Tracy's Nest

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bangkok/Pattaya Trip – Part 1

Yup, I went to Bangkok/Pattaya on the 23rd – 27th December with Pappy, Destinee, sis June and her hubby, Gilbert. Actually Elyss, my brother Tuck and his wifey and my good fren (Elaine) were supposed to join us but my brother was so worried about the election in Thailand on the 23rd, so he and his wife backed out.

Haiya, what election? There weren't any signs dat showed there was an election going on. There were no banners or posters whatsoever like what M'sian supporters do to 'decorate' their 'idols' faces' all over the place and wherever they like. It was so peaceful until our Tour Guide told us who won, only did we realise and remember there WAS an election. *heehee*

As for Elyss and Elaine, they had their reasons for not going. We did change our plans of going either to Vietnam or Cambodia but the fares were quite expensive and after the hoo-haas hoo-haas, we stuck to our original plan and decided to go to Bangkok/Pattaya. Our tour agent was sooooo very nice and patient with me as I was so 'mah fun' (troublesome) and kept calling her every now and then to enquire about this and dat. She even upgraded our hotel stay to a 5-star hotel for 2 nites (1st and 4th nite) in Bangkok and we only had to pay RM50 more.

After coming back from the trip, I had so much work to do (what else? search me why I'm always so busy). Finally, I had the time to select, arrange and upload the photos. Okay, I'll let the photos do the 'talking'. To start off with, a pretty face to greet everyone –

Destinee's very fist time on the airplane.
Luckily she was okay and didn't make much fuss when she had pressure in her left ear
when the plane was landing.
We kept letting her sip water and chew her 'sugus' sweets.

Our first experience with AA was not a sweet memorable one. We were scheduled to fly at 1:40 p.m. but was delayed until 2:30 p.m. When it was announced it was boarding time, passengers had to queue before the gate and some people just didn't understand the word 'queue', they just jumped queue and shoved their way thru. Parents with kids were not allowed to enter first except for those who paid RM20 (special boarding pass) whereby they were able to queue in the 'special lane' and they were given the priviledge to board the plane first. We had to walk quite a distance to the plane and to climb the stairs up to the plane and passengers were like rushing to get to the plane as fast as they could as seatings were on the first-come-first-get-to-choose-the-better seats and food or drinks had to be paid for. *duh*

We reached Suvarnabhumi Airport at about 3:35 p.m. and after the 'kli klak kli klak' procedures, it was oredi about 4.00 p.m., we quickly made our way to Gate 8 at Level 2 to meet our tour guide (no time to snap photos).
He introduced himself as Taworn from Forever Travel Service but he preferred us to call him 'Ah Kum'. He was well versed in Mandarin and Cantonese. We waited for another family and together we were taken to our hotel. On the way, we made friends with Eric, Irene, their 9 year-old son Desmond and 6 year-old daughter (only known as 'jeh jeh' to Destinee). They are from PJ. Eric and his family were dropped off first to their hotel - First Hotel.

We were driven to our 5-star hotel – Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel. It's a very new hotel, just opened in October 15, 2007. When we got down from the van, we were greeted by the staffs of the hotel with smiles of welcome and we could hear 'Sawatdeeka (from males) and Sawatdeekap (from females)' with the gesture of the hands clasped together like when we are praying and bowing. We were led to seats at the lobby and were entertained by 2 beautiful front desk officers. We need not go to the reception to register ourselves, the officers would get our passports and voucher from us and what surprised me was when they knelt on their knees to return the passports to us! We were even led to our rooms by the officers. Woooeeeee .... dat's what I call GOOD SERVICE. Call me 'suaku' or 'san pa por' but I really haven't stayed in a 5-star hotel with such pleasant and comfortable service.

*psst psst Angie, I fully recommend this hotel.*

1. The entrance of Pullman Bangkok King Power King Hotel.
2. Waiting at the lobby.

3. & 4. Seats at the lobby.

As the hotel is new, so everything in the room's not only brand new but very clean too.

1. The entrance into the room.
2. Mini Bar.
3. Beds.
4. Bathtub – a sliding door separating the toilet and bedroom..

1. Settee and the 'canggih' telephone.
2. Comfortable chair and table.
3. Shower.
4. Sink area.

1. Robe. Another robe is in the closet.
2. Digital Weighing Machine.
3. 'Souvenirs'
4. Des in the bathtub ready to 'swim'.

Oops! When did Pappy changed his sex? *heehee*

Des made herself comfortable with her 'ada gaya' poses.
She loved the room so much so dat she asked
Pappy to shift over there. *slap head*
Notice the LCD TV?

Views from our room – Swimming pool and garden.

Glen – Pub and Cafe.
Our complimentary drinks from the hotel.

Fountain and Christmas lightings in the Garden.

The restaurant – Cuisine, where we had our
very 'moon yi' (satisfied) breakfast.

This was taken outside the hotel.
Dat's the picture of the King of Thailand.
Everywhere we went, we could see the picture of the King
or banners bearing the words 'LONG LIVE THE KING'.


At Wed Jan 16, 10:15:00 PM, Blogger slavemom said...

That hotel looked really nice. And with good service. Even got a weighing machine. Why... they worry the guests eat too much of their buffet, is it? hehehe

At Wed Jan 16, 11:37:00 PM, Blogger Tracy said...

Haha, ya lor, hinting to the guests to watch their weight cos their food is really delicious and lots of varieties. Didn't have the chance to taste all.

At Thu Jan 17, 01:47:00 PM, Blogger Mommy said...

wow, what a detailed report! me wanna go bangkok again too! i was in pattaya in 2002 and went to noong nooch tropical garden too. looks like still not much changes from how you described.
-pek imm

At Thu Jan 17, 06:16:00 PM, Blogger mom2ashley said...

the hotel looks great.
and yea..I'm still very sore about AA and their d8mb xpress boarding nonsense.

At Thu Jan 17, 08:32:00 PM, Blogger Mummy to QiQi said...

such a luxury hotel, Tracy. surely Destinee enjoyed her stay!

At Thu Jan 17, 10:45:00 PM, Blogger Elly said...

hi tracy! Happy new year! Wow it was a good break huh! And the hotel looks really nice!

At Fri Jan 18, 10:46:00 AM, Blogger Magictree said...

tracy : Wah this is the season for Bangkok ya! My sis and family also went there over Christmas.

My suaku boys haven't boarded plane before...Des is so blessed!

I'm always very suspicious of AA leh...can pakai or not their service?

At Sat Jan 19, 01:24:00 AM, Blogger mybabybay said...

I like the hotel room, very hi tech! I hope you enjoy yr trip!

At Sat Jan 19, 02:10:00 PM, Blogger Tracy said...

Pek Imm
Hahaha, give urself a treat and should go again.

The hotel was simply wonderful. Taking AA without kids and short distances I think it's okay. On board the plane it's alrite too with the Thai stewards and stewardesses but not with "M'sians".

Not only Des, we all enjoyed our stay.

Happy Belated Happy New Year (heehee). It was indeed a good break for us and I'm still dreaming of BKK, esp the hotel (heehee again).

No choice wor, dat was the time where we were quite free from our work.

Des was very excited when she boarded and when the plane flew up high and kept looking out of the window. She kept telling me "Mommy, mommy, so high, so high!" (heehee).

Errrr ... AA ah? Maybe for short distances like local flights cos the seats are quite narrow and quite uncomfortable for tall ppl (like my BIL).

Before I went, Thailand didn't really impress me cos I didn't enjoy myself the last time when I went to Hatyai but this time I really enjoyed except for the AA service.

Actually we didn't want to take AA but other flights will cost us about RM800 more/person so might as well save the money to take more bird's nest (heeheee).

Talking about the hi tech room, I forgot to mention about an embarrasing moment when I went into the shower. I COULD NOT FIND WHERE TO TURN ON THE SHOWER! Took me about 10 mins to search and finally it was Des who touched here and there and found out. Hahaha!

At Mon Jan 21, 09:50:00 AM, Blogger Jacss said...

wow..if i ever go BKK again, will definitely consider this hotel coz i always like new hotel!!

des looked so pretty & stylish in all her no time, she will turn an attractive teenage...hehehe, worry or not??

At Tue Jan 22, 05:44:00 PM, Blogger mama of 2LittleFellas said...

okie. good hotel review and i'm surely gonna bookmark Pullman Bangkok.

never take AA before..after hearing all the scary stories, not sure i dare to take it.

At Sat Jan 26, 01:55:00 PM, Blogger slavemom said...

Let's join in the fun to set a world record. :)

At Sun Jan 27, 05:15:00 PM, Blogger Tracy said...

I like to stay in new hotels too and was so lucky dat my tour agent recommended the hotel to us. *maybe she knew I was so very fussy and wouldn't want to listen to me 'ngi ngi ngo ngo' her after the trip* heehee.

Aiyo, I'll wait until the time comes when Des grows up and see how lor.

2 littlefellas mama
Good, good, I fully recommend this hotel.

Haiyo, AA ah? ..... hmmmm ....... errrr ........ if travelling without kids, I guess it'll okay.

Oh? Dat's simple. Will do it rite away.

At Mon Jan 28, 05:28:00 PM, Blogger Sasha said...

wah very detailed report of the hotel... psst maybe they will give u complimentary stay for recommending it le.. But very Nice!

At Mon Jan 28, 08:36:00 PM, Blogger Angeleyes said...

The hotel really look very nice wor! Must tell my hubby about it.... and I think it's about time I go to BKK for a shopping trip too!

Btw, is the package expensive?

At Tue Feb 05, 04:41:00 PM, Blogger Annie Q said...

Wow..nice hotel!I been to bangkok few years back and those hotel we stay are so scary one..
Urs one look so clean and grand, will consider that next time if i go to bangkok again.

At Sat Feb 09, 07:25:00 PM, Blogger mama of 2LittleFellas said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!

At Sun Feb 24, 09:16:00 PM, Blogger laundryamah said...

wah nice leh the hotel..err how much per nite ah?? so far travelling with AA to me ok delay but early sommore!

At Fri Mar 21, 03:37:00 AM, Blogger MayY * 五月媽媽 said...

Everytime I click in your site, most time you are on Vacations, envy envy..


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