If you are planning your next trip to Ishigaki Island. This is where a MUST you have to go! A place where you can appreciate the coral reef and tropical fishes without getting wet. A bit introduction of the bay, it is a beautiful beach with soft nice sand. Not much things to do here other than take a boat trip but still it’s a place worth to go. This is going to be a short passage to guide you how to book the trip to the boat with glass bottom.
There is a lot of parking next to the Kabira Marine Bay. We parked our car close to the bay and exchanged the ticket that bought in advance through the web. I will show you the link later in the passage. The whole trip took only 30 minutes and it started from 09:00 – 17:00.
Backdate from my last summer, it was my first time travelled to Ishigaki. If you have no idea where it is, it is one of the 8 main islands in the south of Okinawa. Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise color of water. In my next passage, I will introduce another island. Though not yet landed, the view from the plan was absolutely breath-taking! I was so excited to my first visit in this little Island.
A bit introduction of what Must Go / Must See in this little island, apart from the amazing beach and sunshine, one of a MUST EAT is the Ishigaki beef! So today, I would like to recommend one of the best restaurant I had tried last summer – SHIMA FrenchBar Sasaki Masaru (島フレンチバル佐々木勝) The name was a bit long!
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
Have been quite a while not having a new post. Anyways after a busy week, would like to share some great food of my previous Bangkok trip in June. As I arrived before my husband because of my free redeem ticket of Asia miles! So my first dinner was alone. I planned to have my dinner at the Dock located in Siam paragon super market – Gourmet market. It is actually not a restaurant but a seafood bar. Thus it is a good idea if you have no partner to enjoy the dinner but yourself. Although it is only a bar however they do provide the freshness oysters and lobsters. Their oysters import from France, Tasmania and Japan.So you are like tasting the oysters around the world in this little bar!
I ordered the oyster set and come with a little glass of champagne also a lobster pasta. The lobster was so fresh as they were kept in tank and still alive before they picked and cooked! Price was reasonable and with only 12 seats around the bar table. So if you plan to enjoy the seafood with a group of friends then it might not be a good idea to go but a great location if you are enjoy with 2 or alone.
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.
Since my hotel was quite close to Central Embassy, it just took me 5 mins from my hotel to the mall. Me and my husband have no plan to go to Paul Bakery but only went in because of their simply but attractive exterior.
Paul Depuis 1889 was the first french bakery in Bangkok. They were founded over a century ago in Croix, Northern France. It served country-style and fancy artisan breads and well known for producing over 140 types of breads. They have opened over 400 branches over the world. There are 4 branches except Embassy in Bangkok, The Emporium, Central World and Empire Tower . If you are looking for an affordable but quality french breakfast with a convenient location,Paul Depuis 1889 shall be one of your choice.
The take away counter had a wide variety of delicious looking cake and pastries. I haven’t got a chance to try their croissant however it seems like they have many good reviews. The price is not cheap but is affordable. Not only Croissant they offer but also freshly made fruit tarts and cakes everyday. I would highly recommend to try this if you haven’t. They just looks so delicious to me!