Bangkok has many cafe to offer you will never know what you found. Bump in to this Root Garden Cafe located at Thong Lor. This is a very fresh concept for a cafe you feel kinda “zen” with it. Root Garden Cafe are more on country side-farmers kinda feeling. What’s best is they are open door cafe very nature; you can feel the bonding with the nature and is very urban.
Root Garden at Thonglor
They had many hays around and they even use it as table and chairs for the Cafe, is very eco-friendly I would say. As you can see is really full of hays laying around as an accessorize for the outdoor concept. Feel’s like playing “Hay Day” huh! (smirk).
Just grab a cup of coffee and sipping your day through. Open door cafe concept is really great for summer!
They have few plantation (very organic) around and you can even feed the chickens and goat as well. You might start to hums Old MacDonald’s song at that point of time.
Here is me messing around with the goats.
Last but not least take the a picture of yourself. Is outdoor and you can really get great lighting from the natural sun hey!
Root Garden is located Thonglor Soi 3. Nearest BTS station is Thonglor, from there take the Exit 3 and walk your way trough the shops & restaurant – approx 10 minutes to reach Root Garden on you left. You can also opt to “tuk tuk” to bring you there.
You wont get to missed it as is a very eye-catching cafe with all this beautiful flowers and plants around it. Have Fun!
Is really a great experience from the overnight cruise trip at Milford Mariner with Real Journeys. Through out the journey it rained heavily but it was a good news where by the time we reach we will get a great view of waterfalls full of pouring water thanks to the rain.
We depart from Real Journeys office at 9am before that they appointed a taxi for us from our hotel to get to the office.
Our first pit stop was a coffee house totally forget the name and the area. Mind me!
Get to see few Alpama at their backyard.
We also stop Te Anau Downs- Harbour depature point where we fix our lunch at a decent japanese restaurant- Pop Inn. They serve good Udon & curry rice.
Knobs Flat is a rest area for campers. We also went to Mirror Lake but it rained badly so we cant see any reflection during that time also we pass through the Hommer Tunnel as it rained the picture was not clear.
Once we reach at the harbour point the rain stopped right on time at 3pm.We get our room key and sail our way to Milford Sound. The room was very comfort and well taken care of.
We get to witness different type of waterfalls with explanation by the captain & crew team.
Spotted a rainbow!
After that we are told to get ready for dinner.
The food was very good and there are plenty of choices for dessert couldn’t ask for more.
After a fruitful dinner, we were asked to choose either one of the activities to participate: swimming in below 9 degrees , kayak or boat ride spectacular.
All of the on board passenger choose boat ride spectacular since is freaking cold and there are drizzle of rain at that moment.
Hey who wants to get chilled and swim? I would like to try it out but I think my body will freeze to death and I dont have my swimsuits on with me. *grins*
Look how flat was the water!
Oh look our ship! We get to see seal too but there were no penguins and dolphin during that time. How sad.
Magnificent night view; the whole area was light by the moon light and sky full of stars. For the rest of the night we get to play board games and admiring the night view of Milford Sound.
The next morning breakfast was prepared and we are being told to finish up our breakfast quickly as the ship will sail out to Tasman Sea and head back to the harbour, it will be quite shaky and yes I to experience the shake as the wave rush towards us.
This is a another pit stop on our way back to Queenstown – forgotten what it was called. *grins*
Later on we went to The Chasm a loop forest walk offers views of waterfalls and sculptured rock formations. I really love this little place I get to see wet moss forest!
Impressive rock chasm formed by the rushing waters of Cleddau River
It was a pretty good weather on our way back and is good tho since I get to experience both weather in such an amazing journey.
Milford Sound is a very nice place with full of nature surrounding- nature at it’s best .
This is a post on what I had during my stay trip Queenstown. You can find 10 Places to eat in Queenstown in this post.
Check out my itinerary if you haven’t, and some other foods to share as well. The town is really small so you won’t get lost by searching the shop it is very easy to locate. The restaurants and bars are all gathered together.
Well first of all I think every one who touch down in Queenstown on their first day they will have Fergburger as their first meal! Because is the first thing that come in mind! (or izzit only me?) Fergburger also know as the best burger in the world!!! Some how, I think is kinda overrated. Although I ate it twice LOL!
The crowd is there and we waited 15min for our burgers. Some claim it took 30-45min to get their burger we were lucky because it was not peak time!
Is really huge!! Let’s have a close up picture.
Mine Chief Wiggum which is pork belly and the original The Fregburger which consist of beef with blue cheese.
Chief Wiggum is really for pork belly freak! I cant even finish it. I also tried their “Little Lamby” (on the other day) and I prefer it over the Chief Wiggum, not a pork belly fan after all.
They serve really good pie and all the pies are priced around $4- $6.50. I tried 3 of their pies; Chicken Bacon Mushroom, Vension& Portabello Mushroom and not forgetting le bf favourite pork belly pie. I must say I like their pies more than their burger. Opps no picture did not take it and there is no dine it too; we ate it immediately on our way home. It just located beside Fregbaker.
3. Flame Bar & Grill
I love this so much places! Is warm and cosy and the food is really nice do go there early because this place is full of people during dinner time.
My entrée; Green lipped NZ Mussels at $17.5 and Chicken Wing at $14. The chicken wing claim to be spicy be is just sweet and a little spice not spicy at all! The mussels is my favourite and the cream sauce is just so nice.
Up close of my favourite Mussels;the cream is just perfect for spaghetti.
The mains; Flame mixed grill which is a 1 person portion and is like a combo set where we have ribs and sirloin steak this is priced at $42. One word : GOOD!
Flame Bar and grill is located upstairs which is just right beside Movenpick ice cream shop.
4. Pj’s Fish & Chips
I had their Battered fish & chips for $12 and also Bluff Oyster (the oyster is seasonal). Nice and cheap! Their price are cheaper than Fish Bone for bluff oyster.( Din’t get to try fish bone because we found another cheaper alternative too.) Le bf had Battered Sausage meal with curry sauce (please don’t order the curry sauce is not nice taste like some packaging curry in my opinion)
Pj’s Fish & Chips is just located opposite O’Connell, If you at The Station just cross to the opposite and head up.It is just right beside Kiwi Discovery shop.
This is a specialize chocolate shop and a sweet tooth person like me definitely will have this shop on my list! I got to try their hot chocolate is just nice and soothing for the cold weather One large cup cost $5 and is the price is just the same with their other branch in the Airport also they have one branch in Arrowtown.
Posing with my ice cream this is the dessert I had right after dinner at Flames. I order two scoops one in Patagonia dark chocolate & macadamia and the other flavour is Caramel. The dark chocolate is very rich in flavour.
6. Winnies Pizza
Winnies pizza is so good and is a right place to share among friends they have different types of pizza to choose from.
I got mine by mixing Tri Factor (Ultimate Beef pizza) & Pescara (The seafood pizza)
Pescara is very juicy and you can taste the mussels (sorry I’m obsess with it) and salmon is very fresh (you feel like swimming in the ocean LOL). Le Bf tri factor is one of their best seller it consist the combination of prime steak cuts and bacon (very beefy lol). We get to take away we can’t finish the Large Pizza and that left over is our Supper and Lunch sweet!
7. Brazz Restaurant & Bar
Entry; Mussels $18.50 order the mussels again because I’m missing the Flames mussels and flames taste is richer but the Brazz portion is bigger.
Another combo which cost $42 and Brazz pork ribs is really nice but for combo portion flames is larger. Located opposite Pig & Whistle Pub.
8. Alpine Mart
There are few days we bought food from Alpine Mart and we cooked it at our Lodge. You can find great deals in Alpine Mart too. They will have some discounts on roasted chicken or sausages and even rice and more after 7.30pm and some cost only $3-4 which is a great deal.
Besides you can also find a great deal for bluff oysters!
One box of this which only cost $14 is in a dozen! This is the cheapest bluff oyster I can get so far. And is very fresh too!
To prove this is a close up bluff oyster look at the size! It taste very raw and I like it best with white wine.
9. The Fork And Tap Ale House Arrowtown.
This bar and restaurant is located at Arrowtown.
I tried their Blue Cod & fries I must said is the best! The blue cod is fresh and the battered is just right. It also comes with salad. The price is around $25.
10. A Taste of Gibbston Valley
Can’t get to go Gibston Valley? Worry not they have cafe and tasting room in Arrowtown and the atmosphere is nice.
Get to tried this three wine at the wine tasting room. 3 wine tasting cost $5 and the staff is very friendly in sharing the wine info to us.
Riesling 2013 is one of my favourite! Is hard to purchase Riesling 2013 and the airport does not have it either and is much more cheaper to buy Gibston Wine in here.
Just get back from the beautiful country New Zealand and yeah the view is awesome! This time I venture to south island which was Queenstown. Everything in there is just beautiful and I felt like I’m in a movie scene or a post card photo session is just surreal. The weather was super cold, when I was there it was late autumn and I’m glad is all sunny and nice.
Here are the itinerary that I would like to share out for my one week of stay in Queenstown New Zealand. I flew to sydney to make a transit flight to Queenstown and this is the only way to save more despite the flight view to Queenstown was awesome you get to see the beautiful mountain and lake from the above.
Look I got to see the mountain cape with full of snow from up high! So beautiful! I think is the mountain is called “The Remarkable” even the name is #awesome !!!
Okay lets wrap things up with the full itinerary list. Note this is a summary itinerary less picture will be posted and for each events, I will make a full post individually and will link it together once the post is done.
Day One: Touch down Queenstown airport during the noon and from the airport we took the Connecta Bus to the the nearest bus stop of our hotel. The cost for the transport was NZD8 the bus runs every 20 min from airport to town so is quiet convenient. The bus is easily spotted is in bright yellow colour.
After check in we dig our self some lunch. So the very first meal in Queenstown was their famous “Fergburger” OMG the burger is so huge! I think everyone first meal in Queenstown was fergburger hahahahah!! There was no Q and we get our burger around 15min of waiting lucky us.
Then after that we venture around the town just to get a quick look of it. New Zealand has a very less day time thus during 6pm it was all dark thus for day 1 we don’t get used to it yet and it was so dark it felt like it was already 9pm!!! OMG!!
So “Bluff oyster” is in our must eat list during our trip thus we went to PJ’s fish and chip’s to have the bluff oyster and since is the bluff oyster season every shop has it! It was yummy! (I will share the pictures and details in another post for food only)
After that we went to “Alpine supermarket” to buy some groceries and dinner and there is the only supermarket in Queenstown. Oh they also have “Asian Mart” just located opposite of Alpine Supermarket and they have every Asian food!!! If you are craving Asian food you can find it in there!! So that was basically day one.
Day Two: Bought overnight stay for “Milford Sound” Marina Boat trip we book it from “Real Journey”. I must say the journey to Milford Sound and Milford Sound is amazing there are a lot of waterfalls and nature in Milford Sound. We had a good view of it during rainy day and sunny day we are so lucky. So the road trip start’s at 9am and the journey took 6 hours to the jetty where we reach the jetty at 3pm. For Milford sound journey we get to see Te Anu Lake, Fiorland National Park and homers tunnel and many more.
Day Three: Still in Marina Boat, had breakfast in the boat and at 7am the boat starts to sail to “Tasman Sea” it goes kinda shaky and is super windy out there. After than we reach the jetty at 9am and get back to our mini coach back to Queenstown with another sunny view through out the journey and we reach Queenstown at 3pm.
I will share the pictures and details in another post for my overnight stay in Milford Sound which compile a full details of Day two & three. So stay tune!
Day Four: Booked “Shotover Jet” and “Kawarau Bridge Bungy” where I get a combo deals for both of this activity.
Shotover Jet is a very famous activity in Queenstown and is a must do thing! We had a 20min ride on the jet with 5-6 360 spins and yeah is freaking cold out there!
During noon I get to do the bungy. Oh yeah man! Bungy time!!! Look is only 43m high and of course this view is extremely beautiful I purposely choose this bungy because of the view itself (evil laugh) Did’t want to do the Nevis Bungy because is only rock mountain but the height was 143m is crazy man I think I will be yelling for a longer time and get numb.
For dinner we dine in at “Flames grill bar” and the food was really nice!!!!
Day Five: We went to “Arrowtown” which is 20min ride journey to there by Connecta Bus. Buy daily pass from the bus driver it is cheaper compare to single ride fare. Arrowtown is a really small town compare to Queenstown so is really easing to walk around.
After returning from Arrowtown we went straight up to “Queenstown Skyline” for “Gondola & Luge ride”. Lucky us we get the last few rides for luge as they are closing at 5pm. Also we get to see the sun set yay! They even have “Stargazing” activity at the Skyline. But we din’t go for that. We manage to see many stars during our stay since the sky is clear so stargazing at skyline kinda pricey for us.
For dinner we dine in at “Winnies Pizza” and Oh My the pizza was really good!! Later on we have our dessert at “Patagonia” Oh My their chocolate is real good!!!! Love it!
Day Six: It was the last day to venture around Queenstown and is a very free and easy day for us. We went to “Queenstown Hill” for a walk which is just located behind our hotel.
Later on we went to the Lake side and feed some ducks. The ducks are really hungry!!!
After that we went to “Below Zero Ice Bar” where we purchase a great deal from bookme.com is a really good place to get cheap deals for any activity in New Zealand.
Next we went to “Queenstown Garden” they have a rose garden there and is really pretty and it smells good too. The garden is really nice and they have a lake track around the garden that you can have a good walk along the lake the view is really nice.
Later on we dine in at “Brazz Restaurant & Bar” highly recommend their Ribs!
Day Seven: Last day at Queenstown, before we catch our flight We manage to take a walk to “Queenstown Market” “Saturday Market at the Lake Side” they sell mostly craft and art stuff. Have a noon flight back from Queenstown and have another amazing view back home!
That’s all for the itinerary summary hope it can help you to have a draft on what to do in Queenstown!! Stay tune for my more details post!
If you are thinking where to stay in Sokcho South Korea. I would suggest Casa Seorak. It is a nicerelaxing B&B. I really enjoy my stay with Casa Seorak during my Sokcho trip.
The host Mr Juha Hwang is very friendly and he provide us few useful tips about Sokcho. He is also a very helping host, You can contact him any time before your arrival to confirm your pick up time through email or Facebook.
Casa Seorak is a very relaxing place and just 5 -7 walk minutes you will reach to the bus stop that heads to down town and Seoraksan National Park.
This is the living room view of the deluxe family room.
The Casa Seorak B&B is very lovely it surrounded by green nature and is a very relaxing place. Each room have different style and design.
This is the deluxe room with Santorini theme and is lovely for couples! Very well maintain B&B with spacious place.
We went to have our dinner at the restaurant that Mr Juha Hwang recommend. Indeed it is very delicious. Especially the Kimchi Jiggae *thumbs up* Just located beside SK petrol station. They have second restaurant over there and this is the third shop lot count from left side of SK petrol station.
The very next day the host prepare breakfast for us and is simply delicious although the portion was too little for us. *bigeater*
My travel period was on the 14-20 October 2013 (7 days 6 Nights) Itinerary to share with you guys. This only a summary itinerary, details will be cover in other post.
Arrival at Incheon Airport at 3.20pm (have a light meal by purchasing chicken teriyaki sandwich from 7-11 on the arrival hall next to skin food & reload T-money) Hop on to AREX (Airport Rail Express) to Honggik University Station (Hongdae Station) to make a transfer to Chungjeongno Station.
Check in Brown Resident at Chungjeongno Station(Line 2/5 Exit 4)
Dinner at Palsaik Samgyupsal ( 8 flavours grilled samgyupsal) this is the best grilled samgyupsal I had in my entire life highly recommended! This restaurant is very famous and is located at Sinchon Station (Line 2 Exit 6)
Have some dessert at Twosome Cafeafter that at Shichon branch and walk lottering around Sinchon and we called it a day!
It was rainy all the day and the lowest temperature was 9 degrees. Journey to Sokcho which is is located at the north-east of Korea so is nearer to the sea they have a lot of harbour around. Mt Seorak is the main reason to stop by at Sokcho.
Headed to Dong Seoul bus terminalto purchase our bus ticket to Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal. Dong Seoul bus terminal it is located at Gangbyeon Subway Station (Line 2 Exit 4). (Dong Seoul bus terminal is just opposite of the exit)
Tips: when purchasing the ticket to Sokcho, inform the counter to get a express bus ticket and it will take 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal while the normal ticket will take up to 3 hours. Cost for single trip is 17,300 won.
Check in at Casa Seorak for a night stay. Highly recommend this B&B in Sokcho! The owner Mr Jung Hwang was very nice and friendly and the B&B was very relaxing indeed it feels like home.
Grab some light food at Tiamo Coffee Shopthat sells New York hot dogs their fries was awesome. Is rainy heavily thus we shelter there for a while and then we headed to Daepo harbourby using bus number 7 or 7-1.
Daepo Harbour offers wide variety of seafood compare to others harbour around Sokcho it is just beside the famous Sokcho Beach. Their seafood are really fresh! (will update on my food post)
On the next morning we depart to Mt Seorak (Seoraksan) by using the same bus by using bus number 7 or 7-1 from our bus station located near to Casa Seorak. From the bus station to the main gate of Mt Seorak National Park took 30 minutes. Then you need to purchase cable car ticket, please be early as the cable car ticket sold out kinda fast.
What a beautiful view.
Theme Park Day! This time we went to Everland since last trip we went to Lotte World theme park. The fastest way to Everland is take subway to Jamsil Station (Line 2 Exit 8 ) and then take Bus number 5700 this is way faster than taking the bus from Gangnam Station since the subway travel route from Chungjeongno Station to Gangnam Station was 44 minutes and the interval bus to Everland at Gangnam Station was 1 hour once compare to Jamsil Station 20 minutes once.
You will reach Everland Bus station and ride the free shuttle bus once you reach there.
Tips: Get the Q-pass which is FREE OF CHARGE at the ticket counter near the T-Express, if you want to ride the T-express and print out this Everland Discount ticket!
Is leisure day and we went to Myeong-Dong to have our breakfast. Myong-Dong Gyoja is the best food to have in Myeong-Dong and then we register ourself to get our free hanbok experience at Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center which is located at M Plazza Level 5(same building with Zara)
We shop a while around myeong-dong. Personally I like the Olive & Young store (the biggest store in myeong-dong) that offers direct tax refund and the store is connected to Twosome Cafe as well.
After Hanbok experience we went to get some dessert at Cafe Bene. Then we went to Shilla Duty Freenearest subway was Dongguk University Station ( Line 3 Exit 6)
Note: Exit 5 is the nearest way to reach Shilla Duty Free but the exit was closed during that time.
After that we spilt up and I went to Lotte Mart to get some snacks while the rest went to Namsam Park (since I have been to there I did not went back again this time) Lotte Mart was located at Seoul Station (Line 1/4 Exit 1).
Another leisure day and we spilt in to two groups as well I did not went to Nami Island (since I’m not a big fan of winter sonata) I went to explore around some area that I did not covered on my last trip.
Thus I make my way to Tongin Market to get some famous ttebokki but before I reach Tongin Market I saw Tosokchon (the famous Gingseng Chicken Restaurant) was not pack and had my breakfast there. Lucky indeed as we went out, the line was really long and packed. (reach time 11.30am). Tongin Market and Tosokchon is located near to Gyeongbokgung Station ( Line 3 Exit 2)
Next we went to have our dessert so we went to Angguk Station and walk our way to Samcheong-dong and personally I really like Samcheong-dong is really beautiful and fresh all the houses and buildings have their own style and Samcheong-dong is really near to Hanok Village. You can find beautiful cafe, restaurants and shops around Samcheong-dong.
We walk our walk from Angguk Station to Samcheong-dong and then to National Folk Museum of Korea the whole area filled with local tourist and it is a very artistic place indeed and few Arts exhibition and museum are located in that area.
From National Folk Museum of Korea (just located behind Gyeongbokgung Palace) we walk our way to Insadong which is very near and I went Ssamzigila very famous places that offers Arts & Craft items.
Depart to Airport on 6 am. The Subway opens at 5.33am
Stay tuned on my details trip, food and haul post! It will be more details ^_^
We manage to book on a half day trip for hot stream and emerald pool from our hotel.The main reason is we do not want to get a full day trip which goes to tiger cave and riding elephant that is such a waste of time.
So the half day trip took of at 8.30 am to 2.30pm we reach our hotel by 3pm.
First stop was the Hot stream couldn’t recall where was the exact location but we nearly had 45 minutes ride to reach our destination. Our tour lead said the hot stream is good for our face & body thus we only need to soak max 30 minutes.
Sexy back reach the hot stream
This is the only photo I have capture; we walk about 10 minutes from the main gate to the hot stream and we soak ourselves in is quite small actually and the water is damn hot! (40 degrees)
So after soaking we head on to the popular emerald pool which located at their National Park. There is a walkway which ready for us to walk and we have to walk out way up to the Emerald pool but the tour guide suggest we head straight to the blue pool first before stopping at the Emerald pool for a swim. Blue pool is located 500m away from the Emerald pool.
Walking along I came by a gigantic moth along the walkways WOW!
I think this is their crystal pool where we are prohibited to swim.
Feel like in China Movie scene as the river water is really clear.
As you can see the walkway;water is crystal clear feel like having a sip from it!
Crystal clear water almost turning in to emerald color.
Directory of the National Park!
See water turning greener
We are getting closer
Tadah the Emerlad Pool
So we went up to explore the Blue Pool and it was really blue like the swimming pool LOL
Is a really small viewing place for us as we cant go near to the pool tour guide said is dangerous. But you can clap your hands together to watch the bubbles effect from the pool when there is a sound from the clapping hands. So we are clapping our hands all the time hahaha
After take we went back to Emerald Pool for a swim and then head back to the hotel for a rest. That was our half day trip journey!