Monday, July 30, 2018

Sriracha - Only a two hour journey from Bangkok

Cape+Kantary is a magazine that you will find in all the Cape and Kantary Properties - 

In this edition - - (Pages 74-77) one writer visited Kantary Bay in Sriracha and took a trip. Original words by Jim Algie.

Sriracha – “Only a two hour journey from Bangkok, in an area free of the usual tourist hordes, the Eastern seaboard beckons with outdoor adventures, picturesque islands, sites of spiritual significance and great food.”

This was their trip

Breakfast at Kantary Bay Sriracha

Khao Kheow Open Zoo - - where the animals are in areas which are spacious and accommodating, ample photo opportunities – we did not try the Flying Fox - - this time but maybe next time?

Take a lunch break in Sriracha – try the chicken roasted in earthenware jugs (gai op ong), usually found hanging by the side of the road, don’t forget the papaya salad and sticky rice!

Take a trip to Koh Sichang – just 40 minutes on the local ferry, followed by a tour of the island (try the 3-wheeled samlor – which is called a Skylab)

Then a coffee and a cake at the Somewhere Hotel -

Then a visit to the waterfront – the Asdang Pier - -  and the Health Park -

Then it was time to return and have dinner at Le Marin Mediterranean Restaurant -

#Thailand #Sriracha #KohSichang


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bangkok's Historic River

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  - and today we have chosen an article written by Luc Citrinot – ‘Historic River’ -

“… there’s a need to preserve their environment – and make the larger public aware of the river’s living heritage.”

If you are visiting Bangkok it is a great idea to take a trip along the Chao Phraya River – there is so much to see there.

Here is a list of places that the article focuses on
Wat Kalayanamit Woramahawihan - - built during the reign of King Rama III, and contains the largest Buddha image sculpted during his reign.

Near here is the Kuan An Keng Shrine - - a small Chinese temple with superb wood carvings

Wat Prayoon - - is also near here - - which has a UNESCO heritage award

On the opposite side of the river are the two Catholic Churches; Saint Francis Xavier Church and the Immaculate Conception Church -, Bangkok’s oldest church.

Near here is the curious Wat Rachathiwat - - a Wat built in Khmer style with French architecture and inspiring Italian painting.

Slightly in land is Wat Bowonniwet - - with some of the original city wall in the entrance.

Then there are the last two military forts left – Phra Sumen Fort - - and Mahakan Fort - There was a community living here but they were recently evicted.

And stay with us at Cape House Hotel & Serviced Apartments - - or Kantary House -

  #Bangkok101 #CapeandKantary #Thailand


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

12 things to do in Phuket off the beaten track

Each week we post a link to an article we have found in Phuket 101 -

This week we point you to an article about 12 things to do in Phuket off the beaten track  -

Here’s just some of the ideas

1)     Bon Island -

2)     Wat Srisoonthorn – a golden reclining Buddha with a wonderful face -

3)     Bang Pae Seafood – a wonderful location but some of the food maybe too spicy for some visitors -

4)     Wat Khao Rang – an enormous sitting Buddha -

5)     Discover Phuket Old Town – have a look here or try this App – - there are 12 Walking Tours here, covering Phuket

To read the complete list visit here - part II will be coming next week


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Batcat & Toys Museum in Bangkok

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 - and this week we are posting aabot this article about the Batcat & Toys Museum in Thailand.

The museum (location:  is Batman, superheroes, comics, toys and so much more – a haven for many children and some of their parents to escape to. The building is crammed with everything and anything which is linked to The Simpsons, Batman, Star Wars, Avatar and so much more.

There is so much you might remember – the Batman Lunchbox, the Robin Utility belt, the MacDonalds Spiderman, the Star Wars models (including Greebo with his weapon), Minion badges, a Back to the Future car and so much more.

“There’s also a small coffee shop in which to recover from the emotion of meeting so many superheroes in one place” – original text is by Luc Citrinot

The museum may not be what you read about in the guide books but if you want to travel it is certainly worth it and whilst you are here you can always visit The Mall in Bangkapi and the Airplane Graveyard


Thursday, July 12, 2018

101 guide to Chiang Mai

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -

This week we point you to an article about Chiang Mai -

The article describes several places that you should visit, how you should get around, where you should stay, restaurants where you should eat and cafes where you should have a coffee, where you should go shopping etc…

Then there is a list of things that you must see;

1)     Wat Ketkaram, built in 1428 to house a Buddha hair relic -

2)     Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – a very popular location for tourists but 1,676 metres above the city -

3)     Wiang Kum Kam – this is Chiang Mai’s first city site and now excavated ruins -

4)    Doi Mon Jam – in the heart of the Royal Project -

There are a great many more places to visit in Chiang Mai but we would like you to stay with us at Kantary Hills Hotel

Photo courtesy of Instagram and mdosque           


Friday, July 6, 2018

10 cheap things to do in Phuket

Each week we post a link to an article we have about Phuket from the Internet and  today’s post is about 10 cheap things to do in Phuket if you are on a small budget whilst you are here in Phuket -

“Check out our 10 cheap or free things to do in Phuket, it will give you some ideas to enjoy Phuket without breaking the purse.”

1)    Shop for souvenirs at Phuket Weekend Market – held every Saturday and Sunday in the southern part of Phuket Town, opposite Wat Nakaram (วัดนาคาราม) -

2)    Dine on Street Food – surprisingly delicious; not to every ones taste though.

3)    Visit Big Buddha, Temples and Shrines – please dress appropriately and enter with respect – here’s some Buddhist Wats -

4)    Explore Phuket Old Town – you could try a guided tour ( or visit by yourself.

5)    Go snorkelling – try off the beach at Cape Panwa Hotel or take a day trip to Coral Island

6)    Visit one of the many viewpoints in Phuket – here’s a list from local blogger Jamie -

7)    Get a haircut at a Local Hairdresser / Barber

8)    Shop at Supercheap – it is certainly cheap, but can become very hot inside -

9)    Get a Therapeutic Massage by Blind people – worth trying

10) Travel around Phuket by Songthaew


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Route Two of the Walking Routes in Bangkok


Stop 1: King Rama V Monument - พระบรมรูปทรงม้า - this is a Bronze equestrian statue dedicated to King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who ruled from 1853–1910.

Stop 2: Paruskawan Palace - this is a historic site, it was built by King Rama V for his son after he returned from education in Russia.

Stop 3: The Police Museum at Paruskawan Palace - this museum is all about the evolution of the Thai Police.

Stop 4: Wat Benchamabophit - The Marble Temple - because of the amount of Italian marble which was used to build it!  

Stop 5: Nang Leong Market - a wonderful and vibrant market selling mostly food

Stop 6: Admiral Shrine - at the back of the market.

Stop 7: Sala Chaloem Thani - this is one of the few remaining wooden cinemas in Bangkok, first screening in 1918

Stop 8: Wat Sunthon Tham Tham - 

Stop 9: Nang Leong Art - this is the original shop - these are ceramic pins made by the shop for funerals; culture and history all in one place

Stop 10: Ban Ten Ram Nang Loeng - this was a place for young girls who liked dancing and socialising

Stop 11: Ban Naraslip - this is where the first Thai film production company was - Naraslip Cinema, and still provides information