Amari Watergate, Gaysorn Mall, and Central World – Bangkok, Thailand

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BTS to AMARI Watergate Hotel

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As part of my International Opportunities Grant, I’m attending the WiFi-NOW Conference at the Amari Watergate hotel / Bangkok.
Its a fairly simple BTS ride followed by a 20 or so minute walk.
Gratefully the weather has been cooperating nicely for me during this trip.
The more I explore of Bangkok the more I like it.
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Chatuchak Market Bangkok Thailand and Bugs For Sale !!!!

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Another one of the many cool things about getting AirBnB’s as opposed to renting hotel rooms is that the Hosts (being locals) will almost always offer suggestions on things to do. Indeed many of then are ‘tourist traps BUT it is also a good indication of what THEY believe out-of-towners might like to do.
The Chatuchak Market was a suggestion on the list from our current host. She’s a really cool lady and we were able to meet her son and daughter when we got the keys. I love when that happens!
I checked out the website for Chatuchak market:
Its an easy BTS ride over to Mo Chit. Mo Chit is “the end of the line” of the Silom Line BTS train. Getting there in the 5pm-ish hour from Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Line) was busy with packed trains until about the last 3-4 stops but the result was what we wanted: we got to our destination in the exact time we scheduled. Crowded streets in Bangkok yield a less than favorable result when using Grab/Uber to replace BTS.
So, on a Friday evening we made our way to the Chatuchak Market. Now, the website does make reference to the “busiest mall in the whole world” based upon the attendance of 200,000+ people on the weekends SO, since we are here on a Friday I’m not going to debate their marketing claims.
Apparently Fridays are “wholesale” days. So, in my mind, I’m thinking, “This day, the prices will be lower and the opportunity to buy things in bulk at even great discounts is available”… Well, I cannot really make that statement.
Gracie and I bought a few shirts and pants (pajama-bottom-like light weight pants) for a few hundred Baht. But, as an example, the shirt + shorts outfit that was 350 THB at the Gateway Mall outdoor market was 450 THB at this one store. The woman would not bargain. 350? No. 400? No. Ok, whatever, 450 is *not* a wholesale price.
As far as the “the biggest” anything, I honestly thing the “Kobey’s Swapmeet” thing at the Sports Area is larger… well, certainly close. Anyway, the best result was that Gracie got to see plates full of cooked bugs for sale from on of the street vendors. I was very surprised that a Filipina had never seen that. Once again, giving me more learning opportunities and smiles.

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Final Day at Hotspring Resort Beach and Spa, Phang Nga – a Wonderful Place near Phuket

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A check-In on the last days of our stay at The Hotspring Beach, Resort and Spa. We loved it here and while I highly recommend it I don’t know if we will be back. Not because it wasn’t Totally Awesome, BUT because there are another 50 resorts in between this one and the airport, as well as another 1000 on the great island of Phuket… a luxury problem for sure.

Hotspring *BEACH* Resort and Spa… The “beach” part – Welcome to Only-Child Beach

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The full name of the place we are staying is: “The Hotsprings Beach, Resort and Spa”. Up until now, we have primarily been experiencing the “Spa” part. After breakfast this morning, I got a bit distracted by the

Hotspring Beach, Resort and Spa – Walk to breakfast

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Included wth the cost of the room at The Hotspring Beach, Resort and Spa is a buffet breakfast. This is fairly common for many places I’ve stayed at. I usually NEVER get this as its usually about 200-700 Baht more per night and in my experience, I can always get breakfast for Less than that. And, its much better. Here however, there is no other option. Like most real ‘resorts’ they design it so you have everything you “need” on the property. For the most part, that is the case here. It did not really have everything we “wanted” though.
But, this morning – our first breakfast – we took advantage of what was “free” (i.e. included) and then took a nice slow, quiet stroll back to our bungalow.
I think I could literally spend months On Vacation!

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