Chiang Rai Solo Trip – 3D2N Itinerary

Chiang Rai, Southeast Asia, Thailand

Chiang Rai is an underrated sister of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Although it’s a pretty small town with a population of over 70,000, there’s still a traction of tourists visiting the place. In fact, a lot of tourists would opt for a day trip from Chiang Mai just to see some key attractions in Chiang Rai. It’s also known for numerous hill tribes, with its borders close to Myanmar and Laos at the famous Golden Triangle.

Chiang Rai exudes this down-to-earth and laidback vibes that makes it a good destination to have a relaxing trip. I went on a 3D2N solo trip to Chiang Rai and it was an unforgettable experience for me. I was intrigued by its beauty of all the IG-worthy temples – White Temple, Blue Temple, Black House and was on my bucket list for a while when one of my colleagues mentioned that Chiang Rai looks awesome. So I did some research and knew I had to make a trip there soon. I was on a work trip in Bangkok prior to this and I took a domestic flight to Chiang Rai. I’ll share greater details on the flight, accommodation, places to go and the expenditure for this.


I booked Bangkok Airways for my domestic flights and it’s really affordable. A 1-way ticket cost only approximately SGD83, which includes premium lounge access to Bangkok Airways at Suvarnabhumi airport. In addition, Bangkok Airways is a full-fledged carrier which provides flight dining and 20kg baggage check-in. I almost struggled with this as my main return flight of SG-BKK was 30kg and I forgot about the limit for Bangkok Airways. When I flew to BKK, my luggage was 21.5kg! Nonetheless, I managed to discard some stuff and put more in my backpack and I flew to Chiang Rai with a luggage weight of 19.4kg. Phew.

If you decide to fly straight to Chiang Rai from Singapore, tickets can be quite expensive so I would recommend you to stay in BKK for few nights and explored other awesome temples and places as shared in my previous post, before you take a domestic flight to Chiang Rai at less than SGD100 for 1-way.

One thing to note is that domestic flight doesn’t take much time for immigration and stuff. I got my luggage and made my way out and made my way to Le Patta and everything took only 20 mins. For departure to catch my flight to BKK, from the point I left hotel to the waiting area to catch my flight, it took only 20 mins as well.


I was deciding between Le Patta Hotel which is a boutique hotel and Le Meridien Hotel in Chiang Rai. Ultimately, I decided to go ahead with Le Patta due to its great location, cleanliness and it’s value-for-money. In addition, I wanted to keep cost low since I’m travelling solo and Le Patta seems to fit all criteria I needed. I made the right choice as the staff was extremely helpful, polite, attentive to all my needs. For 2 night stay, I paid SGD170. It comes with a spacious balcony overlooking the pool as well. I forgot to take photos of the hotel and you can google them on Agoda for better pics.

Knowing that I’m travelling alone, they allocated my room to be at Level 1, near its lobby. I reckoned it’s to ensure that they can keep watch on me. They have 2 security guards on night shift and their receptionists on duty were prompt in assistance.

I was supposed to head to Chiang Mai at the end of the trip but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to shorten my trip and head back to SG. Prior to that, Le Patta had made a private taxi booking to Chiang Mai which cost 2800 baht (Approx. SGD120) and they assisted to cancel that for me. In addition, I need to make calls to verify my cancellations for certain flight and accommodation bookings. The receptionists were extremely helpful to assist me to call their local Thai office to reach out to Bangkok Airways and Agoda. Kudos to them!


There’s taxi available for hailing in Chiang Rai. So GRAB app saves my day. Usually when the grab driver arrived and picked you up, they will ask you what other places you wanna go and then you will have a driver for the rest of the day. I was lucky enough to have a driver who helped me take photos at the white temple and he paid for the temple entrance fee!

For airport 1-way transfer, I only paid 150 baht (Approx. SGD6) when I reached hotel. As I made last minute booking back to Bangkok, a private taxi booking was made for my airport 1-way transfer back to Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport, which cost 200 baht (Less than SGD10).

The estimation of daily transport from one point to another with 15 mins ride would cost around 150 baht (Approx. SGD6). Most of the attractions are nearby Le Patta, with the exception of Black House and Golden Triangle. A grab driver would quote you a sum and you can request whatever places/temples/cafes you wanna go and they will wait for you, so you can take your time to enjoy each places. That’s my personal encounter and I appreciated it because I took some time to set up my tripod stand and snapped photos and enjoyed my cafe experience to the fullest, without any time constraint. I did not bargain with their quoted price because they will check according to grab market rate; I valued convenience and flexibility more in this manner. In addition, it is better to stick to a reliable driver throughout rather than booking a new driver in between.

For Day 2 transport to Phu Chi Fa, I paid for private taxi transport arranged by Le Patta which cost 2800 baht (Approx. SGD120). This includes 8 hours duration which starts at 3.00am as I wanted to catch the sunrise at Phu Chi Fa. In the end, the driver drove me around and took 10 hours.

For Day 2 second half, a return ride cost me 1400 baht (Approx. SGD 60) which includes Black House, Golden Triangle, 2 cafes. I took my own time to fully explore the area. Alternatively, you can opt for a 1 day tour to take you around but usually they will give you 30 mins limit to explore the attractions which in my opinion, you won’t enjoy much. I saw a lot of tourists arriving in group tour but had to hurry through due to their limited time given.

For Day 3, I booked a grab driver to take me to big Buddha and a cafe before I left for the airport. It cost me 500 baht (Approx. SGD20)

Total transport expenditure estimation: SGD 6 + 10 + 120 + 60 + 20 = SGD216

One thing to note is that there’s no traffic jam in Chiang Rai, maybe only a slight 5-min heavy traffic in the morning. Other than that, it’s almost smooth-sailing throughout in terms of getting from one place to another.


Expect authentic thai food and a wide variety of other cuisines at the well-known cafes. A meal in restaurant and cafe cost only SGD15~20 with a main course and drink. An estimation for daily food expenses would be only SGD50.

Miscellaneous cost

Other miscellaneous cost would be attraction entrance fees – around 50-100 baht per visit. The entire trip cost me around 200 baht maximum (Approx. SGD10). I went for a nearby decent massage place named Lanna Massage and Wellness for 1 hour foot massage at 250 baht (Approx. SGD12).

Total estimated expenditure for this trip: 166 + 170 + 216 + 50 + 22 = SGD624

Breakdown: Domestic Flight SGD166 (83 + 83) + Accommodation SGD170 +Transport SGD216 + Food SGD50 + Miscellaneous SGD22

For return flight from SG to BKK, you can factor in SGD400 for a decent promo price.


Here’s a summary of my itinerary of the 14 places that I went:

Day 1: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House & Bistro. Chiang Rai Clock Tower, Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Day 2: Phu Chi Fa, Choui Fong Tea Plantation, Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten), The Wanderer Cafe, Black House (Baan Dam Museum), Golden Triangle, Melt in your mouth cafe

Day 3: Big Buddha (Wat Huai Pla Kung Temple), Manorom Coffee, CAT ‘n’ A CUP cat cafe

Things to note:

You may want to start the day early as most of the attractions (especially the temples) close at 5pm. I went back to the hotel on the first night at around 9pm after my foot massage. And I realised the roads/streets were really quiet and I quickened my pace back to hotel. It’s safe but still a good thing to exercise some caution and not to wander around too late. For the attractions, I would recommend to stay at least 1 hour, so you can enjoy the experience fully.

White Temple


The White Temple is also known as Wat Rong Khun, located outside the town of Chiang Rai. This temple was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, and it’s not finished yet. This white temple is simply breathtaking and astonishing under the bright sun. It was on my bucket list for the longest time and I kept planning what OOTD to wear it to. LOL. I settled for a lush green maxi and brought my tripod stand along. I had a lot of difficulties trying to get a shot without groups of tourists in it. I also looked weird carrying the tripod around and doing my poses but seriously, I don’t care. haha.

I called the grab driver and asked him to help me take photos. He couldn’t speak English and thought it was gone case as he was waiting for me outside the temple. After 15 minutes, the grab uncle appeared and helped me take amazing photos! I thanked my lucky stars.

Here are some shots that I took before grab uncle appeared. haha.



After that, the grab uncle appeared and came to my rescue! I’ll show him what angle and placed the framing, tell him to just keep pressing the button while I move. He got the hang of it pretty soon. 😀



The golden structure is actually the toilet!

Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House and Bar

After this white temple, I headed to Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House and Bar for dinner. It has a garden-themed ambience, located along the banks of Kok River. It’s near the Blue Temple as well. I arrived before dinner time and it was empty. After a while, the entire place was packed. The staff was attentive and I requested for a pretty cup for my latte. And they gave me IG-worthy cup. 🙂


Chiang Rai Clock Tower

The Chiang Rai Clock Tower is 5-min walk away from Le Patta. Located in the middle of Chang Rai’s busiest intersection, the clock tower stand tall and serves as a traffic roundabout. In fact, this clock tower was designed by the same person who designed the white temple – Mr Chalermchai Khositpipat.


Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

This night bazaar is a fun place to stroll along the stalls and brings vibrancy to nightlife in Chiang Rai. There’s an open space for tourists to watch LIVE singers and its lined with massage parlours and bars as well.


This pretty sums up my first day in Chiang Rai.

For day 2, I had to wake up at 2.30am to prepare my journey to Phu Chi Fa. I had seen so many amazing sunrise pictures about it on web and it was on my bucket list. It was one of the major reasons why I came to Chiang Rai and was apprehensive about it, as the weather was really unpredictable. It was mostly rainy or having light drizzle most of the time.

Phu Chi Fa

The ride to Phu Chi Fa took 2.5 hours and the private taxi driver picked me up from the hotel at 3am. We drove in pitch black conditions for the last 1 hour and I thought I must be crazy to do this on my own and all the horror thoughts came to my mind and it didn’t help that it was raining.

At 5.30am, the driver stopped at an entrance leading to a 760m hike up and I was seated in the car, thinking to myself – am I going to do the hike alone in pitch darkness??? Thankfully, another taxi stopped beside us and 2 Singaporean ladies came out. They asked me to climb the hike together and I was so grateful that I had them with me. I was expecting the driver to climb up with me LOL.

One of the ladies had to switch on the hp torch light amidst the darkness for our hike up. Imagine us hiking up amidst the rain with umbrella in tow, along the slippery rocks/slope, avoiding tons of cow dung at the same time! We were holding hands and making our way up in the dark. It was so cold and foggy that we couldn’t see anything at the top. We were practically standing in the fog/mist/rain and was so F*Cking cold! We can have rain droplets forming on us and we felt we are going to be blown away by the strong wind. We stood in silence, waiting and hoping the fog/mist/rain will go away but unfortunately, it didn’t. They were surprised to know that I’m also a Singaporean and they said I was so brave to do this alone. Though they can’t imagine how I can manage the hike up and down on my own. LOL. The hike down was so slippery that my umbrella became my hiking stick and towards the end, I was gliding down with no control!

No pretty pictures of any sunrise but still an unforgettable experience for me. We can’t even walk to the tip of Phu Chi Fa because of poor visibility and I think I’ll disappear in the fog/mist/rain and get blown away if I proceed further. We forgot to exchange names but it’ll be great if I can contact them.

For those who are adventurous to do this, think twice and risk it. Or just visit during daytime.

Thereafter, we headed back to hotel for a change of outfit and went to Choui Fong Tea Plantation.

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Choui Fong Tea Plantation has around 3 tea plantations and few cafes spreaded across  the massive area. Its modern cafe with terrace overlooks this huge, scenic tea plantation; which is really a therapeutic experience. It’s one of the well-known tourist attractions and the crowd was just nice – good crowd while you have a peace of mind to enjoy your cup of tea. They recommended me their famous matcha latte and I got a thai tea cake to go with it; of course I shared it with the driver to share the calories too! haha 😀


By then, it was already 11am and I was read to go back hotel to rest before the second half of the day. The driver took me by surprise and dropped me off at Blue Temple. What a kind gesture!

Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten)

Another famous temple you have to visit in Chiang Rai, would be the Blue Temple. Besides the famous White Temple and Black House, this new contender attracted a lot of tourists, though the temple was just completed in Jan 2016. You wouldn’t miss this temple and it’s close to well-known cafes such as Manorom Coffee, Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House and Bar, and The Wanderer.


There were many tourists snapping away but I set up my tripod at the prime spot and quickly took some best shots that I wanted. I even had some tourists asking me to help them to take their photos! LOL.

After the first half of the day, I was very drained but I didn’t want to waste time. I had a change of outfit and went on for my second half of the day. I picked The Wanderer Cafe to have lunch and to chill.

The Wanderer Cafe

Situated along the Kok River, it’s hidden in a garden and has alfresco and indoor seating. Somehow I felt that it exuded this exclusive vibes and the patrons there were well-dressed. Similar to the vibes you get when you are in PS Cafe. I ordered their seared grilled chicken bowl with onsen, and my trusty cuppa latte. All for only SGD12. Awesome food at affordable price.

Black House (Baan Dam)

The next stop was Black House (Baan Dam). It’s a unique museum with art display that exudes this dark side. The White Temple and Black House are dubbed as the “Heaven” and “Hell” of architecture – interesting to see this contrast though you might be disappointed to see Black House right after seeing the White Temple or Blue Temple.

Upon entry, visitors were invited to walk and explore the different structures sprawled across the park. You will see random sculptures, cow skulls/skeletons, elephant bones and random dead animal parts. There’s even few cows nearby!


Golden Triangle

Chiang Rai is the main focal point of the Golden Triangle of intersection for 3 countries – Thailand, Myanmar, Laos – whereby they meet at the confluence of Ruak River and Mekong River. In the past, the Golden Triangle has been an area well-known for opium production. There are tours bringing tourists across to Laos and Myanmar via Ferry and you can see casinos in both countries.


Melt In Your Mouth Cafe

With my last bit of energy, I made my last stop to Melt In Your Mouth cafe. I was so tired that I just dozed off majority of the time that I’m on taxi/grab. Another cafe situated along the banks of Kok River and I had an enjoyable time on my own, soaking into the atmosphere. Ordered thai green curry chicken and their special blend of ice tea to end the day. It was before 6pm and I had the cafe to myself while I happily took photos. 🙂


And so I was prepared to concuss for the night and packed for the next day to Chiang Mai. But due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to cancel it and we brought forward the trip to an end. But I was happy that Chiang Rai has been an awesome trip thus far!

Big Buddha and Pagoda (Wat Huay Pla Kung)

On Day 3, I started my trip to Big Buddha, wasting no time. It’s often labelled as “Big Buddha” but actually its Goddess of Mercy statue. I was probably the first visitor there at 8am and had the entire place to myself. I paid 40 baht for the entrance fee and when the doors opened at level 25, I was surprised to see such exquisite interior design of the white stucco carvings! I enjoyed the awesome view of Chiang Rai at the top as well.



I went to explore the white temple beside it and there were still some construction going on. But I can see the potential of this temple being IG-worthy as the ceiling design was so intricate and beautiful.



Manorom Coffee

I had brunch at Manorom Coffee, another cafe situated at the Kok River. Great place for coffee chilling and I was the only patron there early in the morning. Ordered phad thai with giant grilled prawn and thai iced tea. Yes that’s my brunch LOL.


Cat ‘N’ A Cup Cat Cafe

This cat cafe is situated just 5 mins away from Le Patta. There you see, the hotel location is really good. I headed over to check it out and saw these cute little ones! I ordered my latte and rested at this cafe while the cats sleep and walk around me.

The grey cat in particular keep looking away when I tried to take wefie with it. It’s camera-shy! haha.

So that’s a LONG detailed entry of my awesome time in Chiang Rai. I felt that I spent a solid good time with myself and did some self-reflection – especially in the cafes and just wandering around. For solo travelers, you may want to consider Chiang Rai for a relaxing and rewarding trip. In addition, it’s also a great place for a family retreat and friends getaway, other than your usual BKK. In the meantime, I can’t wait for my next trip to Cambodia soon!



Bangkok – Wat Pho And Wat Arun

Bangkok, Southeast Asia

Living in Singapore, Bangkok is just a 2.5 hour flight away and has been my favourite destination since young. What comes to mind when people mention Bangkok are – Food paradise, shopping haven, IG-worthy cafes.

I’ve been to Bangkok so many times but have not explored their amazing temples. There’s at least more than 400 Temples and the more well-known ones are Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Pra Khew. It’s almost impossible to finish all at one go so I shortlisted 2 given my limited time there.

My first stop was Wat Pho. It’s in the City area and easily accessible via a taxi/grab.

Before heading to Wat Pho, we had lunch nearby at this place named Spring Siam Bistro. I would not recommend this place as it has very tough Phad Thai and small serving of Tom Yum soup. Plus point was that it had pretty wallpapers and soothing music.

We avoided the scorching hot sun during noon time but we still sweated buckets during the late afternoon. We paid an entrance fee of 100baht for Wat Pho. It really looked awesome and you have to see its beauty yourself.

Of course, we need to have a glimpse of its famed reclining Buddha that’s covered in gold leaf.

Thereafter, we followed the direction stated on Google map to locate the way to take the ferry across the Chao Phraya River to reach Wat Arun. There’s an hour ride ferry tour whereby the tourists may be mistaken to take it and are required to pay 1,500baht. But the normal 5mins ferry ride across cost only 4baht. ✌🏻

The architecture of Wat Arun is sheer beauty. The design of it looks different from the rest of the other temples with its decorated spires.

We took around 3 hours in total and we were exhausted. We then headed to Floral Cafe for some cooling Iced Tea.

So all these were done in one day! Continuing my Thailand journey to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai next week, so stay tuned. Follow me on Instagram @salsera_love 😄



Khao Yai Itinerary- 4D3N Trip

Bangkok, Southeast Asia

Khao Yai is a hidden gem, 3 hours ride away from Bangkok. Imagine a land filled with cafes, wineries, farms, flower fields and castle-looking hotels. My friend Jocelyn and I went during off-peak period recently for a short 4D3N trip and technically speaking, we only had 2 full days to explore the beautiful place. It is really an ideal place for a short getaway (besides your usual BKK) for friends, family, or couples.


We booked Thai Airways at 518.20 for 2 pax (Approx. $260 per pax) which is a reasonable price for a full-fledged carrier. We experienced 2.5 hr flight delay back but we were lucky to be given exit seats with awesome legroom!

Upon check-in before departure from Singapore, we were given separate aisle seats and the ground staff actually remembered us before boarding check-in and gave us adjacent seats so that we can be seated together. Commendable service for ground staff Norliza Rahman from Thai Airways for remembering us out of so many passengers and making an effort to commit this special arrangement for us!

Hotel Accommodation

We did some research for hotel accommodation and shortlisted U Khao Yai, Thames Valley, Botanica Resort. In the end we went ahead with U Khao Yai as it suits our budget and the place looks so dreamy and awesome. The hotel accommodation comes with breakfast as well. We were upgraded to a deluxe room with a balcony view and there was nothing to complain about. Good service from the reception as well.

One point to note is that this hotel is tucked quite a distance away from the rest of the places so you may want to take note of it. If you want convenience, I would recommend  Thames Valley Hotel instead.

The total cost for accommodation was $350 (Approx. $175)



At Khao Yai, there isn’t any taxi or grab so we arranged a private driver to pick us up from BKK airport, 2 full days transport in Khao Yai (unlimited time), drive us back to BKK airport for departure. For transport, we spent 8000 baht (Approx. SGD333, SGD166 per pax). So it would be more economical if there’s a larger group of people to travel together to split the cost.

On personal spending, I spent a total of 4,800 baht on food/drinks/massage etc which works out to be SGD200.

My total expenditure for this trip:

Airline: $260 Accommodation: $175 Transport: $166 Food/Drinks/Massage: $200

Total: $801 

Things to note

For off-peak season, we didn’t manage to see any sunflower fields but we got a photo spot with sunflowers at Pirom Cafe. 🙂 The sun was unforgiving so a good sunblock or mini-fan would be highly recommended. Bring a change of outfit and OOTD, as you would perspire a lot after a few hours. No advance bookings needed for cafes but you would need to take note that most of the places close at 5pm or 6pm. We missed out on the hobbit house as it was already close to evening time.


With 2 full days, we had to maximize our time and thankful to have a driver that offers unlimited time to tour during these 2 days. We covered the following places:

Day 1: The Mew, Palio Village, Primo Piazza, The Birder’s Lodge, Yellow Submarine Cafe, Thames Valley Hotel, Kua Kampan

Day 2: Please Don’t Tell Khao Yai, PB Valley and Winery, Pirom Cafe,  Khao Yai National Park, Thames Valley Hotel, Ban Mai Chay Nam

  1. The Mew

This whimsical cafe is an ideal place for friends catch-up and offers extensive menu for food and drinks.

The thing about Khao Yai cafes are that it’s really big and spacious. So many IG-worthy spots!


2. Palio Village

I had high hopes on Palio Village but it was an underwhelming and disappointing experience as most of the shops were closed. Nonetheless, we still manage to snap some shots here and there. So if you are short on time, you can give this place a miss.





3. Primo Piazza

Situated nearby, we headed to Primo Piazza and paid an entrance fee before entering. It’s one of the highlights of our trip whereby we get to feed alpaca, donkey, merino. From afar, we can smell them and began feeding them. They look so cute!





4. The Birder’s Lodge

Another IG worthy cafe and we got lost trying to find the entrance to the cafe. LOL.

There’s a massive crowd and photo-taking enthusiasts snapping away. It is an extremely popular cafe among youngsters with its beauty. Its unique drinks such as their signature cotton candy drink, it’s a must-order but it melts away fast. Be sure to get your camera ready! We ordered thai green curry chicken and pork fried rice. Both were amazingly flavorful.



5. Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank

We made a brief stop at this cafe and took a few shots. We didn’t have the time to try out their coffee as we wanted to go to Thames Valley Hotel for high tea.


6. Thames Valley Hotel

Another castle-looking hotel that is must-visit for most in Khao Yai. It was drizzling when we reached so we only took few photos. We went back the very next day. 🙂


We had scones and tea while resting at this awesome place. Most of the areas were restricted to guests only so you may want to consider your stay here if you want to take more photos. Coincidentally, we brought almost the same dress from The Editors Market and only realise it when we opened our luggage! Seriously it’s uncoordinated OOTD. 🙂



7. Kua Kampan

After all the cafe-hopping, we made it a point to try out authentic dishes at local eateries. One of the recommendations was Kua Kampan. We were craving for local homely thai dishes and it was awesome. Besides Kua Kampan, there’s a massage place and we had a relaxing 1-hour Thai massage at 400 baht. Do note that the massage place closes at 9pm.

8. Please Don’t Tell Khao Yai

A quiet and beautiful cafe overlooking mountain that’s really worth the visit. Their coffee bar at alfresco area is really a good spot for photo and to chill while admiring the view in front of you.


9. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

It is one of the finest winery in Thailand and is located in the valley of the Khao Yai mountains. We spent our time exploring it and took some shots. We were not wine lovers so we did not try its wine. It has an open terrace overlooking the natural greenery and accommodation is actually available! I reckon you can visit this place during daytime and another wineyard – Gran Monte Wineyard during the evening time.


10. Pirom Cafe

Another luxury cafe overlooking a massive lake – the perfect place to read a book or waste your afternoon away. It serves finger food and mainly drinks.


11. Khao Yai National Park

The third largest national park in Thailand, Khao Yai National Park is an UNESCO World  Heritage Site and the first national park of Thailand.  There’s numerous waterfalls to visit and we headed for Haew Suwat waterfall as it was the nearest. The park closes at 5pm and we didn’t have the chance to spend a lot of time there. But you would need to put aside at least 1.5 hours for this visit.


12. Ban Mai Chay Nam Museum and Restaurant

Ban Mai Chay Nam is another awesome, nostalgic place offering local thai dishes. The restaurant is huge and filled with childhood heroes such as Captain America, Batman, etc. You can bring home a lot of souvenirs from there as well. Our verdict? I preferred the spicy tom yum soup while Jocelyn preferred to that of Kua Kampan’s less spicy version.


Overall, Khao Yai is a great getaway for those looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. 🙂



Districts in Athens – Plaka, Monstiraski, Psyrri

Europe, Greece


One of my favorite neighbourhood in Athens is Plaka.  Near the Acropolis, Plaka has this unique village feel where you can relax with a cuppa of coffee at sidewalk cafes, or get lost in this labyrinth. You can also find souvenir shops in this oldest district, lined with picturesque houses and narrow lanes. Overall, it gives you the feeling of travelling back in time.



We had coffee at this famous Melina Merkouri Cafe and I just love the feeling of people-watching and doing nothing. 🙂


Before coffee, we had our lunch just opposite Melina Cafe and again, the food really got me so happy!


At night, we came here for dinner and Plaka transformed to a romantic place. We chose this restaurant (Do not know the name in English so you may refer to the picture with its name in Greek). Something that I realised here was that they will help to cut up the fish whenever you order, which I really appreciated this service.







Monastiraki is a large part of Plaka district, is also known as the flea market in the old town of Athens. It’s also a popular tourist hangout and you will feel overwhelmed by the crowd. There is a popular, old traditional tavern named Bairaktaris Μπαϊρακτάρης which served all-day souvlaki kebabs and hearty Greek dishes. As recommended by our Greek friend, we just had to head down and check it out. We ate to our heart’s content and the portion was certainly huge!


Psyrri offers a vivid nightlife, known for restaurants, night bars, pubs etc. Located in this hip neighbourhood of Psyrri in a quiet street, there is this quirky cafe named Little Kook. You find yourself transform to a magical wonderland with its lavish decor!


We just had to visit this Little Kook and immersed ourselves in this wonderland. But be warned that there will be long queues and we were so lucky to get a seat.

During our stay in Athens Gate Hotel, we visited Lotte Bistrot Cafe located nearby. It is a cozy bistro bar which offers coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a good place to kick-start your day before you visit the Acropolis or the Modern Acropolis Msueum.


Another good eating place would be Athina Bistrot just round the corner of Athens Gate Hotel. We went there twice as their food was really good and they were still opened even on Christmas Day! They have one of the best moussaka.


I’ll update another entry on our day trip – Temple of Poseidon. Stay tuned!



Greece – Meteora

Europe, Greece

We didn’t plan for this before our trip to Greece and I still remembered we booked it on Christmas eve night for this last minute tour on Christmas Day itself. For those who are heading to Greece during the Christmas period, you may want to take note that the stores will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day so you may want to plan a day trip nearby. Also, not all tours operate on these 2 days too.

So bae and I sat at hotel lobby on Christmas eve at 8pm-10pm, frantically googling potential trips that we can go the very next day until our eyes were so tired. LOL. And lady luck was with us! We managed to secure slots with Meteora Thrones – Travel Center and the monasteries were opened! Lucky us.

So we headed to take the train the day after and the ride was very long – 6 hours. We took the train at Athens station to Thessaloniki station. We reached Meteora only around 2pm and joined the tour. We were close to frustration as our wifi was not working and we were so bored on board. But along the way, we saw beautiful sceneries from dry land to land covered in snow.

Meteora is listed as one of the UNESCO heritage list and is located in town near Kalambaka. It’s well known for the six monasteries perched on the high cliffs.  The view simply took our breath away and we totally forgot the suffering we had to reach here. (But we got reminded once we were heading back to Athens LOL)


Due to time constraint, we only visited 2 monasteries – Great Meteoran Monastery and the Monastery of St Stephen. I would recommend to those who are heading to Athens, to make a day trip to this awesome place. Some of you may even recognise Meteora if you are a fan of Game of Thrones.

The tour allowed us to stop over at famous spots along the driveway and we caught one of the most beautiful sunset. It looks like heaven on earth.


The sunset viewing spot was popular as everyone crowd at the spot to witness the last ray of light.


Of course, we endured the way back to Athens during the 6-hour ride but it was all worth it. 🙂