Taking a break from the hectic life of working and enjoy a week vacation in Thailand – Bangkok. Set off on a Sunday to Changi Airport Terminal 1 in the morning. We took our time as we had 3 hours ahead of our flight so we spent a while admiring what was there at the airport. Our flight was slightly delayed as the plane just landed in Singapore airport and it took about an hour for them to clear the passengers and cleaning up before we were allowed to go onboard.
We boarded Thai Airways for our flight to Thailand. It had been awhile since we took Thai Airways but to our surprise that the food provided onboard for seafood and muslim meals weren’t nice. In the past, we had better meals than this. Guess it is no longer true for present time. Both of our flight from Singapore to Thailand and Thailand back to Singapore were similar and it tasted horrible. The appearance looked good but not for the taste though.
Finally we had arrived in Bangkok and checked into our hotel. Here were snapshot of the Queen size bed including the shower and wash basin. This place is where I stay for all my years of travelling in Bangkok. It is pleasant and nice including the services provided by the hotel staffs.
Went to Terminal 21 to enjoy a simple meal of Pad Thai with 2 different types of noodle servings. Frankly, it was much better than those we had tasted in Singapore in comparison.
Here was one of the tallest Christmas Tree we saw while walking passed the roadside.
Whenever we are in Thailand, there is one thing we surely help ourselves will be the Mango Sticky Rice. It is our favorite food that will never be missed when travelling to Thailand.
We took a trip to CentralWorld as well as to visit the Erawan Shrine for prayers.
We arrived at the Erawan Shrine and made our prayers.
Next favorite place to eat would be the MK Steamboat meal.
Had a nice dinner at MK steamboat. It is still as nice as the last time we came to Bangkok. Recommended to try at least once if you are in Thailand.
Had ice-cream in the New Chinatown area.
Had fun at Children’s Discovery Museum. Took quite a lot of photographs but only showing some in this blog though.
Went to MiXT Chatuchak where we had our lunch.
Comparing the Pad Thai from MiXT Chatuchak with Terminal 21, I still preferred the one in Terminal 21 as it tasted better.
Another huge Christmas celebration display.
Had our meals at the Central World.
Will have to stop here as I am going for lunch. Will update more soon. Hope you can also enjoy yourself if travelling to Thailand.
From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
Take the District Barking to Monument Station
Total travel time is about 30 mins (15 stops)
12th Stop: Blackfriars, 13th Stop: Mansion House, 14th Stop: Cannon Street Underground Station
Alight at Monument Station
We may take RV1 single decker bus for this route.
The best seat for this single decker is on the right-hand side, at the front of the highest level seats.
Pool of London
Leisure walker: 2 hours
Power walker: 45 minutes
START: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines
Monument → London Bridge → Southwark Catherdral → Borough Market → Clink Prison → Golden Hinde → London Bridge Experance → Hay’s Galleria → Britain at War → London Dungeon → H.M.S. Belfast → City Hall → Shad Thames → Design Museum→ Butler Wharf → Tower Bridge → St Katherin’s Dock → Tower of London → Monument (Great Fire of London)
FINISH: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines
Stop 1 – Monument, London Bridge, Southwark Catherdral
Our Pool of London STARTS at Monument Underground Station. Exit the station at the Cannon Street EXIT and turn sharp left. Walk down the west (right hand) side of KING WILLIAM STREET EC4 onto LONDON BRIDGE. Continue over the right-hand side of LONDON BRIDGE to Glaziers Hall. Take the narrow flight of steps behind Glaziers Hall down onto MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1 (Thames Path) and turn right at the bottom. Follow Montague Close around to the left, walking behind Southwark Cathedral.
Stop 2 – Borough Market, Clink Prison
We may have our lunch at Borough Market and pack extra for when we are in Museum of London.
Turn right onto WINCHESTER WALK SE1 then left through Jubilee Market into Borough Market. After walking around the markets exit left back onto Winchester Walk. At the end turn right into STONEY STREET SE1 then left into CLINK STREET SE1 for the Clink Prison Museum.
Stop 3 – Golden Hinde
Re-trace your steps back along Clink Street into PICKFORD’S WHARF SE1. Passing the 12th century ruins of Winchester Palace walk up to the Golden Hinde.
Stop 4 – London Bridge Experience, Hay’s Galleria, Britain at War, London Dungeon, H.M.S. Belfast, City Hall
Walk around the front of the Golden Hinde onto CATHEDRAL STREET SE1, and then turning sharp left back into MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1. Follow the road under LONDON BRIDGE to the London Bridge Experience.
From the London Bridge Experience continue under LONDON BRIDGE into TOOLEY STREET SE1. Turn left down the narrow passage way just before Saint Clave House, turning right at the end onto the Thames Path (The Queen’s Walk). Walk along the riverside path to Hay’s Galleria.
For the Britain at War and London Dungeon attractions walk through Hay’s Galleria back onto Tooley Street, turn right and cross the road. Walk back through Hay’s Galleria to re-join the walk.
Continue along the riverside path pass Hay’s Galleria to H.M.S. Belfast.
Continue along the riverside path from H.M.S. Belfast to City Hall.
Continue along the riverside path from City Hall to Tower Bridge.
Stop 5 – Shad Thames, Design Museum, Butler Wharf
Walk under Tower Bridge and along the narrow SHAD THAMES SE1 road to the Design Museum.
From the Design Museum walk back to Tower Bridge along the riverside path, in front of Butler’s Wharf restaurants and shops, to the passage way at the end that leads back through to SHAD THAMES SE1. Turn right and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE.
Walk up the west (left hand) flight of steps onto TOWER BRIDGE and walk across to the first flight of steps on the other side. Walk down the steps on to ST KATHERINE’S WAY E1. St Katharine’s Way.
Stop 6 – Tower Bridge, St Katherin’s Dock, Tower of London, Monument (Great Fire of London)
After walking round St Katherine’s dock take the footpath leading to the front of the Tower Thistle Hotel and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE. Walk under Tower Bridge along the cobbled road to the Tower of London and Traitors Gate. Continue along the river front path past, Three Quays, Sugar Quays, Customs House and Old Billingsgate Market to LONDON BRIDGE.
Walk under the first part of LONDON BRIDGE, turn right and take the steps up onto LONDON BRIDGE. Turn right at the top of the steps on to KING WILLIAM STREET EC4. Continue a short distance and turn right into MONUMENT STREET EC4for the Monument column.
To Bank Of England Museum
Take Bus 133 Bishopsgate from Monument (Stop Q)
Alight Bank Station Threadneedle St (Stop C)
Bank Of England Museum
Museum Of London
Roman Fort Ruins, just a wall
Museum Of London
Find the entrance
The museum’s entrance is located on a pedestrian high walk which can be reached by stairs, escalators or lifts from Aldersgate Street; London Wall or St Martin’s-le-Grand.
Connect your mobile or tablet in the museum free of charge
Museum is open 10:00am to 6:00pm daily (last admission 5:30pm)
After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.
Museum of London
Address: 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7001 9844
Website : http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Tube: St Pauls / Barbican / Moorgate. Barbican/Moorgate: Follow signs to the Museum along the High Walk.
Barbican (5 minutes walk) St Paul’s (5 minutes walk)
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The Bank of England Museum [FREE] – This museum details the history of the Bank of England, beginning back in 1694. Some of the oldest bank notes in existence are on display here, as well as forgeries from over the centuries, historical artefacts, and a genuine solid gold bar – which you can even try to pick up yourself!
the night beforeMacdonaldsSushi from WasabiDoorstepHome-made
sandwiches, muffins, dougnuts
Starting this tour around 10:00 will result in being near St. James’s Palace
during the Changing
of the Guard.
Start: Green Park Underground Station
Finish: Parliament Square for Westminster Underground Station
Duration: 2 – 3 hours depending on watching the Ceremony
breakfast, we shall commence our Royal
From Hotel to Green
Park Underground Station:
travel time is about 21 mins.
From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
Arnos Grove to Green Park Underground StationTotal
travel time is about 14 mins (7 stops) 4th
Stop: South Kensington, 5th Stop: Knightsbridge, 6th Stop: Hyde Park Corner Underground Station
Take the exit for BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Walk towards the black marble DIANA FOUNTAIN. This is our Start
We will be making the following
places for photo ops:
Stop 1 – Green ParkStop 2 – Buckingham PalaceStop 3 – Clarence HouseStop 4 – St. James’s PalaceStop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s HouseStop 6 – Trafalgar SquareStop 7 – Admiralty ArchStop 8 – St. James’s ParkStop 9 – Horse Guards ParadeStop 10 – 10 Downing
StreetStop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big BenStop 12 – Westminster Abbey (Paid) – Westminster Abbey is
a UNESCO World Heritage Site Open Monday -Saturday (Sundays are for worship
only) the public is free to wander around at their leisure.
Stop 1 – Green Park:
Take the path that directs us towards BUCKINGHAM PALACE and
follow it to the end of the park.
Stop 2 – Buckingham Palace:
now want to walk AWAY from Buckingham Palace. Look at the VICTORIA MEMORIAL
and notice that her back is to the Palace and she is facing down a long red
road known as THE MALL. Walk down the MALL and stop when we see large black
gates on the left side of the road.
Stop 3 – Clarence House:
Continue down the Mall and take the first LEFT onto
MARLBOROUGH ROAD. Walk to the end of the road and make a LEFT onto the main
road, PALL MALL.
Stop 4 – St.
Now go back on ourself, staying on PALL MALL, cross over
MARLBOROUGH ROAD and continue going straight. Stop at 80 PALL MALL.
5 –Nell Gwynne’s
Now continue down PALL MALL until we walk to TRAFALGAR SQUARE.
Leave Trafalgar Square by crossing PALL MALL toward The
Admiralty pub. Take the small road to the right of The Admiralty, SPRING
GARDENS. This road will bring us back to the red road of THE MALL.
the first set of traffic lights between us and the Palace. Here, carefully
cross the road and, where it is safe to stop in the middle, we can see the
entire length of the road toward Buckingham Palace.
Cross to the other side of THE MALL. Continue walking straight
ahead from the traffic lights down a small path with the concrete bunker
(covered in ivy) on our right. At the bottom of this path is HORSE GUARDS
8 – St. James’s Park
9 – Horse Guards Parade
Now walk toward the huge white building and walk through the
CENTRE ARCH. As we go through the courtyard here we may see some of the
Household Cavalry who are stationed here. Between 11:00am and 10:00pm there
are usually two, mounted on horses, at the front of the courtyard here. Walk
straight ahead onto the main road of WHITEHALL. Turn RIGHT and walk down
until we get to the large black gates on our right side.
10 – No. 10 Downing Street
Continue down WHITEHALL until we get to the huge traffic
junction with BIG BEN on the opposite corner. Turn RIGHT onto PARLIAMENT
STREET, where we will see Parliament Square opposite and red phone boxes on our
side of the road.
11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big Ben
Here we also have a brilliant view of Big
Ben.The small bells ring what we call ‘The Westminster Chimes’
every 15 minutes, and Ben rings at the top of the hour only
Continue down PARLIAMENT STREET with Parliament Square on our
left. When we get to the traffic lights, cross over and walk down PARLIAMENT
SQUARE – with the square still on our left, and the statues of George Canning
and Abraham Lincoln on our right. When we get to the corner, cross AGAIN into
the courtyard of Westminster Abbey.
12 – Westminster Abbey
Now cross BACK over the road into PARLIAMENT SQUARE
13 – Parliament Square
14 – The Jewel Tower
The Laughing Halibut
River Thames Walk
Boasting some of the most picturesque views in London, this
River Thames Walk will take us along the River Thames, taking
in historic sights and beautiful skyscapes. This walk can be done both at
night and in the day time.
Time to Spend: 3 hours
START: Westminster Underground Station
Take the EXIT for the River Thames and Westminster Pier. As
soon as we exit the station we will see Statue
Plan Route: Stop 1 – Statue of BoudicaStop 2 – London County HallStop 3 – The London EyeStop 4 – Cleopatra’s NeedleStop 5 – Somerset HouseStop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel StatueStop 7 – Temple GardensStop 8 – OXO TowerStop 9 – Millennium BridgeStop 10– Tate Modern MuseumStop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreStop 12 – The Clink PrisonStop 13 – Winchester PalaceStop 14 – GOLDEN HINDStop 15 – Southwark CathedralStop 16a – London BridgeStop 16b – Borough Market
STOP 1 – Statue of Boudica
With the river to your RIGHT, walk away from the statue. Stop
opposite the long building with the green tower in the centre.
Stop 2 – London County Hall
CONTINUE in the same direction for around a minute before
standing directly opposite the LONDON EYE.
Stop 3 – The London Eye
Continue in the same direction. Go under the bridge until we
reach CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE on the edge of the river (our RIGHT).
Stop 4 – Cleopatra’s Needle
Continue in the same direction, under another bridge. On our
LEFT will be SOMERSET HOUSE.
Stop 5 – Somerset House
Continue until we reach the traffic lights. The statue on our
left is of ISEMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL.
Stop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel Statue
Stay along the river and continue walking until we see MIDDLE
TEMPLE LANE on our LEFT.
Stop 7 – Temple Gardens
We may wish to explore Temple Gardens. When we are done,
return to the river and take note of the tall tower on the opposite side.
Stop 8 – OXO Tower
Continue on until we reach Blackfriars Bridge. Continue along
the river path UNDERNEATH the bridge. Stay on this path until we hit the
MILLENNIUM BRIDGE. Walk across the Bridge, pausing in the middle for some
good photo opportunities.
Stop 9 – Millennium Bridge
At the Southern side of the Bridge is the TATE MODERN MUSEUM.
Stop 10 – Tate Modern MuseumOpen today 10.00am–6.00pm
Get off the Bridge in front of the Tate Modern. As we step off
the Bridge onto the Southbank, the Thames will be in FRONT of us and the Tate
will be BEHIND us. Head to our RIGHT to visit SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE.
Stop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Keep the Thames on our LEFT and continue walking. We will
cross under SOUTHWARK BRIDGE. Continue on until we walk past THE ANCHOR pub.
The River path will then veer to the RIGHT. Follow it and we will be led
underneath another Bridge toward THE CLINK.
Stop 12 – The Clink Prison
Keeping the Clink on our RIGHT, continue down the cobbled
path-way until we can see the ruins on our RIGHT.
Stop 13 – Winchester Palace
Just AHEAD of us is a Ship. Walk to it, our next stop.
Stop 14 – GOLDEN HIND
With the Golden Hind on our LEFT, walk down the road and then we
will be facing SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL.
Stop 15 – Southwark Cathedral
With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the LEFT and head
down the path. On our LEFT side we will come to a set of stairs. CLIMB THE
STAIRS. This puts us on top of LONDON BRIDGE
Stop 16a – London Bridge?
The Tube and Rail Station are to our RIGHT and if we walk to
the middle of the Bridge we can get stunning views of the City, as well as
Stop 16b – Borough Market With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the RIGHT and head down the street. This will bring us into BOROUGH MARKET. The wholesale market opens every morning from 2 a.m. but the retail market is Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.
After breakfast, we commence our journey to Taichung for a 1 day tour.
From Taipei to Taichung City
Take HSR from HSR Taipei Station to HSR Taichung Station
Total travel time is about 50mins to 1hr4mins.
From HSR Taichung Station, walk about 5mins to TRA Xinwuri Station to take train to Taichung City.
TRA Xinwuri Station to TRA Taichung Station
Total travel time is about 8 to 11 mins.
From TRA Taichung Station, we go to Miyaharu, which is about 190m (3 mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.
From TRA Taichung Station, take a slow walk to Taichung Second Market ( 第二市場 ) for eating & shopping.
About 700m (9mins) walk from Miyaharu
Taichung Park is nearby the Taichung Second Market. Can drop by for a walk / sightseeing.
From Taichung Second Market, it is about 11 minutes’ walk (850m).
After that, will procced to Yizhong Street for eating & shopping.
About 850m (11mins walk) from Taichung Park.
From Yizhong Street, walk to Banana New Paradise for eating & shopping.
About 950m (12mins walk)
Taichung Confucius Temple & Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine are nearby. Can drop by to visit if keen.
Exploring the Night Markets in Taichung City:
Smile Life Night Market
About 230m (3mins walk) from Banana New Paradise
Fengjia Night Market
From Smile Life Night Market, take Bus No. 33 from 進化國瑞街口 & alight at 河南崇義街口 . Walk about 65m.
Total Travel Time is about 1h11mins.
After Fengjia Night Market, we will head back to Taipei City.
Take Bus No. 25/35 from 頂湳仔 & alight at Gancheng Station, walk about 130m (2mins) to TRA Taichung Station.
Total travel time is about 1hr.
Take train from TRA Taichung Station to TRA Xinwuri Station
Total travel time is about 8 to 11mins.
Walk to HSR Taichung Station from TRA Xinwuri Station & take HSR back to Taipei.
Total travel time is 50mins to 1hr4mins.
From HSR Taipei Station, walk back to hotel to rest for the day.
Summary of places:
Miyaharu 宫原眼科-醉月楼沙龙 Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 Address: No.20, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Used to be an Ophthalmology Clinic, previously owned by Japanese man named Miyaharu during the Japanese Occupation period of Taiwan. Now it is opened by Dawncake – an established store in Taichung that sells pineapple tarts and other pastries in nice packaging. Worth visiting to see the shop’s interior & to buy some gifts for friends & relatives.
Taichung Second Market 第二市場 Opening Hours: 07:00 to 16:00 Address: No.87, Sec. 2, Sanmin Rd., Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Built in 1917, used to be famous for its delicate & pricy goods. Now, it is a 7000sqm market with more than 50 shops & 300 stands. Special characteristic of this market is that its design is hexagonal. It is now famous for its food. This market reflects the history of Taichung.
Yizhong Street 一中商圈 Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00 Address: Yizhong St., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Yizhong Street is a shopping area and there is a night market too. It is like our Singapore Bugis Street where most youngsters hang out.
Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園 Opening Hours: 11:00 to 00:30 Address: No.111, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.) One of the most extraordinary teahouses in Taichung, comes alive with a recreation of a Taiwan street between 1920 & 1940, complete with Qing dynasty & colonial-era stone fronts, & original antiques & collector items. It is also a restaurant whereby visitors can sit at tables along the street or inside the shops to enjoy affordable Taiwanese meals in very Taiwanese setting. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1590010-Reviews-Xiang_Jiao_Xin_Le_Yuan-Taichung.html
Taichung Confucius Temple 台中孔廟 Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday) Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.) https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html
Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine 忠烈祠 Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday) Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Next to Taichung Confucius Temple, Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine is dedicated to the fallen heroes of China’s wars. The impressive gateway & the traditional Chinese palace-style architecture makes this impressive neighbour to the Confucius Temple. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html
Smile Life Night Market 微笑世紀國際觀光夜市 Opening Hours: 17:00 to 00:00 (Fridays to Sundays) Address: Shuangshi Rd and Yule St intersection, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404, Taiwan (R.O.C) https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html
Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市 Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00 Address: Fengjia Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Night market in Xitun District, Taichung. It is located next to Feng Chia University & claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.
Note: Nearby TRA Taichung Station, there is a big shopping mall, Taroko Mall. It consists of 13th levels of shops, restaurants, etc. About 1.0km (13mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station. http://www.tarokomall.com.tw/index.html
Depart from Home at 10:00 am to Changi Airport Terminal Three, Singapore Airlines Check-in Counter to collect our boarding passes.
Go to KrisFlyer Gold Lounge located at:
Passenger Terminal 3, 3rd Floor, Near to gates A1-5
To have light snacks/shopping before boarding.
Plane departs at 12:35PM & arrive at Heathrow Airport at 7:15PM.
Upon arrival at London, proceed to Immigration Clearance & baggage claim.
Can use Free WiFi network @ _Heathrow Wi-Fi and follow the on-screen instructions.
Proceed to airport underground station ticket office at Level 1 to purchase Oyster card and load the 7 day Travel Card Zone 1 and 2. GBP5 is refundable.
To Top up £30.00 for each card = £90.00
Follow the signs to the Heathrow Express station and walk to take the Heathrow Express service to London Paddington – transfer time is 15 minutes.
Return trip price – (£5.5 X 2 = £11.00 per person X 3 = £33.00)
Heathrow Express – Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes. The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes.
Email tickets: Simply print the email and hand it to our on-board staff. Booking a return journey and printout is valid for both trips.
From Paddington Station walk to the London Underground (Tube) Station.
Take the Hammersmith & City Line to Hammersmith Station, 8 stops away.