meeting point was by none other than the railway itself. Of course, it turned out to be the cheapest way too. Price I paid […]

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S. P.'s Space of 6 T's - Tastes, Theatre, Thoughts, Time, Travels, and Treatments ......

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Boat trip to the river mouth

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After a whole day without electricity. I am back at 7.45 pm after Tenaga “rewired the loose connections” of my 3-phased supply. Thanks to Chye Hong’s wiremen for “pulling out the plugs” of all electrical appliances as we thought it was short-circuit problem which was of a more common occurrence in my house. They checked every possibility and said that Tenaga meter is the problem and they are right. It was hot and sticky day because of no fan, no internet, no blogging, no TV, no fridge, no washing machine, and we are so dependent on electricity in modern time. Felt so helpless and “depressed”. Anyway, all things said it is back to normal again. I can do my blog entry again from now. Better late than never.

Tenaga is the sole Malaysia’s National Electrical Utility Company.

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Lounge Review: Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok (D)

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The Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok (D) is the main First Class Lounge of Thai Airways. Flying the Etihad Airways First Class, we were lucky enough to be granted access to the Royal First Lounge Bangkok and though were able to enjoy several amazing features of the lounge. Even though we were a little ill, we truly enjoyed the great Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok (D).

Check out our rating of the Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok!

Thai Airways offers its passengers four lounges at Bangkok Sukhumvit Airport.

Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok D Entrance Entrance of the Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok

Depending on where you are departing, you may either enter the lounge in the west or in the east of the terminal. At both spots, you can find a Business Class and a First Class Lounge.

Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok D Aisle Even the path that leads to the lounge is gorgeous

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Etihad Airways First Class may not be the flagship product of Etihad Airways, but it definitely is one of the most comfortable ways to fly in the whole word. We had the pleasure to try the amazing Etihad Airways First Class on a Jet Airways configured Boeing 777 on our flight from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi and couldn’t have had a better experience. There’s rarely any negative point about the Etihad Airways First Class.

When boarding our Etihad Airways First Class flight on a Jet Airways configured airplane, we were looking forward to an incredible experience.

  • Airplane: Boeing 777 (configured by Jet Airways)
  • Cabin Class: First
  • Daytime: Evening till Morning
  • Food: Dinner
  • Seat Pitch: 90 Inch (229 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 30 Inch (76 Centimeter)

As we never flew international First Class ever before, this experience was supposed to be a very special one, especially after we were upgraded which was such…

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Peninsular Express: Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur and Hat Yai by Train

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The Peninsular Express is a rejuvenated service by KTM Intercity with an extension southwards to JB Sentral, a combination of the previous Senandung Langkawi and Ekspres Sinaran Selatan. The northbound train takes 17 hours and 20 minutes to travel along the Malay Peninsular. For the southbound journey, please click here.

Tickets for the full route, especially to Hat Yai, sell out very easily. If you are unable to get a ticket to Hat Yai, get a ticket to Padang Besar first, and then a separate ticket from Padang Besar to Hat Yai.

The train departs from JB Sentral at 5pm sharp daily. The Peninsular Express makes stops along most stations between JB Sentral and Seremban, and at major stations between Seremban and Hat Yai.

For this long journey, a buffet coach is attached on board. However, freshly cooked a la carte meals are only available between KL Sentral and Padang Besar…

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Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

Luxury tourism is on the up in Vietnam, and Halong Bay is set to see a big change in the way that it is discovered and explored by visitors. Halong Bay luxury cruises are certainly the way forward, and here is why that is a good thing… 

ParadiseVietnam_Paradise-Peak-Cruise What do you think are the reasons to go for a luxury cruise in Halong?

  1. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip (for most)

Most people will visit Halong Bay just once, and this is one of the world’s great natural beauties, so it is worth paying that little bit extra to make the most of it. If you decide to save some money and go with one of the cheaper operators, you could end up having a less than satisfactory experience which would more than tarnish your Halong Bay experience.

  1. It is better for the environment 

Cheap cruises and environmental conservation do…

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ISLAND INFO SAMUI

Island Info

Koh Samui Airport, USM, is frequently described by visitors as ‘the most beautiful airport in the world’, the award-winning airport proves that it is possible to be both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Owned, managed and built by Bangkok Airways in 1989
  • Koh Samui Airport was the brainchild of Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, president and CEO of Bangkok Airways, who wanted an airport on Koh Samui to help establish his new airline.
  • On 25th April 1989, seven years and an estimated 800 million baht later, the airport was officially opened , with a 1,800m runway and a total area of 800,000m².

We will now guide you, with a series of photos, from your arrival to Koh Samui airport, to the check-in, the stroll or transport through the outdoor shopping mall, the departure lounge, the grounds, to the plane and your departure.

Bangok airways plane flying over bangrak prior to landing at Samui Airport USM

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Winner of 2 Environment Impact Assessment Awards, 1989 and 1996 for its…

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Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

What shall we do for New Year’s Eve? is a question that is just as annoying when you’re travelling as it is when you’re at home. New Year’s Eve at home carries with it a certain amount of pressure to have a great time and the result is often somewhat… underwhelming. You’ve spent time with your family over Christmas and it’s time to hook up again with your friends and go crazy. But do you really want to do that after indulging yourself through Christmas?

When you’re away from home, things are sometimes even more difficult as you don’t know where to go or what to do, and the thought of getting caught up in some busy city fireworks surrounded by hordes of people is more than off-putting. One way to get away from at all and to take the pressure off is to spend New Year’s Eve in Halong…

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Peter Wraps Up India: The Train Post

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I would be so racist against Indian people by now if I hadn’t taken so many trains. In a place like India, my white skin makes me a huge target because of my perceived level of wealth. As such, most of the interactions I have with locals are about money, and the unfortunate majority of them are not positive. Traveling through this kind of environment, it’s easy to get cynical. My saving grace throughout my whole time in India was my time on the trains.

The trains are where I got to interact with some actual people; people that had no end game with me. When taking trains in India, I was nearly always crowded in with lots of people in a small space, but most of those people always spoke English, especially in the more expensive train classes. With only a negligible language barrier, I got on those trains a foreigner…

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Phuket Royal Southern Sea Tour

   Tom Phuket Travel operates Phuket Southern Sea Tours located Patong Phuket Thailand I have been familiar with for about 8 years and highly recommend them.

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Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

At Paradise Vietnam, we are always on the lookout for ways to upgrade, improve and enhance our excellent facilities so as to remain at the pinnacle of Halong Bay Luxury cruises. Our most recent innovation has been the upgrade of our incredible, wrap-around, sundecks that now not only offer phenomenal views but also premium levels of comfort.

ParadiseVietnam_Luxury Renovation.1 Paradise Cruises always attempt to enhance the excellent facilities and service to remain at the pinnacle of Halong Bay luxury cruises.

After starting earlier this year, we are now proud to announce that renovations to all four Luxury vessels are finished! This process began in May, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. The sundeck of any cruise ship is of vital importance, as this platform affords the best views during the Halong Bay tours. It is here that our guests spend a lot of time during their Paradise Luxury…

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BACKPACKING BOOTHES

One thing we want to show with our blog is that travel can be more affordable than people realize. We saved our money for 2 years prior to leaving, so we are keeping track of what we spend it on. Our budget we set at the beginning of the trip is $100 USD per day. Some countries are more expensive than others so the $100 is an average goal, not a limit (or a target).

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How much did we spend during one month in Vietnam?

Total spent over 29 days = $1,354.67 USD
Daily average = $46.71

Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). The average currency conversion rate while we were there (June 2015) was:
1 USD =  21,854.12 VND

Hang Mua Peak Hiking the Hang Mua Peak  overlooking the Tam Coc river

And here is the breakdown of what we spent our money on:

Accommodations $356.49

  • includes hotels, hostels, guesthouses (and paying extra…

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