Bangkok’s Highest Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar…..

Bangkok’s Highest Observation Deck and Rooftop Bar…..

For visitors seeking the ultimate thrill and having a ‘God’s view’ of the beautiful city and busy streets in Bangkok, I recommend a visit to King Power MahaNakhon Tower in Silom/Sathon central business district of Bangkok. 314 metres above the streets of Bangkok, this building has an awesome ‘skywalk.’ Also, a two-tiered observation tower which hosts Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar.

 King Power Mahanakhon Tower
The SkyWalk with views of the city. Image by King Power Mahanakhon

Taking the glass encased elevator to the 78th floor and you are presented with amazing views.

The stunning views!
The stunning views of Bangkok
Beautiful Sunset

Here is a link, where you can book tickets for this impressive building:

King Power Mahakhon Website

If you have been, I would love to know your thoughts…..

Weekend Antics…..

Weekend Antics…..

Over the weekend I did not train or do any exercise, apart from some walking. Which in my eyes is not really an exercise!

On Saturday I visited Chatuchak Market, once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the many alleyways at Chatuchak Market
Some of the alleyways can become crowded.

After a few hours at the market, I was exhausted and decided to go home for a rest!

In the evening my friend and I went to the movies. Travelling on the bike in Thailand was, to say the least, an adventure!

The movie is called Glass, I am not here to promote or advertise the movie so readers you can google about this!

On Sunday I decided to meet a friend for lunch. On my first three month trip to Thailand, I had a lot of downtime in between training. So as a ‘paying it forward’ I decided to teach English at the local coffee shop for free. I had 13 students attend and we all still keep in touch, many students have gone on to successful careers, chemical engineers, lawyers, doctors and teachers. I would love to say it is probably down to my English classes, but most likely it is not!

We met at the Millennium Hilton and walked to the newly built mall, Iconsian. The mall blew my mind, it is a very impressive mall, each shop was a designer brand! The prices made the luxury store Harrods in London look affordable!

Iconsian Mall
The stunning interior
Even the toilet sinks were impressive!!
First floor ceiling
One of the many luxury shops
Bangkok skyline

Thailand has imposed a ‘luxury tax’ for the designer items, European cars attract a 200% tax. The designer goods in this mall were at least twice as expensive as the UK. The main people that I saw shopping there were Chinese.

No post could be complete without a picture of me!
Japanese lunch, Sashimi
Fish salad
Pork steak
Sushi
Chao Phraya River and IconSian
IconSian and the surrounding area
The impressive water and light show
Just to tease me!
Time for tea and before you ask, no, I did not have the macarons. Also, notice the halo above my head!
More shots from inside the impressive mall
Whilst concentrating and taking a video of this amazing waterfall, my left foot went into the water!
This is the water where my left foot went into!!
Love the Bangkok skyline
Bangkok at night

I do feel guilty for not training over the weekend but this weekend was well needed and looking back, I have no regrets. Also, as you can tell I am in love with the ambience and atmosphere for this fantastic mall.

My thoughts on the French Riviera…..

The French Riviera is a fantastic location and we are very fortunate to have it on our door step. The people are very friendly and 99% of the locals recognised us as Sikhs.

The hotel, La Chèvre D’Or is worthy of being a member of the Relais & Chateau for it’s location and rooms. The staff are not as helpful and sometimes unfriendly, you get the feeling they are only doing the job because they have to. We have stayed at other hotels where staff have shown passion in their work and will bend over backwards to make your stay, delightful.

For vegetarians I would not recommend the 2 star michelin restaurant. The chef could have used more then the basic fruit and vegetables for our dishes!!

Loving Hut in Menton is a fantastic restaurant and definitely worth the visit. The food and service are very good.

Eze village is a great medieval village and has quaint galleries and cafes. Off season the location is quiet and peaceful, I can imagine that in the height of summer this will get very busy and crowded.

Exploring the hotel and the medieval village…..

Exploring the hotel and the medieval village…..

This morning we watched the sun rise.

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After a relaxed morning in the suite, we walked to Eze village. Here in France because there is no artificial preservatives, one has to eat the bread on the same day it is made. The bread tastes fantastic, so off we went to get some more!

View of the medieval Eze village from the village below.

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The boulangerie!

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The lady recognised us as Sikhs, which is always great to see. She saw a documentary on Nihang Sikhs and it impressed her very much. She shared the information she learnt with us. She was also laughing when she said the British used to be in India, now the Indians are in England!

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Eze village
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We then popped into the local supermarket to get snacks.

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Hotel entrance
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After a fantastic breakfast we then enjoyed the hotel grounds.

Views from the hotel grounds

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Hotel swimming pool

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Many of the staff here knew we are Sikhs, they are always happy to see us.

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Around the hotel there are a number of statues

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaygoat/86761752

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Steps leading to and from the hotel to the gardens

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Your move

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After having a walk around the hotel gardens, we came back to the suite so I could enjoy a snack!

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We then went for a walk around the medieval village of Eze.

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Here there are many galleries and cafes

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Another picture of the many artists here

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At the top of the village is Jardin Exotique, an amazing garden growing many cacti and other plants. The entry fee is 6 Euros per person.

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Views overlooking the village

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An Agave plant

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Back at the hotel, where cars like this Aston Martin were a familiar sight

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In the evening we drove to Loving Hut, Menton. You would think by now we would have been bored of this restaurant, but honestly speaking this has been a superb restaurant with great food and great company. It has a fantastic energy, the staff are so calm and peaceful.

Passing Monaco on the way

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After Monaco we drove through Cap Martin

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One of the many huge houses here

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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Ròcabruna Caup Martin in Occitan, Roccabruna-Capo Martino in Italian) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. The name was changed from Roquebrune to differentiate the town from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the neighboring Var Department.

At Loving Hut

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Back at the hotel

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Night time walk around the medieval village

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My thoughts on the Cook Islands…..

My thoughts on the Cook Islands…..

Takes me a while to process my thoughts, must be old age!

The Cook Islands is nice but just not for me. Perfect if you want a hosteling or WWOOFing holidays, just when it comes to these locations you really need to spend good money and stay in luxury. Whilst there are a few luxury hotels they are just not my standard of ultimate luxury. The small things like waiters cycling around as not to make a noise and disturb you. It has to be ultra clean and everything in working order and of course a over water bungalow. Perhaps even your meals delivered by boat.

This is just me and having experienced this luxury in French Polynesia, nothing else really compares unless you are staying on Necker Island but there you are spending $54,000 a night and have everything at your disposal.

Sorry probably makes me sound like a snob or a *^%%{}{] take your pick! I do believe when we have worked hard for our money we can sometimes splash out on the finer things.

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