Feb 14

Hotel Review: Le Méridien Angkor

Le Méridien Angkor Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia Le Méridien Angkor is an SPG category 2 hotel, located about 20 km from Siem Reap International Airport. This is the only Starwood property in Siem Reap and it costs only 4,000 SPG points per night. The hotel provides paid airport …

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Feb 05

January 2017 – Hanoi Trip Report

Day 1: We took the complimentary hotel shuttle to Ho Chin Minh Complex where the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, The Presidential Palace, The One pillar pagoda are all located. There were some shops by the One Pillar Pagoda and we did some souvenir shopping there. We walked along the Ho Chin Minh mausoleum along the length …

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Jan 29

January 2017 – Siem Reap Trip Report

Day 1: We arrived at Siem Reap International Airport at around noon. We took an Airport taxi (although you can opt for a tuk-tuk but there were 3 of us with cabin baggage so we went with a  taxi)  to the hotel (Le Meridien Angkor). After freshening up, I got notified by the front desk …

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Dec 29

Airline Review: Thai Airways – First Class (Boeing 747 with Lie Flat Seats) : Seoul to Bangkok (TG 659)

Flight:  Thai Airways 659 from Seoul to Bangkok Equipment: B744 (Boeing 747-400) Class: First Seat: 1A Seat Specification: Flat bed seats, Seat pitch: 76″. Seat width: 21″ Thai Airways operates multiple configuration of Boeing 747s, some featuring new First class with semi-closed suites where as some featuring old style first class seats (although lie flat). The only time I …

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Dec 20

Airline Review: Asiana Airlines – First Class (Airbus 380 with Closed Suites) : Los Angeles – Seoul (OZ 203)

Flight:  Asiana Airlines 203 from Los Angeles to Seoul Equipment: A388 (Airbus 380-800) Class: First Seat: 1A Seat Specification: Flat bed seats in closed suites, Seat pitch: 81″. Seat width: 25.2″ Asiana Airlines operates twice daily flight between Los Angeles to Incheon both on an Airbus 380. The first class features 12 fully closed suites in 1 x 2 …

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Dec 08

Dec’17 – Jan’18: India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore Trip – Introduction

Its December and time for my yearly trip to visit family in India again. I always try to do some side trips during my vacation for this time of the year. In our last trip (2016-2017) we did Australia – New Zealand and the one before that (2015-2016) we did Egypt and Kenya Safari and previously in …

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Dec 05

September 2017 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Trip Report

Day 1: During the Labor day weekend we planned to do a quick weekend getaway to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Its only about a 5 hours drive from our home. We started the day fairly early and made our first stop for lunch at Three Rivers, California. There was about a 1 …

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Aug 14

Airline Review: United Airlines – Business Class (Boeing 747-400 with Lie Flat Seats) : Frankfurt – San Francisco (UA 59)

Flight:  United Airlines 59 from Frankfurt to San Francisco Equipment: B744 (Boeing 747 – 400) Class: Business Seat: 6G – 6H Seat Specification: Flat bed seats (rear facing), Seat pitch: 76″. Seat width: 20″ United operates a Boeing 747 for its Frankfurt – San Francisco route with business class in both upper and lower decks. In upper deck its …

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Aug 09

Hotel Review: Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel Alexanderplatz 7 D-10178 Berlin Germany Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel is located in the previous East Berlin right by the Berlin Tower and within a couple of minutes walk from Alexanderplatz S+U Bahn station. The TXL Express Bus departs from Alexanderplatz station in very frequent intervals all …

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Aug 07

June 2017: Berlin Trip Report

Day 1: There are many places in Berlin where you can still see the remnants of the Berlin Wall but the two most popular ones among them are the East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall Memorial Park. We wanted to start our Berlin trip with East Side Gallery and took S-Bahn to Ostbahnhof station. After …

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Aug 02

Hotel Review: Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte

Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte Wallstraße 23-24, 10179 Berlin, Germany Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte is a Carlson Rezidor property located close to Museum Island area of Berlin. It is between 2 U-Bahn stations (SpittelMarket and Märkisches Museum), within 5 minutes walking distance. It is also a couple of U-bahn stops away from Alexanderplatz which …

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Jul 31

June 2017: Prague Trip Report

Day 1: We bought a day pass (110 CZK per person per day) from our hotel front desk for each of our days in Prague. The pass allowed all 4 of us to travel together on tram and metro for unlimited trips. We started the day by taking the tram to Charles Bridge. Standing on …

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Jul 21

Hotel Review: Park Inn Prague

Park Inn Prague Svobodova 1961/1, 128 00 Nové Město, Czechia Park Inn Prague, a Carlson Rezidor hotel property, is located by the Vtlava river and about 5 minutes walk from Vysehrad Castle. There is a tram stop on both sides of the hotel within about 2 minutes walking distance, namely Vyton and Albertov. These two …

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Jul 18

June 2017: Budapest Trip Report

Day 1: We took the metro M1 line from Oktogon stop to Deak Ferenc Ter and switched to Bus 16. The bus crosses the river Danube and turns by the Funicular and goes uphill all the way to Buda Castle. After exploring Buda Castle for a couple of hours we walked towards Matthias Church. The …

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Jul 13

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest

Radisson Blu Beke Hotel Budapest Terez Korut, 43 H-1067 Budapest Hungary Although there are a few Club Carlson properties in Budapest, we chose this hotel mainly for its location. The Radisson Blu Beke Hotel Budapest is located about 6 minutes walk from the Oktogon Metro stop (M1 Line). The hotel costs only 15,000 Club Carlson …

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Jul 10

June 2017: Vienna Trip Report

Day 1: We took the hotel shuttle to the city center where it dropped us off in front of the Vienna State Opera. Right next to the opera is the busy shopping street of Kartner Strasse. We walked along the street and came across the beautiful Donner Brunnen Fountain. After taking some pictures we walked …

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Jul 07

Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South

Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South Hertha-Firnberg-Strasse 5, 1100, Vienna, Austria Hilton Garden Inn is located a bit away from the city center next to Business Park Vienna. The hotel does provide a complimentary shuttle bus throughout the day (with varying frequencies depending on time of the day) between Business Park (about 1 minute walk from …

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Jul 05

May 2017: Munich Trip Report

Day 1: We arrived in Munich early morning on our flight from Houston. The S-Bahn station is right outside the airport served by both S1 and S8 lines. We were staying right next to the Munich Central Railway Station (Munich Hauptbahnhof) and so the S-Bahn was the best way to get to the city. A …

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Jun 26

Hotel Review: Aloft Munich

Aloft Munich Bayerstrasse 37, Munich, 80335, Germany Aloft Munich is a SPG Category 4 property located right next to the Munich Main Train Station (Munich Hauptbahnhof). This makes this hotel a perfect location for a few days trip in Munich as you can access the S-Bahn and U-Bahn as well as regional trains for other cities …

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Jun 21

Airline Review: United Airlines – Business Class (Boeing 767-300 with Lie Flat Seats) : Houston – Munich (UA 102)

Flight:  United Airlines 102 from Houston to Munich Equipment: B763 (Boeing 767 – 300) Class: Business Seat: 2A – 2B Seat Specification: Flat bed seats, Seat pitch: 75″. Seat width: 21″ United operates a Boeing 767-300 ER (2 Class Configuration) on Houston – Munich route. There are 30 Business class seats with 6 rows of 2 x 1 x 2 …

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