The Best Highlights in Chiang Rai

MTGB recently visited the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai on a scouting trip and we can’t recommend strongly enough a visit for those who have the time. You can fly, drive, or take a bus from Bangkok. It’s such a lovely little city with an array of temples and interesting sites. Let us know how we can help you plan your journey there!

Wat Rong Khun  -  White Temple

Wat Rong Khun - White Temple

Wat Huay Pla Kung

Wat Huay Pla Kung

Baan Dam Museum - Black House Museum

Baan Dam Museum - Black House Museum

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Wat Rong Sue Ten - Blue Temple

Wat Rong Sue Ten - Blue Temple

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Baan Canalee in Ayutthaya: What a great little hotel!

Hotel entrance

Hotel entrance

Room living area and solid teak stairs

Room living area and solid teak stairs

Room living area comfy leather couch

Room living area comfy leather couch

Funky (but comfy!) bed in bedroom upstairs

Funky (but comfy!) bed in bedroom upstairs

MTGB gets to check out lots of restaurants, bars, and hotels when customers visit them or stay there, or when we’re out on tour. There are many great places to eat, drink, and stay all over Thailand and loads of other places online you can read about them, check out reviews, etc. Every now and then, though, we come across a place we just have to share because it’s just that cool. Today we present to you Baan Canalee in Ayutthaya…

We can’t say enough good things about this super cute family-run hotel! It’s only been open for about year and the “shine” is most definitely still there. The huge rooms are more like a townhouse with a living area, two full bathrooms, a little kitchen, and bedroom(s) upstairs. The design is thoughtful and quirky and the quality of furnishings is top notch. The location is also good, down a small quiet soi on a small khlong (canal) near the center of town. With prices around 1,500 THB for one bedroom or 2,500 for two it’s a great value especially for families.

Check out their Facebook page when you have a moment but for now, enjoy these pics from our recent stay there. We can’t wait to go back!

Upstairs bathroom

Upstairs bathroom

Looking down stairs

Looking down stairs

Cool bedroom decoration

Cool bedroom decoration

Outdoor deck area on canal

Outdoor deck area on canal

Friday's Five Fotos: 5 of our favorite tour photos from this week

Here are five of our favorite pictures from recent tours. Hope you enjoy!

A group from USA enjoying the sun and waves in Phuket. Such a great group of fun and lovely ladies!

A group from USA enjoying the sun and waves in Phuket. Such a great group of fun and lovely ladies!

A cool family from France visiting the Maeklong Railway Market . Hope to see you again soon!

A cool family from France visiting the Maeklong Railway Market . Hope to see you again soon!

We like finding spots for unique photo opportunities in Bangkok and other places. We know some good ones!

We like finding spots for unique photo opportunities in Bangkok and other places. We know some good ones!

Group of good folks from Ukraine enjoying a long tail boat on the Chao Praya River at the start of a khlong (canal) tour.

Group of good folks from Ukraine enjoying a long tail boat on the Chao Praya River at the start of a khlong (canal) tour.

Of course, a food picture… Khao ka moo is stewed pork leg served on rice topped with gravy. It’s one of our customers’ (and our!) favorite Thai meals. Not spicy at all for those who avoid the hot stuff.

Of course, a food picture… Khao ka moo is stewed pork leg served on rice topped with gravy. It’s one of our customers’ (and our!) favorite Thai meals. Not spicy at all for those who avoid the hot stuff.

Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad) at Talad Neon

Talad Neon is a newer night market located near downtown Bangkok in Pratunam. Open from 5pm-midnight the market has a load of souvenirs, clothes, and food options for tourists and locals.

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One of MTGB’s favorite foods is som tam or spicy green papaya salad. The best thing about som tam is the many varieties and styles from all different parts of the country. We found a few really good ones at Talad Neon and had to share them with you!

Tam Poo Bphaa Ra: spicy green papaya salad with salted crab mixed in pla ra (pickled fish)

Tam Poo Bphaa Ra: spicy green papaya salad with salted crab mixed in pla ra (pickled fish)

Tam Pha Bphaa Meuk: spicy green papaya salad with squid

Tam Pha Bphaa Meuk: spicy green papaya salad with squid

Tam Khao Phod: spicy sweet corn green papaya salad with salted eggs

Tam Khao Phod: spicy sweet corn green papaya salad with salted eggs

Tam Koh Moo Yang: spicy green papaya salad with grilled pork neck

Tam Koh Moo Yang: spicy green papaya salad with grilled pork neck

Michelin-Starred Street Food: Jay Fai Restaurant in Bangkok

Raan Jay Fai in Bangkok is a great street food option with a special twist: the owner, Jay Fai, earned a Michelin star for her food! We recently brought a customer’s family there and were reminded of how good the food is, especially their signature dish: crab omelette. It was super tasty, really high quality, crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy inside, packed with sweet crab meat, and just all-around really yummy.

Yes, the wait can be on the long side (call-ahead reservations can be made but plan months in advance) and it’s not cheap but for the taste and quality and experience, we really love Jay Fai. We’d love to take you there!

The owner, Jay Fai (in the black goggles), is sometimes called “The Queen of Bangkok Street Food”

The owner, Jay Fai (in the black goggles), is sometimes called “The Queen of Bangkok Street Food”

She’s been doing this a long time and it shows!

She’s been doing this a long time and it shows!

Kids needed some fuel after a long day!

Kids needed some fuel after a long day!

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Crab omelette exterior is crispy and perfectly cooked

Crab omelette exterior is crispy and perfectly cooked

Inside the omelette is loaded with sweet and fresh crab meat — getting hungry again just looking at the picture!

Inside the omelette is loaded with sweet and fresh crab meat — getting hungry again just looking at the picture!

New Restaurant Report: DIVA Mango, Soi Silom 26, Bangkok, Thailand

DIVA Mango is a great new restaurant on Silom Road Soi 26. It’s not far from the well-known Sri Mariam Man Hindu temple , State Tower, and the Marriott Surawongse so it’s very convenient to get there. You can enjoy lunch in the afternoon or dinner before heading over to a rooftop bar. DIVA Mango offers tasty Thai and Western food. MTGB had a great dinner there — the food was fresh and awesome. If you love to try something different put DIVA Mango on your to-do list and check it out!

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Varied menu with reasonable prices

Varied menu with reasonable prices

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

DIVA Mango’s signature dish: Chicken with mango sauce

DIVA Mango’s signature dish: Chicken with mango sauce

Green Papaya Salad / Som Tam Thai

Green Papaya Salad / Som Tam Thai

Mango with Sticky Rice

Mango with Sticky Rice

Cool and quirky decoration

Cool and quirky decoration

Compass Skyview Hotel in Bangkok: Phrom Phong - Sukhumvit Soi 24

MTGB recently had the opportunity to check out the lovely Compass Skyview Hotel in Bangkok. It’s well-located in Phrom Phong on Sukhumvit Soi 24 in Bangkok a short walk from EmQuartier, Emporium, and Phrom Phong BTS. The 30+ story hotel is the home of a cool Latin American themed bar/restaurant high up called Mojjo and up another level is the well known Vanilla Sky rooftop bar, both cool and trendy spots to enjoy your evening and relax. MTGB loves a bargain so is happy to say that room prices are quite reasonable for a 4/5-star hotel; do be sure you check out their deals and packages online as well as happy hour specials at the bars and restaurants! All in all we had a really great experience here and recommend it highly to our customers and visitors to Bangkok.

A trendy and inviting lobby welcomes you to the Compass Skyview Hotel

A trendy and inviting lobby welcomes you to the Compass Skyview Hotel

The friendly and helpful staff check you in (and offer a special teddy bear for a charity donation)

The friendly and helpful staff check you in (and offer a special teddy bear for a charity donation)

Very modern, clean, and comfortable executive corner room

Very modern, clean, and comfortable executive corner room

Great bathroom with quality fixtures, a standing shower (and not pictured, a large soaking tub)

Great bathroom with quality fixtures, a standing shower (and not pictured, a large soaking tub)

Lots of hotel information with deals galore!

Lots of hotel information with deals galore!

Excellent dining options in the restaurants and for room service

Excellent dining options in the restaurants and for room service

Nice pool located up on a few floors for a cool view while you swim

Nice pool located up on a few floors for a cool view while you swim

Pool bar with lots of tasty beverages and cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Pool bar with lots of tasty beverages and cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

MTGB enjoying some drinks, nibbles, and the awesome view from Mojjo up on the 32nd floor. Happy hour special was two for one cocktails!

MTGB enjoying some drinks, nibbles, and the awesome view from Mojjo up on the 32nd floor. Happy hour special was two for one cocktails!

Very tasty and cleverly-plated western food options from Mojjo

Very tasty and cleverly-plated western food options from Mojjo

The included breakfast buffet was solid and had good quality food, if not as crazy-expansive as the buffets at some of the other large international 5-star hotels in Bangkok

The included breakfast buffet was solid and had good quality food, if not as crazy-expansive as the buffets at some of the other large international 5-star hotels in Bangkok

Lots of breakfast beverages and juices with coffees made to order at the breakfast buffet

Lots of breakfast beverages and juices with coffees made to order at the breakfast buffet

Cool bar design at Vanilla Sky way up top at the Compass Skyview — great place to unwind and/or party!

Cool bar design at Vanilla Sky way up top at the Compass Skyview — great place to unwind and/or party!

MTGB’s Renu got a quick snap in before the rain started — luckily could just go inside to stay dry!

MTGB’s Renu got a quick snap in before the rain started — luckily could just go inside to stay dry!

Travel Report: Using Airline Miles to Get to and from Bangkok in Style and Comfort on JAL

MTGB sometimes works with our customers to provide helpful travel information to others. In this case, a flight report and frequent flier miles tip from our customer, Paul. Thanks, Paul!

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Thailand is obviously pretty far from the U.S. and Europe so what better use of frequent flier miles than to treat yourself to business or first class flights for the 15+ hour journey? One of the best redemptions out there is Alaska Airlines partner deal with Cathay Pacific. For just 42.5k (from Europe) or 50k (from U.S.) Alaska Mileage Plan miles (plus a minimal amount in taxes) you can fly through Hong Kong and then onwards to Bangkok in Cathay's really nice business class. You can even plan a multi-day stopover in Hong Kong for no extra cost. It’s a great deal and certainly one of many reasons to sign up for Alaska’s generous program, even if you don’t fly on their metal.

In this case, I needed to get back to Chicago from Bangkok (after flying over on Qatar Airlines in a Q-Suite, which was quite nice) so I went ahead and booked flights for September 17th and eagerly awaited my departure. Well, at least that was the idea, until Super Typhoon Mangkhut stepped in and scuttled those plans a couple days before departure. Instead, I had to cancel the Cathay flights (they allowed refunds and cancellations, etc. due to the severe weather) and make last-minute use of another great-value points redemption with Alaska Mileage Plan: flying with Japan Airlines through Tokyo. One-way JAL business class flights from BKK to ORD (via Tokyo NRT) run 65k Mileage Plan points but more interestingly, the same JAL flights in first (well, in this case, business to Tokyo then first to Chicago) run just 75k Mileage Plan points. Kind of a no-brainer to spend the additional 10k points to fly in first class for 12 hours, right? So here we go!

I arrived at Suvarnabhumi about 90 minutes before the scheduled 11:30pm departure. The business class line in check-in row R was completely empty so it was a quick process checking my bags and self onto the flight. They provided directions to the JAL lounge along with a pass for the priority immigration line, which was also extremely quiet and quick. The whole process ended up taking like 10 minutes in total which allowed for some time to chill and not be rushed. I checked out the JAL lounge which is nice for BKK (all the lounges here leave something to be desired, frankly) but really nothing to get all that excited about. A few bits of hot and cold food, some soft drink and booze, some snacks, and an okay view of planes isn’t a bad way to chill before your flight. Turns out there are several overnight flights that depart BKK for Japan at this late hour so the lounge was actually rather full.

The unremarkable but fine JAL business class lounge at BKK, if you have a night flight though, do make sure you grab a snack before you leave as you get basically nothing on the plane until right before you land in Tokyo!

The unremarkable but fine JAL business class lounge at BKK, if you have a night flight though, do make sure you grab a snack before you leave as you get basically nothing on the plane until right before you land in Tokyo!

Settling into the JAL Business Class Sky Suite seat 8D with my swanky and comfy JAL-provided slippers

Settling into the JAL Business Class Sky Suite seat 8D with my swanky and comfy JAL-provided slippers

Flight JL718 boarded about 30 minutes late due to “preparation delays” but loaded up quickly though the business class cabin was chock full. Unable to select a seat online for this leg of the journey, I was assigned seat 8D on the 787-8: a middle aisle seat, which isn’t ideal (window seats are my preferred option in JAL business as they are super private and quiet) but for a 5 some-odd hour overnight flight was fine. The new-ish JAL Sky Suites in business class are cool and modern with a huge infotainment screen and comfy lie-flat cloth seat. The only drawback is that the suite can be slightly narrow-feeling and it’s sorta hard to stretch out properly. Overall though, it’s fine and certainly a major step up from economy or premium economy. The thing though that was surprisingly really not good on this flight was the food. The only things offered were a drink and a couple bites of sushi and/or nuts about 30 minutes after take-off and then what might be the worst breakfast I’ve had in a long time about 90 minutes before landing. That was it for business class meal service on a 5 hour flight... Granted it was an overnight flight but there was no on-demand food available, I mean nothing. Even the “bar” area between the cabins just had the same packets of nuts and that was it. A big disappointment that made me glad I got a small snack in the lounge before we left, otherwise I would have had a grumbling tummy and no one likes it when I’m hangry, especially me.

Sushi and/or nuts was served about 30 minutes after take-off, the full extent of any food offered on the flight before breakfast. I maximized what I could with the addition of some okay Charles Heidsieck champagne.

Sushi and/or nuts was served about 30 minutes after take-off, the full extent of any food offered on the flight before breakfast. I maximized what I could with the addition of some okay Charles Heidsieck champagne.

The breakfast was BAAAD. The salad was fine but the rest…yikes. Tasteless fruit, lukewarm eggs with nasty sausage, a croissant still a bit frozen in the middle. It’s like they tried to make stereotypical “bad plane food”. Very disappointing, especially in business, and especially on JAL.

The breakfast was BAAAD. The salad was fine but the rest…yikes. Tasteless fruit, lukewarm eggs with nasty sausage, a croissant still a bit frozen in the middle. It’s like they tried to make stereotypical “bad plane food”. Very disappointing, especially in business, and especially on JAL.

The flight landed about 20 minutes late with no issues and soon I was navigating my way to the JAL First Class lounge near gate 61. I had about 90 minutes to kill and was excited to try out the renown handmade sushi offered therein. I decided to avail myself to one of the complimentary shower rooms upon arrival and have a quick freshen up which was quite nice and civilized. Plus, using the bidet/washlet on proper Japanese toilets is always a treat for my western bottom. Ablutions complete, I headed over and enjoyed some quite good sushi and a few other snacks while reading the paper and waiting for what I was really stoked for — the 12-hour flight in the front…or “way front” to turn a phrase.

Very tasty and fresh hand-made sushi in the JAL First Class lounge at NRT

Very tasty and fresh hand-made sushi in the JAL First Class lounge at NRT

Some of the many offerings in the JAL First Class lounge at NRT

Some of the many offerings in the JAL First Class lounge at NRT

Flight JL10 boarded precisely on time for our 10:50am departure. Upon arriving in the 777-300ER’s first class cabin I was greeted by name and shown to my seat by an ever cheerful and friendly attendant. Service across the board was superb and perhaps even more attentive than usual given the eight-seat cabin only had four occupants including myself for this flight. I’ll let the pictures and captions below do most of the talking but the service, food, amenities, and the seat: everything was pretty perfect. I tend to never be able sleep on planes but managed a solid 5 hours which was really appreciated. It was a strange feeling that after a ~12 hour flight, I didn’t want it to end!

Super comfy “arm chair” style lie-flat recliner in JAL First Class. Loads of storage compartments everywhere too which was nice.

Super comfy “arm chair” style lie-flat recliner in JAL First Class. Loads of storage compartments everywhere too which was nice.

Tons of space and a very large infotainment screen in JAL First Class. With this design, you can also have a companion join you for meals if you’d like.

Tons of space and a very large infotainment screen in JAL First Class. With this design, you can also have a companion join you for meals if you’d like.

Seat 2G across the aisle happened to be empty so the attendant offered to make it up as my bed… Talk about nice service as well as being spoiled for space with the 6.5 foot length and nearly three foot width!

Seat 2G across the aisle happened to be empty so the attendant offered to make it up as my bed… Talk about nice service as well as being spoiled for space with the 6.5 foot length and nearly three foot width!

All airlines should offer premium cabin passengers complimentary wi-fi. JAL does in First Class which was appreciated, and the connection speeds were not too shabby… Even managed a brief novelty “I’m on a plane!” Facetime chat for a minute or two.

All airlines should offer premium cabin passengers complimentary wi-fi. JAL does in First Class which was appreciated, and the connection speeds were not too shabby… Even managed a brief novelty “I’m on a plane!” Facetime chat for a minute or two.

A swanky Etro branded amenity kit loaded with a ton of toiletries including a moisture mask… Also provided were some slippers and some  awesome , comfy pajamas that you may take home with you (forgot to get a picture).

A swanky Etro branded amenity kit loaded with a ton of toiletries including a moisture mask… Also provided were some slippers and some awesome, comfy pajamas that you may take home with you (forgot to get a picture).

A very nice touch (though I didn’t open it on the flight rather have used it at home since) of a Shiseido men’s skin care kit

A very nice touch (though I didn’t open it on the flight rather have used it at home since) of a Shiseido men’s skin care kit

When flying in First Class, it’s basically compulsory to drink champagne…especially on JAL where they offer Cristal (2009 Louis Roederer Cristal to be precise) which retails for about $250 a bottle on the ground. The amuses bouches were nice, too

When flying in First Class, it’s basically compulsory to drink champagne…especially on JAL where they offer Cristal (2009 Louis Roederer Cristal to be precise) which retails for about $250 a bottle on the ground. The amuses bouches were nice, too

While a Japanese menu was available and looked great, I selected the Western options. The appetizer course was rillettes which was a nice surprise as I grew up with French-Canadian grandparents so rillettes (and creton) were around a lot and are one of my favorites. Well these rillettes were certainly the best I’ve ever had!

While a Japanese menu was available and looked great, I selected the Western options. The appetizer course was rillettes which was a nice surprise as I grew up with French-Canadian grandparents so rillettes (and creton) were around a lot and are one of my favorites. Well these rillettes were certainly the best I’ve ever had!

The caviar course was obviously quite an indulgent treat especially when paired with the Cristal… It was also kind of fun to work out how to assemble the egg yolk cream, caviar, and wafers.

The caviar course was obviously quite an indulgent treat especially when paired with the Cristal… It was also kind of fun to work out how to assemble the egg yolk cream, caviar, and wafers.

The presentation was a bit lacking but this Wagyu beef filet with mushrooms and potatoes Dauphinoise was stellar. Paired with a nice 2013 Burgundy…near perfection for a meal on a plane. This may be the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten in the air (neck and neck with another Wagyu beef dish in business earlier in the year).

The presentation was a bit lacking but this Wagyu beef filet with mushrooms and potatoes Dauphinoise was stellar. Paired with a nice 2013 Burgundy…near perfection for a meal on a plane. This may be the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten in the air (neck and neck with another Wagyu beef dish in business earlier in the year).

The dine-on-demand options were quite varied and I tried a few… These chicken, beef, and omelette brochettes were pretty tasty.

The dine-on-demand options were quite varied and I tried a few… These chicken, beef, and omelette brochettes were pretty tasty.

The dine-on-demand sweet options were a bit limited (booo says this fatty with a sweet tooth) but what they did have — a fruit savarin and a black sesame mousse — was yummy.

The dine-on-demand sweet options were a bit limited (booo says this fatty with a sweet tooth) but what they did have — a fruit savarin and a black sesame mousse — was yummy.

Thanks for ruining even business class for me now, Japan Airlines… But thanks to the awesome Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan redemption there’s a better than average chance I’ll be flying in the “way front” with you again sooner than later! Best get saving up those miles…

Announcing a New Day Trip: Suphan Buri Highlights

MTGB is always looking for cool spots we think our customers will enjoy so we’re happy to announce a new destination for a day trip from Bangkok: Suphan Buri province. There are a couple neat spots that are off the typical international tourist track and definitely worth a visit. Plan for a whole day to visit the Suphan Buri City Pillar Shrine, have a tasty local lunch, then head to a couple rural temples along the way to Wat Phai Rong Wua (a fascinating and eclectic temple complex with areas dedicated to showing people what “heaven” and “hell” will be like…). We’ll wrap up with a break at a cool rural coffee house on our way back to your hotel in Bangkok. We’ll have more information in the the “Day Trips” section soon, but here are a few pictures to get you excited.

At the Nea Suphanburi City Pillar Shrine / Celestial Dragon Village is this really impressive and massive dragon — inside the dragon is actually a museum!

At the Nea Suphanburi City Pillar Shrine / Celestial Dragon Village is this really impressive and massive dragon — inside the dragon is actually a museum!

Not kidding, the dragon is huge!

Not kidding, the dragon is huge!

The village is a recreation of a traditional Chinese village. It’s kitschy but fun with several shops and restaurants.

The village is a recreation of a traditional Chinese village. It’s kitschy but fun with several shops and restaurants.

Chinese style buddha images at City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri

Chinese style buddha images at City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri

Replica city gate at City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri

Replica city gate at City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri

Impressive Chinese style gate at the Celestial Dragon Village / City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri

Impressive Chinese style gate at the Celestial Dragon Village / City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri

Huge white Buddha at Wat Phai Rong Wua in Suphan Buri province

Huge white Buddha at Wat Phai Rong Wua in Suphan Buri province

The gate to “the land of hell” at Wat Phai Rong Wua

The gate to “the land of hell” at Wat Phai Rong Wua

A statue at Wat Phai Rong Wua depicting one of the cruel manners in which souls will suffer in “hell”

A statue at Wat Phai Rong Wua depicting one of the cruel manners in which souls will suffer in “hell”

A statue of a devil and a tormented soul in “hell” at Wat Pahi Rong Wua

A statue of a devil and a tormented soul in “hell” at Wat Pahi Rong Wua

Avatar Spa Mountain Suites in Ban Rai, Uthai Thani, Thailand

MTGB recently visited Ban Rai, Thailand - a small village about 3-3.5 hours northwest of Bangkok in lovely rural Uthai Thani district. It's home to the unique and beautiful Wat Tham Khao Wong which is absolutely worth checking out.

Wat Tham Khao Wong, Ban Rai, Thailand

Wat Tham Khao Wong, Ban Rai, Thailand

In Ban Rai is a really cool and trendy hotel resort called Avatar Spa Mountain Suites (if you're looking to book online it's sometimes called Avatar Miracles, Avatarn Miracles, Avatar Resort). It was so neat and unique that we had to share it with you. Everywhere you look there's an interesting detail which gives the place a ton of character. It has a great vibe. Suite rooms during the off season were about 2,000 baht per night including breakfast; it's worth it just to check out the place, relax, and experience a stay there.

Hotel sign post on the main road

Hotel sign post on the main road

Unassuming look coming up the driveway, but behind the palm trees lies a very cool hotel complex

Unassuming look coming up the driveway, but behind the palm trees lies a very cool hotel complex

Exterior view of the south wing of the hotel

Exterior view of the south wing of the hotel

View out through the open-air lobby from the check-in desk

View out through the open-air lobby from the check-in desk

Another view of the amazing lobby and ceiling

Another view of the amazing lobby and ceiling

Waiting for a coffee at the lobby bar

Waiting for a coffee at the lobby bar

Cool room design with a very comfy bed (not too hard!) and linens

Cool room design with a very comfy bed (not too hard!) and linens

Neat indoor / outdoor bathroom and shower

Neat indoor / outdoor bathroom and shower

Beautiful dusk view from hotel room balcony

Beautiful dusk view from hotel room balcony

Free bikes are available to ride around the massive property

Free bikes are available to ride around the massive property

Decent a la carte "American" breakfast option of fried eggs, pork sausage, ham, etc.

Decent a la carte "American" breakfast option of fried eggs, pork sausage, ham, etc.

Solid Thai style breakfast of rice soup, pork, and salted egg

Solid Thai style breakfast of rice soup, pork, and salted egg

Ten of Our Favorite Recent Meals

What's enjoying life without enjoying food? What's travel without trying new and different cuisines? Here in Bangkok and around Thailand you can find culinary options from all over the world. It's been a busy few weeks with lots of travel all over the place so that means many, many meals! Here are snaps of ten of our recent favorites. Bon appetit!

Steamed whole fish from Playaem Seafood in Ko Siray, Phuket

Steamed whole fish from Playaem Seafood in Ko Siray, Phuket

"Mango Parade" dessert from   The Mango Garden   on Ko Phi Phi island

"Mango Parade" dessert from The Mango Garden on Ko Phi Phi island

Very good Chicken Pad Thai from   Tarnpawa Coffee   in Amphawa

Very good Chicken Pad Thai from Tarnpawa Coffee in Amphawa

Yam Hed Tod (fried mushrooms w/ sweet & sour veggies) and Laab Moo from a spot in Lop Buri

Yam Hed Tod (fried mushrooms w/ sweet & sour veggies) and Laab Moo from a spot in Lop Buri

Som Tam, sticky rice, and Isaan sausage from   Khon 101   in Phuket. Best Isaan food we've had in a while

Som Tam, sticky rice, and Isaan sausage from Khon 101 in Phuket. Best Isaan food we've had in a while

A veritable feast (Som Tam, grilled catfish, chicken, etc.) from a little non-named spot in Bangkok

A veritable feast (Som Tam, grilled catfish, chicken, etc.) from a little non-named spot in Bangkok

Just your basic and tasty Bami Moo (pork noodles) from a random street stall in On Nut, Bangkok

Just your basic and tasty Bami Moo (pork noodles) from a random street stall in On Nut, Bangkok

Tonkatsu sandwich and fries from the *super good*   Osaka Recipe   in On Nut, Bangkok

Tonkatsu sandwich and fries from the *super good* Osaka Recipe in On Nut, Bangkok

Yummy grilled shrimp tacos from   The Missing Burro   in Thonglor, Bangkok

Yummy grilled shrimp tacos from The Missing Burro in Thonglor, Bangkok

Bami Ped (duck noodles) provided for free by merit-making temple-goers near Bobae Market in Bangkok

Bami Ped (duck noodles) provided for free by merit-making temple-goers near Bobae Market in Bangkok

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Renu in period dress in Ayutthaya

Renu in period dress in Ayutthaya

Rose (left) and Renu (right) with a friend in the middle

Rose (left) and Renu (right) with a friend in the middle