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Iffa House, Galle, Sri Lanka

Iffa House is a quaint, boutique bed and breakfast. Although the room and bathroom weren’t particularly spacious, the accommodation itself was fantastic. Right in Galle Fort, the B&B is close to the rampart for a stroll to the famous Lighthouse, and a cross-street away from Pedlar Street, with it’s many restaurants, cafes and shoppes. The accommodation is new, clean with cozy communal areas. For me, what made this place great was it’s staff. The service team were good humoured, attentive, welcoming and warm. We were offered a Western style breakfast, or a Sri Lanka breakfast each morning. What a spread! We had the Sri Lankan breakfast and loved it. Also, the beds are so soft, it was like sleeping on a cloud.

 

 

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The Local, Bangkok, Thailand

I can’t tell you how much I love The Local. I came here on my first trip to Bangkok over 4 years ago, and still now, the food is breathtaking. The food is royal-style, as if made for the royal family. It’s rich and multi-layered, it’s textural and the spices run deep.

The fried fish is an absolute show-stopper with aromatic herbs and spices and a dry heat that makes you reach for the accompanying salad of cucumber to quell the burn. The Rama V Tom Yum is clear and a real whack of flavour with whole prawns and lemongrass- you have to try this as your entree. It’ll cure whatever ailment you didn’t know you had.

The larb gai and larb moo is lighter than what they serve on the street, but the flavour still packs a punch. The atmosphere is cool; it’s a two storey house and gallery with private dining rooms, so appreciate walking through on the way to your table. Lastly, the service is fantastic. Over the years, our group has made friends with some of the waitstaff- they are so accommodating, and lovely. The Local is the perfect Thai cuisine experience.

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Somerset Liang Court, Fort Canning, Singapore

Somerset Liang Court is nice apartment-style accommodation. Three of us managed to get a room that sleeps four (maybe 5 on the sofa bed) and of course we had ample space; living room, en suite in the master bedroom and a large kitchen area with washer and dryer. It was great for our week-long stay in Singapore.

Location-wise, it’s perfect. Walking distance to Clarke Quay and minutes to the MRT which will take you anywhere (it’s on the same line as Chinatown and other relevant touristy places).

We had a bit of a weird check-in, however. Although we had paid upfront, (and we had confirmation from out travel agent that accounts were settled,) the receptionist refused to give us any confirmation that our payment had been received by the hotel, claiming she was ‘unable’ to. We also had not been explained that there’s a button on the wall beside the bathroom lights which controls the hot water heater, so my mother had some cold showers until we figured out that the switch must be turned on and stay on, and that the housekeeping may have been switching them off during the day. We also had a complete fuse outage one evening, as the hot water generator needed replacing and short circuited out the whole flat. Service staff were prompt in addressing this, however.

With water damage on the bathroom door and an old hot water system, we left under the impression that we got a good room rate because there are things about the hotel that need updating and renovating.  Also, it turns out the promised views of the nightly Marina Bay lightshow is not a guarantee as it depends which direction your room is facing. We were satisfied with our stay, actually, perhaps a little disappointed.

 

 

 

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Dar Tajine, Fes, MOROCCO

Dar Tajine in Fes is one of those restaurants that you get shown once, have an absolutely amazing time and can never find again. Deep in the Medina labyrinth, we entered a doorway and ventured up through darkened flights of stairs. I followed my guide because he ‘knows what’s good’, but under any other circumstances, following a mysterious man up through the shadows of what seems to be a residence is not advisable.

We came to a vast space of hanging textiles, curtains, throws, cushions, all bejeweled and Moroccan. Even further upstairs is the rooftop, but at midday it’s a pool of sweltering lethargy. We stayed downstairs.

Wifi, bathrooms, and the air is cool- all the things travelers like.

And a huge, authentic Moroccan feast; that’s another thing travelers like.

I came to Morocco wanting to try the cuisine, to taste the spices and the different dishes. And like many travelers, I didn’t want to extend myself too far and get sick. Dar Tajine was perfect. It gave us such a spread of savoury delights, of salads, a spiced lentils and smoky vegetables and fresh zesty leaves. We had a lightly battered fish and it was divine. We ate so much, we could not fit in another bite. The food was excellent, it was the most wonderful Moroccan spread I’ve ever had.

If you chance upon this place, I urge you to go. It’s homely, it’s unpretentious, it’s off the beaten track and the food is out of this world.

 

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Suvarnabhumi Sky Lane and Cycle Track, Bangkok, Thailand

This 23.5km cycle track is one of the best there is! It’s very popular among locals and foreigners alike. As a tourist, I was able to hire a bike and helmet, register and get a wristband (which doubles as an account you can top up with cash to spend at the stores there) and just go. Bike hire is minimum 400THB and you need a deposit on the cashcard so bring some baht with you. There are ample facilities; a medical service, a cafes and formalised food stalls, bike kit and gear and bathrooms everywhere. The track is open all the time from 6am- I fully recommend going at sunrise. The heat of the day rises, and on a weekend it’s chockablock with cyclists, professionals, amateurs, kids. The ride is scenic, around lakes and such. It’s a really nice ride for cheaps (despite the bike hire it’s practically free) it’s excellent for beginners, such as myself who needed the restbreak/bathroom block with appears every 5km. Bring ID for free registration.

 

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Asia Herb Association, Phrom Phong, Thailand

Although on the pricier side of Thai massages and spa treatments, Asia Herb Association is definitely worth it. The premises is intimate, so once you venture beyond the initial foyer, there’s not a soul to be found. The setting takes you out of the hustle and bustle of the city and calms you right down.

I had a 90min Massage and Herbal Compress. The service was perfectly relaxing and full body. The herbal compress was new to me and I really enjoyed being patted down with hot fragrances. The registration process is thorough beforehand and they request being told what you like and where you’d prefer they focus. My only feedback would be that they don’t ask for any prior injuries or ailments (which some massage places do) but that communication is up to you to disclose.

 

 

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Kenshin Izakaya

Kenshin Izakaya is fast-paced, colourful, vibrant and delicious. The sashimi is really something, it’s thick and fresh and melt-in-your-mouth. We shared some sushi rolls and some ebi tempura as well; the quality of food was fantastic, absolutely delicious and great value. Their Asahi Craft beer range is pretty good as well. I think the vibrant atmosphere and the delicious food really create a wonderful Japanese experience right in Asoke.