Weekend Getaway…..

Weekend Getaway…..

Even back home I never stay in once place for too long, so here I have started going away for the weekend.

Thanks to Hilton this has been made possible, this weekend I managed to get a nice room with awesome views:


This overlooked the fantastic Chao Phraya River:

Chao Phraya River, daytime time lapse
Late afternoon/evening the time lapse video gets interesting after 3 minutes.
Chao Phraya River at night, time lapse.

Hope you enjoy the videos, this is one of my favourite views and areas of Bangkok.



Arrived at the station and waited for the train. The train was pretty dirty and could be kept in a much better state. Sangeet the hardened traveller just got on with it, she sat down and was looking forward to the journey.
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On the train they serve you drinks and meal (already included in the ticket price) unfortunately it was chicken. To be honest I was scared of using the toilet so did not eat!

The views were pretty Impressive you pass through small villages and the beautiful countryside. (Sangeet told me this, as was busy watching Sherlock Holmes!!)

At Bangkok train station
Jan 16, 2013 9:17 PM
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We arrived in Bangkok and took a taxi to the Hilton hotel

Hilton Millennium Bangkok Hotel
123 Charoennakorn Road,
T: +66 2442 2000

As I had built up some points I used the with money the price for the room was GBP£32 per night. Not a bad price for a five star hotel!

I visited the lounge for free drinks!



Most of the day was spent researching and organising the trip.

In the evening we caught the boat to the sky train station where we saw the sunset.

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Afterwards to took the sky train to MBK where we had dinner, yes you guessed it at

Big PAPA – MBK 444 Phayathai Rd,
Mah Boon Krong,
5th floor food court,

Also there is a juice bar there
Jan 3, 2013 7:06 PM

Back to the hotel
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Another boat on the river
Jan 3, 2013 8:50 PM

Our boat
Jan 3, 2013 8:53 PM


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

After a month of thinking about doing the KRI teacher training level 1 in Espanola, I have finally registered…..just has not sunk in! I am feeling very nervous and at the same time very excited.

I am very lucky that Sangeet has already completed the course two years ago, so can advise me on what to expect.

So the next task was to book the flights, we thought as I will already be in the US, Sangeet would join me towards the end of my course and we will travel for a few months. therefore the choice of tickets we have is as follows:

1) The Great Escapade
2) Star Alliance RTW
3) One World Explorer

The ticket which was more suited to our plan and budget was The Great Escapade, I contacted a number of travel agents and was very surprised to see a huge difference in the price. In the end we booked the ticket through Jackie from Travel Nation telephone: tel:01273 320580; email: [email protected]. She is very knowledgeable and their prices were the cheapest.

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