Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Chiang Mai Trip, Thailand

Alison had always wanted to pay Chiang Mai a visit and we took the June school holiday opportunity to fly there. Just like Penang, I last visited this mountainous city more than a decade ago. The vast difference is that Penang has changed much but Chiang Mai has not. The temples, elephants, night markets, people and food felt so familiar and I was glad the old city has retained it's rustic charm. You cannot see many high rise buildings. The Thais respect their temples and it's always disrespectful to build infrastructure that rise above any of the 300 over temples in Chiang Mai.  

Wat Chedi Luang
We would visit the more famous temples like Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep . My daughter loves the elephants at Maesa Elephant Camp  and we had a whale of a time playing with the baby elephants๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. There are many online debates on the controversies of riding elephants but personally I feel that it takes tremendous budgets to feed and maintain the huge appetite animals. The money must come from some revenue. 

Family Photo at Maesa Elephant Camp
We also took the opportunity to visit Doi Inthanon National Park. It housed the highest mountain in Thailand (2565m). The temperature at the peak was around 15 degree Celsius when we visited and we had to pinch ourselves to remind ourselves that we were in Thailand, which was always hot and humid. The imposing King and Queen Pagodas that are situated near the summit were sight to behold. Shrouded in mist when we visited there, the area emitted a feeling that we were somewhere in heaven. The equally impressive Wachirathan Waterfall was somewhere we would always remember. We spent sometimes enjoying the spectacular sight and cool breezes created by the water dropping from a height of almost 80 meters.

Many readers would know by now I am a "Temple man". In my itineraries, there would always be the presence of temples. But if you observe carefully enough, there is another destination I often included in my plan. Yes, Zoo is always another regular feature. We visited the Chiang Mai Zoo and enjoyed our day there. The park is massive and Charlotte enjoyed herself a lot feeding sheep, giraffes, emus elephants and deer.

I specially created a 7 mins plus video to summarize our amazing trip in Chiang Mai. Hope you enjoy it and give a thumb up!!!

Below is a brief plan of our 6 days visit. As usual, drop me a mail  if you want a more detailed itinerary. Please give us a Like at our Facebook Page before your request ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. Let us know if you are looking for a good local driver. We can recommend the one that we used for our trip.

Day 1
-Arrived at Chiang Mai International Airport
-Checked in U Chiang Mai Hotel
-Night Bazaar

Day 2
-Wat Chedi Luang
-Wat Phra Singh

Day 3
-Maesa Elephant Camp
-Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Day 4
-Doi Inthanon National Park
-Ping River

Day 5
-Chiang Mai Zoo
-Shopping at Central Plaza

Day 6
-Checked out U Chiang Mai Hotel 
-Return to Singapore

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Travel Photos Series#24-Sunset at Mount Faber

View from Mount Faber
We had been planning to do a family trek up Mount Faber and finally did it on 3 June 2017. At the top of the hill, we could see beautiful panoramic view of our Singapore city๐ŸŒ†from various prospective.

One of the views that would etch deeply in my mind was the sunset view from the highest point of the hill. It overlooked the residential area of Telok Blangah. The area used to be a village and Singapore has grown beyond many people imagination to what we are today.

I always remind Charlotte never to take what we see and have as granted. We were, not very long ago, a less developed country like a lot of others.

๐Ÿ”บ We recently have a collaboration with Gogoprint. They are a print business and can help you to produce business cards, brochures, postcards, posters, leaflets and flyers etc at reasonable price and send to your residential area or office for free. 

We ordered postcards from them with our unique "Sunset at Mount Faber"๐ŸŒ„photo (see above photo) and we are happy with the quality and resolution of the print. Please can go to their website for more information.

We are holding a small contest here ๐Ÿ˜Š. Tell us what you feel proud about your country (use comments column below)  and the top 3 comments will receive a free unique"Sunset at Mount Faber"postcard from us.  

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Trip to Penang, Malaysia

Street Art-Children on Swings
During my daughter March school holiday, we embarked on on a short vacation to nearby Penang. I had been there before more than a decade ago but much has changed since my last visit. The now world famous Malaysia state's popularity has been ever rising since its capital George Town gained Unesco World Heritage site status on July 2008.

Pinang Peranakan Museum

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
We booked into family theme Hard Rock Hotel for our 5 day trip. Top on our list are the Street Arts (especially the ones by Ernest Zacharevic), Malaysia largest Buddhist temple-Kek Lok Si and Gurney Drive Hawker Center where all the famous Penang delicacies can be found.

Chew Jetty

Kek Lok Si Temple
We would also visit other places of interest like the Penang Hill, Pinang Peranakan Museum, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple and more. Alison quenched her shopping thirst at Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon Mall, 1st Ave Mall and Pranglin Mall :-)

Penang Hill

Famous Biscuits
Below is our trip plan:
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Day 1

-Arrived at Penang
-Checked in Hard Rock Hotel
-Pinang Peranakan Museum
-Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
-Street Art At Armenian Street
-Chew Jetty

Day 2

-Water activities at hotel
-Kek Lok Si Temple
Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

Wat Chayamangkalaram
Day 3

-Penang Hill
-Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
-Wat Chayamangkalaram
-Gurney Paragon
-Gurney Plaza
-Gurney Drive Hawker Food Centre

Day 4

-Water activities at hotel
-1st Ave Mall
-Pranglin Plaza

Day 5

-Back to Singapore
Gurney Drive Hawker Food Center

Street Art-Children on Bicycle

Have you visited Penang before? Share your stories in the comment column!

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