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Phuket 2015 Itinerary

2015-11-08 15.11.35We got off to a great start at Changi Airport, thanks to the complimentary 2-hour airport lounge access by Far East Organisation, after our recent stayacation with them at Orchard Parade Hotel. As we did not have any check-in luggage and had done our online check-in, we were able to go straight to the document check counter to obtain a printed boarding pass (not sure why we were unable to print it ourselves). Anyway, this queue was very short and definitely much faster! With more than 3 hours prior to flight departure, we happily went in search of the lounge!

Located one floor above and opposite gate C1, it was quiet and relatively empty. One could choose the seats near the viewing gallery, a more private rest corner with reclining arm chairs, or even a room to snooze in. There were also shower facilities. We rested a while in the comfortable arm chairs, before moving out for an early lunch, as well as reading of newspapers and magazines. There were plenty of food and drinks available, and we especially enjoyed the ramen, laksa, char kway tiao and cookies.

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Thiwsoen Seafood Restaurant @Mai Khao

2015-11-10 20.50.58Located about 10-minute walk away from Marriott Vacation Club Resort and Spa, we read about its relatively good food in Tripadvisor and decided to go explore!

From the main entrance of the resort, we made a right turn and pretty much just followed the road and then a right turn at the junction and just continued to walk and walk. The sun was setting as we strolled, aand it was all dark by the time we arrived at the rows of stalls. We did not really check out the rest of the stalls, but made our way somewhere just past the middle to Thiwsoen.

We were given seats at a little hut, and a basin of water and insect repellent arrived at our table, how thoughtful! Without the insect repellent, we would have been covered with bites.

Food prices were comparable to Kin Dee, and we decided to sample a few dishes:

  • Shrimp Cake (200B): Soft and slightly fluffy, the fried shrimp cakes were not dense like the crab cakes that we had at Kin Dee. The batter had plenty of shrimp bits and was yummy!
  • Fried Morning Glory (100B): Quite standard stir fry Kang Kong with bean paste, that was abit too salty.
  • Hor Mok Steamed Seafood with Curry Paste in Coconut (280B): A form of Thai curry fish custard, this was the winner of the night. It was super fragrant, and the shrimps, crab claws and squids were very fresh and sweet. Scrapping off the coconut flesh and eating with the slightly sweet and spicy curry was a bonus!

Overall, it was quite a lovely meal, minus the mosquitoes, and the cute little boy running all over taking orders and serving food gave this little family-run eatery a even more welcoming feel, and we left the place happily, with our phone flashlights on, as we made our way back along the now almost-dark roads.

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  • Location: Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket, Thailand
  • Hrs: Dinner hours
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Kin Dee Restaurant @Mai Khao

So we went on a short vacation (again), after hubby finished his BIG project of the year! This time we went Phuket on accepting an invite from my friend from Marriott Vacation Club!

We took a 25-minute stroll from Marriott Vacation Club to this highly recommended restaurant outside the resort. It was a fairly straight forward route, just turn left upon exiting the main gates, and follow the road till we reached the main road. From there, we turned left again and continue to walk till we past by a tiny local shop. Right across it was an air-conditioned mini-mart, with a small road leading inwards to Kin Dee Restaurant.

We were glad that we made it in time, because barely 10 minutes after we were seated, it started to rain! We enjoyed the food so much that we decided to order in the next day. They deliver directly and free to the resort (we just need to meet them at the gates), and it costs the same as eating in. No additional tax or service charge, making this a cheaper alternative to food within the resort. We did find that food quality dropped for delivery, e.g. fried stuff were no longer as crispy or hot, so a bit of walking is still highly recommended! Or you could pay 500B for a return trip with the local taxi, inclusive of the driver’s waiting time. Not very worth in our opinion, since it was just a 6 minute ride.

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Yum Saap @Platinum Fashion Mall, Bangkok

We needed to have more Thai food! And since we also needed to shop more, we ended up at Yum Saap inside Platinum Fashion Mall.

Yum Saap is a chain restaurant in Bangkok, and there are quite a few branches in the various shopping malls.

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Kuang Heng Chicken Rice @Bangkok

Boiled Chicken and Fried Chicken with Rice

Boiled Chicken and Fried Chicken with Rice

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

While our friends were busy with their last minute shopping, we were busy with our last minute eating as well 😛

Just opposite Palladium World Shopping Mall (gotta cross a rather wide road, just follow the locals if you want to jay-walk), there was actually a small stretch of food places, resembling our local coffee shop, without air-conditioning. Kuang Heng Chicken Rice looked quite promising (aka crowded), and we decided to pop in and check it out! Ordered a combination of Boiled Chicken and Fried Chicken with Rice (THB50), as well as 10 sticks of Chicken Satay (tumeric mixed with chicken, THB50).

We were sad (and proud) to say that, chicken rice in Singapore was still better, with more succulent chicken, and more fragrant rice. The chilli sauce here was nice though. Surprisingly, the highlight was actually the chicken satay… It was deliciously tender!

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Yura An Café @Central World, Bangkok

Katsu Curry set

Katsu Curry set

Chirashi Don set

Chirashi Don set

We wanted to try something different for dinner, but it was crowded everywhere! Finally, we found a Japanese restaurant that still had available seats, so off we went. We tried the Katsu Curry set, Chirashi Don set (x2) and the Bara Chirashi Don set (x2).

Each set came with miso soup, chawanmushi, salad and pickles. The sashimi slices were quite fresh and the rice was not overly sticky, but somehow, the food did not quite “wow” us.  The curry was of mild spiciness, and the fried pork slices was so-so… Quite a disappointing meal 😦

The total bill for 5 adults came to THB 1783.16, inclusive of 7% VAT and 10% service charge.

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  • Location: Central World, 7th Floor, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Hrs: 10am – 10pm
  • Nearest BTS: Between Chit Lom and Siam Stations
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Spring by Sanyod @Central World, Bangkok

We had a rather late lunch due to the very heavy breakfast, and finally settled for Spring by Sanyod while we were roaming about in Central World. This appeared to be a Chinese-Thai fusion restaurant. Here’s what we had, and I think the fried items were probably the better ones:

  • Seafood Tom Yum Soup: Not bad at all. There was a good balance of sour and spicy, so I didn’t choke on it the way I sometimes do back in Singapore.
  • Hong Kong Collard Greens with Oyster Sauce: Pretty standard Hong Kong Kailan with oyster sauce
  • Green Curry (Chicken) with Rice: This was just alright… somehow it did not quite have the “kick” to it.
  • Deep Fried Fish Topped with Spicy Sauce: With the Thai spicy sauce, this dish was quite appetizing.
  • Deep Fried Chicken Wings in Red Wine Sauce: Definitely one of my favourites!
  • Deep Fried Shrimp Cakes: Another of my favourites, simple dish with yummy dip.
  • Crispy Fish Maw Spicy Salad: This was very interesting, with rather unexpected texture and taste. The fish maw was deep fried till crispy, much like crackers, while the thinly-sliced squid pieces were deep fried as well, but had a more chewy texture.

With drinks, our total bill for 5 adults came up to be THB1358, inclusive of 7% VAT.

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  • Location: Central World, 5th Floor, Zone B, the ZEN, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Websitewww.sanyodrestaurant.com
  • Hrs: 10am – 10pm
  • Nearest BTS: Between Chit Lom and Siam Stations
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Roast Coffee @Thong Lor, Bangkok

Nice ambience!

Nice ambience!

We woke up early to go to Roast Coffee for breakfast! It was not difficult to find and we reached the place close to its opening hours so we could easily get a table for the 5 of us. The decoration was very chic and well-lit, with full-length glass windows and very high ceilings giving a very spacious interior.

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Greyhound Cafe @Siam Center, Bangkok

Chic exterior

Chic exterior

We were finally cafe hopping and hubby had previously done some research, and it seemed like Greyhound Cafe was a good choice!

We had a little difficulty locating the cafe, as Siam Center as a shopping mall was rather big, and there was actually a fashion store by the same name (that’s the origin of the Greyhound name).

Anyway, the cafe was quite near the fashion store, and we immediately fell in love with the environment when we reached.

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Half day trip to Railway Market and Floating Market @Bangkok

Happy couple!

Happy couple!

Today would be our activity day!

We had breakfast with bread bought from the 7-11 store just beside the hotel when we came back last night after a long day of shopping and walking around Chinatown.

We had 8 adults and 3 children, so we managed to pre-book a half day tour in advance, and the driver-cum-tour-guide came to our hotel to pick us up in a very comfortable van.

The first stop was the Mae Klong Railway Market, and we had close to 45 minutes to wonder around the market before the scheduled train arrival.

Most tourists were at the stalls lined along the railway tracks, but there were actually many more stalls behind them, much like our local wet market.

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