Usually I will try a top 10 ranked local hotel (Not under any international chain and manage by locals.) based on TripAdvisor ranking when I visit a country for the 1st time. (Hotel Icon for Hong Kong-Rank 2, Dandy Hotel TianMu for Taiwan-Rank 3 and Hotel Ryumeikan for Tokyo-Rank 2.) So for my recent Bangkok trip, I choose U-Tiny Boutique Home Suvarnabhumi Bangkok which is currently rank 8 on TripAdvisor. So how was it?
A quick tour round the room.
A quick tour round hotel.
That was 2 Facebook Live broadcast that I did from U-Tiny. Hope it gives you a good look around. So here are some photos taken at U-Tiny.
One mode of transport I like other than plane is rail. So far I have been on KLIA Ekspres in Malaysia, Airport Express/MTR in Hong Kong, Intercity train from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou, Metro in Guang Zhou, HSR/Metro in Taiwan, NEX/Subway in Tokyo, Heathrow Express/Tube in London, Virgin Trains from London to Manchester and Milan Metro. So far more of modern rails or high speed rail and enjoyed them.
So on this recent trip to Hong Kong, I decided to venture into China for 1st time. 2 cities were considered: Shen Zhen and Guang Zhou which are both accessible by train.
Accessible by MTR.
Accessible by Intercity train. (2 hours approximately.)
Bigger city than Shen Zhen.
Ex colleagues are there.
So eventually decided on Guang Zhou. Here are some pictures and description on my rail journeys in Hong Kong and Guang Zhou.
Airport Express ticket. Return journey and 3 days of unlimited travel on MTR at HK$300. (HK$250 after HK$50 refund by returning ticket. HK$350 now for ticket after price adjustment. See this for more information.)
Airport Express platform directly accessible from Hong Kong International Airport concourse.
Airport Express luggage area.
Airport Express station Information.
Airport Express power socket. Good to see USB ports there.
Intercity Through Train to Guang Zhou at Hung Hom station. (Where stadium is.)
Intercity Through Train First Class tickets. Well, there is only First Class on this ride. HK$219 each way inclusive of booking fee. See this for more information.
Intercity Through Train Departure Hall Entrance.
Intercity Through Train Duty Free.
Intercity Through Train. Nice touch to have board to bridge gap between train and platform.
Intercity Through Train Cabin.
Intercity Through Train footrest and tray table.
Intercity Through Train magazines and tray table.
Intercity Through Train tray table set.
Intercity Through Train power socket.
Intercity Through Train Menu. Payment can be made by HK$ or RMB. Slightly cheaper in RMB.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich with Coffee.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich. Egg just the way I like.
On Intercity Through Train.
Guang Zhou East Station. Interchange for different type of trains including Guang Zhou Metro.
As mentioned in previous post here, you can use your credit card to earn yourself some discount off your next hotel stay by booking with Agoda. So as a person who walk the talk, I booked my next hotel stay in Hong Kong via Agoda Citibank portal using Citibank PremierMiles Visa Signature Credit Card.
Before making booking, do your research. Few pointers:
Location! Location! Location!
For research, I depend on tripadvisor. (http://www.tripadvisor.com) So far, I have booked hotels in tripadvisor’s top 10 ranking in cities like Hong Kong (#4: Hotel Icon), Taipei (#3: CityInn Hotel-Taipei Station Branch II/#4: Dandy Hotel-Tianmu Branch) and Tokyo. (#10: Hotel Ryumeikan) So far, they have not disappoint.
However, for this trip to Hong Kong, I decided to make a return to Dorsett Mongkok. (Ranked #67 in Hong Kong.) Why?
Centralize in Mongkok.
Near to places that I want to visit.
Good as a base.
Free shuttle bus service to many places. (Langham Place/Ladies Street, Temple Street, Star Ferry and Elements-Kowloon Station.)
Bang for buck.
SG$204.79 for 2 nights!
Free WIFI. (Must have!)
Free smartphone provided for use!
Unlimited data! (With tethering support!)
Free IDD call to Singapore!
Navigation on Google Maps.
Can do whatever you are doing with your own smartphone!
Room is clean and neat.
Dorsett Lounge available with a basic gym.
Loyalty Program: Not applicable to Dorsett group.
With that, I will be posting pictures and review of Dorsett Mongkok during my trip. It will be my 2nd time there. Hopefully I will be able to see them maintaining their standard or even better it.
I have been on trips to Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and London previously for leisure. Planning trip is always something that I enjoy. Especially looking for deals for air tickets, attractions, hotels, food, shopping and transports.
In this post, let’s look at hotel booking. 1 of my frequent website for hotel booking is Agoda. They have pretty low rate for hotels and good loyalty reward program which gives you points that can offset your next booking with them. However, most people may not know that they have tie up with several banks and membership programs to offer discounts for credit cards or perks for members. You got to book via special portals on Agoda website and make payment by using specific bank’s credit card to get discounts or specify membership number to get perks.