I haven’t share the hotel i stayed in my previous Chiangmai trip after i few post, so here you go! We chose to stay in ART MAI Nimman Hotel, as far as I know they opened only a couple of months. The hotel is very new! We got the offer from expedia around hk$600. I think that’s not pricey with such a 5 star hotel.
The location of the hotel is very convenience, it’s just a few blocks after the main street. The exterior was so cool and stylish decorated with different geometric lines.
When we made our check-in in the concierge, the staff brought us the lovely welcome drinks. The gradient purple and blue drinks looks so lovely! As we were a bit early to check in, so they have asked us take a seat and enjoy their welcome drinks. Also have tell us in advance the restaurant and facilities they have in the hotel. That was so warm and sweet.While we’re waiting for our room to be ready, we spent our time to the gallery next to the concierge. There are different artwork of local artist nicely displayed in the gallery and if you love to buy it, you do can! I guess this is something what they mentioned where Arts meet Style!
In the ROOM
When we were ready to get our keys, our room was in no.615 which is the Renaissance theme. There are different themes in each floor and were uniquely designed by Thai local designers. The room was simple but stylish. There was a easel in the room, I guess that’s part of the Renaissance theme. The ceiling and everywhere in the room was decorated in wooden strips and in a white look & feel. There was a black chandelier hanging above the table. I am not familiar with renaissance style but it looks really nice to me. The bathroom was big enough and have all the things you need. Also coffee, tea and 2 bottles of water are free.
We also enjoyed our breakfast in the hotel at lobby by the next morning. To be fair, there wasn’t lots of choices and I think there’s room to improve in regards of the food. However they do have good service.
So if you don’t want to stay in the traditional lanna style teak wood hotel and would like to try something new, modern and stylish. I guess Art Mai should me one of your choice in the list.
How to get there?
Address: 21 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang, Chiang Mai
Ristr8to is a coffee shop in Chiangmai which specialized various coffee from different countries. I was attracted due to their skull coffee glass and of course with their great range of coffee selection. If you are not a coffee lover? No worries, they do also offer non-coffee drinks and sweets! Such as waffles and their Brazilian Cacao drinks.
Continue of my last Bangkok trip. I stayed in Grand Centre Point Hotel. The location is very good as it takes only 10 -15 minutes to Siam from skywalk. Also 5 mins to BTS. I made my reservation through Expedia from their special offer. It costs HK$2725 – 4 nights (2 persons)! So it’s around HK$680 /night include tax which I think is a good deal in such a convenient location.
I didn’t take photos at the lobby as haven’t thought of sharing my stay in blog. Anyways, the interior is a bit apartment feeling, not like normal hotel. However the interior do looks pretty nice! A bath tube with open wooden window and a balcony to enjoy such a beautiful night view in Bangkok.
That’s one of the restaurant I visited in my past Bangkok trip. Laemgate is on my check list which I must go! It attracts me as it is ALL YOU CAN EAT for SEAFOOD!!
Laemgate have 2 branches in Bangkok, one in Phaholyothin11 and the other in Ari 4. How to go? The Ari branch is very close to BTS Ari Station exit 3, it takes you about 10 mins walk from the station OR if you decided to go after your plan to Chatuchak Market, then I would suggest you to go to Phaholyothin11 by Duk Duk. It takes approximately 15 mins Phaholyothin11 and is situated in between Ari station and Saphan Khwai Station.
We went to Ari 4 branch and the restaurant is REALLY REALLY hard to see. We have passed by several times in the same ari just walking back and forth!! We for sure we didn’t go to the wrong Soi (street) and the GPS did showed that we already there! As it was situated inside the gate and what you can see is the view below when you pass by. Lamgate was hidden at the dead end of the road. So that’s explain the reason why we passed by so many times!
There was a piano at the front door with the royal blue paint on wall, also some old books on shelf which have the european looks & feel. The waitress was so nice and allow us to get into the restaurant much earlier than the booking time because of the heavy rain that night. Which is much appreciated!
We went to Chiangmai Zoo after our big breakfast in Fern Forest Cafe. I will feature this forest cafe in my next post. The timeline isn’t really important as usually I don’t want to post two similar topics after the other. So here you go! as I said we enjoyed our BIG breakfast before we came, I’m not sure how is the food in zoo so would better to have your breakfast or lunch first before you came. If you have ever been to Singapore zoo, please don’t expect it will be something similar. There lots of slope and not an easy walk from one spot to another. However you can choose to rent a Golf cart, it cost 350 Baht/H and the next hour is 300 Baht/H. You also need to buy tickets if you wish to go to the panda dome as well! It cost 100 Baht. So every show needs money!
Take a map at the ticket booth, the map will show you the quickest route from one spot to another. There are also locker, wheel chair provided. The zoo opens from 08:00 -17:00, so don’t go there too late as there so much to see and of course more to walk!
Anyways, let’s get more in depth to the zoo. First we took a dok dok from the cafe to the zoo, it cost around 200 bhat for 2 person, so it’s not too expensive. You can buy the tickets at the ticket booth in the entrance and it cost 150 Bhat (adult) if you choose without visiting the aquarium. If you do want to go for both, then there’s a package, I don’t remember the exact amount but cost around 500 bhat up, and believe should be more. As we have been the Singapore zoo not so long time ago, so we decide just to visit the animals. The weather is not really good on that day, it’s cloudy and almost have a heavy rain! I can see the very dark clouds just above us! So we almost need to move so quickly without seeing any show as I need to take pictures at the outdoor before it starts to rain.
I have planned to go to this place well ahead the trip. It’s one of my MUST GO place. As they not only offers breakfast but over 50 different style of breakfast. You can find German breakfast, English breakfast, French breakfast etc. All were freshly made and the presentation was really nice!
The location is a bit hidden and we have almost miss the entrance as it is not really named The Breakfast Word but German Beer Garden!!! So it’s totally different. Something you need to aware when you pass by the German Beer Garden. However they do have a white banner on white and written the Breakfast World in both English and Chinese. I am quite surprised when I saw the chinese as thought it shall be one of the famous tourist place for tour but actually it was not. We went there by Dok Dok from hotel and it just cost us 150 baht, I guess 150 Baht is just a normal price and think every Dok Dok driver will offer the same price. Anyways glad we have GPS and it located the exact place where we for sure that’s where we need to go.
The interior is a bit country side look & feel. The table cloth made me feels like I was in my grandma’s house waiting for the delicious breakfast that she is preparing for us.
I went to Bangkok last month and visited the new hippest space with artistic café, market and playground – The Commons. A place where you can get closer to the nature but not too far from the city. They also call it as the backyard of Thonglor. Located in Soi Thonglor 17. The earliest opening is 08:00 a.m however not all café / restaurant were fully open that early, so I would highly suggest not to go to early unless you want to have an early breakfast.
The commons has been divided into 4 zones.
Offers Quality food and drinks
Offers Sweets & Life simple treats
Welcome everyone regardless of age, it’s a good to enjoy your time with Kids.
you can enroll their workshops with your friends and family.
The backyard of the Commons. Enrich yourself with comforting food from
the Commons Kitchen Bar and the Roast
Something surprise was that they also happy for customers to bring their pet along with them! which is something not easy to find in the city.