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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where To Stay At Chantaburi Thailand

I've been to Chantaburi a number of times.  It is just one hour ride from the Cambodia boarder, so I get to visit the place more often especially when I have extra days off at work.  Going to that place is also comfortable as you don't need to hire a private taxi, as there are many public transportation available around the boarder.  For THB100, you can be at the heart of the town in just an hour.

When  I am in Chantaburi, I used to stay at KP Grand Hotel.  I have chosen this hotel because it is conveniently located.  It is walking distance to Robinsons mall where a lot of fast foods and restaurants are available.  There is also a cinema inside Robinsons if you want to relax and enjoy one of the latest films being shown.    

KP Grand Hotel is one of the good hotels in the heart of Chantaburi and one of the biggest.  The building is not really new bu t it is well maintained.


Upon entering the hotel, you will notice that they had a huge lobby where some jewelry shops can be found. After all, Chantaburi is well know for it's precious stones. :)



The first I checked in here, I was given a room on the 17th floor but it's not really a problem as there are 2 elevators available at the hotel.  In fact it's an advantage, as I was given the opportunity to get a good view of Chantaburi from my room.


The room where I stayed is quite big for a standard room.  I actually wanted to stay on a single room but according to the Front desk clerk, double rooms are cheaper than single room. (Does that makes sense? lol)




In fairness, the building is quite old but it's very clean and well maintained.  I don't have any complain about the room.  It's clean and nice and all the beddings and towels were really clean and white. :)

Included in the price of the room (about $32) is a free breakfast buffet where a good selection of foods were served.  I guess, it's complete.


They have a big restaurant.  Really spacious.





yummy....yummy breakfast served at the hotel's restaurant.

What's next?  They also offer free use of sauna and gym, all included in the price.  Not bad right? 

Too bad, I wasn't able to capture a photo of their gym because there are some people using the facility at that time and I don't want them to feel uncomfortable with me taking pictures. But the place is also spacious and there are many fitness equipment available.

Wait, it's not finished yet, they also have this swimming pool,  I think on the 6th floor.



Overall, I think that the stay in the hotel is all worth the price.  Some of my colleagues said it's too pricey for them but for me, I would rather pay a little bit more than the standard if it would give me in return a safe and clean place to stay with good foods and amenities.  After all, we just do it once in a while and perhaps for just a night or two.

So, I would still recommend this hotel for those who wish to visit Chantaburi. :) 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Bangkok: AKA Restaurant At Central World

When we visited Bangkok, we had a chance to eat at a "shabu-shabu" type of  restaurant located inside the Central World.  We had chanced upon the place after a short walk after we watch a movie at one of their cinemas.  It is actually a Japanese restaurant named AKA Restaurant.


My two kids having a quick pose before we enter


AKA seemed to be famous at Central World as the place was really crowded when we went there. The overall appearance of the place is good.  Tables and chairs looked nice and really matched the motif of the resto. It is air-conditioned, have a high ceiling, bright and a nice place with good ambiance. You don't have to be worried about the smoke because they are using a smokeless grilling pan. 

Same as the other BBQ grill restaurants, they'll give your order raw and fresh and let you cook it the way you wanted it.  




 Seafood platter with shrimps, squid, fish and crabs.


veggies




see the big servings of drinks?  It's not from AKA actually, we had those from the cinema.  (lol)



Their menu also offered a wide variety of selection and they also offer an eat all you can package for THB280 per person. The only downside of this restaurant is the service.  They are not attentive to customers and will let you sit there for a long time without even bothering to check with your orders.  At one point, I really get annoyed and needed to stand up and complain at the counter as our orders were not served completely and the food crew never attend to us despite of calling their attention a number of times.  This kind of service is really terrible considering that their prices there is not really cheap, huh.  Probably, it turned out to be this way because the place is crowded and there's a lot of customers. The taste of the foods is good though despite of the many inconveniences we had experienced.  Probably, it would be good to visit the restaurant not on the peak hours so you could enjoy a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.  Avoid going there during dinner time if you prefer to get a quality service.  

Should I go back there again when I visit Bangkok the next time?  Well, probably yes but as I said, I will choose the right time and not the peak hours. But overall, our AKA experience is generally okay and I would say that my two teens really had a great time and went back to our hotel really full.

You may want to give it a try, too!


Where to dine at Subic Bay: Meat Plus Cafe


 


One good thing about visiting Subic Bay is that you will never ran out of a good number of restaurants to dine. More and more local tourists are coming to Subic for a variety of reasons and probably one of them is trying good foods.  Meat Plus is one of the many restaurants that we like in Subic. 


Meat Plus Cafe is located just across Subic Bay Freeport Exchange. It is said to be one of the popular restos in Subic due to it's imported but affordable steak. This place is known for their steaks. They also have grilled cheeseburgers, pasta, cakes, coffee and a good selection of cakes and pastries.  Customers can also choose to take home raw steaks at an affordable rice.

Here are some of our orders the last time we have visited the place:


 Burger and Spaghetti combo


Grilled Cheeseburger and Fries



 
Combo Meal: Pork Spareribs Meal
 (you can choose from java rice or plain rice.)


Prices ranges from P180-P350.


The foods here may not be that exceptional but what I like in here is the cozy ambiance and the relaxing outdoor views.  The place is also ideally situated within the heart of SBMA and anyone can have a quick stop for a comfortable dining experience.  On some occasions, you may have a difficulty finding a place to sit as so many local tourists love to dine on the said resto.  We've been there a number of times and the place is normally full especially during dinner time. 


Overall, I would recommend you to try Meat Plus Cafe if you really love meats and steaks.  Theirs is one of a kind. :)


Sunday, May 5, 2013

An Eat All You Can Experience At Cabalen

We love to try some buffet style restaurants because it offers a wide variety of dishes to choose from and we can control our intakes in case we want to have more. We also love to check if the food and experience is worth the price.
 
So one fine evening after a short mall hoppin' in Harbor Point Subic, my family decided to eat at a familiar "Eat All You Can" restaurant called Cabalen. My kids had been wanting to try Cabalen for a long time and since hubby and I were both on vacation, we didn't think twice trying what their buffet can offer.





We didn't have a chance to take pictures of some main dishes because it was getting crowded at the area that time. I was a bit disappointed as some service staff were not attentive and never replenish the empty chafing dish on the buffet table right away even after you have already called their attention.  In fact, they never responded with a yes or a no after being asked.  I also noticed that they don't place table napkins on the table. How do they expect us to get along eating if like that?  On the second thoughts, maybe they are worried that some food items will be wrapped on tissues?  Well, I really don't know (lol) 


But my I think my daughter really enjoyed the dessert area because she can make her all-time-favorite "Halo-halo".

  


Below is the dessert area. They serve rice cakes, gelatin, maja-blanca, minatamis na saging and ginataang bilo-bilo.




 I love their selection of appetizers and side dishes.


Cabalen features Filipino and other Asian dishes and is well known for their "Kapampangan" style of dishes. The price is P298 per head. Overall, we still enjoy the experience and the foods at Cabalen.  Are we going to come back?  Well, probably yes. :)

Have you tried Cabalen yet?  What was your experience?

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