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After having our expensive Americian breakfast at Dean & Deluca (click here)  as we were still early to head for our shopping, then Goft suggested to enjoy Bangkok most famous river cruise at Chao Praya River that transport alot people across or along the river for work or to another tourist destination.

Reading some website, this river is one of a legendary river which rate as ‘Venice of the East’ that makes it one of a good way to explore Bangkok City by boat service along the river.

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So we took Sky Train from our hotel and stop at this Station called Saphan Taksin

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Whereby at the jetty name called Sathorn. As this place is near to alot of hotel, you can see alot of tourist flocking this area to take this boat ride.

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There are 3 types of service available which is one are meant for tourist, and comes with English speaker on board to explain for you where are you heading and some history of the places that you are stopping, which are more meant for tourist, best if you plan to do hopping around, you can get their One Day Pass at only 150Bhat which is more worth it compare to pay for single stop.

Then there are a few other types of services that you can rent for private use, with speed boat that jet up and down pretty quickly at different rates which of course more expensive.

Or lastly, if you like free and easy, can be like us because I have my friend as she introduce all the places for us, we took the PUBLIC boat that cost very little per person, if I am not mistaken is around 30-50 bhat per stop.

for more info and services you can check out this website i found out: http://bangkok.sawadee.com/canals.htm

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Our Jaw Drop when we saw the colour of the river as its like ‘Teh Tarik Kau Kau’ colour. So brownish and the river is flowing so fast. We were wondering if we ever fell into the river, will we drown and I think can easily reach another jetty by its strong fast current.

As for the lovely weather today as its so sunny and what ever pic I took just makes it so sharp. . .

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One thing I like about the public boat is that, they use conductor which I have not seen a conductor for very long time already with this manual and coin ticketing system by this lady.

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You pay her, then she will tear you a ticket. . . must keep the ticket as on and off they will do spot check as to ensure all on board paid for their ride. If not you will be thrown out by the boat man into the river (just joking) as my friend told me there are quite alot people trying to avoid paying.

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As this is how pack the public boat is and the lady shout at us at Thai language where most of us do not understand cuz on that day on our ride, there are quite a lot tourist and my friend told me, if you were to ride on public boat, the CONS are you cannot just stand and park there at the nice window view, as you are obstructing other public people coming in. So once you have been shove into the middle area like where I took my picture, you will miss out all the nice scenery.

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Then me taking some landscape shot as along the river.

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This is how the speed boat looks like as they are up to hire anytime.

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So public ride will stop most of the available stop for people hopping in and out.

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Then if you stay a hotel at the river bank, they have their own boat services for you to get you across or you can arrange with the hotel which area you want to head to, then they will arrange with the boatman to transport you to that location. Most of the hotel along this river bank are 4-5 star hotel.

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There are even some people live at the river bank .. .

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 This is how strong and fast the current is for that day.

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As we had too heavy breakfast and some of our food could not finish, then not to waste it, we were brought to this jetty, TEWET to feed the fish, as this jetty is also famous for one of the superstitious believe. If you have bad luck or omen, like bad health, need more wealth, then some of the locals head here to purchase some of the creature then given a piece of paper and pray according ly, lastly release it back to real life, to make it smooth ahead for future.

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some of the locals selling bread and its very cheap to buy one big bag, to feed the fish.

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For us, the fish is lucky today as we are feeding them with our left over high class breakfast. 😀

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I can tell, you the fish here are big! The locals also believe another thing that, if you do catch fish nearby the temple along this river, you will be curse, either fall sick or something bad will happen to you.

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 this is one of the boat transport offer by the hotels.

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As you walk further up a bit then you will get to see the locals selling tortoise, eel, birds and a few more other things as it depends on what you want to wish for then they prepare what creature for you to release.

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while waiting for our boat to come, then I get a chance to see what are the locals actually doing.

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As they do a praying first by saying in their heart with the words from the paper, then next they just pour it to the river and let the bad thing wash away.

If I do say anything wrong, please do correct me. Thank you.

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As we were heading back to our destination where we board on our boat, now we see another side of the river which is more interesting this round . . .

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If you do  have time, visit this temple which is made of porcelain if I am not mistaken.

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To spend some sightseeing and stopping by a few stops, I would suggest that you will need to spend about half a day here to enjoy the fullest and make use of the river.

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Time is just perfect when we reach back the jetty to start our shopping galore at Bangkok. Catch up next post for shopping area in Bangkok.

It had been a long long time since I visited this island Pangkor Island Beach Resort , as I still remember that when I was kid that my dad bring me to this island, when I landed at the dock, I stare at the sea water and I can see many school of fish swimming around the area but now it had change as I went to another jetty. This island Pulau Pangkor, famously known as one of the jewels in the crown  of west coast peninsular Malaysia, that offers travelers the ultimate tranquil gatewa from the hustle and bustle of city life which is located 2 and half hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. To get here, travellers can purchase a direct bus ticket from Bukit Jalil Bus Station (a temporary station) with the price from RM27-RM35 per way but bring a neck pillow as it depends on driver that, it can be a painful ride as it took us about 5 hours to reach here.

*Dissapointing Fact:
During the trip, I realise that we are not the only people that going there as on that day, half of the bus were filled with international travellers from HK and Aus. As approching to the destination, as a Malaysians, I am VERY dissapointed with that xx bus comany driver of his attitude towards the tourist, or maybe he did not know that they were from international as one of the lady went to ask the driver are we reaching soon, and the replied from the bus driver ‘GOING TO REACH SOON! Can you please SIT down!’, 15 minutes later, The Aus couple were getting very uncomfortable as the journey on that day took us very long, then the guy went to ask the driver by ‘How Long does it takes us to reach there? The bus driver replied ’30minutes!!!!!!!’ he was like near yelling  and I was shocked~ This is how you treat people? I was like keep shaking my head . . .. . Well, what the hell…

Now I get a chance to come here again, with all thanks to Ee Lune for helping me to arrange this wonderfull trip, as I was send here by her to do some photoshoot for a resort. The main shooting of the resort is to help to capture children friendly environment and facilities and other nice facilities of the resort.

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What I get to know from the locals there, it is usually packed with local tourist but its seasonal as towards end of the year, there will be many travellers around the world will flock the place.

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It did shock me a little that I didnt know the surroundings area of the dock had many nice building and well taken care off, which I hope, Penang will have this kind of feel and look.

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Entering the Ferry Terminal.

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If you plan to go in by yourself or the hotel that you are staying didnt not cover your ferry, you can directly purchase it at the counter located directly at the entrance. For Adult it cost RM10 and Children is RM5

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When I see the ferry, instantly I think of those ferry that took us to Langkawi, as these are the types of ferry that going to transport us into the island. It takes about 30 minutes boat ride into the main town of Pulau Pangkor.

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Seats inside the ferry or boat.

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I just got to know that we actually do assemble and build ships as the cruise ship located there lokks like being build.

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Finally, I have reach the destination and I am all excited to check ot this resort. A resort that place specially at another jetty which specially arrange for pick up by the resort on certain time. To reach this resort from the jetty at the town center, it takes about 20 minutes car ride.

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This resort is not small as is nestled amidst 73 acres of lush tropical forests overlooking at the Straits of Melacca, let’s not wasiting time and take a mini tour into the resort.

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Under such a hot sun sitting a buggy around that huge green fields surround the main path towards the main entrance of the hotel.

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From the right view is the Garden Wingz room that over look a big green flat land and golf course.

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A open air concept looby that you can hear the waves splashing, birds churpping and cool windy breeze blowing towards me. Wooden furnitures and ceiling as to reminiscent the Malay heritage.

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Hornbill icon is place here for a reason as many of the coconut trees, house many of this hornbills.

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Their front dest staff is very attentive and providing good customer service.

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Tadda… My room in the Ocean Wingz that over look a swimming pool and directly to the sea. The room

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Spacious bath room that can even dance in there.

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My room view. Swimming pool and to the ocean.

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The outlook of my room view.

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The resort are equip with mini sports area that have ping pong table, pool, foosball table for kids and adults to play on.

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Then lets head to the kids care center.

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That they call this Pandy panda kids club that they have a great hotel crew that opperating this place.

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Gated fences on this area that provides a mini play ground area for the kids.

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Tortise feeding session is available everyday on certain selected time.

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The panda kids area is decorated more like a  kampung house that decorate with timber flooring, wooden walls and roof.

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Every kids that reach this place on that day in that session will be given an ice cream as a welcome gift. Most of the ammenities have provided kids friendly environment with most of the item are plastic. Besides this, they provide a place for drawing, colouring, painting and many others.

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Not us can write email so high tech but for kids they prefer to go into old classic way by looking for a penpal. To write to another kid from other part of the world that had been in here b4.

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Besides that area, for adults you can always enjoy your leisure time by playin golf as this is a 9 holes goft course.

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Or if you want something challenging, can head to moutain biking or jungle tracking.

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I was also told that the resrort have very big space to cater specially for Corporate functions.

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This is one of the place that usually did the team bonding.

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Playing sports of Tennis.

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If you do not like all the above you can head to their pool.

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They certainly have a very safe baby pool with its depths of 0.4 m which is more like a 3 year old kid standing there wont be drown, in fact I assume that it will reach till their waist.

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Then this cute kid went into the water and with a look of scared of the cold water, with his dad as he was scared then the dad persuaing him to walk around.

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If you want something more relaxing, then you can just sit at the Kingfisher Pool Bar to enjoy a great cup of your cocktail or mocktail.

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If all this doest suit you then beach definately will always be one of the best section.

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I keep wondering what is this, but as when I take it up, it break into dry sand but wondering why the whole beach is full of this mini round balls of sand.

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If you feel that all activities do not suits you, then kids can always build sad castle or prank of their dad.

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this is the result of taking this shot and my Blackberry was drown in water inside my bag..

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At late evening, then they do have Hornbill feeding session as the fruits is placed there and waiting for the wild hornbill to eat on them.

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Hornbill restaurant featring international dish.

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As night approaching,they do have movie day on selected time and movie acccording on that week.

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Night view of the resort.

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I woke up very early in the morning trying to catch on the sunrise. It was quite dissapointing as it rained on the previous night.

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Heading for breafast that offers, western and local.

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After a great wonderfull shot at this resort, I could not thank more again to Ee Lune for this session.

For more info and rates of the resort, please cech out at: Pangkor Island Beach Resort

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