For the locals of Thailand, Chao Praya River is one of their means of transportation to go from one city to another city. But for the tourists, it’s a must try experience. The cruise gives you a glimpse of areas around Cha Praya river.
Passengers are mixed of both locals and tourists.
Typical boat that cruise around Chao Praya River.
If you have budget you can try having a luxury cruise with lunch or dinner while cruising. You can check the web for this offerings. But if you have limited budget, you can still cross the river and cruise by riding water boat taxi.
The friendly tourist guide also provide helpful information and history about places in Bangkok.
As you go along, you can see various buildings, temples, and other structures surrounding Chao Praya River.
Last January 9-14 2012, Monsanto held its Regional Supply Chain and Customer Operations meeting in Belle Villa Resort, Chiang Mai. Belle Villa is a 4-star mountain resort in Thailand.
Belle Villa main lobby, you can also find here “The Terrace” where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the other side of the terrace is a swimming pool. I didn’t see anyone swim in here in my entire 4 days stay, I’m sure you’ll find yourself chilling if you do.
You will find a park called “Place de L’ Amour”, located right before the lobby. You can climb this yellow tower, and see the view of the resort.
A view from my room. I used to stay in the veranda every morning for quiet time and prayer. Perfect place to meditate, relax and feel the cool wind.
My room is love… Twin-sharing bed. I wish my sister is with me 🙂
My things scattered in other bed.
View from the conference room were we have meetings from 8am-5Pm – we were surrounded by lush of greens, fountains and floras.
My travel buddy Pink Flash Havainas goes to Chiang Mai.
Just across where we stay (KC Place Hotel) is the Thailand’s tallest hotel the “Baiyoke Sky Hotel.” After freshening up, we didn’t waste our time, we head out to Baiyoke Sky to eat lunch. We’re supposed to have buffet lunch at Bangkok Balcony in 81st floor. Bangkok Balcony is the newest fertile grilled & international buffet outlet. It has 4 outdoor balconies where you can viewaccording to view the amazing city of Bangkok.
But since we have limited budget, we end up in Sky Coffee Shop in 18th floor. This resto is more than just a coffee shop, they also serves both Thai and international cuisine with slight view of the city.
Ana ordered Japanese vento set and I tried their beefy lasagna.
My beef lasgana comes with freshly-baked bread with butter.
I also ordered one of their best seller drinks the “Baiyoke Passion Drink.”
And Ana ordered Green Mango and Apple Shake.
Baiyoke Sky Hotel Facts:
Photo Credits: Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Strategically located in the heart of downtown Bangkok, the 88-storey Baiyoke Sky Hotel is Thailand’s tallest building. The hotel is convenient to the largest fashion square in downtown Bangkok, and close to shopping centers and entertainment, with Central World, Gaysorn Plaza and the Peninsula within walking distance. The business center at Baiyoke Sky Hotel features the full range of modern equipment and around-the-clock professional assistance. The airport-rail link to Suvarnabhumi Airport can be connected to at nearby Rajprarop Station, 150 meters away – a hotel shuttle bus makes the trip every hour. The shuttle also transports guests to Chatujak weekend market (JJ market) and to Suvarnabhumi Airport. (source: www.agoda.com)
Part of the Supply Chain and Customer Ops team meeting last January 2012 is to visit Monsanto Research field and office in Chiang Rai, Thailand. We travel 4 hours from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by a very convenient, high-tech double decker tourist bus. I love the bus, because it is complete with chair massager, LCD TV, food, toilet, foot rest and blanket. I just forget to take a picture of it. We also have a chance to see great scenery of Northern part of Thailand.
In Monsanto Research Office, the Research team, present to us, what the team is doing for Monsanto AP. The people here are so nice, they offer us more food, wet towels, and lot of drinks.
Me and the rest of the team enjoy visiting the field, with all these green houses and vegetables around. We have a greater appreciation of our job and the products we offer to our customers.