Olly’s Hotel Review: The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

January 19, 2012 § 3 Comments

View from our room on the 16th floor

The Mandarin Oriental of Bangkok has to be by far my favorite in City hotel. Starting off with the staff absolutely impeccable, they were super helpful at all times, especially the driver that took us to Ayutthaya, he turned out to be our guide throughout the ruins.

The Room of the hotel where great, we were made to chose also which kind of toiletries we wanted to have for our bathrooms, the choice included : Apreys, Acqua di Parma and   a more organic one. We were pampered from the beginning to end of our stay with beautiful fruit arrangements, various snacks and a delicious local tea.

This hotel really took me back to how hotels used to feel when I was traveling as a kid, Milly really appreciated all the effort involved and agrees with me that it was by far the best service seen in a while.

The Food at the hotel was absolutely superb and the breakfast was divine. Im really a big fan of big buffet breakfast and the Mandarin Oriental really had to offer everything one could have wanted. The Restaurant across the river was just divine.

Forgot to mention Milly was shown the room of one of her favorite authors Somerset Maugham, the room was beautiful and really captured the spirit of a passed time.

I strongly recommend staying here!

 

Style: A Classic

Hotel Philosophy: “For more than 135 years distinguished travelers have followed the legendary Chao Phraya River, through the heart of Bangkok, to the doors of one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. A paragon of contemporary luxury and rich in history, our hotel is filled with stories of the celebrated guests who have considered us home during their world travels”

Pros: Super Helpful Service, Fantastic food, Pretty pool, Romantic Restaurant, Impeccable amenities in-room, great view on the city

Cons: The staff in the boutiques were somewhat rude, and unhelpful when asked about items they were selling.

THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL WEBSITE: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/

Our living room

Milly and Olly heading to the Veranda restaurant across the river

Olly’s Hotel Review: The Evason Six Senses Hua Hin

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

EVASON SIX SENSES HUA HIN

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Historic city of Ayutthaya – 80 km north Bangkok

January 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

Thanks to Olly’s iphone app “My Heritage” we managed to spot Ayutthaya – world heritage, on their map and decided we should definitely head there for the day. “Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendor”

 

Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Perfect Day trip 60 kilometers north from central Bangkok, the Bang PA-IN summer palace is a great place to escape for the day. The gardens of the palace are lovely, strongly recommend visiting it!

Olly continuing being a tourist

 

This guy totally freaked me out. He was fast but thankfully running in the opposite direction to me. 

The gorgeous bouganville flower bushes

Olly – mother nature-esque

Stunning tree

Milly and Olly outside the main palace

The inside of the palace – Unfortunately the only area we were allowed to photograph

 

 

Olly’s Hotel Review: The Anantara Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is my Hotel Review of the Anantara Golden Triangle where we stayed for five nights

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Hua Hin in Details – Siam Gulf

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

After spending 4 days in the “mountainous” part of Thailand, we headed off to the Siam Gulf for some relaxation and spa retreat – The Evason Hua Hin. The resort was submerged into a beautiful jungle, and the nature was just incredible, having just got a macro-lens I was very happy to try it out on their elegant flora.

 

I had to add him , this bird cracked me up through out the holiday with his beady eyes and really long beak that from this angle becomes invisible.  

Olly on the last day, luckily it started raining when we were just leaving. 

 

Olly’s Hotel review: The Eugenia – Bangkok

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is my Hotel Review of the Eugenia Hotel in Bangkok, we stayed two nights: 

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The Anantara Elephant Camp

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of the highlights of the Anantara Golden Triangle Hotel was the Baby Elephant camp they share with the Four Seasons Tented Resort nearby. We were able to feed the elephants casts of bananas and watch them as their keepers would instructed them to lie down or bow to us. The youngest of the group was mere 17 months old and we blissfully watched him as he swam and played like a child would with an older pal in the muddy waters of a small nearby  lake.
I cannot tell you the joy that sight brought to my heart! We avoided the ride that was offered to us on the elephant’s back as I recall the motion sickness I had felt years ago in Jaipur when I rode one so I discouraged Olly to do it too! (remember I am a mother hen!)

So here are some photographs to help you picture the scene and also a video.

Elly keeping fit by doing some leg lifts

Olly playing with Elly 

Milly with Elly’s friend – the quantities of Bananas these darlings eat is astounding!

The 17 months old “baby” of the group share a snack before heading into the lake.

Queen Mama gets in there too couldn’t resist the games! 

Milly’s I-Phone Pics

Two friends walking off – Olly & Elli keep getting acquainted 

Using a tree to back-scratch and taking a minute off to relax 

Chiang Rai – The Golden Triangle

January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

We flew from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and after an hour drive were greeted at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort. We chose it for its particular setting: it rises high above the hills that on look the Mekong river right were three countries meet, Laos Burma and of course Thailand!  Tobacco and rice fields enclose the Hotel with a thick jungle layer, giving any of its visitors the feeling of having entered a surreal world, belonging to an other century. Fantastic for anyone in search of a tranquil and restful escape, we couldn’t have asked for better.

 

Bangkok – The Floating Market

January 9, 2012 § 3 Comments

A friend of ours recommended we travel a 100 km north of Bangkok to visit the old-fashioned floating market. We were surprised to be the only tourist in the premises, after having gone to the Grand Palace the previous day and having been overwhelmed with the floods of sightseers we were glad to find some peace and quiet and experience the reality of their culture. Definitely a “MUST VISIT” for anyone traveling to BKK.

Olly at the Market

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