Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chaleena Hotel, Bangkok, Ramkanghaeng

Although the Chaleena hotel is advertised as a 4 star hotel property, those days have long gone by! The rooms are small, clips in the wall aren't fixed, the tapestry is falling off the walls and the rooms have a strong tobacco smell.
Having said that, it's extremely close to the Ramkanghaeng Uni and the sports stadium. If yu need to be in this area, the hotel may suit your needs.
The breakfast isn't great but edible, a typical Asian buffet.

The hotel is cheap in case you need to be in the area.

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Chaleena Hotel, Bangkok, Ramkanghaeng

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Chaleena Hotel, Bangkok, Ramkanghaeng

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Chaleena Hotel, Bangkok, Ramkanghaeng

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Chaleena Hotel, Bangkok, Ramkanghaeng

Swimming pool

Chaleena Hotel, Bangkok, Ramkanghaeng

Exterior

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Best Western Plus at 20 Sukhumvit, Bangkok

This hotel has a lot of things going for itself, for starters it's fairly new and modern, the staff is very friendly and helpful, the central location and a good price. What else can you ask for in Bangkok?
Terminal 21 shopping mall is around the corner as is Asoke sky train station. Plenty of restaurants are within walking distance, Bei Otto might be an idea and nightlife if you're looking for that.
All 78 rooms have all modern amenities, including iPod docking stations and are comfortable.
We really enjoyed our stay here and can highly recommend this Best Western.

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Best Western Suk 20, Guest room

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Best Western Suk 20, Guest room

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Best Western Suk 20, Guest room

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Best Western Suk 20, Pool

Pool

Best Western Suk 20, Exterior

Exterior

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Naraya Riverside resort, Surat Thani

The Naraya Riverside Resort is tucked away in the backstreets of Southern Surat Thani town, near the big traffic crossing to Phun Phin and Chumporn and the Central Festival.
If you don't have wheels to get you there and get out again for dinner or other things to do, you might feel as if you're locked up in the middle of nowhere. 
However, if you have wheels there, it's a nice resort, with 28 rooms just waiting to welcome you in a very quiet and relaxed environment with a pool, gym and a small children's playground. 

It's a really good choice for our weekend stays in Surat city at very affordable prices. You may want to try it as well.

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Pool


Playground


Garden

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wangtai Hotel, Surat Thani

The Wangtai Hotel in Surat Thani town is fairly centrally located, next to the river and on the main road through the city. It's a typical older style Thai provincial hotel, not too modern anymore, maybe a little bit worn out at places but still providing a good deal.
They have 230 rooms on offer and are well known for their meetings during the week and weddings during the weekends. 
The hotel offers a very nice pool, good parking facilities and internet in the rooms plus a fairly decent breakfast with Asian and Western options.

Nothing spectacular but a good and fair option for a sleepover on your way to or from the islands or to/from the airport.

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Wangtai Hotel, Surat Thani suite

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Wangtai Hotel, Surat Thani guest room

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Wangtai Hotel, Surat Thani guest room

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Wangtai Hotel, Surat Thani swimming pool

Swimming pool

Wangtai Hotel, Surat Thani exterior

Exterior

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Sands, Khao Lak

This new resort has all the amenities you need for a holiday. With it's 316 rooms, it's build on a very spacious area not too far away from town, maybe a 10 minute walk which will give you access to plenty more restaurants and shopping opportunities.
There's lots of green and a nice pool and it has access to the beach. A spa, fitness center, tennis court and kids club and pool are all available to you.

Good location at reasonable prices.

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The Sands, Khao Lak, Family room

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The Sands, Khao Lak, Sands room

Sands room

The Sands, Khao Lak, Pool access Junior suite

Pool access Junior suite


The Sands, Khao Lak, Seaside Junior suite

Seaside Junior suite

The Sands, Khao Lak

The Sands

Friday, March 21, 2014

Twin Bay Resort, Kow Kwang beach, Koh Lanta

When I arrived on my first ever visit to Thailand, some 18 or 19 years ago, after I spend a few days in Bangkok, I stayed on Koh Lanta for about a week, on Kow Kwang beach, but the Southern end of the beach. Twin Bay Resort is at the Northern end of this beach.
The beach has not changed, except that there are more resorts now and the place that I stayed at doesn't seem to be there anymore, at least I can't find it anymore. The road to Sala Dan has changed a lot, from a narrow dirt road there is now paved streets!

The Twin Bay Resort has a great location and looks out over the bay with a powder sand beach, crystal clear waters and it's surrounded by a lush tropical forest. The bungalows are nicely located near the beach and the whole experience is very laid back and very affordable. 

Being located near Sal Dan, the busy main village of the island makes it also convenient. As they state, a casual 3 star resort in a 5 star setting! Recommended!

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Twin Bay Resort, Kow Kwang beach, Koh Lanta, Guest room

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Twin Bay Resort, Kow Kwang beach, Koh Lanta, Family room

Family Room

Twin Bay Resort, Kow Kwang beach, Koh Lanta, bungalow

Bungalow

Twin Bay Resort, Kow Kwang beach, Koh Lanta, pool

Pool

Twin Bay Resort, Kow Kwang beach, Koh Lanta, beach

Beach

Monday, February 17, 2014

O-Bay Design Hotel, Prachuap Khiri Khan

For one of my running events, this time around a half marathon, we went to Prachuap Khiri Khan, after a 6 year gap. Like all around Thailand, in most cities, plenty of brand new hotels are being build with affordable accommodation, especially in the 'provinces'. The O-Bay design Hotel is a perfect sample.

We got the superior suite at a great deal, which may have been part of their opening special offers.
The hotel with it's 11 rooms is centrally and conveniently located on the main road downtown Prachuap, just two blocks away from the ocean boulevard. It's easy to access all attractions that the city has to offer, especially if you brought your own wheels.
The hotel does not have a pool or an elevator but offers fast wifi, a small parking lot and a small restaurant and next door is an excellent place for Thai breakfast.

Prachuap Khiri Khan is nice and relaxed city and the O-Bay Design Hotel comes highly recommended.

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Superior suite


Superior suite


Bathroom


Exterior