FuramaXclusive Sathorn-Silom Hotel and L’Avenue Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand
Budget : Php5,690 (from a group deal site, room for 2 people for 4 days/3 nights and includes breakfast buffet)
Duration : 4 days/3 nights
Bummers : none
Nomnom Rating : 5/5
I am just fresh from a trip in Bangkok, Thailand. I went there to have a glimpse of the city, appreciate Thai culture, eat authentic Thai cuisine, and of course, shop at one of the largest markets you can ever be that offers the cheapest deals in almost any product that you can think of buying. Chatuchak, that is. As a bonus, I met Sit through another friend and became my very first Thai friend. He toured us around Bangkok and in Pattaya, but more on that later.
For our 4 days and 3 nights stay in Bangkok, we stayed at FuramaXclusive Hotel along Silom Road. We were lucky to stumble upon this group buying deal where we were able to book a room for 2 people at only Php5,690. Another awesome thing is that the deal came with a breakfast buffet at the hotel’s restaurant called L’Avenue Restaurant. Since there were four of us on the trip, we booked 2 rooms.
FuramaXclusive Hotel is near the BTS skytrain at Chong Nonsi station, probably less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel to the train. So, getting around Bangkok coming from the hotel was relatively easy. Aside from that, there are many tuktuks and taxis just parked outside the hotel in case you don’t want to walk to the station because your feet hurts or rain started pouring in. When I was in Bangkok, it rained every afternoon so even if it was supposed to be a short walk to the BTS, I chose to ride a tuktuk at one time and a taxi in another time.
When we arrived at the hotel, it was just a few minutes before 12 noon so it was a perfect time to get lunch. Check-in at FuramaXclusive is at 2 PM but our flight was moved earlier that’s why we were there before check-in time. While waiting for check-in time, we had lunch at the hotel’s resto, L’Avenue Restaurant. They offered lunch buffet until 2 Pm, which costs 199 Baht (~Php350) – if exchange rate was from NAIA’s exchange rate the day we left 1 Baht = Php 1.75.
Thumbs up for the lunch buffet. They have several food choices – appetizers, soups, salads, noodles, rice, and desserts. There are Thai dishes, which are seriously spicy for my palate like the steamed sea bass. But I still like it. I also like the grilled chicken and steamed veggies. I also tried their curry fishballs. Curry is a popular spice used in many Thai cuisines.
Aside from rice, noodles is another staple in Thailand. At L’Avenue Restaurant, you can request them to heat your bowl of noodles. You can add different spices to have some zing of your noodles.
The choices for desserts are fresh slices of fruits, ice cream, and a Thai-version of halo-halo (from Filipino word halo, which means to mix).
Drinks are included on the lunch buffet. Roselle and orange juice are the two choices. Roselle juice is new to me so I had to try it. It was made from the calyx of the Roselle flower. It tasted sweet with a fragrant aroma.
When traveling, always try everything. Have a taste of the food even just in small portions because this way, you can learn more about the place and the people that you are visiting.
After eating lunch, we checked-in, headed to our rooms, and rested for a bit. We needed to recharge because we were going to explore Bangkok by foot. To see what the hotel and our room looks like, click here.
How to get there from Suvarnabhumi Airport:
- Ride the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai
(choose from City Line, Express Line, or New Express Line – fastest and most expensive among three)
- Transfer to the BTS SkyTrain Sukhumvit Line until Siam Station
- Transfer to the BTS SkyTrain Silom Line until Chong Nonsi Station
- Go down Exit 2 and head to Nara Thiwat Soi 3 (click here for the map)
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