Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thailand 2: VII Ko Lipe, a little paradise.

Ko Lipe, a little paradise

When you love travelling, you normally don't want to repeat destinations because the world is so big and there are so many places to go...Well, when it comes to Thailand, you can definitely skip that rule, and Ko Lipe is one of the reasons why.
This little island is beautiful and quiet, and I loved the fact that you can explore it just by foot, as it is little enough for not needing any kind of transportation.
Getting there is the most tricky part. It took us one day from Ko Lanta. During the high season there is a ferry that goes straight from Ko lanta to Ko Lipe, but because it was the rainy season, we had to get to Pak Bara pier first and took the ferry from there. We just booked our transfer from a local travel agency in Ko Lanta. That was the easy part...The ferry, well it was actually a speed boat, olalà...That was the real adventure. First 5 minutes were fun, everyone was screaming and laughing because of the big waves, then...you realize that you have ahead of you 1:25h more of a journey... Sometimes,  after a big wave, the engine stoped making noise because it wasn't in contact with the water, well, I guess I could say it was a quite a silent trip, because that happened many many times! And people in the back seats were so wet because of the waves.... It was a crazy experience, and once on the island, the speed boat trip was the first theme of conversation between all the travelers you met. But after arriving to  Ko Lipe you realize that the bumpy ride was absolutely worth it. And on the way back it wasn't as rough, so it wasn't that bad.

Ko Lipe beach, Thailand


Ko Lipe beach, Thailand

Ko Lipe beach, Thailand

Ko Lipe beach, Thailand

A unicorn floating in Ko Lipe, Thailand

Longtail boats in Ko Lipe, Thailand

Ko Lipe beach, Thailand

Ko Lipe beach, ThailandKo Lipe beach, Thailand


Ko Lipe beach, Thailand

Ko Lipe beach, Thailand


Ko Lipe beach, Thailand


A jellyfish in Ko Lipe, Thailand

Sunset in Ko Lipe, Thailand
Ko Lipe beach, Thailand


Ko Lipe Road, Thailand
Ko Lipe, Thailand

Ko Lipe's video

Here are the Ko lipe's clips I found on my phone, in case they can help you to decide wether you want to include Ko Lipe in your trip to Thailand or not...If you have time, I would strongly recommend you to go.



Ko Lipe's Hotel

We stayed in Cabana Lipe Beach Resort and we loved it. The rooms were beautiful and we could hear the sea sound from the room. The Hotel doesn't have a restaurant, so they delivered every morning a fabulous breackfast in our balcony. You could decided every evening what time slot you wanted to get it delivered and if you wanted a continental,  a healthy or thai breaky. It was great.

 
 





And that's all for Ko Lipe, next post will be a short one about Chatuchack market in Bangkok, stay tunned!

xxx



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thailand 2: VI. Ko Lanta

After Railay bay and Ko Phi Phi, we wanted a place to just chill and relax and do what you are supposed to do on holidays: nothing. All we did during one week was going from the hotel to the beach, eating, going to the swimming pool, beach again and from the beach back to the hotel. We chose Ko Lanta because it was affordable and quiet and it was just what we needed. But I may say that in august (rainy season) it is not the best time to go. We stayed on Klong dao beach, on the north, near to Saladan, and the beach was beautiful and long, a great size for daily curative long walks, but not as great for swimming, it was too wavy. But the swimming pool at the hotel, facing the beach, was just perfect.

Ko Lanta, Thailand

Many of the restaurants were closed and all the hotels were very empty. Still, there were enough places to eat and open shops, and in the main road of saladan there was a big Seven Eleven pretty busy, especially with local customers, which was a surprise. 

Saladan main road, Ko Lanta


Saladan main road, Ko Lanta


I was staying at The Noble House beach resort,and it was a great choice as the swimming pool was just perfect, and most of the time I had it just for myself, which was amazing. I also liked the fact that to get to Saladan main Road  I had to walk through the beach first, barefoot as it was easier to walk this way, and then put your shoes again an turn left to a little alley. It made it more adventurous this way, specially at night when you needed a torch (or a phone with a torch app), otherwise you wouldn't know where you are steping at. Those little different details, when you stay enough time to a place to actually have your own little rutines, is what I love the most of travelling.

The Noble House beach resort swimming pool

Klong Dao beach, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao beach, Ko Lanta


Sunset on Klong Dao beach, Ko Lanta

Swimming pool at The Noble House beach resort, Ko Lanta

Swimming pool at The Noble House beach resort, Ko Lanta

Swimming pool at The Noble House beach resort, Ko Lanta

Swimming pool at The Noble House beach resort, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao Beach, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao Beach, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao Beach, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao Beach, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao Beach, Ko Lanta

And I think that's all for Ko Lanta. Here are some of my  phone clips put together of Ko Lanta, and also a clip from the Hotel ( The Noble House beach resort) in case you are considering going there. I stayed there on my own and I felt perfectly safe, the price was great, the room was very basic, but good size and perfect for the price, and the swimming pool was just a bless. 

Ko Lanta's clip











The Noble House beach resort


And that's all for today. Next stop: Ko Lipe. 




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brunch in Trópico, Barcelona (plus drinks in Hotel Barceló Raval)


Before I keep up with my Thailand trip posts, let me recommend you another great place to have brunch in Barcelona, this time in Raval's area. My friend Eugénie, who has a PhD in Barcelona's trendiest places, took us to Trópico, a  place with an amazing decoration and healthy and tasty food, and specialized in tropic dishes. Yummy!

Eggs benedict and smoothy in Trópico BCN

Ceviche dish in Trópico Barcelona

Trópico bcn is really close to Raval's Rambla, so, after's saying hi to Botero's cat statue, we headed to the amazing Barceló Raval Hotel to have some drinks in the rooftop bar, which is open to the public.
If you love interior design, a visit to this hotel is mandatory. Have a look of the pictures below...

Horse's lamp in Barceló Raval HotelBarceló Raval Hotel Hall's interior design

Isn't it just perfect? I love it (and so it wasn't my first time there, and it won't be the last one...)

Ants in Barceló Raval rooftop bar

And of course, the views...


Barcelona views from Barceló Raval Hotel rooftop

Barcelona views from Barceló Raval Hotel rooftop

So here are the addresses of both places just in case you need them ;)

Trópico BCN
C/Marquès de Barberà 24,
08001 Barcelona


Hotel Barceló Raval
Rambla del Raval 17-21,
08001 Barcelona

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Brunch in Hammock Juice Station, Barcelona

I love brunch. I just do. Getting up late, with no rush and then have a champion's breakfast, mixing sweet and salty sharing it with friends and chatting till late without worrying about lunch because...you are already eating...It is the perfect Sunday morning routine, when you are relaxed and can share your weekend's adventures with your gang. Luckily, brunch is now a trend in Barcelona and there are zillions of great places to have a magnificent brunch. Yeaha. Cheers to all the brunches to come.
This one below, was in Hammock Juice Station, in Barcelona Eixample (full details and direction at the end of the post ) and I really loved it. Perfectly healthy and deliciuos. The place, as you can imagine from its name, has some hammocks where you can chill,  which is brilliant, but don't be disappointed if you don't get one, as the chairs are actually more comfy. I really loved the food and I can't wait to go back there. This is what we ordered:

Avocado Toast in Hammocks Juice Station BarcelonaBrunch in Hammock Juice Station

Brunch in Hammock Juice Station

Brunch in Hammock Juice Station


Hammock Juice Station
C/Mallorca 308, 08037 Barcelona




Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Bcn en las Alturas" Market

"BCN en las Alturas" Market

This pretty (and posh) market it is located in the upper side of the Barcelona, in a very special location, in Gaudí's  Bellesguard Tower, one of Gaudí's most unknown buildings. The entrance of the market is free and if you want to visit the tower, they offer guided visits for 10 euros (you can check the official website of Torre Bellasguard (not the market) in here.
About the market, it is inspired by Portobello Market in London, and you will find design, fashion, and gourmet food stands plus good live music, the perfect mix to enjoy the visit. It only opens a few times during the year, and the next edition will be on the 5, 6, and 7th of may 2017. I will leave the details of the official site and direction at the end of the post, but first, here are some pictures of the November's edition.

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Ventana Torre Bellesguard, Gaudí

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las Alturas Market
C/ Bellesguard, 16-20
08022 Barcelona


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