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Trip List by HeySakshi

Thailand for New Years.

7 Jan 2011  
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We spent a day in Bangkok before hopping off to Phi Phi for six nights. The days in Phi Phi were spent in a dive course.

  • 1. Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok
    Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

    A clean, comfortable hotel with nicely done up rooms. Not a luxurious, expansive property but a nice cozy one. A big plus is that it is within walking distance of a busy market and a skytrain stop.

    We just had breakfast at CO2 and the staff was quite helpful. We landed ten minutes before closing time and they did not rush us through anything. If I go back to Bangkok, this hotel might be my top choice.

  • 2. Segway Tour Thailand
    Segway Tour Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

    A fun way to see some famous sights of Bangkok. It's a segway tour so most time is spent on the segway. The only place where we stepped in to see the building was at the reclining Buddha.
    We had never been on a segway before so it was worth it. Jun was an excellent guide and very helpful.

    Once you step out of their shop, the street is lined with stalls serving local Thai food. Most stuff looked alien but it is a nice place to experiment. We felt that language is a slight barrier in Bangkok. Most folks did not understand English very well so we bought a Thai survival guide. Very helpful.

  • 3. Phuket-Phi Phi Ferry
    http://www.phiphi.phuket.com/schedule.htm

    I wanted to play really safe so I decided to book the ferry trip from Phuket-Phi Phi-Phuket in advance. I realized that even in peak season, I did not have to. We reached the Phuket airport and were swarmed with people ready to book us on the ferry. The rates were also lower than what we booked online. We did not get any discount for a round trip booking whereas the airport guys were offering a single trip for 600 baht and a round trip for 900. Next time!

  • 4. P.P. Palmtree Resort
    P. P. Palm Tree Resort, Ko Phi Phi Don, Krabi Province

    I had read so many reviews about Palmtree and Phi Phi hotels in general that I was expecting a rundown hotel with bugs crawling over the place. Palmtree was a pleasant surprise.

    Yes, there were a couple of tiny bugs in the room and the bath but nothing that would have sent me storming out. The room was nicely done up and the staff was more than pleasant. The breakfast spread is not awe inspiring but sufficiently manageable. The good part is that the hotel is located in the middle of all activity and yet cut off from all sounds at night.

  • 5. Moskito Diving, Phi Phi
    http://www.moskitodiving.com/

    We did our Open Water course with Moskito. I have never been comfortable with managing the breathing aspect of swimming so I was not sure how I would manage diving. Sure enough I took my time and had my set of panic attacks during mask clearing. The Moskito guys were more than patient with me. Lee, my instructor, was always calm and most encouraging. The group in general was a fun bunch and I am sure I am gonna miss them on my future dives.

  • 6. PP Tandoori

    A newly opened Indian restaurant in Phi Phi. We had just one meal there but loved it. The service was a bit slow (maybe coz they were just setting up). The food was tasty and authentic.

  • 7. Chatrium Suites Bangkok- A Dusit Thani Hotels Partner
    Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

    While booking Bangkok, I was torn between Park Plaza and Chatrium so I chose Park Plaza for the longer stay and Chatrium for one night. It ended up being a wise decision. The views are amazing. But the decor seemed slightly depressing to me. We were on the 33rd floor and I had to wait five-ten minutes for the elevator to reach the floor.

    For me, Chatrium felt slightly alienated from the rest of the world. Of course one can take their shuttle and to the nearest sky train stop and market. But I missed the buzz of Sukhumvit. The food though has to get a special mention. I had a hurried breakfast but the spread was amazing.