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Travel For Particular Reasons – Pattaya 0

Posted on December 01, 2010 by dorisch

It may seem strange but I know of some people who travel to search for something particular. Some travel to seek for health products and some for the sake of beauty.

A friend of mine loves to travel to Thailand for the cheaper beauty products. And she often told me about the natural remedies by the Thai locals. She just visited Pattaya and shared some of her stories on her quest for anti aging products. Pattayas main attractions are its beaches. Pattaya Beach stretches out along the central city close to shopping, hotels and bars. The section of beach from Central Road (Pattaya Klang) south to the harbor is adjacent to the core of Pattaya’s abundant nightlife area, hence it is less family-oriented than the North Pattaya, Na Klua and Jomtien beaches.

Pattaya is now a city in its own right, with its own mayor and its own administration. This is not all due to tourism. The government development programmed for the Eastern Seaboard has transformed the region, and this rapid industrial and commercial expansion has led to many expatriates coming to live in the area. There is a new deep-sea port at Laem Chabang, 20 km north of Pattaya with a vast industrial estate, and another development zone at Map Ta Phut near Rayong to the south. Pattaya city is well located to be a major business centre serving these two giant industrial communities. There are five international schools and four international hospital in the area.

At The Magellan Sutera Harbour 0

Posted on October 26, 2010 by dorisch

A good vacation comes in many definitions and for me, it’s about good company and sleeping well during my holiday. Though it wasn’t the best accommodation rates at The Magellan Sutera, I had a relaxing time with my friends and loved ones.

We didn’t do much cos it was a short trip. But my little boy was happy to be at the pool every time he gets the chance. i believe there’s alot more to do at the resort but we just didn’t have enough time to explore. I understand some hotels use used gym equipment but not Sutera Harbour hotels. The Magellan is great for families with kids cos there are two kids club in the vicinity. My son was all keen to go to the kids club but he couldn’t find any company.

I’m not sure when will I visit Sabah again but I know it won’t be soon. With thanks to technology i can still keep in touch with my friends and that is a wonderful thing.

Off to Sabah 0

Posted on October 20, 2010 by dorisch

I’ve been pretty blessed to stay in some nice hotels for my travels this year. Some of these hotels are booked with the best accommodation deals on the web and I’m glad to experience the various class of service.

I’ll be traveling to Sabah this Friday and after hearing what my friend told me about Sutera Harbour, I can’t wait to stay there for two nights. Apart from all the good food and drinks, I’ll be spending some quality time with my close friend and I mustn’t forget to bring the most effective weight loss pill cos I’ll be indulging! It’s nice to catch up with friends during a vacation and I miss those girlie days where we’ll spend hours chatting over a cup of coffee!

Though it’s a short trip to Sabah, two nights at the Magellan should be nice to revive my tired soul and mind. I love breaks!

A Vacation in Hanoi 0

Posted on September 22, 2010 by dorisch

Hanoi lies at the heart of the northern Red River Delta and somehow reflects an European feel. Especially the streets of the Old Quarter preserve age-old customs, where trade takes one back half a century, and temples, pagodas and monuments reflect the historic character of Vietnam. In this area there are many hotels which have been recently refurbished with a special care to the traditional architecture and design. Hanoi Hotels are surprisingly modest but preserve a unique charming environment.

This means that the city provides many services for tourists as nice boutique hotels, internet cafÈs and restaurants offering wide range of food. Do not forget that tourism has in general a bad influence in the way local people live, too often being responsible for changing their tastes, habits and underlining economic gaps and unequal access to resources. So forth, it is important each one of us makes a difference in the way we wish to live the city. In terms of shopping, Hanoi has much to shopping, from fine silk to artistic products to male enhancement cream.

Most tourists may indulge in mass tourist souvenirs. Sometimes, the best way to take home part of the spirit, is taking a good shot, or buying some spices, or typical things that a local person would buy. From a notebook, to a normal pen, or a traditional t-shirt or a votive candle or a dolly used by Hanoi girls. This will help much more the local community than anything else.

Another Trip to Vietnam Perhaps 0

Posted on September 21, 2010 by dorisch

For some strange reasons, I didn’t sleep too well during my recent vacation even though I had a nice room. I had two queen beds in the room which meant I didn’t need to share space with my boy. Yet, I woke up early in the morning with no apparent reason.

I wished I had the best eye cream for dark circles then cos my dark circles were so visible. Thankfully, I had a couple of soothing eye masks with me and I could calm my eyes for temporary relief. Moreover, the pollution from the city scooter and busy traffic were drying out my eyes too. The next time, I must equip myself with a better eye cream and more eye mask when I visit a busy city like Vietnam. Now I understand why many women tend to wear a scarf and hat when they are out and about. It’s to keep dust and the sun away! It was so hot and humid.

Though it is a busy city, I find that there is a simple charm to this place. If i get the chance, i would love to travel to the mountains and beach in a cooler season next time.

Visiting Hanoi 0

Posted on September 17, 2010 by dorisch

I’ve often heard friends telling me about Hanoi and their shopping sprees there and often want to see it for myself. So I’m glad I’ve finally have the chance to do so. Months ago, I managed to secure some best accommodation deals at Hanoi Elegance 5 and I’m excited about visiting Hanoi.

We arrived yesterday and did a one hour cycling tour. It was quite an eye opener for me as the traffic in Hanoi was very disorderly. It took us some time to know how to cross the busy roads as many of the motorists don’t follow the traffic rules. After a short walk around in Old Quarter, a place containing lots of streets where you can find all kinds of things, from floor register to stainless steel bird cages, I found it tiring to navigate through those busy scooters and cars. The air was polluted and my eyes was tired after a short while.

Well, I still have three more nights here and let’s hope things get better today. It sure will.

Looking Forward to Bali 0

Posted on August 24, 2010 by dorisch

I haven’t been sitting in front of the computer for a few days after my lasik surgery. I had planned this before all the Asia escapes and vacations which are set to begin this Friday.

It has been very busy for me with the house being put in the market and it’s tiring entertaining buyers and showing them around. We are off th Bali this Friday and I’m excited to see how Bali has transformed in the last ten years. We have heard reports of the change but it’s altogether different to experience it. Many luxury villas and developments had sprung up in Bali in the last many years and a friend of mine in the asset based lending was telling me that many foreign investors had contributed to the Bali economy. Many of the villas were owned by foreigners and this had caused the city to come alive.

I look forward to relax in my villa, catch up with some reading and do things with my family. Bali, here we come!

Heading to Bali Next Week 0

Posted on August 17, 2010 by dorisch

In one week’s time, I’m off to Bali and I’m so excited about visiting this exotic country again. In the past, it used to be easy to find cheap accommodation rates in Bali but things have changed since.

I was advised to buy a prepaid SIM card in Bali as telephone charges on overseas roaming can be costly for cell phone users. The prepaid card can be useful to contact hired driver or tour providers if you are planning to travel around. I was reading about cell phone reviews and was told that they are quite expensive in Indonesia too. As a result of that, my good friend is asking me to bring a cell phone gift to a friend who lives in Ubud.

I’ve never stayed in a villa and though we didn’t get to book the best accommodation deals for Bali, I believe it will be a wonderful experience for our family. Till then, now it’s time to plan for our itinerary and decide how are we going to maximize our time in Bail 🙂 Traveling to Bali, Search Your Hotels online.

Best Accommodation Deals in Hong Kong 0

Posted on August 10, 2010 by dorisch

After searching for some time on cheap accommodation rates to Hong Kong, I have narrowed down to a few choices.

Actually Hong Kong accommodation aren’t cheap to begin with. Most of the hotel rooms are small and if they are cheap, you better be in for a surprise! In fact, some of the five star hotels charge a high price for a small room and this is especially if they are located near a mall or train line. But after much comparison, I have settled down for The Mira in Tsimshatsui for my family. I’m one of those who is concerned about home ventilation so I prefer to have a spacious room and living area. I was glad to get the best accommodation deals for the small suite due to a current promotional package.

So I’m set to visit Hong Kong again this summer end with my loved ones. I am so excited that I can have this wonderful opportunity.

Shopping in Asia 0

Posted on July 08, 2010 by dorisch

Everyone loves to shop when they are on a vacation. Shopping doesn’t mean buying something. It does mean walking about and checking out what’s in and around. It is a fun thing to do when you aren’t in a hurry at all.

I love shopping in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. It is awesome. These are the few places in Asia with nice and cool stuff and enough selections to let you go crazy. Whether you are looking for shoes or the latest fashion in town, they have lots to offer. Hong Kong is a fantastic place to shop during the annual summer sale as things do get really cheap. Singapore has sale periods end season and in the festive and it’s still a nice place to find the latest stuff. Tokyo can be expensive but there are a few things that are exclusive to this city such as the Burberry’s Blue Label. Well, when it comes to cosmetics, Tokyo is the place! You can find from street brands to prototype 37c – Japanese women love beauty stuff!

So much about shopping, I’m missing Hong Kong and hope to return in a few months’ time. Then again, I may burn a hole in my pocket so let’s see!

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