Ao Nang beach in Krabi

Krabi has an enviable position as a southern province on Thailand’s Andaman seaboard with one of the country’s oldest histories. Tourism is quite lively here, even in the off season (the rainy reason), which is just about to end now, thankfully.

There are several beaches in town including Ao Nang, Ao Phra Nang and even more popular islands close by like Koh Lanta, and even the infamous Koh Phi Phi, made famous by Leo DiCaprio’s beach thriller, … “The Beach”

Now, although the most popular activity here is rock climbing, snorkeling and scuba diving and island hopping, if you are looking to do the former its best you come here during the dry season. Since weather wasn’t on my side this time I spent a lot of time exploring Krabi’s walking streets, sights and shops on foot and by relaxing by the well-appointed pool of the Ao Nang Orchid Resort. Thanks to the seemingly endless surrounding mountains, the views were quite breathtaking.

Ao Nang Beach and Ao Phra Nang beaches are some of the most shell-covered (shelly ?) that I have ever visited,  and the ocean waves were not very calm. All this made for a less than ideal casual swimming and walk down the beach barefoot kind of environment.  I took this few in a lifetime chance to write my name, not in the sand, but rather in the shells of the beach, how often can you really do that?

So if you’re looking for the super soft white sand beach and calm turquoise waters of the Andaman, you gotta look elsewhere. Not to fret though, if that is what you are after, I’d recommend heading to Koh Phangan, Samui or Tao. You’ll even find boats heading in those directions directly from the mainland leaving multiple times per day.

I’m going back to my shell collecting now, Kash signing out.

10 Days of Dining Experiences at Unbeatable Prices for China Restaurant Week

When I was still in Montreal, we use to have an annual restaurant week that allowed great restaurants to show off their latest creations to new customers and allowed diners to experience new restaurants that they’ve been meaning to check off their lists, or often never even heard of before.

I was thoroughly enthused when I learned that China had a similar restaurant week (10 days to be precise) organized by Dining City. The deal is each restaurant will setup their own The reservations started just yesterday but already a lot of popular spots were sold out without a few hours. I still managed to snag four reservations to restaurants that peeked my curiosity. Although I have to admit one of these choices was a spur of the moment decision so I may re-evaluate those choices this weekend.

The restaurants I picked were:
Saffron – Modern Indian Cuisine / Saffron – 经典现代印度菜肴.
RED SQUARE Russian Restaurant 红场俄式西餐酒吧.
Maggie’s Restaurant.
Maison de L’hui at Rock Bund 慧公馆.

Let me know what you guys think and if you have any other recommendations then I’d love to hear em’!  Oh and of course you can expect some restaurant reviews in the coming weeks now.

The Waibaidu Bridge – A Longstanding Heritage to Old Shanghai

The Famous WaiBaidu Bridge
The Famous WaiBaidu Bridge

When in Shanghai, one must check out the  Waibaidu Bridge ( 外白渡桥) at the foot of the Suzhou Creek. This bridge, also referred to as the Garden Bridge in Shanghai, is not only the first all-steel bridge in China but also the oldest surviving bridge of its kind.

With its location adjacent to the bund, it’s only a short stroll away from the famous Harbour which is surely on every travelers to do list in Shanghai and makes a very convenient starting or culmination point .

Of course like most everything else in Shanghai, this bridge has had a bit of facelift back in 1908 when it was reopened to the public and designed the city’s landmark bridge. However, in the incessantly fast paced changes to Shanghai’s skyline, the Waibaidu Bridge still remains a popular attraction and a true window to it’s past.

Waibaidu Bridge
A very popular place to take pictures
Waibaidu Bridge Sign
Waibaidu Bridge Sign – When it was reopened in 1908

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A Formal Introduction

So a few weeks ago I jumped straight into my first blog posts on this site completely forgetting to introduce myself to my internet readers. How rude of me, so let’s fix that now.

I’m Kash, a Canadian expat currently based out of Shanghai working in digital marketing for one of the biggest online eye-wear retailers in the world. So my job keeps me online all the time 🙂 Over the last five years I’ve had the chance to live,work and study in Hong Kong, Taiwan &  China. I’ve kept records of my travels online an offline on different platforms since as far back as I can remember I guess I’ve always been obsessed with archiving and logging my experiences.

So one of my favorite things to do are trying out new restaurants, I’ll go far and wide to find the most interesting foods and try out suggestions by friends and acquaintances alike. I’ll be suggesting a lot of places to you guys and would love it if anyone has any recommendation of eateries for me to try out.

I also love to travel and have been travelling extensively, so I’ll write about my travels around Asia with recommendations or warnings. If you have your own experiences in those areas I would love to hear about it as well.

So this blog will be my way of sharing my loves with the internet and I hope it can be a forum for others to share and inspire people to get out, explore and enjoy.

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Day 2: Shibuya , Harajuku , Omatesandu

Up early in the morning ( well not much sleep anyway since I ‘m eager to start the next day and I may have had some green tea early in the evening )

Gold's Gym shibuyaMy first stop along the way was Gold’s Gym in Shibuya, an impressive installation on 3 floors (see photos attached) It had all the amenities you expect from a gym , world-class gym including sauna and jacuzzi which felt good after the long travel. Their weights are not as new as those at home .. but right now I’m being picky .
After that, it was off to the land of cosplay Harajuku . It turns out that the Goths sleep in and I was there at 9 which was about two hours at the before any of the action, so I ended up taking a walk through the streets and check the punk / hippie cool shops and great crepes; they looked absolutely delicious and I considered eating the demos for a while but later thankfully decided against it. Take a look and say you do not feel the same .
Omatesandu next stop , where all major shops names. Not much to see here, think 5th Avenue , I ‘m not much for its designer boutiques to this was the shortest part of my trip .
Finally I went to where I was staying in Asakusa Smile Hostel . It is a picturesque place , I stayed in their schedule that was a few blocks from the main inn , but it was much more recent and facilities were spotless 🙂 🙂

Adrift in Tokyo (Edo)

The first post in my Blog will be about the First night in Tokyo – without a doubt one that wont soon be forgotten.

Tokyo subway map

Now this must be a first, but the flight really arrived 30 minutes  earlier than scheduled ! I knew the Japanese were efficient, and as they say if your early, you are on time and if you are on time then you are late. Or maybe everything is just reversed in Japan, like how the whole world goes through inflation but the Japanese economy (and prices) exhibit deflation.  Or perhaps its that one needs the additional 30 minutes just to figure the Tokyo transportation map and how one should head to where  needed. So after getting acquainted to the map, I made my way to the City from Narita Airport. Glance over at the map on the right hand side and you’ll understand.

However in the wake of getting into Tokyo and to my first picked area Shibuya which is plainly where all the adolescents hang out. I was expecting to see all the Japanese youth dressed up as their manga characters, but apparently that is more of a Sundays thing, so i’ll return then 🙂

Tokyo Internet Cafe cubicle

The one great thing that did come of this is that I did uncover a 24 hour internet and Karaoke establishment that offered extremely sensible rates for an overnight stay, it was really just what I needed/expected: private cubicle and your own PC (Quad-core processor and kick ass specs… unfortunately the OS was in Japanese :S but what do you expect? ) with extremely rapid web access. I’ll post an improved quality pic up when I get the chance, but here’s a pic that I took with my phone for now.

On that note, i’m really wiped right now so I’m going to catch some Asian Zzzzz’s however I’ll  leave you with a couple of additional pics that I took while walking around.

Shibuya is like Time Square on crack, it extends a hella’ far and offer some great views.

Pic on right :Am i simply seeing things, or is that a Fido sign, but backwards and  advertising a real-estate agent?

Backwards Fido Sign Shibuya Intersection