About Steve R
Lives in Orlando, Florida
Since Jul 2012
35-49 year old male
I am the proud Founder of FEAT TRAVEL, a company that specializes in domestic student travel here in the United States as well as adult tours abroad. I have dual citizenship (Canada/USA) as I was born and raise just outside Montreal, Canada but now reside in Orlando, Florida. I also speak fluently English, French and Spanish. I know quite a lot of Hindi and Punjabi as well! I have been traveling the world since 1999, when I first left Quebec to go teach windsurfing in Varadero Cuba. I then worked on Cruise-ships for over 5 years for several different companies including; Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity, Carnival and Holland America. I have been to 85 countries to date on 6 different continents. I have a passion for traveling, cultures, and languages. If you have any questions or just want to share your ideas, feel free to send me an email. It would be a pleasure to share my experiences with you! :)
Sacred & Religious Sites
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Bodies of Water
The hotel is conveniently located directly next to the train station (only a 5 minute walk and you dont even need to leave the hotel grounds to get there) and near a bunch of great local Thai restaurants. The staff there was extremely friendly and very professional especially Deelan one of the concierge there at the hotel. If you need ANYTHING, you must go see him. He was so helpful to us while on our short stay there and gave us great suggestions for restaurants in the area. Deelan is from Belgium and speaks a ton of different languages from French, Dutch, to Thai and even Spanish and German. He is your go to guy while in Bangkok, mark my words! The hotel itself is extremely clean and the rooms are very spacious with all amenities. We had a room on the 20th floor and our view of the city was just spectacular! The breakfast there was complimentary and man, what a huge and incredibly amazing selection! the buffet gets a little crowded between 9 and 10 am, but the food there is absolutely amazing and the staff is very polite and professional. Now, the reason why I chose to stay there was the pictures i saw of the infinity pool. WOW...WOW....AND WOW AGAIN! The views from there were so amazing and breathtaking especially at night when all of the Bangkok city lights were on. You cant bring anything to drink or eat at the pool, but they do have over priced items to purchase for eating and drinking (cheapest beer up there is $7 USD on average!) But that view totally makes up the overpriced beverages! Overall, it has to be one of the best hotels I have ever strayed in anywhere in the world based on quality of the breakfast, room cleanliness and how spacious they were, staff experience and professionalism and that infinity pool just add to that list of outstanding things that the hotel has to offer. Trust me, you do not want to stay anywhere else while in Bangkok!
This place was one of the highlights of the trip for us. This temple and the area surrounding it or pretty amazing and so colorful. There is no fee to visit this area nor the temples surrounding it making it so worth it to visit. Then, in comparison to other temples in the area, you do not need to be covered from head to toe to enter any of these places. The architecture is absolutely stunning once again and the place is full of life with a fair at the bottom of the steps and children playing all around. A must see while in Bangkok!
This place was one of the nicest temples we visited while in Bangkok. That being said, another temple in Bangkok...another golden Buddha! The cool thing about this temple though, is that you actually have to climb of a few set of stairs in order to get to the Buddha located on the third level. The bad thing about it is if you are a woman, they make sure you cover every inch of your skin before going inside the temple, therefore making you sweat profusely for the 5 or 10 minutes you are there. Great temple and very cheap to go in (only a few US $)
The restaurant is located in a side street and the building looks like an old mansion and has such a great charm about it. The service there was excellent and very professional. The manager greeted us with open arms and made us feel right at home. The food quality was definitely one of the best we had in Bangkok that week and so delicious. I had the chicken Pad Thai and my cousin had a unique traditional Thai dish served in a pineapple! Very cool presentation and everything very tasty. Overall, a definite must go eat at if ever on that side of town as the food was delicious and the service was excellent!
This is one of my favorite temples in all of Bangkok. The beauty of this temple is simply remarkable. Of course like most of the other temples all around Bangkok, there is a ton of Buddhas all around. But what makes this one really special to me, is the fact that the floor looks like it is a sheet of glass! It is so clear and clean that you could practically eat off of it. A definite must do while in Bangkok!
The architecture and majestic uniqueness of this building is beyond what the eye could have imagine but just like the other parts of this area there are way too many people there every day and very hard to get the picture you want. Of course it is impossible to visit Bangkok without visiting this iconic monument located inside the walls of the complex where the Palace sits, but it is almost $20 USD per person and you have to be covered from head to toe if you want to go in. No ripped jeans, no short blouses for women either. You must have long pants and cover as much as you can on top as well especially if you are a woman. They are very strict on dress code there and will turn you around if they do not see fit. Overall, a must see in Bangkok but with a bigger admission price and definitely a lot of sweating along the way but luckily, this will be your last stop before heading outside the walls.
The architecture and the decor of this area is not questionable but there are way too many people there every day and very hard to get the picture you want. Of course it is impossible to visit Bangkok without visiting this iconic area, but it is almost $20 USD per person and you have to be covered from head to toe if you want to go in. No ripped jeans, no short blouses for women either. You must have long pants and cover as much as you can on top as well especially if you are a woman. They are very strict on dress code there and will turn you around if they do not see fit. Overall, a must see in Bangkok but with a bigger admission price and definitely a lot of sweating along the way.
The restaurant is conveniently located a few blocks away from the hotel on a side street and is a little oasis in the middle of the city. The restaurant has such a charm about it with the gorgeous view of the little garden right next to it. The staff was so friendly and so extremely professional that we felt like eating in a Five Star restaurant where the bill should be well over $200. But no, the lunch menu we had had most plates at around $8-$12 USD and with so many different options. I went with the traditional chicken Pad Thai and was not disappointed! The food was very fresh and tasted very good. My cousin went with a traditional Thai beef dish that was also really good. For two main courses and 2 beers each our bill was just under $30 USD and very well priced for the quality of food and service we got. Overall, the best meal we had in Bangkok that week and considering the price we paid, we would've eaten there every single meal if we could've. Two thumbs way up!
If you decided not to stay at the Eastin Hotel your entire trip in Bangkok, then the Dream Hotel is an excellent second choice. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the nightlife entertainment in Bangkok! The hotel is about 30 minutes in a taxi from BKK Airport and will cost you around 400-500 BHT for two people. The hotel is split up in two separate buildings, both equally good with similar rooming configurations. The pool is located in the adjacent building (not the main building with the lobby and restaurant) and has spectacular views of the city at night and a very modern feel to it. The rooms are very spacious with all accommodations with a fairly strong pressure in the shower. The blue lighting around the bed and on the ceiling turns this room into romantic mode at night. The staff was very professional and extremely helpful with directions to and from anywhere in the city. The breakfast was complimentary and had a huge variety of food to please everyone. The hotel and its grounds are very clean and very spacious. This is by far the best place to stay in Sukhumvit in my opinion at just under $70/night including breakfast and Free Wifi.
This Temple is as unique as it can be in Bangkok. While most temples pretty resemble one another, Wat Arun as a special flair about it. It sticks out in the middle of the city and can be access through either boat or road. A definitely must do while in Bangkok either early in the morning or late evening while it is all lit up!
I highly recommend renting one of the private Klongs, where you will go around the circle where the people live along the river and small causeways. The boat itself is so low and close to the water that it will make you think that you will be taking on water at every turn, but not to be scared, a little splash here and there and that's all! The circle tour from departure time from the dock till you comeback to the dock is about 50 minutes to an hour. But do not be fooled by the people selling you this trip, they will start at around $40USD per person and will tell you that this is the best deal the have. Walk away, and trust me they will comeback at you with a lower price. Just to give you an idea, I brought the price down from $40 USD per person, to $14 USD per person for a private boat for the four of us. Do not let them intimidate you and stick to your price firmly. Overall, a very cool experience where you will have the chance to see some of the floating market people along the way as well as some of the places where the locals live.
If you are looking for an entertaining place to stay while in Bangkok, look no further! We stayed there again this past month while on a 3 day trip to Bangkok and yet again, we were not disappointment! We chose to stay at The Dream hotel which is conveniently located on the heart of Sukhumvit and walking distance to the train stop. If you are looking for nightlife and adult entertainment, then look no further then this area. Located right in between Soi Cowboy (featured in the movie The Hangover) with all the bars on each side of this narrow iconic street and Nana, the other adult nightlife and entertainment area. This is definitely a must place to stay while in Bangkok if you are looking for nightlife fun!
The street is very narrow and there are bars on each side (about 20 of them) with different themes from karaoke, to a regular bar with pool tables and sports on tv and of course the "special" Bangkok bars where ladies will throw themselves at you. It is definitely worth stopping by even if you just want to have a beer and take a few crazy pictures.