Bangkok Trip Tip

This is my 2nd time visiting Bangkok. This time it was a 4D3N trip. On my 1st time, I didn’t really pay much attention as it was mostly prepared and guided by brother. This time round I was there on my own, so I payed more attention to things. So here are some little tips in going around.

  • For 299฿, you can get a SIM card with 3 GB of Data and 100 baht of call/SMS credit valid for 8 days. The telecom network I went with was AIS. The 4G internet is very speedy almost everywhere I went.
  • Taking public taxi from Suvarnabhumi Airport to my hotel which as at Nana station costs 500฿ if go by highway.
  • Don’t forget hotel deposit. The hotel I stayed at which was Ambassador Hotel, the deposit is 1000฿.
  • BTS is used full to travel especially around heavily jammed area where Grab is not that practical. It’s quite a simple ordeal to purchase a 1 way trip ticket for BTS. You simply exchange for coin at Ticketing Counter if you don’t already have. Then go to the ticketing machine which looks like below photo. Do a look up on Fare Information diagram to see how ticket price you need to purchase. Once identified, you simply select and press the price button on the machine for your desired trip. After that, you can start to feed in coin till the required coin number go down to zero then a train ticket will be ejected at #3 area in the photo and coin change will be dropped at slot in area #4 in the photo.
  • One of the days, I planned to go clothes shopping at Platinum Pratunam and then to have seafood dinner at Siam Seafood next to Shibuya Pratunam. So instead of searching Google Map for direction from my hotel to Platinum Pratunam, I somehow was more focused on finding how to go to Shibuya Pratunam. So Google Map told me take 4 station from Nana to stop at Ratchathewi then walk about 800m to Shibuya. When we arrived at Shibuya, then only we realized that we need to walk like another 200 m to reach Platinum fashion mall then walk back after shopping. Only later then I realized that we could just stop at Chit lom (2 stop) or Siam (3 stop) and walk to Pratunam which is about the same distance but we would get to see and pass by famous shopping malls like Siam Paragon, Central World etc. Because of this mistake, we ended having to have another schedule to come to Siam for Siam Paragon and Siam Square One.
  • Don’t go Big C first. We made a mistake of heading to Big C first when we were there we had to buy a lot of stuffs (food, snack, toiletry, etc) that we don’t have enough hands to carry and it wasn’t possible to carry those stuffs around while exploring other shopping malls. And we also found out that Big C opens till 2 am. So we dropped the stuffs and leave Big C for Central World and other place first before coming back to it later at night to get those stuff back all over again then return to hotel.

 

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Bangkok Trip Tip

The Westin Kuala Lumpur

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The Westin is definitely not the kind of hotel I can afford. But even if I could I wouldn’t. I’d rather save the money for other thing. Anyway, I somehow got a chance to stay there 1 night last week. Another 5 star hotel to the list.

Location: The Westin is located in Bukit Bintang area, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s just beside the Pavillion and a short taxi / train ride from KL Sentral which pretty much where you would get off if you’re coming to KL. So yeah, it’s definitely very well located. It’s a short walk to almost anything. Twin Tower, KLCC, Shopping Malls, etc. This prime location is probably part of what contributed to its rating…. I think.

Value: I checked on Agoda last week it was around S$ 370+ for a superior room. I was like damn! I don’t think that the room is worth that money. I mean personally I think the room is quite small at least compared to what you can get from a 4 or 5 star hotel in my country. The bed also quite small. Though the furnishing is very new and such, it’s pretty much expected of it. So I think the rating probably take in the account that it has a lot of facilities like conference room, a floor with pool area, gym extra. Nevertheless, I think didn’t find it worth the the bucks. But oh well, it’s probably just because I’m thrifty.

Service: Same as every other hotel service for me. Since I normally just need their service for check in. As long as, I can check in smoothly and they don’t bother me during my stay or give me any of inconvenience, it’s pretty much top-rated service me. So yeah I’m asking for very little. So normally would pay attention to any details of a hotel service. I would only pin point if they fail to live up the bare minimum.

Conclusion: My thought? pretty much obvious, even if I have the money to free afford this kind of price I still wouldn’t go for it. There are hotel in Bukit Bintang with the same comfort level and very well located that cost a lot less. But it’s an awesome place if you get to stay for free. Then again any hotel 4-5 star hotel is an awesome place if it’s free. 😛

The Westin Kuala Lumpur