Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok

After spending three days and two nights in the stylish seaside town resort of Hua Hin, we then proceed back to the hustle and bustle capital city of Bangkok. Not once, not twice but this is my third time visiting "City of Angels". Cheap shopping, scrumptious street food, friendly local, vibrant night markets and colourful sighting which causing me to be back over and over again.

However for my first two visit here, I never make it to visit Asiatique The Riverfront. This waterfront open air night market was opened in May 2012 and I'm wondering, how could I ever miss out this place in the first place. Probably there are too many places to see and to do in Bangkok apparently. Anyway I glad that I finally make it here along with my friends. 

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The best time to visit Asiatique is in the evening - start your journey around 4pm at least cause that's the opening hour. Besides that, you might also enjoy the spectacular sunset view overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

Take skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS. From there, walk down the stairs on the left side and continue to the water's edge. Then, turn left to the pier and you will see the Asiatique's free shuttle boat. Don't worry, there are clear signboard and you won't get lost one. The ride takes around 10 minutes only and it runs from 4pm until 11.30pm. 

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Previously, Asiatique was an old warehouses before and now have been refurnished and transformed into lively open air night market which houses abundant of shops and restaurants ranging from clothing stores, souvenir shops, creative arts and craft shops, casual dining restaurants, fast food restaurants, bars and more. This is one great place offers a great variety of shopping, dining and sightseeing experience to all the visitors under one roof.  

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The first thing that my friends and I did was had dessert at Mango Tango. Up to date, there are three outlets of Mango Tango in Thailand and two of them are in Bangkok - Siam Square and Asiatique. Since we're in Asiatique, hence we took this opportunity to try this famous and sensational dessert. We ordered the signature dessert - Mango Tango with extra sticky rice which consist of mango pudding, fresh mango, mango ice-cream with additional of sticky rice. And oh boy, the fresh mango is so sweet and juicy whereas both pudding and ice-cream are so refreshing. Why on earth Thai's mango always so sweet one - I'm wondering? 

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The signature dessert - Mango Tango with extra sticky rice. Cost 255 baht (approx. to RM29)

Right after we done with the dessert, we then continue with shopping time - that's what majority of the ladies love to do when in Bangkok right? However, nothing seems interesting to me here cause I found majority of the clothes here are slightly pricey. The only thing that I was looking forward is BKK Original, one of the well-known local designer fashion bags. 

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There is another local brand which I guess majority people will familiar with this - namely Naraya is also available here but I decided to shop by end of the trip as it is just nearby the hotel we stayed in Bangkok. 

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Asiatique's iconic Ferris wheel - 60 metre high Asiatique Sky is a huge Ferries wheel with air-conditioned cabins. Here, you can marvel at the spectacular bird's eye views of Bangkok and city and Chao Phraya River at night. 

Besides from shopping and dining here, Asiatique is also an entertainment complex that features variety of interesting shows such as Muay Thai Boxing stage show, Calypose cabaret and the Thai puppets theater.  

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Overall, my friends and I were indeed having fun and one enjoyable night strolling around Asiatique. Finally one of the places to go and see in Bangkok has finally ticked off from my list. No regret for coming here eventhough nothing much to shop here. Probably the accompanion itself which making this trip a worthwhile - therefore it's best to go with someone you are comfortable with when comes to travelling.

Previous Post >> 3D2N in Hua Hin, Thailand

Monday, March 12, 2018

Tokyo Disneyland & Its Themed Area Attractions

No matter how many times I've been to Disneyland, yet still it never enough for me.

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In Tokyo, there are two different Disney theme parks; namely Disneyland and Disneysea. So which is better? In case you are going Tokyo for the very first time, I would recommend to pick Disneysea as it is one and only kind in the world, which you couldn't find in elsewhere. But since I've been Disneysea dating back in year 2010 with my friend, therefore I chosen Disneyland this time around. Plus none of my family members been to any Disneyland yet (even the nearest one in Hong Kong) so this is their first ever Disneyland trip. 

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#1: Tokyo Disneyland situated in Chiba Prefecture, outside of Tokyo. 

Tokyo Disneyland is merely few minutes walk away from Maihama Station which under JR Keiyo and Musashino Line - it's just that pretty simple, right. 

Regarding the admission ticket, I would explain further details later on. Now shall we get ready to discover and explore more about Tokyo Disneyland? 

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#2: Get ready with the tickets and immerse in the magical journey.

Disneyland is divided into seven different themed areas: World Bazaar; the four traditional Disney lands: Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Westernland; and the two mini lands: Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. 

1) World Bazaar - located at the main entrance to the park, it is a covered shopping arcade filled with numerous of shops and restaurants. The area is designed similar to an early 20th century American town and serves as the park's primary shopping area where many guests stop on the way out of the park. Guest services like storage lockers, banking services or even stroller and wheelchair rentals are available in this area. 

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#3: A floral arrangement depicts Mickey Mouse right in front of the World Bazaar

2) Tomorrowland - Not far away from World Bazaar is Tomorrowland themed area which showcases more outer space and future technologies. It is home to popular attractions like Space Mountains, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek as well as Stitch Encounter. Most of the attractions and rides here are pretty popular - so in case you plan to start your trip, start it from here first to avoid the crowd the later on. 

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#4: Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek

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#5: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

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#6: Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters

3) Toontown - a suburban town neighborhood where the Disney characters live, work and play. Targeting for the younger visitor, this is where the visitors can meet and greet Mickey and Minnie at their house, play at Donald Duck's boat, browsing Chip'n Dale's Treehouse and ride a kid sized rollercoaster.

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#7: Toontown themed area

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#8: Goofy's Paint 'n' Play House

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#9: Meet and greet Minnie Mouse

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#10: Toontown is heavily inspired by the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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#11: Major attraction here is Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

4) Fantasyland - It is based on the classic animated films by Disney and i home to the iconic Cinderella's Castle at the center of the park, as well as other characters and rides such as Peter Pan, Snow White, It's A Small World and Pooh's Hunny Hunt, an original Fantasyland attraction unique to Tokyo Disneyland.

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#12: Mickey's PhilharMagic - it's a 3D film effects. This is my favourite one but too bad in Japanese language 

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#13: It's A Small World ride - Almost similar to one in Hong Kong and Paris too

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#14: Haunted Mansion - This ride is so fun and cool. I would recommend not to miss out this

5) Critter Country - a small area of the park and is dominated by a single major attraction, Splash Mountain.

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#15: Small area of Critter Country

6) Westernland - a themed based on the US western frontier along the Rivers of America. The area is home to the popular roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain, while Tom Sawyer Island is situated out in the middle of the river.

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#16: Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster ride

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#17: Tom Sawyer Island Rafts 

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#18: Country Bear Theater 

7) Adventureland - it houses of two distinct yet complementary areas; A New Orleans-themed area and a jungle themed area. Adventureland includes attractions that encompass the spirit of adventure such as jungle cruise, explore the Swiss Family Treehouse, ride the Western River Railroad and sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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#19: Exploring the Swiss Family Treehouse

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#20: The Enchanted Tiki Room By Stitch

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#21: Sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean

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#22: Mickey in Pirates of the Caribbean costume. So adorable!

My family and I spent entirely a day in Tokyo Disneyland and luckily us, we managed to ride and experience a handful of rides and attractions eventhough the whole themed park is full with crowd. It is best to plan a visit to theme park during the weekday instead of weekend to avoid the crowd and long queue. The only thing that we miss is the fireworks playing over the Cinderella Castle as well as the electrical parade dreamlights which were being cancelled to the heavy rain in the late evening. 

Talking about food, although Tokyo Disneyland apply the policy of "Outside food is not allowed" but the food that we bought from outside managed to get through during the security inspection at the entrance. I guess those small and easily consume food like sandwich and onigiri is easily pass but not too sure those bento type. If you plan to dine-in in the theme park, be ready when looking at the price tag. 

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#24: Mickey colourful lanterns 

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#25: Cinderella Castle is the primary icon of Tokyo Disneyland.

Varying hours. Normally from 8am to 10pm; admission ends one hour before closing. 
As for the admission tickets, I didn't buy from the ticket counter in Tokyo Disneyland itself but bought in Disney Store, Shibuya Koen-dori (3rd floor) instead. The ticket fee is exactly the same as the one sold in Tokyo Disneyland but the reason I bought in Shibuya is just to beat the long queue. The admission fee is vary from time to time. So it's best to check out their office website here.

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My verdict? If I were given another option to be back again, definitely I will pick Tokyo Disneysea over Tokyo Disneyland cause the first one is more attractive and fascinating than the latter one. Guess what? I back to Tokyo Disneysea a year later with my family again - that's make my second visit to Tokyo Disneysea.

How I wish I could celebrate my birthday there as today is my big day? Another year older, another year wiser. 😉😉

Date Visited: 8th July 2015

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AirAsia Is Now Flying Directly From Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin For As Low As RM144

Still remember that I blog about my 3 Days 2 Nights to Hua Hin recently? Not sure why but out of so many of my backlog travelogues, I tend to blog about this instead. 

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To my surprise, today I came across the latest news regarding AirAsia is commencing direct flight to Hua Hin from Kuala Lumpur. The departure date is 18 May 2018 onwards with 4 flights weekly. The lowest return fare I spotted from the website is as low as RM143.90 with one way cost at least RM79 (not including luggage, meals, etc). 

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If you haven't been to this stylish seaside resort town yet, hurry up and book your ticket from AirAsia website as the seats are limited. Now you can save up your time instead of taking three hours bus ride from Bangkok, like what my friends and I previously.

Here is an ideal 4 days 3 nights itinerary for those who are planning to go for the very first time: 
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P/S: This is not an adv. It's for sharing purpose as I received quite number of messages from my friends as well as from blog readers asking how I always managed to buy cheap fares most of the times. Probably I should blog more about this in future.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hello Prague Again!

Somehow, somewhere I feel like I'm still dreaming. I can't believe after 9 years, I am back to Prague once again. I still vividly remember if I was given another chance to visit Europe again, definitely Prague would be top of my list (refer to my old post: I'm In Love With Prague). Honestly speaking, I can't explain why I adore Prague so much to the extend, I would love to return for the second time. Probably because it's rich with history and culture as well as for its remarkable and prestigious architecture. 

After few hours brief stop in Cesky Krumlov, my journey continued with CK Shuttle which I booked earlier. Something happened in the middle of the journey whereby a middle aged couple from Thailand just realised that the wife left behind her waist pack at the toilet of petrol station. She requested the driver to turn around and drive back to the petrol station but unfortunately the driver unable to do so due to company's rules and policies. However, that Thai lady managed to get her waist pack by end of the day. Imagine she left behind three handphones including the latest model of iPhone. Thanks to the honestly of the petrol station's staff who found it right after received the call from the driver. Therefore, bear in mind to always remember to check your valuables before leaving. 

As I didn't make early request to drop-off right in front of my hostel, the driver stopped somewhere nearby the metro station. Here's come the scary moment. By the time I reached Prague, it was quite late at night. I was literally clueless of how should I get to my hostel. Luckily, I bought sim card with mobile data plan and brought along the leftover Czech crown from my maiden visit; or else I definitely cry for help. 

Where I Stayed in Prague
My main consideration when selecting for hostel to stay in Prague is to be as close to Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. But because I did my planning quite last minute and with limited budget, the one and option I have is Ritchie's Hostel & Hotel. I can't deny that the location is nothing short of perfect as this hostel is surrounded by numerous of restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and etc. However the downside I approached was the whole place a bit worn and the staircase leads to the hostel are insanely narrow. I can't imagine those travel with huge luggage bags especially able to lift up to the hostel.

2017 Europe Prague Ritchie Hostel & Hotel

Date Stayed: 15 September 2017 (1 night)
Room Rate: €18 for a single bed in 8-bed female dormitory attached with bathroom (Booked via Agoda)

Things to Do & See in Prague
Apparently, there are various of things to do and see when visiting Prague and trust me, you would definitely refuse to leave as you will be amazed by this charming, colourful and beautiful city. Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Vienna and Krakow with millions of tourists visit the city every year. I did blog about few of Prague's attractions and sightseeing which I experienced 9 years ago (refer my old post: 5 Things to See in Prague). As for this time around, some of the attractions I revisit for second time and for the rest, it's my first time to discover and experience.

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#1: The sight and sound of Prague during night time

Right after I done with the hostel check-in and dumped my bags, I went out to look for dinner. What surprised me was even it's almost 10pm by the time I went out from the hostel, there are like hundreds, no, probably almost thousands of people still wandering around the town till almost midnight. Well, it's not a bad thing afterall because for someone who travel alone like me, I totally felt safe to walk around by my own. As usual, I woke up early like around 6-7am on the next morning for the sake of photo opportunity cause by the noon time, the whole city is overcrowded and it's hard to shoot without being photobombed. 

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#2: The pure Gothic of Tyn Church in Old Town Square 

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#3: Early bird get the perfect shot

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#4: World's oldest operating Astronomical Clock - Currently undergoing general repair 

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#5: Charles Bridge connects Old Town with Lesser Town. 

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#6: It's old of Prague's most beautiful structures. 

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#7: Old Town Bridge Tower - one of the most beautiful Gothic getaways in the world

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#8: Prague Dancing House - Finally I seen this! 

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#9: Walked up the hill which took roughly half an hour for Petrin Lookout Tower, the mini version of Paris's Eiffel Tower

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#10: If you don't have the stamina to climb up the hill, then take Funicular Railway from Ujezd tram stop. 

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#11: View over Prague while walking up Petrin Hill

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#12: St. Nicholas Church in Lesser Town

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#13: Prague Castle - I've been before, so not planning to visit again. 

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#14: My old photo on Prague Castle (refer my old post: 5 Things to See in Prague)

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#15: John Lennon Wall - Not an ordinary wall, it's filled with inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from the Beatles' songs. 

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#16: Sex Machines Museum located in Old Town Square 

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#17: Any die-hard fan of Hard Rock Cafe? It situated right in the middle of Old Town Square

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#18: Last but not least, don't forget to leave Prague without trying Trdelnik - sweet delicious pantry rolled in cinnamon sugar and with filling like ice-cream and chocolate sauce. 

Get Around Prague
In case you are wondering how do I get around Prague, oh well besides taking on the metro twice, all I did is by walking non-stop. Prague is renowned as a very "walkable city" and it is easily walk from one point to another. However as almost all the streets are cobbled, be prepared to wear a comfortable walking shoe. Seriously you can't imagine how far and how long I walked in a day - the highest record is almost 35,000 steps just in a day, almost equivalent to more than 20km. 

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#19: Prague is renowned as a very "walkable city"

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#20: Tram (streetcar)

How Much I Spent in Prague
Here are the breakdown:
Ritchie’s Hostel – 1 night
Add: Breakfast

Metro (subway) line - 2 trips

Food & Beverages

Souvenirs – magnets, postcards, stamps,
painting, tablespoon














Exchange Rate: €1.00 = RM5.12 as at September 2017
Exchange Rate: €1.00 = 24.80 CZK as at September 2017

Taking about currency and exchange rate in Prague, the official currency is Czech Crown (koruna). Not many shops and restaurants accept Euro, hence it is advisable to change Czech Crown. And when you intend to do so, please be aware that most of the exchange offices try to cheat customers with various tricks, especially those in tourist areas. I was almost being cheated for its flavourable and impression of good exchange rates which display on the board. I didn't notice the small fine print which stated below that the rate display only apply to those who exchange more than 100 EUR when I intended to exchange 20 EUR only. When I found out that the exchange rate is unfavourable and not the same as the display board, I told the exchange officer that I want to cancel the transaction but he refused as he had printed out the bill, implying it's too late. Damn! I told him it's not worth for me to exchange up to 100 EUR as I'm only staying for a day in Prague. But lucky me cause he agreed to give me at least with slightly rate, better than the rate given earlier on. At least I won't loss a lot of money. This is one of the scams and tricks that you must aware when exchange money in Prague. 

Despite my bad experience with the exchange rate, Prague is still relatively safe and sound for female traveller who wish to travel alone. In case you are going Prague for the very first time, do spend at least 3 days and 2 nights, or probably who know you might extend your stay by end of your visit in Prague.

My Old Posts on Prague: