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5 days in bangkok

a tuk tuk in Bangkok, ThailandMy sister always said if I ever went to Bangkok I’d need a minimum of five days. She was wrong. Five days merely scrapes the surface of this amazingly vibrant city that I have fallen in love with. But five days it was and I packed it in. The pressure was on.

We checked into the elegant Oriental Residence in the heart of the embassy and business district in Bangkok and after a quick shower met a friend of mine who was already in the city on business for a late supper and drink. We hopped onto our first tuk tuk and literally zoomed across town to Soi Rambutri near the famous Kao San Road. I couldn’t believe how easily the beer went down (I don’t really drink it) and proved the perfect beverage in the humidity and with the spicy food. We also encountered our first monsoon and it was like the sky opened up and dumped a wall of water on us. Instant flash floods. This also prevented us from wandering around and checking out the street food stands later. The tuk tuk ride home in the rain was our last. Despite thinking we bargained the driver hard, we soon realized that the tuk tuk is very much a tourist trap and despite how much fun they are, they are way more expensive than a metered cab. Continue Reading →

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the oriental residence in bangkok

Oriental Residence, Bangkok, Thailand

I just got back from an amazing three-week adventure in South East Asia with our first stop being Bangkok. We were lucky enough to stay at the Oriental Residence for our first two nights in this amazing city, and this was a perfect soft landing and start to our holiday.

The hotel is called a residence because about 20% of the rooms are occupied with more permanent residents and all the rooms come equipped with little kitchenettes and a dining table making a longer stay more independent. This is a good option if you are travelling with a family and especially with small children. 

The property is located in Wireless Road sandwiched between the Netherlands and US embassy in a quieter and very plush embassy / shopping district in Bangkok. 500 metres from Lumpini Park (the Central Park of Bangkok) and near the BTS metro system, this is the perfect oasis to escape some of the hustle and bustle of the city.

The pool area was a highlight and I loved taking a dip on the 4th floor overlooking the city skyline. It’s partly in and outdoors which is kind of ideal when you want to escape the monsoons and blazing heat.

The hotel is the right size to feel homely but with enough luxury to feel like a boutique hotel. Its elegant and modern with a light and bright feel. 

Here are a few of my pictures. Continue Reading →

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