Review: Park Hyatt Bangkok

Introduction: To Bangkok For The Weekend
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways A330 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Park Hyatt Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse D
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse E
EVA Air Lounge Bangkok
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C East
Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok BKK Concourse C West
Thai Airways 747 Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong


I was so excited to be staying at the Park Hyatt Bangkok. The Park Hyatt Bangkok was originally slated to open in 2014, though their opening was pushed back a couple of years, so they only officially opened in mid-May 2017. I was able to see a couple of photos of the hotel when it first opened, which only added to my excitement of staying at the hotel.

After our Thai Airways flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok, we had arranged our own private transport to the Park Hyatt. The Park Hyatt is located above Central Embassy, one of the newest malls in Bangkok. The mall is big, beautiful and contains everything you would possibly want (from a plethora of shops to many great Thai restaurant options), though everything is quite expensive as well. Nonetheless, the hotel looks beautiful from the outside.

Park Hyatt Bangkok Exterior

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Review: The Ritz-Carlton Haikou

Booking The Hotel

My father and I decided to take a trip to Haikou to play some golf, so we started looking for hotels. Seeing that there was a brand new Ritz-Carlton in Haikou’s Mission Hills golfing complex, we found a nice package that included buffet breakfast for two people as well as a one-way car transfer on their website and decided to bit the bullet. Overall, the stay cost CNY2342, which I’d say is actually a half decent deal.

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Review: Mandarin Oriental Munich

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


The Mandarin Oriental Munich is housed inside a building that served as the city’s opera house in 1880. In 1990 it was taken down, and was purchased by a hotelier that converted the building into the Hotel Rafael. The building was acquired by Mandarin Oriental in 2000, who has managed the hotel since then, with a minor refurbish completed in 2015.

I’ve stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei before, though as far as I can remember that was the first Mandarin Oriental I’ve stayed at. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, though it certainly wasn’t the most memorable stay I’ve had in my life (which is fine – the price point wasn’t high at the time). The Mandarin Oriental Munich admittedly is part of a much more highly priced hotel market (the Kempinski was going at ~HK$3000, and the Westin was going at ~HK$2500 for our dates), though it was 600 EUR (~HK$5,520) per room per night, so I was interested to see how the hotel measured up. Personally, I was skeptical if an entry level room here was really worth that much, though due to how the cost of our other hotel stays during this trip worked out, we were able to get our stay under our final budget, so I was happy to try out the property as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mandarin Oriental Munich Entrance

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Review: Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


The Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden opened in 2005 and was managed by InterContinental for ten years, before being acquired by Kempinski. I had heard many good things about the hotel, so I was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to check it out for myself. The Kempinski can be seen from the Eagle’s Nest, and is shaped like somewhat of a horseshoe.

Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden Exterior

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Review: Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


For the first two nights we were booked into the Bayerischer Hof hotel, which is generally known as one of the best hotels in the area. Judging the prices that I outlined in the introduction, we seemed to be charged a substantial amount for our two nights at the Bayerischer Hof. I wasn’t thrilled about that, but it was a decision that my parents made, so I figured they’d have good reason behind that.

We pulled over across the Bayerischer Hof at around 4:30 PM after stopping by for lunch at Ammersee on the way from Munich Airport. The exterior of the hotel seems like it had been recently repainted, since it looked rather fresh for such an old hotel.

Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau Exterior

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How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


I try to stick to my travels by reviewing airlines, airport lounges and hotels on this site, but sometimes I can’t help but share the amazing experiences that I’ve had as a result of my travels. Imperial College was one of these times. I’ve met so many people that I can refer to in the future, and can look forward to seeing again should I earn myself a place at Imperial College in a couple of years. However, this is my travel blog, not my personal portfolio, so I won’t dwell on it.

However, I figured I’d share a bit of how it’s like to stay at an Imperial College dormitory, at least from my experience. I know that Imperial College rents out their dorms as hotels during summer time (July 3 to September 24 as of this year), so I figured I’d go ahead and share what the dorms are like. If you’re looking forward to your first year as an undergraduate at Imperial, this post is also for you.

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Review: Westin Singapore

As Singapore is a rather dated and expensive hotel market, as a family of four we were surprised to be finding the cheapest hotel fares from the Shangri-La Singapore and the Westin Singapore. The Shangri-La does seem a little dated through pictures, so we went with the latter. With prices directly quoted through email from The Westin Singapore, we were able to secure two rooms – my dad wanted an Executive Suite so there would be more space, and we were able to find that at an adequate rate at the Westin, for SGD 579 (~HK$3220) per night. The maximum occupancy for the suite was three people, so we snagged an extra Premier room for SGD 306 (~HK$1700) per night, which was a fair price, in my parents’ opinion (the entry level twin bed Deluxe rooms were out, so I would have be stuck sleeping with my father, which I’ll pay with my own allowance to avoid – he’s loud). After all, as a family of four you probably wouldn’t be able to get anything much cheaper in such an expensive hotel market, so to be able to have that extra living room, we were pretty happy. Or so we thought.

I was in charge of booking a hotel at The Westin, as through my YTHK email account, I seemed to be treated slightly better than my parents were through email (maybe I just lucked out with a series of better agents – I don’t know). Go figure that the 42-day advance purchase rate limit came as I was wrapping up a trip to Jakarta, so we were left with the SPG exclusive prepaid rate as I got back, where the suite set us back SGD 717 (~HK$3990) per night and the premier room set us back SGD 341 (~HK$1900) per night.  At this point all the other options had also gone up in price, so as cranky as we were by that point, our family made a collective decision to spring for the Westin anyway.

Keep in mind that the Westin Singapore is an SPG Category 6 hotel, so a deluxe room would’ve set us back 20,000 Starpoints. The Deluxe Rooms were on sale for SGD 272 (~HK$1520) for our dates (they were out by the time the 42-day prepaid rate expired, so I can’t speak for that), so I’m confident cash would have been the better deal.

We flew in on Singapore Airlines A380 premium economy in the morning, and had arranged transport to get us and our bags to the Westin. We made it to the hotel at around 7:30 PM, where we were greeted by bellmen at the door.

The Westin Singapore Driveway

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Review: Atria Hotel Gading Serpong Jakarta

In terms of hotel options, our hotel booked us into the Atria Hotel Gading Serpong. Despite being generally cheap, the hotel is really reputable around the Tangerang region, so I was excited to check the property out. It’s worth noting that the hotel also has a Residences wing which was booked for a few groups that were traveling as part of SEAMC, so this review is only relevant for those staying at the hotel.

The exterior of the hotel is stunning, as it’s modern and has a (semi-transparent) tree structure mounted along its facade. This makes the hotel look amazing, though unfortunately it obstructs the views from some rooms along the left side of the hotel.

Atria Hotel Gading Serpong Jakarta Exterior

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Review: The Beas River Chalet Hong Kong

My parents had planned to go on a little getaway during Christmas to The Beas River Chalet Hong Kong. While it definitely wasn’t the first time I’ve stayed (you can check out my previous reviews here and here), I was excited to revisit the property, as I do like it quite a bit. With a new camera and a sizeable year and a half since my last stay, I did think it was due for a revisit on the blog. The chalet retails at around HK$600-HK$1000, and it was about HK$800 for us as we were members of the Beas River Country Club and staying during peak season.

We pulled into the chalet at around 1 PM, and checked in at The Levade, which is the clubhouse’s shop and chalet lobby. The person at the counter gladly checked us in, which was a quick process.

img_4817Beas River Chalet Hong Kong LEVADE

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Review: Hakka Capital Hot Springs Resort

Introduction: Too Low for a Tulou
Cathay Dragon 602 A320 Economy Class Hong Kong to Xiamen
Barkla Concept Hotel Xiamen
Fuxinglou Tulou Yunshuiyao
Hakka Capital Hot Springs Resort
Cathay Dragon 603 A320 Economy Class Xiamen to Hong Kong


While I liked the tulou stay, I was really looking forward to staying in a decent hotel in our last night in Fujian. I was thrilled when we pulled into what seemed like a series of small buildings, which I believed was the Hakka Capital Hot Springs Resort Fujian.

The exterior of the hotel has one of those cheap rolling Chinese signs that I haven’t seen since I stayed at the Jinhong Garden Villa in Lijiang a year and a half prior, but otherwise it looks great and dainty.

img_3797 Hakka Capital Hot Springs Resort Exterior

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