Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Phuket Trip Day 2: City Tour / Fantasea

12 July 2010

Since it is a backpack trip, we always make sure we have enough rest before depart to any destination. We woke up with very refreshing mind. Had a very minor breakfast at 7-11 (department store) which just situated right beside our hotel. After breakfast, we walked about 10minutes to Patong Otop. OTOP stands for One Tambon One Product. This is a government-sponsored initiative to create small local industries in Thailand. OTOP products are typically local handicrafts, clothing, dried fruits, wines, etc. The quality is usually good and the prices are reasonable, although not the cheapest.

We went back to hotel after having our lunch. Mr Wooddy's staff fetched us from our hotel for city tour. Sometimes having personal tour guide aka driver during the trip is a great idea. We no need worry about the schedule, also no need worry to get lost. Furthermore we can stop at any point/destination which we like to stop by.

First we came to Kata Beach. It is cleaner than Patong Beach. It is also less tourists. This is because its location far from city area. But definitely this beach will becomes next tourist attractions due to its crystal clear water and white sands.

The red/yellow flag is like a warning sign board for public. Red/warning flag tells that strong wave but still allow for surfing or swimming. Therefore if you see whole red flag, please stop any water activities.

Next we visited lookout point Promthep Cape.

Look! This is how a dog relax under such hot burning day! =P

Wat Chalong, one of the oldest temple in Phuket.

We even visited to cashew nut factory. Gained some experience on how to get cashew nut from their shells. Stopped by and bought some cashew nuts biscuits as souvenirs for family and friends. It really tastes good.

Another lookout point to see the Phuket city. I named this place as "monkey home" because I can see those monkeys stay in this lookout point. They neither afraid of human nor dogs! I even saw them chasing a dog!

Next we headed to Tung Kae Seafood restaurant for dinner. This restaurant famous of its delicious and fresh seafood, as well as reasonable price. We sat near to the beach, but unfortunately it was low tide that time and we only got to see those empty fishing boat on the mud.. =P

Morning glory.

Steamed fish.

Local typed tom yam soup.

Chilli Mud crab.

After dinner, we spent about 1 hour in the car to Fantasea show. For those who going to visit Fantasea, buy cheaper admission ticket from local agency. It is always bargain-able. Some agency even provides FREE land transfer to and from hotel.

For buffet lovers, that's a good opportunity to enjoy both Thai and International buffet at Golden Kinnaree Buffet restaurant. The capacity of the restaurant can be up to 4000 people.

You would able to capture moment with lovely baby animals before the show starts. We choose to take a picture with tiger cub. It is lovely when it is not bite! =P Dun worry, they won't bite as long as you don't hurt them. ^_^

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Phuket Trip Day 1: Phi Phi Island

10 July & 11 July 2010
In fact, this Phuket trip is my 2009 Christmas gift from my bf. That's mean he booked the round trip airticket almost half year ago. I truly love to travel and a pair of air tickets is always the GREATEST gift in my life! ^_^
We arrived at Phuket Internation Airport at 925pm. Mr Wooddy's staff fetched us to our hotel. We booked our tour online through Phuket Easy Tour. Mr Wooddy, who is this agency's manger, is considerate and patient to all our request. He even provided us free land transfer to airport and hotel.
For the following 4 nights, we stayed at Asialoop G House. It is situated at Southern end of the Patong beach. The hotel is within walking distance to Jungceylon Shopping Complex and night life of Bangla street and Simon Cabaret. It even provides FREE WIFI in the room! The room rate is relatively cheap, and the room is always clean. ^_^

First day morning we went to Phi Phi Island and Khai Island by speed boat. We paid 1500 THB each person. Mr Wooddy's staff fetched us to the pier at Chalong Bay around 8am. From there, we departed to Phi Phi Ley for swimming and sightseeing at Maya Bay together with other tourists. Maya Bay is popular for diving and has become more popular after the movie "The Beach" has filmed here in 2000.

After sightseeing at Pileh Cove and Viking Cave, snorkeling session starts at Loh Samah Bay. I don't know how to swim, even phobia to the sea. Therefore I never get to snorkeling. =(
We had our lunch at Phi Phi Don and tour guide gave us 1 hour to stroll around at Phi Phi market. They mainly sell craft, swim suits and souvenirs. After a short shopping, we departed to Khai Nok Island. The scenery is great and the beach is clean. We were relaxing on the beach before return to Patong.
In evening, on the way to Bangla Road, we saw stall which selling banana pancake. We tried it and it really tastes delicious! Not so oily. Tastes good.
Here we arrived at Bangla road which is always full of untidy wire system.
We had our dinner at Savoey Seafood restaurant. This restaurant is famous amongst locals, but the price for the seafood is expensive. We found the lobster expensive because it is 180THB per 100 gm.
The ambient is good. We choose to have our dinner indoor because after one day sun-burn at Phi Phi Island.
Chilli crab
Baked white prawn.
Tom yam soup.
Night life at Bangla road.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tommy Hilfiger Watch

I am a person who neither sensitive to fashion nor follow trend. I never pamper myself by buying branded product. Until today... ... My watch is needed to replace battery.I have opportunity to take a look on those eye-catching watches displayed in the shop while the shopkeeper tried to replace battery on my old watch. Furthermore there is 10% discount on the watch that I love the most!

I was keep looking at Tommy Hilfiger watch, and give myself thousands of reasons to buy such expensive watch. At the end, I bought it for myself as Christmas present! (What a good excuse! =P) And of course, it burned a big hole in my pocket too! T____T Will be another "surprise" when next month's credit card bill comes... ...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Melbourne Trip: Dandenong Ranges

[4th May 2010]
As planned, we signed up a half-day local tour to Dandenong Ranges. Since we stayed a bit far from the pickup point, therefore they provided free hotel pick up service at 730am. There were lots of people waiting for boarding and we were one of them. CH grabbed a cup of coffee and bread before we started our journey.

We stopped at Grant's Reserve for second-time breakfast. We were same table with a story writer from Perth. We chatted a lot about her experience and life. Meanwhile we were enjoying delicious home-made Devonshire tea and hot fresh scones with jam and cream. Yummy!

Here comes to the most terrifying session - bird feeding. Why I said terrify? because you will not know whether those birds will bite you when you feed them. They are living in wild.

This is our tour bus.

Next we stopped at Belgrave and took Puffing Billy to Menzies Creek. It is a unique journey through the lush forest ride the restored Australia's oldest operating steam train.


We were sitting on it! =P

The railway was originally one of five narrow gauge lines of the Victorian Railways opened around the beginning of the 20th century. It runs through the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges to Gembrook. Being close to the city of Melbourne and with a post-preservation history spanning over 50 years, the line is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world, and attracts tourists from all over Australia and overseas.

The Puffing Billy Railway is kept in operation through the efforts of volunteers of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society, although intensive year-round operations necessitate a small band of paid employees to keep things going behind the scenes.

The railway aims to preserve the line as near as possible to how it was in the first three decades of its existence, but with particular emphasis on the early 1920s.

Next we headed to unique town of Sassafras, renowned for beautiful antiques and local crafts. Here I found the famous tea house - Miss Marples Tea Room.

Here the end of our half-day tour to Dandenong Ranges and the driver sent us back to Melbourne Centre. We stopped just right in front of St Pauls Cathedral and took free tourist bus to "Little Italian".

We were searching high and low for Papa Gino's Italian restaurant and we got it! ^_^

Delicious Italian pizza.

Spagetti in Amatriciana sauce (Bacon in spicy tomato and cream sauce).

After taken our lunch, we walked around city area.

RMIT University.

Old Melbourne Gaol.

I rest on the ground. It is so relaxing. Look, someone is sun-bathing!

Since we were too tired, so we decided back to hotel earlier and rest. Tonight our dinner would be Beef Lasagna, chicken fried rice, and chicken mushroom soup. And tomorrow's breakfast would be apple pie.

Tomorrow morning we will heading back and I will always miss Melbourne. If I could find any chances, I would re-visit to Melbourne again!

Sorry for could not arrange my Melbourne blog entries in sequence due to my laziness... =P Here are the links that will direct you to my trip story.

Melbourne Day 1 (29 Apr 2010)
Melbourne Day 2 (30 Apr 2010)
Melbourne Day 3 (1st May 2010)
Melbourne Day 4 (2nd May 2010)
Melbourne Day 5 (3rd May 2010)