Accommodation in Bangkok - The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
Accommodation: The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
Room Type: Luxury Quadruple Room
Cost: SGD 330 for 2 nights for 4 pax
Address: 559 Ratchathewi, Pratunam, Bangkok,Thailand, 10400
Power Plug: 2 straight pin
Currency rate: 24.77 Baht : 1 SGD
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Checkin time: 3pm (We are allowed to check in at 11am upon our arrival)
Checkout time: 12pm
Travel dates: 12 March - 14 March 2017
The location is at the center of all shopping areas, room are spacious, bed are comfortable enough and the price is valuable. It simply located at the side of palladium shopping mall, when night market is just right outside. Espcially the new Talad neon night market (thur-sun) is just at the side of the hotel. Big C supermart, Central world and Siam is on the left while Platinum Mall and pratunam is on the right.
Hotel has a freezer at lobby, thus, you can keep item that required to be kept frozen with them if needed.
Things to buy before the trip
We booked our flight to bangkok with Thai airway for $228.6 per pax, there was an additional charge of CCY conversion fee of 1% of my purchase price of the flight tickets. I was using OCBC 365 Credit card, and the bank told me the charge was due to the merchant is in thailand. Heard from friend who use Amex to pay with Thai airway does not incurred such charges.
We booked our insurance with AXA citibank for $12.50 per pax and order the AIS data sim card with changirecommend for $13. We collected the sim card at the arrival hall, where the collection counter is just right infront of the lift.
Day 1 12 March 2017
Upon arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport was 9.30am local time, we clear the custom and collected our baggage and head down via the travellator to take a cab. Since there are 4 of us and luaggage, we press for the taxi van which can fit in all our luaggage. The taxi driver was extremely friendly and it cost us 800 baht to arrive at our hotel. The journey was about 30 mins. We manage to check in at 11am despite the checkin time was 3pm.
After settled down in our room, we head to pratunam for the popular wanton mee. Soi 19, personally I dont find it nice, but the chili was good it cost 100 baht for a bowl with about 3 mouthful of noodle, is actually more expensive than the wanton mee in Singapore.
We head down to platinum mall for shopping, level 1 & 2 are for ladies, level 3 and 4 you will start to see some mens stuff while level five and six are kids section and accessories the top floor level 7 is the kopitiam, purchase the card. We spend about 3 hours in the mall and walk toward the Central world.
A must eat at level 7 After you, the Shibuya toast is nice, the milo shave ice is great. While the crepe are not speculating, advise to give their crepe a miss. While taking the Q number, we went Isetan to shop on Triumph while waiting for the Q number. In a event if you miss your Q, you need to take another number to Q again, because this is what happen to us. Baked Cheese tart is just at the front of the After you stall, and there is no Q compare to the one in Singapore.
We head down to big C Supermart just right opposite the Central World to shop around for tibits before heading down to talad neon market for dinner. Talad Neon market is just right beside our hotel and opens only from Thurs - Sun, 4pm-12am.
Two stalls are a must visit, the ribs and the sticky rice. Fabulous. There are 2 stall selling leather passport, for 100 baht each.
Just we done our passport holder, we walk towards Watergate spa for foot massage 300 bhat for 1 hour, at 11.30pm and they willing to take us.
Located right beside Glow Hotel
Address: Phetchaburi 21 Bangkok 10400 ( Level 2)
Opening hours: 10am - 12am
Day 2 13 March 2017
We woke up and to realize we drank too little of water, and we began to flush ourselves with water. We head down to Siam paragon via Grab car that cost us 71 baht. Siam Center open at 10am and we are the first customer to have our brunch at Petite Audrey. They have lovely flower pots cake. Honestly speaking, the food is normal, the price is similar to singapore price, however, they are just so nice to take photos.
We shopped around at Siam discovery and paragon, pablo can be found at the ground floor and we spotted hokkaido scallop and oyster that we couldnt resist. There is this Say Chiizu nearby and we bought one to try.
After some shopping nothing much in siam, we grab to healthland spa which we book through the hotel for 2 hours thai massage at healthland spa asoke.
Healthland spa asoke
Address: 55/5 Sukhumvit 21 road, Asoke Khlongtoeinuea, Wattana
Tel: +66 2 261 1110
The 2 hours of massage is fantastic, fully recharge and all aching are gone. It cost 550 baht and we gave 50 baht as tips. We than took train to chinatown for birdnest, sharkfins and seafood dinner at Nan Xim Seafood Restaurant. I ordered the grade 2 bird nest for 500 baht.
After the dinner, we grab to CentralWorld for some shopping and walking back to palladium night market. The passport is 80 baht, cheapest. We bought the grilled squid by the roadside yummy.
Day 3 14 March 2017
On our last day, we woke up early to head down the SaengCharoen Beauty Plus located further down from glow hotel. We are there to buy soap, kbrothers brand, soap with collagen. It is pretty strong and recommended for face skin with ance and blackhead skin type. Personally I use it for body as it is too dry for me to use on face. They are selling 10 baht each at 60g, actually, along the roadside, some stall do sells, but the pharmacy has more variety of flavor.
We head down to platinum mall foodcourt to eat and did our last minute shopping. BFF need to get ice box and we decided to drop the plan of going the unicorn cafe as they close on monday and open only at 12pm. After considering of our time constraint, we give it a miss, and head down to Big C supermart to buy ice box and spend the remaining hours in platinum mall. Along the way to big C, at the corner stall after crossing the highway, there is a duck noodle stall which sells duck blood one of my fravorite, i takeaway a packet for 40 baht.
A must try of the icecream, we bought one strawberry chocolate with cheesecake flavor it is so good and it is located at the main entrance of the platinum mall.
We took tuktuk to the nearest train station ratchaprarop for 100 baht. Since we have luaggae with us, so 2 to 1 tuk tuk. The uncle is very friendly and offer help to carry our luaggae for us. He even helped us to take a group photo when we reached the station. It took us about 5 mins to reach the station.
We buy the airport railway towards airport for 40 baht per pax and 30 mins ride to arrive at airport. I bought mango sticky rice in airport before check in for 150 bhat, after clearing the custom, you can also buy mango sticky rice for 180 baht.
If you spend more than 2000 baht you are entitle to do VAT refund. After your purchase, head to the customer service to fill the tax refund yellow form and bring to airport at the departure hall all the way to the right is the counter to get the chop.
After which, check in and clear the custom, follow the sign to get your tax refund back in cash. Cater sufficient time as the gate are quite far away and choose the VAT refund on the side of your gate.
More places to visit but miss in this trip
Teabreak at karmakamet - Rainbow strawberry cake
10110, 30/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Xing Li Shark’s Fin and Bird’s Nest (興利魚翅燕窩)
Yaowarat Road, Bangkok 10100.
Opening Hours Daily: 6pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Hua Lamphong 10-15 mins walk
Central World Dinner -Laem charoen seafood
Address: CentralWorld, 4, 4 / 1-2, Central World, 3rd Floor, Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan, Khet Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11am–10pm
Address: Sathorn Soi 8, 44/1 Sathon 8 Alley, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500. From BTS Chong Nonsi, take a walk into Silom Soi 7 or Sathorn Soi 8
Opening hours: 12pm - 8pm
Close on Monday
Address: 351, Khan Na Yao, Khet Khan Na Yao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand
Opening hours:· 4pm–12am
Located outskirt of bangkok, thus advise to take a taxis or grab.
Pro: scenary and landscape for photo taking