Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dream World Theme Park : Bangkok Thailand

On top of my list on our Bangkok tour is a visit to Dream World Theme Park, Thailand's very own Disneyland!  This is one of the many attractions in Bangkok and a favorite destination of both locals and tourists.  This is a must see place for both kids and adults and is really ideal for the whole family. 

From our hotel, we got here by taxi which costs me about THB300 or $10.  I bought our ticket from the hotel's tours and travel agency which enabled me to saved a lot from the actual price.  I paid THB530 per pax which includes free entrance to the park, unlimited rides and a free buffet lunch at the park's food pavilion.

We arrived at the theme park past 10 AM and after getting our stickers and meal ticket at the office entrance, we immediately headed to the park's main gate.

Inside the park, you can find a lot of interesting views which are really great for photo shoots.  I particularly like the "Love Garden" and the reason is obvious, I like anything that's colorful and vibrant!  Just like my home garden....  :)

This is my weakness! Seeing so many plants and flowers in a beautifully landscaped garden.

Both my son and daughter were equally delighted seeing lots of interesting views and subjects inside the theme park.  

There are lots of attractions inside Dream World and it seems like one day is not enough to satisfy yourself with the rides or simply to roam around and appreciate the wonderful views of the theme park.

For the young and the young at heart, Dream World offers numerous rides that you will surely enjoy.  You won't get out there until you feel exhausted! Dream World also features a live "Hollwood action show" and an opportunity to meet your favorite cartoon characters in a spectacular, "Colors of the World Parade".  Too bad, these two were cancelled during the time of our visit.  Maybe it depends on the crowd on a particular day.  Dream World features four areas : Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Dream Garden and Dream Plaza.

There are lots of interesting stuff to see inside Dream World that you can't hardly notice the passing of time.  Actually, the park closes at 5PM, so at this time, rides are starting to cease their operations but they will give you an allowance of 30 mins to enjoy the rest of the scenery and to complete your picture taking before they finally closed down the main gate.

On our way out to the main gate, we were surprised seeing our pictures on display at one shop.  Some were nicely framed, and others were transferred into ceramic plates with the Dream World logo and background.  Hmmm...only then we realized why some Dream World staff took our pictures when we entered the park in the morning.  It might be an additional way for them to earn "extra money" but it's okay because it's also good to bring a souvenir back home.  Anyway, they will not force you to buy if you don't like.  The decision is up to you.

Overall, our visit to Dream World was indeed a pleasant experience and we had fond memories of our one whole day stay inside the theme park. :)

Note: There are so many ways to get to Dream World Bangkok.  You can opt to go there by metered taxi, by aircon bus and by train.  You can also ask your hotel to arrange a transport for you, only that it would be more costly.

Tips : If you are traveling in group, like 3 or more, it would be more convenient to take a metered taxi just like what we did.  It only costs us nearly $10, so it's just about $3 per person.  This is a better alternative especially if you're bringing a small kid with you. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bangkok Tour : At The Hotel

We just had visited Bangkok, Thailand last October 28 and we've stayed there for a week.  This is actually a continuation of my vacation in the Philippines.  Going for a Bangkok tour was a promise I made to my kids.  This is their prize for doing good in school and for not giving me any head ache while I'm away from home.  Yes, they are such a lovely kids and they very well deserved the trip.

Apart from treating my kids, this tour is also my personal gift to myself.  After having stayed in Cambodia working and not having much leisure times, I just think that I well deserved a break.

We had a good trip to Bangkok via Tiger Airways last 28th of October.  It was a pleasant trip and though there was a bit of delay (about an hour), we arrived at Bangkok safe and sound.  I already booked my hotel for our one week stay so everything is easy.  After choosing from countless hotels in Bangkok, I've finally decided to book at Bangkok City Hotel.  This hotel is located at Pechburi Road right in the heart of Bangkok.  I have chosen this hotel for a number of reasons: good location, modern and new facilities (hotel was just built last 2010), nice hotel amenities including a swimming pool on the 5th floor and a self serviced laundry area, convenience as they have a tour agency inside the hotel and of course value for money.

Photos in front of the hotel.

Just beside the hotel, on the right side, you can find a 7-11 convenience store (around 2 mins walk) and in front of 7-11 are 2 ATM machines which I find very helpful in case you need to withdraw some cash.  Cash being dispensed from the machine are all in Thai Baht.  I made use of this facility twice and I didn't have any problem at all.  The bank will normally charge you THB150 for every THB5,000 you withdraw.

On the left side of the hotel, you can find several massage parlours which offer "Thai massage", foot massage and oil massage for a very affordable price.

I was quite pleased to see the facilities of the hotel. All clean and well maintained.  They offer "free wifi" for those who are bringing their laptops and beside the front desk, there is a small business center where you can have a free use of computers and internet for 30 mins each day.  The hotel has 3 elevators so bringing up your luggage will never be a problem.

Photos taken inside the hotel and in our room on the 15th Floor of the building. :)

Hotel's pool on the 5th floor, restaurant on the ground floor and the view of the city of Bangkok from the windows of our room on the 15th Floor.

I wasn't disappointed in choosing this hotel, the service is good and the staff were all nice and warm to their guests.  Rooms amenities are being replenished and changed on a daily basis and rooms are being cleaned everyday.  It's a nice feeling that after you come back to the hotel from whole day's trip around the city, you will arrive in a clean and fresh room.

Well, this is good for a start right? Having chosen a good place to stay, I am now excited to feature the places that we have visited so far.  

Til my next post! Ciao!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Central Post Office : Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam

Located in the heart of Ho Chi MIn City, in the beautiful country of Vietnam is the Central Post Office which is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Min City and is considered a typical colonial French building.  It was built around 1886 to 1891.  It is located at No. 2 Paris Commune Street, District 1.  It is located just opposite the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

My son, Edmar

Inside the building, you can find a gorgeous high ceilings and an elegant interior design.

My daughter Mika

It's Me!

Inside the Central Post Office are two souvenir shops, an information counter, money exchange and  tastefully decorated telephone booths.  All kinds of traditional postal services are offered here and there is a wide array of stamps being sold here from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Its quite easy to get to the post office, thus this is always included in any city tour.  You can get there by foot, by cyclo, by motor taxi from your hotel at the central district and from other attractions like Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum.

So, if you happened to visit Saigon and stay at District 1, it will not take you much time to see this place and you will in fact enjoy the other beautiful attractions in the city on your way there.

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