Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wee~ 3rd Year anniversary..
We celebrated our 4th year anniversary on 14th April 2010.. –.-“
Anyway, Pangkor was major FUN!! Partly because we found the right hotel promotion and the other part was the company.. (ehem.. I meant me)
Sadly, the promotion is not available this year.
Do stop for Air Nira on the way there.. The cooling drink is just the right drinks to start a beach holiday. It was one of the most refreshing and cooling drink to replenish yourself during the long drive. It was yumz!!
I’m gonna let Catfish do all the mundane detail work of describing the taste and full history of Air Nira.
Catfish Nibbles: Air Nira is one of the sweetest natural drink I had ever drink plus it does not leave any after taste like those over sweetened drink in restaurants. It was RM2 each pack.
Shea! The drive cannot be any easier. Catfish will be happy provide the direction if you ask. Bring him some fish food..
Catfish nibbles: The old road is easy to drive, highly recommended. The road were so straight that you could even let go your steering for some part of the trip. <—don’t try this =P. Check out the road map here to see how straight the road is. There are 2 turns you need to make but worry not just follow the sign indicating “Lumut” or “Sitiawan”. Shea, you can get me air nira. heheh…
Catfish was with his NEW camera in the lobby. Hence the greenish pictures above.. Setting semua salah..
After settling down in our room, we immediately enquire about the transport/tour to the city. We wanted SEAFOOD!!… (Again, mundane details like pricing will be by Catfish)
Catfish Nibbles: The ‘taxi’ in Pangkor are all by one taxi community the pink vans. They basically have fix prices. A round trip tour which includes fish factory, Foo Lin Kong Temple and Dutch fort cost RM40 each person. Bloody expensive! What we did was we negotiated for the tour but leave us at the town, which he charged us RM20 each. 50% because no round trip back to hotel. It was tough work to get the deal!
First stop was the fish packaging tour. Nothing much here though. The Seafood items sold here were not really fresh and cheap. Luckily we bought a little only else we are sure to regret when we get to the town. Don’t spend too much time here!
Catfish Nibbles: The city is filled with a lot pink vans, so no worry for transportation. The town is filled with seafood shop. Do scout and try the seafood snacks at diffrent shop before you make your purchase. We found one shop particularly cheap and fresh! There are plenty of banks here so if you need… The hotel have none.
Seafood! but it was so-so only.. The only picture of food here.. Promise!
Catfish Nibbles: This is apparently the only seafood available in town at that time. We ordered 1 salted egg crab, 1 sweet sour crab, 1 claypot seafood vege and a coconut each! It caused us RM54 not so cheap though.
Catfish Nibbles: The fridge is not cold..The only complain I have for the hotel room. The hotel service were good enough to try to change the fridge. Even that did not help but they offer us a fridge to keep our strawberries with the restaurant.
2nd day was dedicated to the hotel, enjoying their private beach and facilities. The promotion package includes all non motorised sports free.
Catfish Nibbles: In case if you are wondering how PIBR’s private beach look like. The sand on the beach is always clean, they have rubbish collecting machine sweeping up rubbish every 3 hours or so.
A must photo before we leave Pangkor Island Beach Resort.
This year we have celebrated our 4th year anniversary in Krabi, well sort of. We might possibly be posting it up next year… =p
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Hahaha this draft post was sitting in my computer as a draft post for ages, even after I got back from another Thai trip, Krabi, it still is there. This continues from Bangkok!!! post.
Here it goes:
Well before we got off to Bangkok in 2009, I had a fair amount of research on Chao Phraya River Cruise and came across a fantastic site http://thailand-travel-info.blogspot.com/2005/11/river-dinner-cruises-bangkok.html.
I chose River Side Bangkok Cruise because:
1. It is the largest cruise ship in Chao Phraya River with air conditioning and open air rooftop.
2. It takes one of the longest route along Chao Phraya River which means more night attraction spot.
3. It has it’s own kitchen on board! You can order your dinner as if you are on a landed restaurant with similar price to Thai restaurant on land.
4. Most importantly the cheapest with a surcharge of 120 baht to board on the ship.
I called them up 1-2 weeks prior to my arrival to Bangkok. I was impressed with their service, their english were good and they allow me to make booking request to be on the rooftop open air. They totally trust you with the reservation without any deposit.
Our first day of Bangkok visit continues with FOOD before the river cruise because we arrived too early at Ratchawithi Road past the Krung Thon Bridge. There were a whole long row of street side food.
This is one of the best green curry I had ever eaten in my life. The gravy is thick and smooth and santan-y filled with lots and lots of meat! At one point we were asking each other, has we finish the meat?
The last dish we were expecting was the Tom Yum Kung and finally it came. Impressive presentation. We each scoop up a bowl. The soup were fantastic, spicy but tasty enough, Cantonese call it “yup mei”.
Somehow there were some confusion with our last order, it was not the Tom Yum but Spicy Soup. Haha before they took back, we had each a bowl full of it.
Just a note, a few of the Tom Yum we ordered in Bangkok were clear color soup, not the typical red Tom Yum we had back in Malaysia.
After the our dinner, luckily the heavy rain stopped. We managed to get some night photo shots.
We didn’t manage to get to meet with our favorite friendly PadThai lady who we met on our previous visit so sad. The food shops actually moves from place to place after certain time. It gets confusing if you are using them as meeting points.
The river cruise was a great experience and food on board was delicious. I think this cruise ship is meant more for the locals, hence, the Thai speaking guide. That’s maybe part of the reason that it was relatively cheap. 120 baht for admission and food price were similar to on land price.
195 Ratchawithi Road
(66) 2883 1588
Nearest pier: Krung Thon Bridge
Dinner hours: 8pm – 10:30pm
Rating: 4/5 nibbles (-1 because of the tour guide explains in Thai)