Trip to Hatyai, Thailand

14.12.12 / Thailand / Author: / Comments: (0)

It has been a while since the family went to Hatyai, Thailand for a short trip and so we decided to go there for the kids’ school vacation.

There are a few ways to get to Hatyai from Kuala Lumpur

1. Get a KTM train from KL Sentral to Hatyai that leaves nightly at 9pm. Train fare is around 50-60RM.

2. Take a bus from Pudu Raya. There are many bus companies to choose from but usually, I purchase my bus tickets online for Konsurtium bus.

3. Drive your car.

We chose the latter. The husband decided it’s more convenient for our family to drive than to take commuter train or bus.

It was an enjoyable ride with the kids. They are so used to traveling that they feel comfortable traveling even in a long distance one.

We booked (well, our friends did) our stay in Hansa JB Hotel in Hatyai. It was cheap. I was glad our friend managed to book our hotel stay for a budget rate because we stayed there for a week.

But we do get what we pay for. And so, there was an inconvenience in regards to internet access. There’s no way I could work while in the hotel room. I had to go down to the lounge area to do my work online.

The receptionist would call in the middle of the night as well and if you don’t answer the phone call, they would come to your room, open it and check out whether you’re sleeping or not.

It almost gave me a heart attack to hear somebody opening the door in the middle of the night.

Would I recommend friends to stay in Hansa JB Hotel? Probably not, especially if they’re on a budget. Probably, the service is different if you get a normal rate room. Whatever.

I am just thankful we didn’t spend so much for our hotel stay. That’s the advantage.

I am also glad to be able to spend time with friends. That was really priceless, especially our photo session. This photo trip, I was quite happy with the results. The kids got to meet more friends and were able to connect to them as well. I am glad.

We came home really tired but the trip was worth it. I had to go to work the next day.

Now, I am preparing for our trip to Gangnam Seoul, South Korea. Hope it will be a good trip.

Places to Go with the Family in Canada

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Canada is a country which boasts endless delights for both residents and tourists alike. While the vast expanse of the natural wonders contained within, family outings often times wish to incorporate more vibrant options into the timetable. From fine dining to the latest fashion trends to commuting about with ease, Canada certainly will not disappoint.

1st place
Fashion

For many family outings, no trip would be complete without observing the latest trends in the fashion industry. Should this desire arise, Montreal’s garment district is the ultimate destination for tens of thousands of families each year. Located primarily along Chabanel Street and close to the metro station of the same name, this area contains everything from the most modern high street styles to local clothing which may be offered at highly discounted prices. This district is located close to the city center and many major hotels which makes utilising the local mass transit services only a few steps away.

Food

One of the greatest delights when visiting a place is partaking in the unique cuisine. Whether one wishes to take the family to a high-class restaurant or simply dine out on a terrace while basking in the warm afterglow of a spring evening, Canada’s major cities have much to offer. The service is expedient and friendly while the atmosphere itself will leave the visitor returning for more.

Beauty
It is obvious that Canada is more than a country of ice and tundra, but rather a pleasant melange of a multitude of sights which will dazzle the eye. Nowhere is this more true than when referring to the beauty industry. Unlike some other major cities around the world, Canada’s cities offer both premiere spa and body treatments in the most prestigious of settings down to reasonably priced facials and massages for man and woman alike.

What is most important here is that a family will not have to be concerned in regards to the exchange rate as most major areas and boutiques offer the ability to pay with a credit card as opposed to cash. From booking a flight to purchasing that much-needed spa treatment, paying by credit card can help take the hassle out of the family’s experience and they do not have to be Canadian credit cards to be accepted. Indeed, planning the vacation of a lifetime has never been easier.

Five London Restaurants Guaranteed to Rock Christmas Lunch

05.12.12 / Uncategorized / Author: / Comments: (0)

Christmas in London is a time for spending with loved ones, eating great food and enjoying cosy surroundings. Here we explore five areas of London and uncover our favourite London restaurants that offer great Christmas packages.

 

  • Chapters, in Blackheath, South East London, offer an excellent six course fine dining Christmas day package for a very reasonable £56.50 a head. In addition to its critically acclaimed kitchen, the traditional restaurant overlooks the greenery of the heath. So if it’s snowing outside, a window seat will give you an idyllic view. The food at Chapters is of a consistently high standard, so you won’t leave feeling disappointed that you didn’t cook at home this Christmas.
  • If you’re located in South West London, you should visit the beautiful local hideaway, The Ship. Located within an attractive old building with a large glass conservatory that overlooks the River Thames, this welcoming pub is a great choice of venue throughout the year. This Christmas you can enjoy the large fireplace and a four course lunch menu for £70 that starts with Bucks Fizz and ends with coffee and a mince pie.
  • Across town in the equally beautiful surroundings of North West London’s Primrose Hill, The Lansdown Pub has a strong reputation for being a local favourite. This snug and traditional gastro-pub is well known for its top quality and high-end casual dining. Christmas lunch at The Lansdown promises to be a tasty treat, with a set £50 three-course menu that affords you the choice of either turkey, pheasant, sea bass or a fennel and endive tart.
  • In North East London, the only place to eat Christmas dinner is at the secluded but delightful fine dining restaurant, Bistrotheque. A variety of bespoke packages including alternative entertainment are available for large parties. For smaller groups there is a choice between the traditional and luxury set menu, both at £40 a head. The food is well presented and the service is excellent.
  • If you can stretch your budget, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Claridges, in central London, is offering a five course set menu for £100 a head. This promises to be a truly delightful traditional experience of the highest standard, with Father Christmas on site on Christmas day to deliver presents to the ladies and children. The stunning hotel’s 1930s interior promises a real experience of the senses. If you can get a booking, Christmas lunch at Claridges will be a real event for the whole family.