So stylish, so luxurious, so romantic!.
The trip to Thailand and Vietnam is also our honeymoon. After the wedding on the 27th of February (yeah …. almost 1 year ago!) we moved to Ibiza within one week. We did celebrate Gay Pride in Madrid in July and I went on a “business” trip to China, but for the rest of the period we stayed on the island.
When Johan asked his boss what the best period to go on holiday was, the beginning of 2016 was the best option. January is a very slow month on Ibiza. People who buy houses on the island to rent out, need furniture around May and buy them in March.
We found somebody to take care of the dogs for one month. Jeroen, a guy who had lived on Ibiza before and who loves long walks at Es Cavallet beach, is staying at our house at Las Salinas now.
Back to our honeymoon. When we bought the tickets to Bangkok we knew we would arrive at 00:30 in the night. So we decided we wanted some luxurious first days of our holiday, before we would travel on to Chiang Mai, island hopping at South Thailand and Vietnam. We booked 4 nights Sofitel So, a hotel styled by fashion designer Christian Lacroix with different themes: the five elements water, earth, wood, metal and fire. Each room had an Apple computer and Dolby Surround System to play your Spotify Music.
The standard room of 38 m2 cost around a 1.000 euros for four nights. An upgrade to the suite of 85 m2 was 300 euros more on the total price. But for this extra money you got free breakfast (buffet or a la carte) and free cocktails and bites at the Exclusive Lounge between 17:00 and 19:00 o’clock. In your room there was free coffee, tea and soft drinks all day and a living with an extra flatscreen TV. We decided to go for the suite to start our honeymoon and travel more casual and low budget the rest of our holiday.
At 02:00 AM we finally arrived at the hotel. The taxi driver asked 500 bath (around 12,50 euros) for the 40 minutes trip, which was a standard rate.
The hotel has two receptions. One on the ground floor, where you can book trips at the “City Guru” or ask for a taxi of a free Hotel Tuk Tuk.
The real lobby where you check in is on the 9th floor. Only hotel guest can get to a higher floor with their room card.
At the reception we got the great news that they upgraded us to an extra luxurious room. Johan had written on the reservation formulary that it was our honeymoon. Our room was on the 28th floor in the theme “water”. There was only one floor above us, which was the roof terrace. It was, apart from the Presidential Suite, the biggest room you could book. It had a big, round bath and a walk-in closet.
We made some pictures, ate the complimentary fruit and fell in a deep sleep after travelling 11 hours and a stop over in Dubai for 8 hours. But we did set the alarm on 09:30, because we did not want to miss the breakfast which lasted until 10:30.
Our friend Margret, who travels with her husband Ben to Asia very often, already had told us the breakfast buffet was amazing.
Well, breakfast was indeed amazing! The view on the Lumphini park and Bangkok skyline was stunning. And you could choose for all kind of eggs, omelettes, fruit and fruit juices, salads, smoked salmon, rice and noodles. They had all kinds of breads, including integral bread and cereals. And for me, with the sweet tooth of the both of us, there were cakes, muffins, scones and fresh made waffles, pancakes and French toast. With the real cinnamon sugar or maple syrup.
Our first day we wanted to relax at the beautiful infinity pool. But I also needed a pedicure because I had a corn (likdoorn) again. So we took The Hotel Tuk Tuk to the closest shopping mall and we both had a pedicure there. The price for a pedicure of almost 40 minutes was 600 bath (15 euros) and I saw the lady next to me tipping the girl 100 bath (2,50 euros) which we both did too. Later I found out that my pedicure girl had worked a bit too hard on my big toe. It got inflamed.
That night we did not go into town. Early to bed for us for a good rest, because we were still a bit jet-lagged.
Oh and about the free soft drinks …
Bars in Bangkok close at 02:00 AM. On our second night we made some new friends and we still wanted to drink something after two. So we invited our friends over to our large living room. We wanted to buy some alcoholic beverages at the 711-store, which is open 24 hours. But they did not sell alcoholic beverages after 02:00 PM. So Johan ordered through room service a bottle of Vodka, some soft drinks and ice. At the check-out we had to pay 8.000 bath for the bottle, which is 200 euros. Well, we had a fun night!