Bangkok, Thailand by boat, taxi and tuk-tuk

14 September, our first morning in Bangkok and my brother, his girlfriend and I head to Kao San Road. Probably not the best plan we’ve ever had as we quickly work out that most of the shops on Kao San Road aren’t even open yet. I take the chance to grab a cold drink and some money from an ATM (hoping that my ATM card doesn’t get chewed up on my very first day). Continue reading

Departing Melbourne for Bangkok, Thailand and our holiday takes off

Departing Melbourne on 13 September at 1:55pm I begin my month long trip exploring Vietnam, following a quick stopover in Bangkok, Thailand.

I am flying with my brother and his long time girlfriend from Melbourne Airport with Jetstar  to destination Thailand, more specifically Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport.

The three of us will spend two nights in Bangkok before taking the short flight from Bangkok to Hanoi, Vietnam from where we will start our motorbike journey travelling north to south, finishing in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in nearly 4 weeks time…well that’s the basic plan (hmmm).

We arrive at Bangkok airport at 8:40pm (local time) after an uneventful flight (which is always the best type of flight when talking about flying).

Setting off from Melbourne I was dressed to accommodate a typically cool aircraft cabin and on arriving in Bangkok and finally getting to the open air outside the Bangkok airport for the first time I am struck by the heat and can’t peel of some of the layers quickly enough.

My brother has been to Thailand before so I am happy to leave our first taxi arrangement to him and so it is that we head off to our hotel.

Hotel De Moc exterior from poolside

Hotel De Moc exterior from poolside

For our two nights in Bangkok we are booked to stay at the Hotel De Moc which my brother found and booked for us.  On their website, the hotel describes itself as “a long standing hotel structure”, so fingers crossed on this one.

We reach the hotel after about a 30 minute drive and, on first sight of the hotel, my brother’s girlfriend and I spontaneously look at one another and burst into laughter. From the (side) view that we first glance, it looks less than splendid and in-between a couple more bursts of laughter come to a formal renaming of the hotel as the “Hotel De Mockery”…even before we had turned the corner and reached the front gates. Despite our laughter, the taxi driver proceeds to take us through the manned boomgate and we unload and proceed with the usual check-in.

Our laughter subsides once inside, the hotel is more than ok (insert sigh of relief here). We are all bunking in the same room for our two nights in Bangkok and in our room there is a queen bed, a single bed and a TV. We have a balcony which overlooks a freeway (great!) but that’s manageable.

Hotel De Moc balcony view

Hotel De Moc balcony view

The hotel is also quite well serviced and has a sizeable restaurant, which is where we head for dinner. There is also an open-air bar (handy) located across from a sizeable pool (well done brother). Also on site is a massage service (of the traditional Thai variety) and a courtesy Tuk-Tuk to Khao San Road (of the retail therapy variety).

We sit down to enjoy our first holiday dinner in the convenience of the hotel restaurant and work out our plans for the next day, ultimately deciding on getting the Tuk-Tuk to take-take us to Khao San Road tomorrow morning…..

For previous Vietnam post see A Vietnam holiday just like they did in Top Gear

For next Vietnam post see  Bangkok, Thailand by boat, taxi and tuk-tuk


A Vietnam holiday just like they did in Top Gear

Its September and I am two months into an extended break from full time work. My last day at work was July, the day before my birthday. My first real day of my extended break was my birthday (happy birthday to me I guess).

The length of my break is undetermined and it might depend on my finances because this extended break is completely self-funded. A mental health day just wasn’t going to cut it, I wanted a proper break. Continue reading

Is life mostly just a matter of luck and timing ?

The mother of one of my dearest girlfriends sadly passed away recently.  I won’t go into detail about such private matters but wanted to mention it really as a reminder that life can be brief and unpredictable and that sometimes things shouldn’t wait until later …or until tomorrow.

(….and in travel terms, perhaps if you are lucky enough to be able to travel… maybe the time to do it is now).[showmyads]

Christmas is coming and so is our Royal Caribbean Cruise

Departing Melbourne, Alex and I will head off on our 10 night cruise on our Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Radiance of the Seas.

This ship has been recently renovate and has 7 dining areas, 220ft outdoor cinema, 850 crew, 9 storey central atrium, 3 pools, rock climbing wall, mini golf course, casino, 16 bars, clubs and lounges etc, etc, etc,   This is all to cater for the 2002 odd (as in number not personal characteristic) passengers (the 2 is me and Alex). Continue reading

Singapore to Melbourne by monorail, MRT train, foot, taxi, plane, bus and car

So lazy today.   By the time we shower and pack for the return flight (and I am embarrased to say, finish watching Justin Bieber movie) it is nearly 1:00pm and checkout time.

Not planning on trying to do a lot today and we head to the monorail for the last time to travel the two stops back to Waterfront Station where we will grab a kopi or cappuccino (whichever we can find first) and work out what we feel like doing until we need to head to the airport for our 9:00pm flight. Continue reading