Friday, July 27, 2012

Japan, ATM Advice


A part of my travel plans is not as Karl Malden would put it “American Express, Don't Leave Home Without It”, but “Don't Leave Home Without A Few Benjamins, Jacksons And Washingtons”.

The thought behind this is that I avoid or minimize using my credit cards and paying what I consider to be ridiculous “foreign transaction” fees.

When my I run out of my friendly President's, I simply find an ATM and withdraw local currency without any fees except those that may be charged for using the ATM. After all, I am using my own money and this way I do not end up with a big credit card bill when I get home.


HAK 023This plan has worked well for me almost everywhere that I have traveled except in Japan, I run into a bit of dilemma. Apparently, most ATM's here do not accept credit/cash cards issued by foreign banks.





However, the banks here will exchange your “Green Backs” without any transaction fee. This is a process that requires your passport and takes about twenty minutes to complete.



NRT FISH 009Down to my last two “Benjamins”, I may have to return to the airport, the last place I saw an ATM that I know for sure will give me some more of my friends even if they have now turned Japanese.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thailand, Moonite Boutique Hotel


153For a delightful yet affordable stay in Bangkok, I would highly recommend Moonite Boutique Hotel.

For about US$60 per night including a delicious breakfast that will make you stay at the hotel longer than you should, this property that opened about eight months ago, is an enjoyable place to stay.



A friendly staff and free Wi-Fi makes Moonite Boutique a winner in my book. Located on Wireless Rd near the Swiss Embassy, Moonite is also within walking distance of the Chid Lom Skytrain Station and also provides easy access to the canal boats.



152For a special treat, while no one is looking, steal a piece of the toast from beneath the crispy done right bacon strips. I promise it will be the best toast you will ever taste or I'll eat a bug.





Moonite Boutique Hotel:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cambodia, Plantation Urban Resort & Spa



107Located near The Royal Palace, Plantation Urban Resort & Spa is a gorgeous, tranquil property that is an exceptional value for a stay in Phom Phen, Cambodia.





From the welcome drinks to the friendly and gracious staff to the beautiful tropical landscape and two refreshing swimming pools this property is an oasis in the middle of a bustling city.



008Plantation Poolside



004I booked a room online (agoda) for US$49 per night including a fantastic breakfast. Although the room view was not the best, the room itself was nicely decorated and came with a small balcony.

With a surprised 30% discount at the on property spa, I get a 60 minute full body relaxing massage for about US$10.





164Without a doubt, I would highly recommend Plantation Urban Resort & Spa even if you just want to see the current free local art exhibition or get your own slice of heaven.

Plantation Urban Resort & Spa: