City Trick: Shanghai Public Transportation Card – 上海公共交通卡

If you live in Shanghai or is staying here for couple of days and will be using subway as you main transportation i highly advise you to buy a Shanghai’s public transportation card.
It’s only 20 rmb that you can get refund before living.
Skipping the ticket lines will save you a lot of time and can make the whole experience more pleasant as well.
In almost any subway station of the city you can buy the card and then fill it with any desired amount of money.
The card can also be used for ferry, bus, long-distance bus, maglev trains, taxis, trucks, car park, expressway, fuel stations and auto repair service.
Metro is one of the best transportation options in Shanghai as you can skip traffic with 14 lines and 364 stations.By route length is the largest in the world and 2nd largest by number of stations making reach any point in the city fast, cheap and easy.

If you have any doubts let me know in the comments and i’ll be happy to help!💛

Tip: I wouldn’t charge the card with much as i lost 2 cards already myself.😝

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Things To Do In Amazing Phi Phi Islands – Thailand + How To Get There

Phi Phi Islands – หมู่เกาะพีพี
Going to the paradise?Make sure you have all the details on hands to enjoy your trip without any unpleasant surprises!
Here all you need to get there and have fun on your dream trip!

Getting to Phi Phi

There’s no straight flight to Phi Phi so you need to get to one of the nearest cities and then reach the island by ferry boat.
The ferry boats are spacious enough with seats for everyone and air-con.It also counts with a deck for those who want to admire the view or sunbathe.
Another option is hiring a private speedboat that takes around 45 min(from Phuket) for a more tailored private trip.

Bangkok To Phuket

One of the best ways is getting to Phuket and then to Phi Phi.The reason this is my favorite route is that Phuket is such nice place to know as well, so if you have time why not to spend some time here before Koh Phi Phi?!
Click here for all information you need to get to Phuket.

Ferry to Phi Phi

From Phuket:
The easiest way to acquire your ferry tickets to PhiPhi is buying it directly from your hotel, they will have a nice price and will arrange the van service (that’s included on the ticket price) to pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the pier.
Bear in mind that the pier is around 1 hour away from central beach area (Patong/Karon,etc.), plane well to don’t miss your boat.
You can also buy it from tour stalls around the city, but be prepared to bargain as the price is usually higher compared to the hotels.
Boats depart from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

From Koh Lanta:
Koh Lanta’s ferry only works during high season (November-April).
Similar to Phuket method, the best 2 options are buying from your hotel or at tour stalls around the city.
The practical and cheapest way in Lanta is buying from your accommodation as well.Don’t forget to arrange the pickup time from your hotel to the pier.
Only 2 boats depart per day one at 8:00 am and other at 13:00 pm.

From Krabi:
Free hotel pickup is also included at the ferry ticket price in Krabi.
Boats run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Island Divisions + Must See Areas

Phi Phi consists in a group of 6 Islands, the largest one is Phi Phi Don where the boats arrive and where most of the hotels are.This is the place you will probably be staying (exception is sleeping aboard a boat in Maya Bay).
Phi Phi Don has no cars, motorbikes or any kind of inland transportation apart from bicycles.As it is a quite small place everywhere is reachable by walk or by boat.
But is big enough to amuse, that’s for sure.😃

The famous Maya Bay is located in Phi Phi Leh(the second biggest island in the group) where “The Beach” movie was filmed.This is a wonderful spot for snorkeling, diving, chilling at the beach, exploring the untouched island interior and view.A must go while in Phi Phi.
On your way to Maya Bay you can stop by the Viking Cave, for us, a quick look was enough and we moved on to Phi Ley Bay(also in Phi Phi Leh) for some snorkeling.
Another famous snorkeling and diving spot is Loh Samah Bay located in Phi Phi Leh as well.
Koh Bida Nai, Koh Bida Nok are some of the smaller less visited islands of the group, mostly frequented by diver groups due to beautiful fish diversity located south from Phi Phi Leh.

Mosquito Island is situated north from Phi Phi Don and is one of the smaller islands known for great snorkeling.
Nearby Mosquito Island stands Bamboo Island where again chilling at a desert beach and snorkeling are the highlights.
Everywhere you’re going to find crystal clear water and mostly white sand, one of the main reasons the love story begins with this beautiful islands.

Arriving on Phi Phi + Hotel

Did you book accommodation ahead?If yes, be sure to let your hotel know what time you are arriving and they will pick you up at the pier, show you the way and help you out with your luggage.
If not, at the arriving pier you will find a lot of hotel options, be sure to ask prices before following them to the place.
If you don’t like any, you can go around and find a place yourself, but this will take you sometime I advise you to save your time to enjoy the site.Phi Phi is not an expensive place to stay and 100 baths may not be worth losing few hours, especially if you got heavy luggage.
If you want to book a hotel in advance I recommend www.agoda.com to do so, they are the booking website with bigger variety in Thailand, is the one I mostly use.

Things To Do In Phi Phi

Snorkeling:
If you didn’t bring your gear, you can find some on the island.However, if snorkeling is the main interest you have, bringing some professional equipment is advised.
All over the islands, you have sites to explore, just walking into the sea or taking a long tail boat around.
There’s a lot of snorkeling trip offers, but this can be not as fun due to crowded boats, schedule, etc.
The best option is renting a long tail boat privately, the prices are reasonable and you get the best from your tour. If you really enjoy a place you can choose to stay more in it; if not you can just move on, choosing your own time is also great to avoid meeting crowded tourist boats and finally been picked at your hotel(if you staying seafront).

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Muay Thai:
We had dinner once and came back for some drinks in another night at “Reggae Bar” a bar and restaurant with a Muay Thai ring right in the middle.
Customer fights are arranged with all equipment provided and local kids fight as well.Is just some fun demonstration of Thai boxing that proved entertaining for us.
They have a burger eating challenge, both of times we’ve been there someone was trying to win it, and that just added to the play atmosphere.

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Beach Party:
If you’re a party animal you don’t need my tips, just enjoy it!
But even if you are not much into nightlife Phi Phi has this huge party scene starting in quite early time.
After your perfect day at the beach spending few hours listening to some music, watching fire acrobatics, and maybe even dancing a little bit won’t hurt once in a while.
Everything looking to the waves.🎉

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View Point:
Breathtaking view awaits you if you’re willing to leave your beach chair.=p
Choosing the right time to climb up is important because burning noon sun is not something you want when going up the oblique path.
The view definitely worth the walk.Enjoy it!

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Kayaking to Monkey Beach:
Don’t want to the kayaking part?That’s fine you can rent a long tail boat to get you there.
We did it the sporty way and noticed the kayak parking at Monkey Beach I could see many others did it too.
But I have to say it was harder than I imagined and thanks God hubby was there to help, two of myself wouldn’t get there.
How beautiful is it to appreciate animals in their natural environment?!A big monkey family came to say hi to all of us!
This may sound cliché but please remember wild animal shouldn’t eat artificial snacks, unless you offering water or fruits you better just appreciated they appearance.
Also, monkeys can be aggressive and the right thing is to avoid any contact and just look from a safe distance.
No one lives in this stretch of sand, please do not leave your trash there, let’s keep it the paradise it is.

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Shopping:
Souvenirs, clothing and craft stalls and stores can be found everywhere in Phi Phi Don.
“I Love Phi Phi” shirts are a souvenir I recommend as in the future every time you wear it the memories come back.🌅
Nice to do on the evening or night after enjoying the day activities.

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Diving:
Plenty of Padi courses and diving trips signs were distributed around the main island with multilingual instructors offered.
We personally choose not to take the course in Phi Phi as it would take time and we wanted to enjoy all aspects of the island, but I’m sure it would be a beautiful spot to do so.
If you’re a diving lover or want to get your Padi, Phi Phi has fair amount of company options with world-class diving sites.

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Thai Food at Sea View Restaurants:
Oh, the food! As I mentioned before, Thai food is part of the experience.
Try out a new dish every day and prepare to miss them when you get back home.
And for some ambience, a nice choice of restaurant facing the sea will surely do.🏖

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Tips: *If you are staying at a seafront hotel you absolutely must bring earplugs if you’re hoping to sleep.At night most of the restaurants turn into a beach party and the sound echoes into the bay.The pros are waking up with wave sounds and having your breakfast with your feet in the sand.
*Phi Phi is a very small Island that in many times of the year is crowded. When walking in one of the tinny streets if a baggage/goods carrier boy seems impatient or get your way, be gentle and remember that is holidays for you but its hard-working for them in a jammed place all day long that sure can be very stressing.Remember to always look from another perspective and I’m sure you gonna enjoy your trip even more.😉
That being said, Thai people are extremely friendly, respectful and good-hearted so make sure to reciprocate their treatment.❤

Ps: The websites and air company recommendations are made by personal experience and I don’t get any kind of remuneration for that.

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Skyscrapers at Lujiazui – Shanghai, China

With the view of “The Bund” Lujiazui area has some of the most famous Shanghainese buildings, including the “Oriental Pearl Tv Tower”, “Shanghai Tower” and “Shanghai World Financial Center”.
The area is also home to major shopping malls, well designed gardens and a park.

You can enjoy just looking at the place, take some pictures around, contemplate the gardens, feel the modernity vibe in the air.
As well take a picture with the tallest building in China “Shanghai Tower”(2nd tallest in the world 10/2015) and if hungry having dinner inside the “Oriental Pearl Tv Tower” to appreciate the view.Than walking distance you can go up to the 100 floor observation deck on “Shanghai World Financial Center” (2nd tallest building in Shanghai,4th in China,8th in the World) to have a look at another angle.
Lujiazui is also a great choice for shopping and eating, with IFC and Super Brand Mall (one of the best shopping malls at the city) right there catching the view.

This is a must see place in Shanghai, definitely top attraction at the city that you can’t miss.
Over the years we visited the spot several times and it never fail to impress, as you walk looking up high you get to know the future from the movies is here right now.😄

Tips:* Weekends are specially crowded, if possible try to plan the visit at a week day.
*Sprout Works and Equilibrium (healthy restaurant options from the video) are located at Super Brand Mall.
*Baker & Spice is a fab restaurant choice at IFC Mall.
*For residents there’s a great supermarket called “City Super”(www.citysuper.com.cn/en/) at IFC Mall,LG2 floor.

Addresses:

Lujiazui – 陆家嘴 / Oriental Pearl Tv Tower – 东方明珠广播电视塔
Address: 1 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址: 上海市浦东新区世纪大道1号
Subway station: Lujiazui Station – line 2, exit 2
Oriental Pearl Tv Tower Restaurant open from 5:00 pm to 9:00pm.

Super Brand Mall – 正大广场
Address: 168 Lujiazui Xi Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址: 上海陆家嘴西路168号
Subway station: Lujiazui Station – line 2, exit 2
Open from 10:00 am to 10:00pm.
Website: www.superbrandmall.com

IFC Mall – 上海国金中心商场
Address: 8 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市浦东新区世纪大道8号
Subway station: Lujiazui Station – line 2, exit 6
Open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Website: www.shanghaiifcmall.com.cn/en/index.html

Lujiazui Central Green Park – 陆家嘴中心绿地
Address: 160 Lujiazui East Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市浦东新区陆家嘴东路160号
Subway station: Lujiazui Station – line 2, exit 5
Open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Shanghai World Financial Center – 上海环球金融中心
Address: 100 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市浦东新区世纪大道100号
Subway station: Lujiazui Station – line 2, exit 6
Open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Website(observatory): www.swfc-observatory.com/?l=en

Shanghai Tower – 上海中心大厦
Address: 501 Yincheng Middle Road,Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市浦东新区陆家嘴银城中路501号
Subway station: Lujiazui Station – line 2, exit 6
Website: http://www.shanghaitower.com.cn/enversion/index.asp

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Best of Chatuchak Weekend Market – Bangkok, Thailand

I’m a street market lover and if you are too, let’s go crazy together about Chatuchak!
The largest market in Thailand and among the largest in the world is going on for over 60 years.
Covering 27 acres area, divided into 27 sections and with over 10000 stalls Chatuchak has a diverse range of products.
The map separates the areas based on 9 main goods, but there are much more options mixed around.

Due to the huge size, sometimes can be challenging finding the sector you want to visit. The trick here is looking up, signs with the market map are all around, hanging from the ceiling.
The market opens on Friday for wholesale and on Saturday and Sunday for the public.
Theoretically, it opens from 6:00 am-6:00 pm, but I can assure you that arriving before 9:30 is a waste of time since most of the shops are closed and you gonna have to wait around.

This is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs with usually better prices than the other touristic points, but don’t forget to bargain, the real prices are most of the times lower than on the first offer.
If you want to grab something to eat, walk around, shopping, foot massage and coffee break you can keep a full day of your schedule here.
However, if you just want to check the market out do some shopping and is not much into street food half day is enough for you.

Tip: Comfortable shoes and light clothing are convenient, the market is quite crowded and can be hot in some areas.

Chatuchak Market – ตลาดจตุจักร
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: 587/10 ถนน กำแพงเพชร 2 แขวง จตุจักร เขต จตุจักร กรุงเทพมหานคร
BTS(skytrain): Mo Chit Station – Sukhumvit line, exit 1
MRT: Chatuchak Park Station, exit 1 or Kamphaeng Phet, exit 1 or 2
Official website: www.chatuchak.org

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Best Of Phuket, Thailand + How To Get There

Phuket – ภูเก็ต
The biggest island in Thailand is a mix of city and sea, the perfect combination for those who want chill at the beach without open hands of the big city buzz.
Plenty of attractions for all tastes and with relaxing mood and great view there’s much to love about the island.
But first, let’s make sure you gonna get there:

Bangkok to Phuket

If your plane goes directly to Phuket you can skip to the next tip.
But if you’re in Bangkok, here the ways you can get to Phuket:

1) Compared to another countries it’s really cheap to travel by plane in Thailand, sometimes cheaper than by bus.Knowing that, be sure to check online before make your decision.
Usually the cheapest flights are held by Airasia (www.airasia.com/th/en/home.page) with lower rates then other transportations and much quicker.On the other hand, if you got a lot of baggage, their excess rate is way overpriced.
In that case you may choose another company.

For addresses and information about Bangkok airports click here.

2)Not a flying kind of person?You still can get VIP buses that are really comfortable 24 seat coach.
The buses are clean and they stop for one free meal in the way, the seat lower pretty well and you have a place to put your feet either.
A free box with some snacks and water similar to plane kits are available.
Be sure to buy the VIP 24 seat bus, we’ve heard of people who had been misleading to buy the wrong ticket for the VIP price.
It’s a long 12 hours trip and you want to make sure to be comfortable so double-check your ticket information to don’t get your trip started tired and angry.
I advise you to buy it directly from the bus station, there are buses departing along the day.
Buses leave from Southern Bus Terminal and also from Khao San Road(less recommended).
Tip: Bring earplugs and sleep mask to an even more comfy trip.

Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) – สถานีขนส่งสายใต้ใหม่ตลิ่งชัน
Address: Borommaratchachonnani Road, Chim Phli, Taling Chan, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: ถนน บรมราชชนนี แขวง ฉิมพลี เขต ตลิ่งชัน กรุงเทพมหานคร
Best way to get there is by taxi.

We’ve done the two ways, plane and bus, ourselves and they both went well with no complaints to be added.

From Phuket International Airport To The City

There are two ways you can get to your hotel, the best one depends on how many people you have with you.
Outside of the airport vans and taxis will be waiting for passengers, if you are in a group the van will be the right choice for you, otherwise taxi it is.
Our taxi ride (with meter) from the airport to the hotel cost us the same as the flight ticket from Bangkok to Phuket, it was a long way but the rates are surely higher than other cities.
Tip: Official airport website: www.phuketairportthai.com

Phuket Must See/Do Attractions

Big Buddha:
พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคาคีรี (Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri Or Ming Mongkol Buddha)
Up in a hill watching the city, sits vibrant Big Buddha.One of the must-see places in Phuket with special energy, great city view and a fun ride exploring the place up to the temple.
After spend the day at the beach we enjoyed the beautiful sunset at the temple, definitely a right choice.=]
The entrance is free and it opens from 6:00am-7:00pm.
Tip: Wearing appropriated clothing is advisable.For girls, a great tip is using your sarong as a dress to cover up a bit more from your beach attire.

Address: Nagakerd Hill,Yot Sane 1, Chaofa Road ( West ), Chalong, Phuket
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: บนยอดเขา นาค, Yot Sane 1, ตำบล กะรน อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต
Website: www.phuket-big-buddha.com/
If you’re going by yourself getting a city map is greatly advisable and will make your life much easier.The way up is simple, the street is good and has enough signs.

Water Sports:
Parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating, kayaking, kitesurfing, sea walking, artificial surfing, snorkeling, diving and underwater scooter are some of the wet fun in Phuket.
The main beaches such as Karon and Patong have parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating and such being offered around, just keep an eye at the water or sky and you will see the activities going on, just walk towards the action and you will find them.
Snorkeling, diving, and underwater scooter trips can be easily arranged at tour booths around the city or even at your hotel front desk.At Coral Island tour, for example, you can do sea walk (check how it looks like here: www.coralislandclub.com/seawalker.php).
Artificial surf can be found right in front Kata beach at Surf House bar.
My favorite was parasailing at Patong beach and Diego’s fave the artificial surf.😄

Cabaret Show:
The famous ladyboy cabaret show arouses curiosity and promise to impress the public.
One of the most popular is “Simon Cabaret”- ไซม่อน คาบาเรต์ ( www.simonstarshow.com ) with daily presentations.

Snorkeling Tours:
At the front sea street and also distributed around the city you can find booths selling tours.At most of the hotels, they sell too.
They have many options, we personally highly indicate Coral Island tour and if you are not staying in Phi Phi and/or Similan Islands during your visit these are places not to be missed.

Diving:
Diving tours and schools are plenty on the island.We personally can’t recommend one as we didn’t dive in Phuket, but we heard of many good experiences.
Sharks, turtles and giant fishes are seen frequently at diving spots around.
Tip: Just make sure to read reviews on the internet before booking a tour.

Massage:
Relaxing is an important part of any vacation and massage just fits perfect with it.Trying traditional Thai massage is a must, don’t leave without it.
After walking around the street markets and stores a foot massage is all you need to complete your day.
Closing every day with this tranquilizing therapy is part of the experience.Tell me, oil massage facing the sea with the sound of the waves isn’t a dream?!

The Food:
Hummmm, the food!Part of the Thai experience is delighting yourself with local dishes.
Yummy Thai food and its mix of flavors open your sense.
Forget about comfort food and discover a new taste everyday!

Zip Line:
Want some adventure out of the ocean? Zip line tours are provided by few companies, giving the opportunity to explore beyond the sea.

Phuket Transportation

I and Diego rented a moto to better explore the place.
Another options are renting a car or simply taking a taxi or songthaew(vehicle larger than a tuk tuk).
Taxis are overpriced, if you don’t plan on spending much on transportation renting a vehicle is a great choice.
Motorbikes and cars can be rented by leaving your passport or a money deposit with the rental store for decent prices.
Tip: Remember, don’t drink and drive.

Why NOT to choose entertainment with animals in captivity

Before going to my vacations my friends indicated me swimming with elephants as a top thing to do in Thailand.
When I first saw an elephant in Phuket I was astonished, I picked my phone and started to record, I bought bananas and fed them.I just couldn’t wait to touch those beauties.
Then someone came for a ride and the way the workers treated them was too harsh for me, I said to myself, you gonna find a place where they are well treated and do it, not here!
I ended up finding such place in Koh Lanta, I can’t lie, I loved it! It was for me a moment of total joy. But I couldn’t stop to remember afterwards how it may feel for the elephants.How many time they had to “have fun” with the tourists?Some of the beautiful moves they did, how did they learn it?Some of the scars they had, was it an accident?Were they taken from their families?Why should they be forced to work for me?
I truly believe most of the people go to the tours without really reflecting about this issues, without knowledge about the animals situation.I was one of them.
After researching the matter I was completely ashamed of being part of the suffering these lives were submitted to.I promised myself I would never cooperate with this cruelty acts again and I would love to help spread the message.
We all grow up in a world where animal rights didn’t count as they should, but we can re-educate ourselves and make the difference now.
This counts not only for elephants but for everything involving animals.Don’t try to fool yourself with excuses, they are not toys, they are not ours.
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures.” Albert Einstein
You can understand more here:
www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/

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Shanghai Awesome Tai Chi Fight – China

Diego’s university, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, was having a free tai chi workshop and we went there to try and understand more about this Chinese martial art.
At first Master Pu Jia Qi explain us about the history of Tai Chi and then the 6 divisions inside the art.With the time tai chi was modified and its more modern versions are mostly originated from Chen Village a historical village created by a martial art teacher.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Tàijíquán) means “the ultimate fist” and is a mix of health, martial art and meditation.
Then we focused on Zhaobao style, the one that Pu is a specialist.
This style involves self-defense technic using the opponent power against himself, redirecting his energy(his Qì). Qì (Ch’i) means “life energy”.
For that reason you don’t need strength neither they have age limits, because you will use your enemy force not your own.
Master Qi showed us different techniques and then paired us to try them out.
I have to admit i lack coordination in general, so is a really good thing to learn self-defense but challenging as well.😜
Hubby in the other hand had many previews experiences with couple of martial arts and got everything easy.
Since my first time in China Tai Chi always hold my attention and made me desire to participate.Finally learning more about it was truly nice.

Master Pu Jia Qi has an academy in Shanghai:

Address: 404 Wanping South Road, Building 1, 1st floor, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Address in Chinese: 地址:上海徐汇区宛平南路404号1号楼一楼
Website: www.htaichi.com
Subway station: Dong’An Road station – line 4, exit 2 or Shanghai Stadium Station – line 4, exit 3

Shanghai University of Engineering Science
Website: chinese.sues.edu.cn

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Best of Loy Krathong Day 3- Bangkok, Thailand

At the 3rd and last day of the festival when the full moon was ready to shine the most waited moment comes to live.
To understand more about Loy Krathong meaning click here for “Day 1” and here for “Day 2”.
We started with Sathorn Pier looking special with several stalls where krathongs were being handmade and sold.
Together with the festival pinnacle public number increased in all attractions, something that just gave more celebratory feeling to the whole experience.
Once again we took the River Festival free shuttle boat and this time visited Wat Phra Chetuphori, Wat Kalayanamitr, Wat Prayurawongsawas and Asiatique.

Wat Phra Chetupori – พระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร

Apart from previews days attractions the temple had special guests, theatrical plays, fireworks and a moment for everyone to release their barks together.
The set ensured great atmosphere, we loved the opportunity to participate.
Here you could find krathongs to buy as well, but for higher prices compared to Sathorn Pier.

Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 2 ถนนสนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพฯ 10200
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Tip: Wat Phra Chetupori official website: http://www.watpho.com

 

Wat Kalayanamitr Waramahavihara – วัดกัลยาณมิตรวรมหาวิหาร

Arriving at the temple we witnessed the floating boats been released all around and a special giant 7 headed naga krathong at the entrance.
Some quick rain paused the shows for a while but it was over soon and the party continued.
They had street food stalls around and dance performances either.

Address: 371 Thetsaban Sai 1 Road, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 371 เทศบาลสาย 1, กรุงเทพมหานคร (กทม.) 10600
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร

 

Wat Prayurawongsawas – วัดประยุรวงศาวาสวรวิหาร

Chinese dragon dance, acrobats and music dictate the rhythm at the beautiful temple.
Also traditional Thai dance and music entertained us with rich garment details and exotic balance.
Numerous food and craft stalls and gorgeous setting one more time led us to enjoyment.

Address: 1 Soi Arun Ammarin 4, Wat Kanlaya, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 1 ซอย อรุณอมรินทร์ 4 แขวง วัดกัลยา เขต ธนบุรี กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร

 

Asiatique The Riverfront -เอเชียทีค เดอะ ริเวอร์ฟร้อนท์

To end the day we choose Asiatique that also counted with fireworks to make the night remarkable.
We’ve been to Asiatique at the first day too.Click here to see.
From here was a very difficult task to grab a taxi so we ended up having some help from the locals to find a bus line half way home and then took a taxi for the final half.

Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: 2194 ถนน เจริญกรุง แขวง วัดพระยาไกร เขต บางคอแหลม กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a free Asiatique boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Open from 5:00pm-12:00pm.
Tip: Asiatique official website: http://www.thaiasiatique.com/index.php/en

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Best of Loy Krathong Day 2- Bangkok, Thailand

The “Festival of Lights” had many attractions to be seen around the city, it was difficult to choose between such nice options but certainly no wrong choice could be made as everywhere we stepped was plenty of wonders.
With Brahmanical roots, the festival has been adapted to Thai Buddhism. Click here to know more about Loy Krathong meaning and symbolism.
At day 2 we again took the free River Festival shuttle boat and visited Tha Maharaja and Wat Arun.

Tha Maharaj – ท่ามหาราช

Our first stop had a modern approach to the festival.
Located in a riverfront mall with special decoration, food and craft stalls, all fresco cinema and even a special song made to the river.

Address: 1/11 Trok Mahathat, Maharaj Road, Phranakorn District, Bangkok 10200
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 1/11 ตรอกมหาธาตุ ถนนมหาราช เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier or a taxi)
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Tip: Tha Maharaj official website: http://www.thamaharaj.com

 

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) – วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร

At Wat Arun Buddhist temple everyone was invited to help handicraft Buddha statues made few distinct ways, was a truly amazing experience everyone was glowing happy and the helpers couldn’t be more kind!
There we enjoyed stunning traditional Thai dance and music presentations, huge food fair, flower shaped candles for special offering in the water due to Loy Krathong and also an alfresco cinema.
Unfortunately the temple was under renovation that makes it a little harder to appreciate by recorded images, but still was laying Beautifully over our view and made its energy be felt for sure.

Address: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahaviharn(Temple of Dawn), 158 Wang Doem Rd, Talat Noi, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่:วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร, 158 ถนน วังเดิม แขวง ตลาดน้อย เขต บางกอกใหญ่ กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร

Everything was special, we can’t wait to show you day 3!
How do you find Loy Krathong?We are excited to hear from you!Share with us in the comments below!💙

Best of Loy Krathong day 2- Bangkok, Thailand

Best of Loy Krathong day 2- Bangkok, Thailand

Best of Loy Krathong day 2- Bangkok, Thailand

Best of Loy Krathong day 2- Bangkok, Thailand

Best of Loy Krathong day 2- Bangkok, Thailand

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Best of Loy Krathong Day 1- Bangkok, Thailand

The beautiful Loy Krathong festival gives you chance to interact with the enchanting Thai culture and participate in this ritual of blesses.     The festival is held on the evening of the full moon in the 12th month of Thai lunar calendar(usually in November in our calendar) all over Thailand.
Krathongs are handmade small barks traditionally done with banana leaves, banana tree trunk, flowers, candle, incense and other details can be added; for example if you wish wealth in the coming year you should add some coins, for getting rid of bad luck and bad energy you should add up some hair and/or nail clippings.
Is believed that a couple that floats the Krathong together will meet, fall in love and be together again in the next life. (Sorry girls, I already guarantee those blue eyes for the next turn 😜)
Loy Krathong is also seeing as an opportunity to give back to the river, apologize to the water Goddess for polluting and be grateful for having and using it.
The candle placed in the middle honor Buddha and letting the boat go in the water symbolizes letting all bad go.In the first day at the River Festival, we took a free boat from Sathorn Pier in Bangkok to Asiatique, Yodpiman River Walk, Wat Phra Chetupori and Wat Prayurawongsawas.                                                                                 The festival had allegoric boat parade that was absolutely precious to watch.

Asiatique The Riverfront -เอเชียทีค เดอะ ริเวอร์ฟร้อนท์

At Asiatique apart from the regular setting they had a street food fair serving all kinds of Thai dishes and a “moon lake floating” for freeing the krathongs.

Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: 2194 ถนน เจริญกรุง แขวง วัดพระยาไกร เขต บางคอแหลม กรุงเทพมหานคร 10120
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a free Asiatique boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Open from 5:00pm-12:00pm.
Tip: Asiatique official website: http://www.thaiasiatique.com/index.php/en

 

Yodpiman River Walk – ยอดพิมาน ริเวอร์วอล์ค

Yodpiman was displaying detailed crafted handmade krathongs and had special flower arrangements to celebrate the festival.

Address: 390/17 Banmoh Road, Wangburapapirom, Phranakhon, Bangkok
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Open from 10:00am-10:00pm
Tip: Yodpiman official website: http://www.yodpimanriverwalk.com/home-en/

 

Wat Phra Chetupori – พระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร

 Also known as Wat Pho(วัดโพธิ์) this temple was my favorite!                 Soon as you arrive you walk through stores selling art pieces and souvenirs.Then with a vision to the temple you have traditional Thai crafts and dishes being made real-time and distributed for free for us to have a better understanding of their culture, DIY free krathong making guided by locals, beautiful dance presentations showing multiple cultural styles and clothing, explanation of how Loy Krathong is celebrated in different parts of Thailand and more.

Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 2 ถนนสนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพฯ 10200
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Tip: Wat Phra Chetupori official website: http://www.watpho.com

 

Wat Prayurawongsawas – วัดประยุรวงศาวาสวรวิหาร                                        

Next, we’ve been to Wat Prayurawongsawas Waraviharn and as we step there we felt the commemoration vibe in the air.
With live folk music, street food stands all around, gorgeous Thai dance and music presentations, a pool in the center of the temple for coin throwing( if the coin fall inside the vase brings you good luck) and candle releasing ( the candle got the same symbolism as releasing a krathong).                                                                              The view here was just fantastic with the temple pagodas and the candle lights.

Address: 1 Soi Arun Ammarin 4, Wat Kanlaya, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 1 ซอย อรุณอมรินทร์ 4 แขวง วัดกัลยา เขต ธนบุรี กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร

Every stop was full of discoveries to be made we fully enjoyed the night.
What about you?Enjoyed Loy Krathong? Let us know in the comments below and keep up for Loy Krathong Day 2!

How to get to River Festival:
Best ways are by taxi or BTS, check the details below.
BTS(Skytrain): Shaphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร

 

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Jade Buddha Temple – 玉佛寺 in Shanghai, China

Built originally in 1882 to place 2 Buddha statues from Burma this Buddhist temple is one of Shanghai’s must see.
The big stars of the place can’t be recorded or taken pictures of so still some mystery to see for yourself.
The central location just makes it easy to feet at you schedule even if you’re not staying long.
Mine and Diego’s favorite part was inside the Grand Hall (main hall located in the center) with so many details that your eyes get filled with delight.
Around you can find religious related stores with statues, candles, chanting books, souvenirs and more.
Open from 8:30am to 5:00pm, admission fee 20 yuan.

Address: 170 Anyuan Road, Jing’an, Shanghai, China
Address In Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市静安区安远路170号
Subway station: Changshou Road Station – line 7, exit 5

Tip: You can buy incense at the store within the temple (just turn left from the main entrance) and give thanks for your beautiful trip!

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Shanghai And Bangkok Airports + Our Flight Sneak Peek

Here you can find all the information you need about Shanghai and Bangkok airports:

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport -上海虹桥国际机场 in Shanghai, China

Shanghai has 2 airports, this is the smaller one and nearest to the city center.
Most of the domestic flights are concentrated here but they have some international flights too.

Address: 2550 Hongqiao Road, Changning, Shanghai, China
Address in Chinese: 地址:上海市长宁区虹桥路2550号
Subway station: Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 – line 2 and 10 / Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 – line 10

Tip: Official Hongqiao Airport authority website: http://en.shairport.com/hongqiaoair.html

 

Shanghai Pudong International Airport -上海浦东国际机场 in Shanghai, China

The main international airport in Shanghai is quite far from city center so make sure to leave in time to catch your flight.

Address: S1 Yingbin Expy, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Address In Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市浦东新区S1迎宾高速
Subway station: Pudong Airport – line 2
Maglev: Between Pudong Airport and Longyang Road Subway Station runs a maglev train on the schedule:
Pudong Airport-Longyang Road 7:02-21:42 / Longyang Road-Pudong Airport 6:45-21:40
Bus: There are 8 special airport bus lines that are quite convenient if you don’t carry much luggage you can check schedule and bus stops at the official airport website: http://en.shairport.com/2014-07/02/content_15974151.htm

Tip: Official Pudong Airport authority website: http://en.shairport.com/pudongair.html

 

Don Mueang International Airport – ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง in Bangkok, Thailand

Asia’s oldest operating airport uses terminal 2 for domestic flights and terminal 1 for international flights.

Address: 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sanambin, Don Mueang, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 222 ถนน วิภาวดีรังสิต แขวง สนามบิน เขต ดอนเมือง กรุงเทพมหานคร
Bus: For bus schedule, you can check the official airport website: http://donmueangairportthai.com/en/381-public-transport
Train service: Hua Lamphong train station is connected with Don Mueang Airport, for more information about trains you can check the official website of State Railway of Thailand: www.railway.co.th

Tip: Don Mueang Airport official website: http://donmueangairportthai.com

 

Suvarnabhumi Airport – ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ In Bangkok, Thailand

The beautiful Suvarnabhumi is Bangkok newest airport and the busiest in the city.

Address: 999 Moo 1 Nong Prue, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, Thailand
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: 999 หมู่ 1 ตำบล หนองปรือ อำเภอ บางพลี สมุทรปราการ
Airport Rail Link: Hours of service: 06:00 – 24:00 Interchange stations: Phaya Thai (changing for BTS green line) / Makkasan (linking Phetchaburi Station of MRT blue line)
Airport Transfer: Free bus service runs from 5:00 – 24:00 between Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport, for timetable check airport official website: http://suvarnabhumiairport.com/en/122-transfer-bus-between-suvarnabhumi-don-muaeng
Bus: Hours of service: BMTA: 4:00 – 24:00 (depending on bus number) and Bor Khor Sor: 5:40 – 21:00. For bus schedule check official airport website: http://suvarnabhumiairport.com/en/119-bus-bmta
Public Van: There are 8 van routes available. For schedule check airport official website: http://suvarnabhumiairport.com/en/120-public-van

Tip: Suvarnabhumi Airport official website: http://suvarnabhumiairport.com/en

Have you been to any of these airports?What was your impression of them?Share with us in the comments below!💜

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Zhouzhuang Water Town – 周庄水乡古镇 in Kunshan, China

The ancient town of Zhouzhuang is an opportunity to visit well-preserved historical China.
Built parts in Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, and Qing Dynasty the place has over 900 years.
Taking a boat down the canal is a must to appreciate the town that is parted by lakes and rivers, the conductor usually wears traditional clothes and will sing folk songs for an additional tip (something that I advise you to do so).Day and night trips have different routes.
Our conductor told us that is possible to go until Shanghai by boat departing from the water town and it was the most used way in the past.
Hubby’s favorite thing about this place was the old times feeling and having the elderly playing classic Chinese board games around just added to it.
Trying local snacks, fruits and drinks are definitely part of the experience and so are shopping! Souvenirs and crafts are available along the streets.
There’s an entrance fee of 100 yuan(daytime), 80 yuan(after 4:00pm) and free after 20:00 but if spending the night the ticket can be used up to 3 days upon request.Scenic spots are open from 8:00-16:30 although the town is always open.
Easily accessible by car, taxi or bus from Suzhou(around 1h ); Shanghai(around 1:30h) or Hangzhou(around 2:00h).

Bus departs from: Shanghai- Shanghai Long-distance General Bus Station, Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station, Shanghai Hongqiao Long-distance Bus Station, Shanghai Tour Bus Center and Hongkou Football Stadium.
Suzhou- Suzhou North Bus Station, Suzhou Railway Station(north square).
Hangzhou- Hangzhou North Bus Station.

Address: 121 Quanfu Road, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
Address In Chinese: 地址: 中国江苏省苏州市昆山市全福路121号

Tip: If you like a more quiet environment it’s nice to arrive early around 7:00am, but if you want the souvenir shops to be open and don’t mind the rustle 10:00am is a good time for you.

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Best Of Thailand Preview

Soon as you step in this blessed floor you feel the energy flowing!Fortunately we’ve had this chance 4 times in the last few years.
We gonna show you detailed our loved Thailand, the cities, the food, the people, the vibe, the temples and much more but first let’s give you a taste of what is coming!
We are in Thailand right now!Let us know in the comments what you want to see from the land of smiles!

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Old Shanghai – 上海老城厢 and Yuyuan Garden – 豫园 in Shanghai, China

A traditional garden surrounded by ancient architecture and souvenir shops at Old Shanghai will transport you to real China.
The Yu garden open from 8:30am to 4:45pm, but there’s more to the place to be enjoyed so make sure to schedule enough time to appreciate it.

You can spend a whole day around discovering new alleys with anything you can imagine, spend some time at a Chinese tea house and walk in the streets feeling like you are in a movie.
There’s also the opportunity to watch a puppet show at the streets and/or take a picture wearing old style Chinese garment after the garden entrance.
My favorite place in Shanghai, definitely not to miss.

Tip:* If you enjoy searching for knick-knackery for bargain prices in tinny shops, getting inside the buildings out of the main street around here can be a dream!
*Shanghai is an extremely safe city but at major tourist points there’s scams being reported so do not engage in activities with strangers or people who pronounce themselves city volunteers and keep an eye at your personal belongings.

Address: 218 An Ren Jie, Huangpu, Shanghai
Address in Chinese: 地址: 中国上海市黄浦区安仁街218号
Subway station: Yuyuan Garden Station – line 10, exit 4

Have you been to Yu Garden?Let us know in the comments below!💙

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