Hotel: Chaleena hotel, Bangkok Thailand

Chaleena is a 4-star hotell situated in the area of  Ramkanhaeng, Bangkok. It is a great area with lots of students, a huge night market by the stadion at the  Ramkamhaeng road. Not many western tourist around the area.

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena Hotel

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena Hotel

The hotel has a pool where you can relax after full days of shopping and exploring the city of Bangkok.

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena hotel pool

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena hotel pool

You can book with or without a breakfast. I suggest inklude the breakfast since it is a good one and it will enable you to start your day filled with energy.

Not far from the hotel is a cinema and it is also really close to the Stadion where there is a big genuine Thai market all nights of the week but wednesdays.

Ramkamhaeng night market Bangkok Asiatour

Ramkamhaeng night market Bangkok Asiatour

It has very easy access to the commute ferry that will take you downtown in 30-40 minutes. Relaxing and cooling to go by ferry instead of getting stuck in the traffic jams of bangkok. When you pay, just tell them ”Last stop”and you will be at a walking distance to all big malls around Siam Square. Going home again the stop is called ”Sapan mit Mahafthai pier”. Costs about 20 TB / RM 2/ 4 SEK / US$ 0,65 / £ 0,4.

Commuter ferry in Bangkok Huamark Asiatour

Commuter ferry in Bangkok Huamark Asiatour

If you arrive by flight it has also a easy access to the train coming from the aiport Suhvarnabhumi. Airport Link City Line has a stop at Ramkamhaeng station. [Click here for information].

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena hotel reception

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena hotel reception

Prices range from 692 TB / 141 SEK / RM 70 / US$ 22 / £ 13  for a Superiour without breakfast to One bedroom deluxe including breakfast 1.530 TB / 311 SEK / RM 154/ US$ 47 / £ 28 (exchange rate april 2014)

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena hotel Standard room

Asiatour Bangkok Chaleena hotel Standard room

The wifi is free and works good in the rooms.

Facilities:

* 24 hour room service

* restaurant

* wifi

* concierge

* laundry service

* coffee shop

* bar

* safety deposit box

* fitness center

* spa / massage

* outdoor pool (open 07-19)

* car park

* mini bar

* refrigerator in room

* complimentary shampoo and soap

Adress: 453 Soi Ladprao 122 (Ramkamheang 65)

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Hotel: The Seasons Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand

The Seasons (formerly All Seasons) Huamark is a 3-star hotell situated in the area of Huamark, Ramkanhaeng, Bangkok. It is a great area with lots of students, a huge night market by the stadion down the Ramkamhaeng road. Not many western tourist around the area.

Standard twin room the seasons Huamark Asiatour

Standard twin room The Seasons Huamark Asiatour

Standard twin room The Seasons Huamark Bangkok Asiatour

Standard twin room The Seasons Huamark Bangkok Asiatour

The hotel has a pool where you can relax after full days of shopping and exploring the city of Bangkok. (Closed for repairs untill approx Juli 2014).

The Seasons Huamark Bangkok pool Asiatour

The Seasons Huamark Bangkok pool Asiatour

You can book with or without a breakfast. I suggest inklude the breakfast since it is a good one and it will enable you to start your day filled with energy.

Next door neighbour to the hotel is ”The Mall” and during nighttime it is a plaesure to walk the road of Ramkamhaeng with it’s market vendors. Not far from the hotel is a cinema and it is also fairly close to the Stadion where there is a big genuine Thai market all nights of the week but wednesdays.

Ramkamhaeng night market Bangkok Asiatour

Ramkamhaeng night market Bangkok Asiatour

It has very easy access to the commute ferry that will take you downtown in 30-40 minutes. Relaxing and cooling to go by ferry instead of getting stuck in the traffic jams of bangkok. When you pay, just tell them ”Last stop”and you will be at a walking distance to all big malls around Siam Square. Going home again the stop is called ”The mall Pier”. Costs about 18 TB / RM 1,8 / 3,6 SEK / US$ 0,55 / £ 0,33.

Commuter ferry in Bangkok Huamark Asiatour

Commuter ferry in Bangkok Huamark Asiatour

If you arrive by flight it has also a easy access to the train coming from the aiport Suhvarnabhumi. Airport Link City Line has a stop at Ramkamhaeng station. [Click here for information].

The seasons Huamark lobby, Bangkok Asiatour

The seasons Huamark lobby, Bangkok Asiatour

Prices range from 672 TB / 138 SEK / RM 68 / US$21 / £ 12,5  for a Standard twin without breakfast to Superiour suite including breakfast 2.200 TB / 453 SEK / RM 223 / US$ 69 / £ 41 (exchange rate april 2014)

The wifi is free in the lobby but if you want to connect in your room there will be a small fee charged.

Facilities:

* 24 hour room service

* restaurant

* wifi in public areas (not extremely good, disconnects all the time)

* babysitting

* laundry service

* smoking area

* bar (not so inviting prices)

* safety deposit box

* fitness center

* outdoor pool (closed untill july 2014)

* car park

* complimentary bottle of water every day

* mini bar

* refrigerator in room

* free coffe and tea

* complimentary shampoo and soap

Adress: 5 Soi, Ramkamhaeng road 15, Huamark

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Hotel: Citin Seacare Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Newly renovated hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Most central hotel I ever stayed at. Walking distance to Chinatown, Little India, KLCC (Petronas towers), Central Market, Bukit Bintang and Bus station (Pudu Sentral). Close to LRT trains that can take you almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.
Hotel has a good breakfast that varies basically every day with fresh fruits, noodles, eggs, toast and soup.

Asiatour Kuala Lumpur Citin Seacare Pudu superiour double bed

Asiatour Kuala Lumpur Citin Seacare Pudu superiour double bed

Maybe the cleaning in the rooms aren’t the best. I placed a crisp on the floor under the bed and it was still there when I left 7 nights later together with some dirt from a previous guest. But everything visible gets cleaned every day unless you don’t want them to.

Asiatour Kuala Lumpur Citin Seacare Pudu Superiour toilet

Asiatour Kuala Lumpur Citin Seacare Pudu Superiour toilet

Prices range from Superiour room excluding breakfast RM 104 / 1029 TB / 210 SEk / US$ 32 / £ 19 to Premier room including breakfast RM 130 / 1290 TB / 263 SEk / US$ 40 / £ 24

Facilities:

* reception open 24 hrs

* concierge

* safety deposit in room

* luggage keep

* wifi (it says only in public areas but I had a great connection in my room #306)

I can easilly recommend this hotel because of its central location for that price! if you want to book, please click [here] and I will get a small donation from the agent – Thank you

Adress: 38 Jalan Pudu, Chinatown

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Squirrelcount @ Cenang Homestay

Jag och ”Sketkatten Oscar” (Ja, jag kallar honom så) gör en squirrelcount på vår terrass.

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Eat: Champor Champor Pantai Cenang,Langkawi, Malaysia

Asiatour Langkawi champor champor 18

Champor Champor is a pearl in Pantai Cenang.  With it’s mixture of foods, the atmosphere and the environment it’s a perfect place for the romantic dinner for two or the start of a long night of party if you prefer so.Asiatour Langkawi champor champor 14

Uma, the owner and chef, is also a perfect blend. She is Malaysian, Tamil and Swedish (a tad bit Norway too) all in one, she speaks many languages and she will probably greet you in one of them.

The food is cooked with passion and love.  You will find Malaysia, Indian, Mongolian, Portugeese and Thai dishes mixed with ”western” for main courses. Starters and desserts too of course. Umas famous Curry is a dish not to miss!  As it is a part Indian restaurant you can of course find some good vegetarian dishes.Asiatour Langkawi Champor Champor 20

In the bar, Theo (Dutch) serves the draft (Tiger) or local beers together with some imported ones, fruit juices and drinks, wine and cider with a smile. All at very reasonable prices.Asiatour Langkawi champor champor 15

The prices for the main coarses range from RM 24 / 48 SEK / US$ 7,5 / £ 4,5 to RM 49 / 98 SEK / US$ 15 / £ 9.

Asiatour Langkawi champor champor 12

If you are lucky when you have finished your meal Uma will come and play a game or two with you, all for your enjoyment and to start of your perfect party evening.

A unique place that will give you a unique experience, on the main road of Pantai Cenang.Asiatour Langkawi champor champor 13

Champor Champor is open Mon – Sat 18:00-Late (Last order from the kicthen is 22:15)

Read the reviews on Tripadvisor [here] and on Facebook [here].

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Travel between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia

There are 3 different ways to travel between Kuala Lumpur and malaysia. Fly, by bus or by train.

Fly

AirAsia has sometimes really good prices from RM 69 / 138 SEK / US$ 22 / £ 12,50. The flight takes one hour but of course you need to think about travel to and from airport as well. 1-2 hrs in KL and 20 mins in Langkawi. (To Pantai Cenang). Please note that if you fly with Air Asia the flights leave from aiport LCCT. There are trains + bus you can take to LCCT from KL sentral (Fast and expensive or cheaper and not as fast.)

The journey takes totally abt 4-5 hrs.

Positive: Time spent and if you get a good price it is cheap.

AsiaTour Fly Travel Langkawi Kuala Lumpur

Bus

You can buy busticket at Pudu Central in KL or at the travel huts in Pantai Cenang.

If you go from KL the ticket only takes you as far as the ferry in Kuala Perlis and then you have to take the jetty (ferry) to Kuah, Langkawi ( RM 18 / 36 SEK / US$ 5,6 / £3,30 ) and then taxi to your destination.

If you go from Pantai Cenang there are plenty of places to buy a total package  (look around and check for prices, they vary from 94 RM / 188 SEK / US$ 29 / £ 17 to RM 125 / 250 SEK / US$ 38 / £ 23). That way you will get a transport to the ferry in Kuah, take the ferry to Kuala Perlis and then take the bus (all costs for this should be included in your ticket). The busstation is only a few hundred meters from the ferrystop.  I you prefer not to buy a package you need to take the taxi to Kuah (RM 30 / 60 SEK / US$ 9,2 / £ 5,50 from Pantai Cenang), the ferry (se prices above) and then the bus ( ca RM 48 / 97 SEK / US$ 15 / £ 9).

The journey takes total abt 12 hrs.

Positive:  Cheap and you can travel by night and save costs for hotel
Negative: can be unsafe because of tired drivers smoking pot and traffic situations.AsiaTour Bus Travel Langkawi Kuala Lumpur

Train

The night train goes from Arau  (19.37) to KL sentral (06.00) and costs from RM 23 / 46 SEK / US$ 7 / £ 4 for AC economy class up to RM 54 / 108 SEK / US$17 / £ 10 for sleeping lower berth . To get to Arau you need to take the ferry from Kuah to Kuala Perlis (se fares above) and then a taxi to railway station (RM 24 / 48 SEK / US$ 7,50 / £ 4,50) The train ticket can be bought on the station or online.

If you are travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi; take the night train from KL sentral (21:30) to Arau (08.59) it costs RM 23 / 46 SEK / US$ 7 / £ 4 for AC economy class up to RM 54 / 108 SEK / US$17 / £ 10 for sleeping lower berth and then taxi to Kuala perlis (se fare above) and then ferry to Kuah (se fares above) and then taxi to your destination in Langkawi.

The journey takes totally abt 11 hrs

Positive: trains are very safe and it is pleasant to be able to walk and eat and sleep while travelling.  You also save money you should have spent on the hotel.

Negative: There is only one train / dayAsiatour Train Travel Langkawi Kuala Lumpur

Extra Please not that there are no electric outlets on any of the ways to travel so make sure your electronics are loaded or bring a powerbank or two.

I wish you a good and safe trip!

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Eat: Kahuna Cafe, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Malaysia

Kahuna cafe is a breakfast and dinner place off the main road in Pantai Cenang (on the road towards the night market, Izz room and Rainbow Lodge). Rosita and Ben serve good and very priceworthy food.Asiatour Langkawi Kahuna Cafe 45

Ben cooks and Rosita takes care of the café, making it very cosy and homey. They are both very friendly and Ben always have time for a joke.Asiatour Langkawi Kahuna Cafe 46

For breakfast you can mix and match to your preference: Asiatour Langkawi Kahuna Cafe 48They have a variety of food from Ribeye steak, to Barracuda, burritos, fish & chips, salads and baked potatoes. Try the french fries with Bens black pepper sauce. YUM.Asiatour Langkawi Kahuna Cafe 49

Prices range from RM 2 /4 SEK / US£ 0,6 / £ 0,4 to RM 32 / 60 SEK / US$ 10 / £ 5,50.Asiatour Langkawi Kahuna Cafe 51

If you want to they can also help you with renting motorbikes and finding a place to stay. In fact I believe you can ask them for help on anything, they know this place really well.

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Train: Bangkok, Thailand to Penang, Malaysia

Going by night train from Thailand to Malaysia is really easy and comfortable. It is environmetally the best chooiche and it is definately safe.

Train leaves the Hualampong station in Bangkok but passes a few stations in eastern Bangkok before it turns south. Buy your ticket at the train station. Most value for money is the 2nd class sleeper.   You will be seated in the beginning of the journey and it is pretty comfortable seats too. There is a table to unfold and pick out if you want one, from under your seat.Asiatour night trains sitting comfortably

When you want to (and the other person sharing your bunk wants to) the conductor will come and make your bed for you. You will get clean sheets, a pillowcase (and pillow of course), a blanket and a curtain so you can sleep in private. The upper bert is slightly cheaper and this is because it is less wide than the lower bert. In every bunk there should be a light working but sometimes it doesn’t so if you want to read maybe you should bring small flashlight.Asiatour train night sleeper

It’s easy to order dinner from the food vendor onbord and you can also preorder a breakfast for the morning.

Asiatour train menu

If you don’t want to buy from the vendor different sales women come onboard the train at stations selling fresh fruits and food.

You can, of course, bring your own choice of food and snacks to the train.

The trains have aircondition and there is only one setting and that is ON. On some trains it is absolutely freezing onboard the train. Easiest is to ask the conductor for a blanket but maybe bring something warmer to wear just in case?

There is not extremely alot of place to put your luggage but if you have locked suitcases there is places in the begining and the end of the cart. Smaller luggage and valuables can you keep in your bed during night.

It is a pleasant journey and a great chance to meet and talk with other people on the train.

Asiatour train bed is made up

This train matches the trains to Kuala Lumpur witch matches the train to Singapore so if you want you can go all the way (and missing out on Malaysia)  by train. You need to make 2 changes tho, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Butterworth.

You will be passing the border into Malaysia during the morning and everybody is just pushed out of the train and in to border controll. First you leave Thailand and you get a stamp and then you will enter Malaysia. Normally you should be given a 90 day visa for free.

In the border controll they also sell pretty cheap (and cold) beers (30 TB / RM 3 / 6 SEK / US$ 1 / £ 0,5).

There is only one train per day but getting a ticket should not be too hard if you are a bit flexible. If you have the possibility then you should buy it a few days in advance just to make sure. During new years (December / January)  and Songkran festivites (middle April) it is harder to get a ticket.

If you are going to Langkawi you will get off at Arau and take a taxi to Kuala Perlis. Ferry costs RM 18 / 180 TB / 36 SEK / US$ 5,50 / £3,30 and the taxi is RM 24 / 240 TB / 48  SEK / US$ 7,50 / £4,50.Asiatour night train

Night night!

Smartips: there is normally no  electric outlet on the train so make sure you bring your electronic gears fully loaded and if possible bring a power bank as well to keep your cell phone working throughout the entire journey.

Train ends in Butterworth and you easilly take the ferry to Georgetown from there it’s frequent and kosts RM 1,20 /12 TB / 2,5 SEK / US$ 0,4 / £ 0,25.

Time depart: 14:45 (Thailand time)

Duration: 20 hours but calculate with about 23 hrs to make it realistic.

Price:  1.210 TB / RM 121 / 256 SEK / US$ 39 / £ 23 in the 2nd class sleeper.

Lenght: 1,161 km

Klick here for information on Bangkok to Penang (Butterworth) trains.

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Train: Penang, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand

Going by night train from Malaysia to Thailand is really easy and comfortable. It is environmetally the best chooiche and it is definately safe.

Train leaves from station in Butterworth. Buy your ticket at the train station. Most value for money is the 2nd class sleeper.   You will be seated in the beginning of the journey and it is pretty comfortable seats too. There is a table to unfold and pick out if you want one, from under your seat.Asiatour night trains sitting comfortably

When you want to (and the other person sharing your bunk wants to) the conductor will come and make your bed for you. You will get clean sheets, a pillowcase (and pillow of course), a blanket and a curtain so you can sleep in private. The upper bert is slightly cheaper and this is because it is less wide than the lower bert. In every bunk there should be a light working but sometimes it doesn’t so if you want to read maybe you should bring small flashlight.Asiatour train night sleeper

It’s easy to order dinner from the food vendor onbord and you can also preorder a breakfast for the morning. A restaurang cart is attached to the train betweeen Hat Yai and Bangkok aroun 7 pm and it has  priceworthy and good food.

Asiatour train menu

If you don’t want to buy from the vendor different sales women come onboard the train at stations selling fresh fruits and food.

You can, of course, bring your own choice of food and snacks to the train.

The trains have aircondition and there is only one setting and that is ON. On some trains it is absolutely freezing onboard the train. Easiest is to ask the conductor for a blanket but maybe bring something warmer to wear just in case?

There is not extremely alot of place to put your luggage but if you have locked suitcases there is places in the begining and the end of the cart. Smaller luggage and valuables can you keep in your bed during night.

It is a pleasant journey and a great chance to meet and talk with other people on the train.

Asiatour train bed is made up

This train matches the trains from Kuala Lumpur witch matches the train from Singapore so if you want you can go all the way (and missing out on Malaysia)  by train. You need to make 2 changes tho, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Butterworth.

You will be passing the border into Thailand during the evening and everybody is just pushed out of the train and in to border controll. First you leave Malaysia and you get a stamp and then you will enter Thailand. Normally you should be given a 15 day visa for free, but I think you easy can ask for 30 days. (Half the group I was travelling with got 30 days without even asking and no extra charge).

In the border controll they also sell pretty cheap (and cold) beers (30 TB / RM 3 / 6 SEK / US$ 1 / £ 0,5).

There is only one train per day but getting a ticket should not be too hard if you are a bit flexible. If you have the possibility then you should buy it a few days in advance just to make sure. During new years (December / January)  and Songkran festivites (middle April) it is harder to get a ticket.

If you come from Langkawi you take the ferry to Kuala Perlis, take a taxi to Arau and then the train from there.  Ferry costs RM 18 / 180 TB / 36 SEK / US$ 5,50 / £3,30 and the taxi is RM 24 / 240 TB / 48  SEK / US$ 7,50 / £4,50.Asiatour night train

Night night!

Smartips: there is normally no  electric outlet on the train so make sure you bring your electronic gears fully loaded and if possible bring a power bank as well to keep your cell phone working throughout the entire journey.

Train ends in Bangkok on the Hualamphong Station but stops at a couple of earlier stations in west of bangkok.

Time departure: 14:30 (Malaysian time)

Duration: 23 hours .

Price:  1.250 TB / RM 126 / 256 SEK / US$ 39 / £ 23 in the 2nd class sleeper.

Lenght: 1,161 km

Klick here for information on Bangkok to Penang (Butterworth) trains.

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