Rum N Rouge’s Trip to Thailand Part – 2

 

 

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Go to ‘Pizza Pizza’ at  Pattaya Avenue for some awesome Pizza and Ice Tea

 

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The Sanctuary of Truth

 

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Was so mesmerized by its beauty

 

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105 mt high, this beautiful building is made of all wood

 

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The wooden sculptors, represent religion and mythologies of India, China, Cambodia, and Thailand

 

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What a pretty Goat, you can actually feed it, or dress it up with flowers accessories!

 

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Awestruck, obviously!

 

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It was not just beautiful, but serene as well.

So here’s the 2nd installment of Travel Story from Thailand.

If you are in Thailand and if you are not exploring the Thai culture, then what the hell are you doing? So on my second day here, that’s what I did, I thought of exploring places, that were a bit offbeat and not your typical touristy spots.

I started my second day in Thailand by treating myself to some yummy lunch at the Pattaya Avenue, and by lunch, I mean a vegetarian Pizza (which was also one of the few places to have a vegetarian pizza). The place goes by the name of ‘Pizza Pizza‘, great ambiance, and great food, I just thought it was bit expensive. A big slice of Pizza cost me about 300-400 TBH, which is about 800/- in Indian currency. So that’s definitely not cheap, but then again, in a country where vegetarian food is a luxury, I was just relieved to find something veg on the menu, I didn’t care what it cost me.

After my lunch, I moved to the next spot, which was The Sanctuary of Truth. Situated close to the sea, this was one example of architectural brilliance. About, 105 meters in height, this building is made of all wood. The wooden sculptors inside the building are truly breathtaking and represent the imperial setting at Angkor, in Cambodia. If you are into arts and culture, then this will truly leave you impressed. The ticket per head was 500 THB, which at first, I thought was expensive, but given the fact, that the building is still in the phase of construction, I guess it’s only fair that they make money out of tourism. All in all a great experience, if you love exploring non-commercialized places, then perhaps you will like this one.

By the time, I got done with The Sanctuary of Truth, the sun was already setting, which

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A beautiful summer evening, by the Pattaya beach

meant, that I was to plan, where I would spend my evening. Without much thought, I just walked straight out of the Sanctuary, took a Tuk Tuk (costs only 10-20 BHAT per person) to beach road, which has some awesome shacks by the Pattaya beach, but since those shacks shut by around 6ish, I just thought of taking a stroll by the lovely beach road.  Just like the movies, you discover the best stuff, when you are not exactly looking for it, and this my friend, is the joy of traveling! Guess what, while randomly strolling around, I came across a beautiful flea market, right below The Hilton Pattaya hotel. Sure, there are markets everywhere in Pattaya, and you can buy all the souvenirs from just about any shop, this market, however, was different. I found some of the most exquisite dresses and footwears here, and they were all beautiful, to say the least. The market was slightly expensive, but the kind of stuff I bought here, I did not find it even in Bangkok. So a traveler’s tip – Do explore the flea market by the Hilton Pattaya hotel at the beach road. The vendors come around in the evening and leave by about 10ish. Hoard some cash, as you might want to shop a lot here, and if you find something, do buy it, chances are you won’t find it anywhere else in Thailand again.

After my shopping spree, I found another amazing spot. Right next to the flea market, I found a very hip cocktail van. Not so much to look at during the day, the van completely transforms in the evening. After few hours of the shopping spree, I came back to the cocktail van at around 8ish, and it had completely transformed into this trippy-alcohol serving-cocktail car! Their menu had practically every cocktail under the Sun, not just that, the cocktails were actually delicious too!

I ordered myself a Big LIT, and then a Mojito, and both were exceptionally delicious.! The pretty little lights, the cool breeze from the beach and the sonorous music, set quite the atmosphere, one, that I definitely didn’t want to come out of.

This was my second night in Thailand, and I was already feeling like the time was slipping away. The third day was all about exploring islands, which I will cover in my 3rd and last post. The last post will also comprise a list of ‘Must Do’s’ and ‘Don’t’s, so don’t forget to check this space out tomorrow!

 

Rum N Rouge’s trip to Thailand – Part 1

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D Varee Hotel’s pool where I stayed in Pattaya

 

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View from my balcony

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Another one, from my balcony

 

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Acting all goofy at the Ripley’s Museum

 

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At the Ripley’s Museum

 

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Sunset at the Pattaya beach

 

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Post -Sunset, they light-up the Pattaya sign board

 

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know already, that I visited Thailand last month, and I have to say, that I had the time of life on that trip.

I went on a 5-day trip and obviously had a lot of fun! (Duh!) So instead of cinching all the details in one post, I am going to divide it into two parts. Here’s the first part, for your pleasure.

I had planned my trip in a way, that I would get to spend 2 days in Bangkok and rest of the 3 days in Pattaya. The first day, as soon as deboarded my plane, I took an Uber to Pattaya. If you’re a fan of scenic drives, then this one you would definitely enjoy. You will see the countryside, and if you are lucky it might even drizzle which will make the journey even more beautiful.

After I got to Pattaya, I checked into my Hotel D’Varee at the Jomtien beach. Now, of course, there are plenty of hotels in Pattaya, but if you want something comfortable as well as close to the beach, then would say, D Varee hotel is the best option. Sure, it’s a  little far from the Pattaya beach road, where all the fun happens, but it’s worth the effort because if you take a sea-facing room, the view from your balcony would be priceless, and their staff is very friendly too! So you won’t any problems related to your stay.

On my first day, I decided to explore the Pattaya town and chose to visit the ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ Museum. If you are not into history and arts, I am not sure if this is a great idea for you. I, for one, enjoyed it, as it was a different experience, and I had fun checking out all the artifacts and peeping into the records and history of all the people documented at the Ripley’s. I was such a fan of the T.V show, so for me, it was actually fun! The Ripley’s museum is inside a mall, so it’s a win-win for anyone who wants to explore and shop and eat on the go. However, just a little heads-up, if you are vegetarian like me, then brace yourself to pay for overpriced Indian food at Indian restaurants, or you can find solace, at Subway and eat a sandwich filled with veggies. I did pretty much do that, during my stay in Pattaya, but for what it’s worth, I was having so much fun, that I didn’t the ordeal of going to Subway everyday half as much!

After Ripley’s I decided to just chill by the Pattaya beach watch the sunset and do nothing, which, trust me was a completely legit idea! Sunsets in Pattaya are beautiful, so you can just grab some beers from 7/11 and watch the sun go down, which in itself, is quite a soothing experience.

That was all from day 1, the next day I had some yummy vegetarian lunch and visited another historic sight. Details shall be covered in the next post, stay tuned! 🙂

Southern Escapade – Weekend in Pondicherry!

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Bangalore is a busy city, where you struggle with traffic, population, pollution and barely manage to get through each day. As a principle, I always take a break whenever it becomes too hectic, last month when Bangalore city started to take its toll on me, I slyly sneaked an escapade to a beautiful place called, Pondicherry.

I went to Pondicherry on a weekend and at stayed at one of the most beautiful resorts – Dune Ecovillage & Spa. Imagine a place, where you are all alone, with no one to disturb you, and you get to stay in the lap of nature quite literally! Where you can actually hear the sea waves crashing at the shore, in your room, where you are actually able to cut off from the whole world and spend your time in peace. Like me, if you like to just take a break from life and chill, then Dune Ecovillage & Spa is the place for you. It has its own private beach, where you can run miles, or just lie sunbathing at the shore. Be it their pool, or their private villas I just fell in love with the place!

After lazying around for a day at the resort, I finally went out to explore the town on the second day, and as expected, it was truly some experience! Even though a U.T and full of beaches, Pondi is nothing like Goa, where you see pubs lined up at every nook and corner. We explored quite a bit on our cute little scooter, (which we rented from the Merchant street at 1100/- for two days) before we discovered some of the most beautiful spots where you can go, grab a drink and just chill. One of such places is Le Club, this tiny little place, done up with pretty little, lights, will definitely remind you of Goa, and the legacy that Portuguese have left behind in terms of art and infrastructure. When here, don’t forget to treat yourself to a nice glass of wine, and some pizza, before go out exploring the town again. In the evening, it might be a good idea to explore other pubs like  Toxic and L’Aqua.

Last but not the least, do not forget to spend some time taking a quiet stroll by the Paradise beach. Beautiful and tranquil, you’ll fall in love with the beauty of the place!

Exploring South India! – Food Review for Oyster Bay!

Pesto Italiano beg soup
Pesto Italiano beg soup
Three treasure veg starter
Three treasure veg starter
American in Chilly flakes
American in Chilly flakes
Subzi mazedar
Subzi mazedar
Oyster Bay Dining area
Oyster Bay Dining area
Dim lit and lovely!
Dim lit and lovely!
Oyster Bay!
Oyster Bay!

Travelling has always been a passion for me, and nothing gives me more satisfaction than exploring places and different culture. So your’s truly is in the Southern part of India, and I have to say, this part of the country is blessed with so much beauty! I’ll have a separate post to update you all on that, but this post is about the lovely restaurant that I reviewed in Mysore, on one drizzly evening.

In Mysore, you can find the best of the South Indian food, but if you want to eat some great north Indian food, than the options are few. Luckily for me, I got to know about Oyster Bay.

Oyster Bay is a foodie’s haven, especially if you have a bias for traditional north Indian food. They began with an Italiano pesto soup and a Three treasure dish,for starters. The three treasure, was essentially a dal papad (an Indian snack made out of lentils) with spicy vegetable fillings inside. Now who would’ve thought you could make use of a papad like that? Spicy and yummilicious it was finger licking good! After that, the Oyster Bay staff served me another spicy dish (Yes, they were told I have a weak spot for all things spicy ;)), called American chilly flakes, which was a green mix of super spicy vegetables with a serving of green salad on the side. I am sure the picture says the story, how delicious it was! For the main course I was served a subzi mazedar, which was again a mix of vegetables, and yet again spicy and delicious.

While the food was delicious, the dim lit ambience, with a water fountain by the side, enhanced the taste so much more! For anyone who is in Mysore and looking for a place for great food, Oyster Bay is the place to go to! So the next time you are Mysore, and are in a mood to spend a lovely romantic soiree with your loved one, I strongly recommend you visit this place once!

App for hotel booking! – iTajGateway

The Gateway Hotel, Agra
The Gateway Hotel, Agra

 

In a world where almost everything is run by technology, there are hardly a few things that are left for us to do manually and yet one of those few things that can give you a real nightmare, are hotel bookings! Wouldn’t it be nice if we had an application for that as well? Guess what! The fellas at The Gateway, Agra just heard you!

A few days back, The wardrobe of a Nomad, was invited to the launch party of this absolutely amazing, iTajGateway app at the rooftop  of The Gateway, hotel in Agra. While mostly we only focus on fashion, latest technology and innovative apps sure tickle a little bit of curiosity in us, which is why we had to cover it. And here’s is all the useful information that we have got for you, which just might save you a lot of time and hassle the next time you visit the city of Taj.

If you are planning of making a reservation at The Gateway hotel in Agra. All you have to do is, download the app on your phone. If you thought it couldn’t get better than this, then take a look, here is a list of things, this app will do for you. It can :

  • Get complete  information on Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra with photos
  • Access comprehensive information on sights and shops in Agra
  • Take a self-guided, interactive and well researched audio tours of 3 Agra monuments.
  • Browse reliable and up-to-date practical tips
  • View an offline Delhi to Agra map; turn-by-turn directions to The Gateway Hotel when one reaches Agra from Delhi; and navigation within Agra with offline maps of Agra city

Make sure the next time you’re visiting Taj Mahal, you make hassle free arrangements at The Gateway with iTajGateway beforehand! And yes! It would be absolutely unfair if we didn’t mention the view you get from the rooftop terrace of the hotel. The view alone deserves a visit, in case you are here make sure you don’t miss it!

By : Dev Raj