Exploring Thailand with AirAsia

Sunday, 4 September 2016

I was in Thailand with AirAsia last month to explore a different side of Thailand. I've been so used to all the shopping and eating in Bangkok, and beach resorts on the many islands found in the country, I was honestly thrilled to experience something different.

First things first - we checked into Renaissance Bangkok (Ratchaprasong) and my suite was absolutely divine. If I had the time, I would really just stay in the bathroom.

We also had a yoga session at the hotel's helipad at 7am with @belovedyoga (on Instagram). The session was incredible, I have never done something like that before! Bangkok at 7am was actually cloudy without the hanging sun so the air was cooling and refreshing. What an experience!

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is actually a place I've been wanting to visit for the longest time. The only reason I haven't visited it despite my countless trips to Bangkok is due to the weather and crowd. Once, I was AT THE ENTRANCE of The Grand Palace but on reflex action, my right arm raised itself and the next moment, we were on a cab and off to the malls. *sheepish grin*

I'm actually very pleased that Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has included this in our itinerary with a guide to bring us around the grounds.

The Grand Palace is spectacular. The architecture is beautiful and the details are so, so intricate. All that glitters is indeed gold.

Do note that you have to be modestly dressed to be allowed entry - no baring of shoulders (a t-shirt is the minimum) and for ladies, your bottom/dress has to be below the knees.

Women's Journey 2016 Dinner

In the evening, I headed to the Women's Journey Thailand dinner hosted by TAT. August 2016 is designated as a month for female travellers to travel to Thailand and here are some of the many beautiful ladies invited. Please also spot Poyd Treechada on the right!!

Soneva Kiri Resort at Koh Kood

Breakfast spread

One of the highlights of the trip was our luxury resort - Soneva Kiri Resort located at Koh Kood. We took a private plane from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to the private island. The journey was an hour and since we flew pretty low, I could still connect to 4G on my phone so the time passed relatively quick!

After we landed, our assigned butler, Chompoo was already waiting for us. We took a short boat ride (approximately 5 minutes from the airport) to the resort where we were warmly welcomed.

No changes was made to Koh Kood and Soneva Kiri is all about nature, untamed jungles and pristine beaches which was why I got bitten by mosquitoes less than 5 minutes on the island! Quickly asked for a mozzie repellent and I never went anywhere without it haha.

I stayed at the Beachfront Villa which was just amazing. We spent a lot of time in the villa chatting and doing nothing in particular. It was a very welcomed respite after the many activities we had in Bangkok.

If you're ever on the island, do remember to make a reservation for their spectacular Treetop Dining, a spa session (it was so good!), and try the Thai food for lunch at the bar/restaurant. Also, say hi to Chompoo for me. She is the best I have ever encountered based on my limited butler experience. Though soft-spoken, Chompoo is very sincere and we can feel that she cared for us with her heart.

Rayong Mangrove Forest

Rayong Mangrove Forest is definitely worth a visit if you're on the way to Pattaya or vice versa. Watch as the forest turns golden under the sunlight and it is the perfect place to take a picture or two because just look at how picturesque the boardwalk is!

Cheers to the end of a wonderful trip with lovely company.

Photos of me taken by @meowiie

Things To Do In Copenhagen

Monday, 18 July 2016

Ahhh, Copenhagen! A city I've grown to love more after each visit. The trip that happened last month was my second time to the capital of Denmark. My first visit happened in December 2014, a week before Christmas so I got to experience the (in)famous Scandinavian winter and explored Christmas markets with a warm cuppa in hand.

It was a refreshing change to be in CPH this time round and in summer. The buildings look a little brighter, the laughters a little chirpier, I was overjoyed to be exploring the happiest nation in the world again, and this time round with local guides. There's no way you could learn about a city without local companions so I was glad to be fed little nuggets of information along the trip which was all very interesting to me. I love learning about cultures.

The first few search results for things to do in CPH are normally Nyhavn, Tivoli Gardens, Stroget and Christiania, so I thought I'll share a little more about other activities/places of interest you can explore in CPH :)

Tour the harbours and canals in CPH with GoBoat
We got a unique perspective of the city on the GoBoat which proved to be so much fun! These Danish designed boats are made of recycled materials, run on reusable batteries and the batteries are charged by solar power. Talk about sustainable business! There's a table in the centre of the boat so enjoy your picnic and be your own captain for a day! No licence or experience is needed to operate the boat.

Get a bird's eye view of the city from Christiansborg Palace

At 106 metres, The Tower at Christiansborg Palace is the tallest building in Copenhagen and it offers a magnificent bird's eye view of the city. There was a queue when we got there in the late afternoon but it moved relatively quick.

Opens Tuesday-Sunday, 11am to 9pm

Live like a local with Cycling Copenhagen

At a city where it is all about the cyclists, one of the best experiences you can gain for yourself is to live like a local by going about your day on a bicycle. You will realise that Copenhagen is made for cycling with its wide, spacious bicycle lanes and drivers who actually keep an eye out for cyclists (experienced it personally)! Christian, the founder of Cycling Copenhagen, brought us off the beaten track and we had such a fun and enjoyable 2-hour learning about each individual location he brought us to ;)

Celebrate diversity at Superkilen Park

Superkilen is a public park that is like a world exhibition filled with interesting things from around the world. It is intended to celebrate diversity so you can expect to see litter bins from England, a fountain from Morocco, swings from Iraq, etc.

Shop local designers at Jægersborggade

Only 150 metres long but Jægersborggade is packed with cool specialty stores, ranging from food to clothes to pottery. Some of the best restaurants in CPH can be found here - GROD, Manfreds, Relae and The Coffee Collective. You should also check out the only caramel cookery in CPH - Karamelleriet (that was some rich, creamy goodness!).

Take a stroll down the Latin Quarter

Our hotel, Hotel SP34 is located at the Latin Quarter so I've walked around that area umpteen times during our stay there. It is one of the most entertaining neighbourhoods in CPH and it is well-known for its hangout spots. Do check out Church of Our Lady and Sankt Peders Straede Bakery (best in town I've heard!) if you are in the area.

I hope this post has given you some ideas to explore Copenhagen in a different way. I'll be back to share more experiences, activities and food! xx