Boutique Bliss at Buri Siri Hotel - Chiang Mai, Thailand

12 July 2017 Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of my favourite things about being a travel blogger is getting to discover corners of the world that truly feel like hidden gems. They don't come around on every trip, but when they do, I'm always so excited to share them on the blog. My latest hidden gem came in the form of Buri Siri, a mixture of contemporary and colonial base in the heart of Nimmanhaemin area in Chiang Mai. I was lucky enough to spend two nights here as a part of my South East Asia adventure. This place was my most extraordinary discovery of the whole trip.

Introducing Buri Siri Boutique Hotel

Tucked away in the heart of hip Nimmanhaemin area on Sirimankalajarn road, is a relaxing base - the exquisite Buri Siri Boutique Hotel - from which to explore the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. The rustic identity and rural charm combined with contemporary and colonial is one of the unique showcased rejuvenation of Buri Siri.

It's a 5.7km and a 10 to 15 minutes from Chiang Mai Airport. It is perfectly located, just walking distance to Nimmanhaemin's shops and restaurants, Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, Chiang Mai's moat and only a few minutes from  from the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street. There are also temples that is just a stone-throw away from the hotel, such as Wat Suan Dok, Wat U-Mong, Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang, a must see for visitors to Chiang Mai.

First Impressions

Touching down Chiang Mai Airport from Bangkok, Lee, Mhay, and I hurriedly looked for the exit and grabbed a taxi cab. After a few road turns we finally arrived at the hotel. We couldn't find the main entrance, so our taxi driver pulled up at the hotel's parking area inside the building. We took our baggage off and went through a door to the grand lobby of Buri Siri. Little did I know, that I wasn't just entering a hotel, I was entering an experience.

Rustic Charm

The moment I walked into the lobby of Buri Siri it felt like I was transported into a magical place. Every details were curated to exquisite perfection, and the top to bottom open windows amplified the whole perfection - the crème de la crème. The lobby walls were adorned with beautiful paintings of Chiang Mai - these historical points of interest made it feel totally unique. We received a warm welcome from the reception team and it was even made more perfect as we sipped the refreshing welcome drink.

My Deluxe Double Room

The three of us have each our own rooms and we stayed in different room types. I was lucky enough to get the highest room type during our stay - a Deluxe Double Studio Room. I was shown to my room, which is located in the main building. The lovely hotel staff, gladly explained the features of my room and I was pretty much blown-away by the whole room itself. It was spacious and lovely, with 2 double heavenly-like-clouds bed, a lounge area, a bathroom, a mini kitchen complete with a mini bar.

The room felt like a rustic charm with incredible attention to detail. So cute and so quaint! It reminds me of my own room back home because of the minimal style splashed with dark and dominating colors of white. One of the best things? The private balcony. My room is not only overlooking the pool and the area of Buri Siri but it even had the best majestic views of Chiang Mai.

The bathroom was equally as breath-taking as my whole room. It has a bath tub, a magnificent rainshower, and a his and hers sink. But, one of my favorite part of the whole room is the bath tub. Every night, I soaked at the tub for a relaxing bubble bath for an hour or two while watching my favorite shows on Netflix.

Price: Deluxe Double & Studio Rooms start at around $90. You may check the latest price in: | Agoda | | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor. For inquiries and other information, you may visit their official website. For other hotel reviews, click here.

A Lovely Pool

The non-chlorinated swimming pool has been perfectly designed in the center of the whole property to fit in with the impeccable style of Buri Siri. The pairs of sun loungers are dotted underneath white parasols, while the perfectly trimmed tall emerald shrubs added flair to the whole surroundings. We spent the rest of our afternoon by the pool and soaked up the golden hour on hour first day.

Buristro Bar & Café

The Buristro Bar & Cafe looks like something from an interior magazine photoshoot and I loved how the rural and contemporary theme effortlessly transcended throughout. It's here where we enjoyed our breakfast every morning and chill at the end of the day. The delectable breakfast buffet offerings included the best of both western and eastern fares. Truly delectable!

The Verdict

From the Conde Nast Traveller-worthy interiors to the spectacular views and rustic-like charm; you couldn’t even imagine this place in your wildest dreams. It’s a little slice of contemporary and colonial paradise that defines laid-back luxury. Buri Siri Boutique Hotel is one of the most special properties I have ever stayed at throughout my blogging adventures and it will remain vividly etched in my mind for years to come. I am 100% sure I will return again.

Perfect for; romantic breaks, special occasions, and a great base to explore the most enchanting towns of Chiang Mai.

Book your stay at Buri Siri Boutique Hotel: | Agoda | | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor.

What did you think of my experience at Buri Siri Boutique Hotel? Are you planning a trip to Chiang Mai? Is this the kind of hotel you love to stay at? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below.

No. 1 Sirimangkalajarn Rd., Lane 9, Tambol Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Want to read more about Chiang Mai? Check out: 10 Things To Do In Chiang Mai.

Disclaimer: My stay at Buri Siri Boutique Hotel was provided complimentary in exchange for coverage on my blog. All views are my own.

7 Reasons Why I Loved Ibis Saigon Airport Hotel

29 June 2017 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

After an epic backpacking adventure around Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the city of Ho Chi Minh was our final destination. Touching down Ho Chi Minh felt bitter sweet; bitter because it meant that we would soon be going back home to the Philippines, and sweet because I had a feeling we had saved the best 'til last.

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is Vietnam's largest and most chaotic city. I love the chaos here, though you need to be careful (and patient) when walking across the street! Motorbikes, bicycles, cars, and rickshaws go wherever and whenever they please and lots of street stands and market spill into the traffic lanes. It’s a city with a billion things happening at once. There is a lot of information here about the war, from the War Remnants Museum to the Cu Chi Tunnels. There’s a great historical museum here, though the English translation leaves a lot to be desired. The city has a lot to offer: wonderful shops, fantastic nightlife, and delicious food. Because of all this, I was itching to see and experience it for myself.

Saving the best 'til last, it only made sense to find a base near the airport. This is why we decided to call Ibis Saigon Airport for 2 days and 1 night, as Part 1 of our South East Asia project. After all the adventure, adrenaline and endless modes of transport from airplanes to busses we had crammed into the previous 2 weeks, we couldn't have chosen a more idyllic place to unwind before the long journey back to the Philippines. Here are 7 reasons why I loved Ibis Saigon Airport...

1. The Contemporary Design

Ibis Saigon Airport is not your average airport hotel, it is a contemporary hotel with a huge dose of wow, meaning the ceilings are high, the rooms are grand without being pretentious, and there are characterful original features in every corner of the building throughout. The lobby looked bright, inviting and sumptuously decorated. I loved the quirky details, such as the super-stretched lobby chairs, internet lounge area, the staircase that dominated the whole lobby, and the huge lighting work that is perfectly fitted high up above the ceiling - shifting myriad of colors from blue, pink, purple, and to green - which made everything look very luxurious. They added a lovely dose of character and a nice balance between classic and contemporary.

2. The Cozy Room

My room is a standard room that was located on the 9th floor of the hotel, which meant it came with incredible views overlooking Saigon. To my left, I could see the Tan Son Nhat runway, and to my right were buildings and houses of different shapes and sizes. The room has two single beds - heavenly like cloud beds.

The room is equipped with a 42-inched LCD TV, mini fridge, a safe box, and a tea and coffee making facility. The bathroom was equally as cute and the amazing rain shower was perfect after a long day out the sun. A plate full of fruits added a personal touch and definitely didn't go unappreciated.

Price: Standard Rooms start at around $50. You may check the latest price in: | Agoda | | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor. For inquiries and other information, you may visit their official website. For other hotel reviews, click here.

3. The Hub & The Pool In The Sky

An un-doubtable talking point of Ibis Saigon is the stunning rooftop pool and rooftop bar - an open air rooftop bar and magnificent rooftop pool with epic views of the whole Ho Chi Minh city, including the Tan Son Nhat runway. Scattered with sun loungers and luscious green plants are beautifully lined along the pool. Ibis Saigon's rooftop is definitely a gorgeous place to relax, especially when the sun is shining. Out here you can order snacks, cocktails, beer, or almost anything that floats your boat from the bar. At night time, the pool is beautifully lit in blue and is a beautiful extension to the bar. Imagine wading on its cool waters while watching the planes go by.

The Hub Bar also comes alive at night. Here you can take advantage of "The Hub Bar Happy Hour", where you can buy 1 draft beer and get 1 free from 5pm until 8pm everyday, a perfect timing to watch the sun go down as you sip your poison of choice. As we only get to experience the rooftop once, the skies were dramatic - you get a spectacular view of the city at night and it meant that it is a perfect way to kick off your evening. I think it's one of the most unique rooftops in Saigon.

4. The Starbucks

On our first and final morning of our stay at Saigonr, I was not able to join Lee and Mhae in exploring the city, I opted to stay at the hotel and get to enjoy a late leisurely break at Ibis Saigon's very own Starbucks. I perused the menu but knew there was only one clear winner; the Matcha Frappucino in Venti. I found myself a spot at the internet lounge just next to the Starbucks area while enjoying my drink. I'm struggling to remember a place where I've had a better Matcha Frappucino, but clearly the Starbucks at Ibis Saigon was impeccable.

5. The Free Airport Transfer Service

What makes Ibis Saigon one of my favorite airport hotel in the world is that they offer airport transfer service for FREE! Even if you are coming from the airport to the hotel or vice versa, you don't have to worry - totally hassle-free!

6. The Location

Ibis Saigon Airport is located in the dynamic Tan Binh District and the walk from Ibis to its neighborhood department store took only 2 minutes less and made me appreciate how amazingly located the hotel is. As well as being nestled near the airport, it's also an 8-10 minutes walk to Saigon Superbowl - if you want to have some fun bowling with family and friends. The Gia Dinh Park, considered as the lungs of the city, is only just a short stroll away too; and as you get deeper into the park and you'll find it gets more interesting. Winding pathways lined with bamboo lead through well-tended lawns, and frangipani trees fill the air with their bewitching scent. If you want to take the walking tour further, the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda and the Southern Vietnam Women Museum is just 30-50 minutes walk from the hotel. It's the best of both worlds.

Whether you are arriving late or leaving early, there is no need to negotiate Saigon's notoriously bad traffic when you pick a room at Ibis Saigon near Tan Son Nhat Airport, meaning you won’t have to set your alarm early or get stuck in a bumper to bumper traffic jam! What’s more, for those that do have time to head into the city center, it's just a stone throw away from the hotel in just minutes.

7. The Great Team & The Overall Experience

It was my first time staying at Ibis Saigon Airport and I absolutely loved this hotel. From the location, to the staff, to the roof top pool, my expectations were exceeded with every element of this hotel stay. Whether you're looking for a pit stop that will not fail you as a part of a longer stay or in need of a short stay. Aside from the 24 hour reception, Ibis Saigon also offers 24 hour food and beverage services. Ibis Saigon Airport is by far the best airport hotel in Ho Chi Minh - an ideal choice for those not only wanting to save time, but also wanting to avoid any unnecessary stress having to rush in and out of the city before catching a flight. We only got to stay here for 1 night, but it made the perfect base for our last destination. Thank you so much to Mr. Oreste, Ibis Saigon's General Manager, and to all the staff involved in our stay.

Perfect for; a short stay in Ho Chi Minh City near the airport. Also a great option if you're looking to stay for a longer time, with an array of studio to apartment types to choose from. Ibis Saigon Airport also offers family room with bunk beds, an ideal choice for a family with small children.

Oh, did you know? Ibis Saigon Airport is the only International Economy hotel in Tan Son Nhat airport area.

Book your stay at Ibis Saigon Airport: | Agoda | | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor

What did you think of my stay at Ibis Saigon Airport? Have you visited this hotel before or are you considering a stay? If you enjoyed this post or have any questions about the hotel, please leave me a comment below x

Want to read more about Vietnam? Check out my Vietnam category page and browse more posts!

2 Hong Ha Street, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam

Disclaimer: My stay at Ibis Saigon Airport was complimentary in exchange for this hotel review. All views expressed are genuine and my own.

A Modest Stay at Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur

28 June 2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, besides a modern and diverse city filled with iconic building,  it also boasts gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions. A melting pot of many nations and a varied mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Tamil, Thai and many more people living in this amazing city.

I was lucky enough to enjoy a one-night stay at Oakwood Hotel & Residence during a short trip to Kuala Lumpur as a part of our South East Asia trip that went through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. This serviced apartment Hotel ticked every box for me. Here's my experience of Oakwood Hotel & Residence in Kuala Lumpur...

Adelphi Forty-Nine Bangkok: A Luxurious Home Away From Home

22 June 2017 Bangkok, Thailand

Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is packed with things to do and places to see. The city is vibrant and colorful and has something to please all visitors. It makes sense to stay in a hotel that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Let me introduce Adelphi Forty-Nine; a modern apartment hotel in the heart of downtown Bangkok. Situated between trendy Thonglor and the international vibe of Prom Phong guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment, shopping and dining. I recently flew to Bangkok as a part of my recent South East Asia trip and made Adelphi Forty-Nine my base for 1 night before flying to Chiang Mai. Here's the lowdown on this Service Apartment Bangkok hotel...

At The Heart Of Bangkok

Before I even reached the entrance of the hotel Adelphi Forty-Nine had already scored one big check from me; the location. It's slap bang at the heart of downtown Bangkok. It is within easy reach of skytrain services and trendy dining, shopping and entertainment districts. Perfectly situated among shops and restaurants in the lively Thonglor neighborhood, Bangkok's golden mile.

This trendy neightborhood busting with its eclectic range of bars and restaurants, glamorous crowd and stylish boutique, Thonglor is the city’s hippest street. The neighborhood is equipped with something for every type of traveler. If I lived in Bangkok, I would want to live here! Indeed, everyone wants to be in Thonglor.

A Minimalist's Dream

I like how Adelphi Forty-Nine was built to finish. It will come as no surprise when I tell you that the minimalist yet modern interiors are to-die-for. Think modern furnishings. It has that homey vibe, yet a luxurious feel. In other words, it's a minimalist's dream.

A Home Away From Home

Adelphi Forty-Nine rooms gives a beautiful view of Bangkok where you can sit by the terrace and marvel at the sun's majestic glory as it rises from the horizon. We were lucky enough to be allocated in a One Bedroom Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and curtains cascading down to the floor. We had a lovely view of a Thailand neighborhood. The hotel's beautiful design elements transcended into the rooms too and the accent colors of green and blue were a match-made-in-heaven.

The room has a separate living and dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, refrigerator and stove. It provides a relaxing environment that feels just like home. I could just imagine cooking and preparing for a dinner date with the sweetheart here. Also included is a washer & dryer. And if your clothes are wrinkled, you may use the iron and ironing board provided - it felt like a luxurious home away from home.

Price: One Bedroom Suite rooms start at around $224. You may check the latest price in: | Agoda | | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor. For inquiries and other information, you may visit their official website. For other hotel reviews, click here.

The Rooftop Pool & The Gym

One element of the hotel that I really loved was the rooftop pool. It feels like a little secret and makes for a tranquil escape from the bustling streets of Bangkok. The pool lounge chairs and umbrellas make it more than just another rooftop pool.

Across the entrance to the pool is Adelphi Forty-Nine's fitness room, where you can shed those few extra pounds.

Dining At Azul

Azul is Adelphi Forty-Nine's signature bar and restaurant and we had the pleasure of enjoying a complimentary cocktail and a mocktail on our last night in the city. With international wine flavours, high quality alcohols and an easygoing Thai attitude, Azul promises a Bangkok bar experience (it's definitely worth coming here to have a drink or two even if you're not staying at the hotel).

Azul is also the hotel's breakfast restaurant and by day it feels light, bright and airy. There is a delicious breakfast buffet on offer alongside indulgent a la carte options including eggs, bacon, noodles, french toast, and a lot more. The breakfast experience at Azul is as delicious as the Michelin Star restaurants I've been too.

The Verdict

In my eyes, Adelphi Forty-Nine ticks every box. The location is perfect, the interiors are on point and the food is wonderful. It’s the best apartment hotel I’ve stayed in a very long time, and when I return to Bangkok in the future I would love stay here for another time again.

Perfect For

  • A central, modern, and luxurious base on the heart of Bangkok
  • A romantic city break
  • A relaxing sanctuary for a weary traveler that feels just like home

Book your stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine: | Agoda | | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor

What did you think of my stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine? Are you planning your own trip to Bangkok? Is this the kind of hotel you love to stay at? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave me a comment in the box below.

16 Soi Sukhumvit 49, Sukhumvit Road Klong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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Disclaimer: My stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine was provided complimentary in exchange for this hotel review. As always, my reviews remain honest and all views are my own.

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