Phuket retreat resources

This is a resource guide, hence no pictures! Hosting it here for easy updates without spamming emails.

About our hotel

http://www.asiawebdirect.com/thailand/phuket/patong-beach/millennium-resort-patong-phuket/

http://www.michellechow.net/2013/06/millennium-resort-patong-phuket-lakeside.html

Reviews on TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g297930-d878006-Reviews-or10-Millennium_Resort_Patong_Phuket-Patong_Kathu_Phuket.html#REVIEWS 

Near our hotel

Jungceylon Shopping Mallhttp://www.phuket101.net/2010/12/jungceylon-shopping-mall-patong-phuket.html

Highlights of Jungceylon include:
1. The nightclub — see below
2. Bowling alley
3. Arcade
4. Shooting range
5. 4D Mini movie theatre

Inside Jungceylon

Famous Nightclub & Rooftop Beach Club (it has a swimming pool in the club):
http://www.phuket.com/phuket-magazine/famous-nightclub.htm

General reviews about the shopping mall:
http://www.goodbuyholidays.com/jungceylon-phukets-shopping-entertainment-escape/

http://anythinglily.blogspot.sg/2013/06/phuket-travel-part-7-jungceylon.html

http://urbanite-diary.blogspot.sg/2012/09/phuket-104-jungceylon-patong-rat-u-thit.html

Massages/spa walkable from our hotel

Sweet Lemongrass Massage – Trad Thai Massage, 350baht/1.5h:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297930-d1707776-Reviews-Sweet_Lemongrass_Massage-Patong_Kathu_Phuket.html

International Green Mint Massage – Trad Thai massage, 350baht/1.5h
Website http://www.igmmassage.com/home/IGMratesservices
Reviews: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297930-d2518302-Reviews-International_Green_Mint_Massage-Patong_Kathu_Phuket.html

So Thai Spa (Nicer spa with massage but not cheap, starting from SGD30)
Actual website with prices: http://www.sothaispa.com
Reviews: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297930-d3874620-Reviews-So_Thai_Spa_Phuket-Patong_Kathu_Phuket.html

Not near our hotel but recommended 

Phuket Town Weekend Market (similar to Chatuchak):

http://www.phuket101.net/2011/06/phuket-week-end-market-talad-tairod.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1215781-d2032284-Reviews-Phuket_Town_Night_Market-Phuket_Town_Phuket.html

http://www.cocktailsandcaroline.com/2013/03/phuket-town-market.html

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Seattle food: Dinette and Broadcast coffee

It’s been a while but I’m just getting started on my posts on my Seattle trip in March 2013. It was my first ever solo trip and the memories are still very vivid in my mind.

I had my first brunch at Dinette in Capitol Hill which serves European style brunch. The menu changes very frequently so you might not get the same stuff every time. Dining in USA tends to veer on the expensive side (USD10 or more) and I guess that’s why most people doggy bag lunches to work. Groceries are way cheaper and a prepped lunch will probably cost about 5USD or so?

Also, the portions in US are huge, I never seemed to be able to finish anything.

Oh, and, I never had a bad coffee ever in Seattle. It simply doesn’t seem to exist – bad coffee I mean.

Dinette
1514 East Olive Way
Seattle, Washington 98122

Broadcast Coffee
1623 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

The new Talad Rod Fai at Srinagarindra (aka Srinakarin)

Update (Mar 2016): Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin) is up!

Update (Mar 2015): Talad Rod Fai 2 (Ratchada) is up!

I had the chance to visit the old Talad Rod Fai last year, Dec 2012, before the market’s lease expired this year. They were forced to move out of the location to a further flung place, which is out of the way compared to the old location. It’s quite a distance from the city centre but I still think it’s worth a visit!

The market sells really varied stuff so you won’t know what you might just find. There’s plenty of vintage homeware, cheap slippers and mobile alcoholic bars. There’s also a row of bars/pubs playing acoustic music, some jam Thai rock and plenty of small coffee shops. I bought a pretty rainbow foldable umbrella here.

Chanced upon a stall making customized snapbacks

Rows of eateries

Gandhi themed cafe spotted

How to go Talad Rod Fai

Address: Sringarindra Soi 51, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krungthep Mahanakorn 10250 — It’s right behind Seacon Square.

Google Map: Talad Rod Fai

Opening hours: Fri to Sun, 5pm to midnight

Getting there:  From BTS station Udom Suk, take a cab for about 60 baht

Seattle: AirBnB experience

I flew into Seattle a weekend earlier than I was due for work and was looking around for a comfortable and accessible location to stay before I headed off to my hotel. It seems like Capitol Hill was the area to be in and I got lucky with the place I chose on AirBnB.

My host, Anne, was a hospitable and helpful lady. I didn’t actually meet her in person due to our conflicting schedules but she was prompt to respond to my queries via email and text message. Anne provided me with directions from SeaTac. My room was simple, airy and sunny! There were good dining locations all around the neighbourhood.

If you’ll like to know where I stayed, drop me a comment below and I’ll be happy to refer you.

Entering the room

Huge double bed, good for two

There was a little closet to hang up your coat, hangers for towels and a sunny window!

Guests share a bathroom with amenities provided – Thankful it was clean!

Wrapped up like a dumpling before preparing to head out for food.

I think one of the more unique thing about this particular AirBnB that I got was that the owners actually resided in the home itself. More than often, the AirBnB rented out is merely a rental unit.

I thought it was pretty interesting to see how the kitchen differs from Asian kitchens. I know for a fact in my home, my grandmomma likes to keep things out of sight, that is in cupboards. I guess in seasonal countries, it wouldn’t mattered if you leave things on table top in cold weather cos things wouldn’t spoil as fast.

I was there when the weather was transitioning to summer so it was still cold and windy. The best part about my timing was: THERE WERE LOADS OF SAKURAS!!! I was so excited about seeing the Sakuras I probably looked like an idiot trying to take pictures of all the Sakuras I passed by. Betcha never knew even the branches are pink!