Thursday, April 26, 2018

Warsaw's Attractions & Sightseeing

Rise and shine, Warsaw! 
As usual, I woke up earlier than the rest for another adventures around the capital city of Poland. Normally, I got up from the bed before the sunrise but then not because I want to chase the sunrise but in order to capture photos without being photobombed - like they said, the early bird catches the worm. 

WARSAW'S ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTSEEING
As I only have one whole day in Warsaw before leaving, I just selected few best places of interest to visit. 

Warsaw's Old Town (Stare Miasto)
The oldest part of the capital city. It is one of the most prominent tourist hubs with cobblestone alley and medieval buildings reconstructed after the WWII such as the city walls, the Barbican and St. John's Cathedral. Right in the heart of the area is the Old Market Place which consists restaurants, cafes and shops. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Old Town 04
#1: Warsaw's Old Town, the finest and most picturesque part of the city. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Old Town 02
#2: The market square offers wide range of good restaurants, cozy cafes as well as street arts and souvenirs.

2017 Europe Warsaw Old Town 03
#3: Warsaw Mermaid, the famous bronze sculpture which regarded as the symbol of Poland's capital.

Wilanow Palace
A royal palace situated in Wilanow district. Besides claimed to be one of the most beautiful monuments of the Polish Baroque architecture, it is also a museum of interiors and houses a collection of European and Oriental art. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Wilanów Palace 02
#4: The Palace initially served as a summer Royal residence of one of the greatest Polish monarchs. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Wilanów Palace 03
#5: The grandest room in the entire palace - The White Hall served stately purposes, as it featured banquets, balls and lavish ceremonies.  

2017 Europe Warsaw Wilanów Palace 04
#6: The Queen's Bedroom, one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in the Palace.

Although I don't into Polish history, but Wilanow Palace is quite fascinating and worth for visit.

How To Get To Wilanow Palace
From the Old Town, take buses 116 or 180 and the journey takes about 35 minutes.

Admission Fee: PLN30 for regular ticket to museum and park.

Chopin Monument in Lazienki Park
A large bronze statue of Frederic Chopin, the outstanding Polish composer that now stands in the upper part of Warsaw's Royal Baths Park aka Lazienki Park. It is the best known Polish sculpture in the world. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Chopin Statue
#7: Choping Statue in Lazienki Park

Lazienki Palace
Not far away from Lazienki Park is the Lazienki Palace, a classicist-style palace in Warsaw's Royal Baths Park. Because this park is the largest in the city, I almost lost my way while walking from Chopin Statue to Lazienki Palace. Plus, there is no proper signboard around. Nicknamed the "Palace of the Isle", the building is set on an artificial island in the middle of a large lake. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Lazienki Palace
#8: Lazienki Palace, one of the city's finest examples of classicist-style architecture. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Lazienki Palace 02
#9: The palace is set on an artificial island in the middle of a large lake.

How To Get To Chopin Monument, Lazienki Park & Lazienki Palace
Any number of buses stop in front of the park's three main entrances on Al. Ujazdowskie, including numbers 116, 166 and 180. From the city centre, the easiest way of reaching Lazienki is take a tram from "Centrum" to Pl. Unii Lubelskiej and walk 100m along ul. Bagatela to the park's southern entrance in front of the Belvedere Palace. 

Warsaw Uprising Museum
The museum is a tribute of Warsaw's residents to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital. The exhibition shows the struggle of everyday life before and during the Warsaw Uprising. Packed with interactive displays, photographs, video footage and miscellaneous exhibits, it's a museum that for sure will leave a mark on all visitors 

2017 Europe Warsaw Uprising Museum 01
#10: Warsaw Uprising Museum 

2017 Europe Warsaw Uprising Museum 02
#11: Exhibition within the museum

How To Get To Warsaw Uprising Museum:
Take metro to Rondo Daszynskiego station.

Admission Fee: PLN20 and it's free on Sunday.

Warsaw Uprising Monument
Warsaw Uprising Monument is a monument specially dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The thing about this monument is it is not located nearby to the Warsaw Uprising Museum but built on the Kransinski Square of the Old Town instead.  

2017 Europe Warsaw Uprising Monument
#12: Warszawa Memorial of the Warsaw Uprising

HOW TO GET AROUND WARSAW
The best way to wander around the city is by taking public transportation. The public transport system in Warsaw is generally well-developed. Although some are painfully slow, but the tickets are dirt cheap. The cheapest full-fare ticket cost PLN3.40 for 20 minutes ride while a 24-hour ticket is PLN 15 (approx. to RM18). Always remember to immediately validate your tickets after boarding the bus or tram or at the subway station gate. 

2017 Europe Warsaw Bus 24 Hours Ticket

WHAT TO EAT IN WARSAW
Last but not least, don't leave Warsaw without trying out Poland's most famous dish - Pierogi which is kind of dumpling with the most various stuffings like meat and cheese. I had this at one of the restaurants in the Old Town, or if you are travel in budget, you could try find this in supermarket. 

2017 Europe Polish dumplings Pierogi
#13: Pierogi, the famous Polish dish which alikes dumpling.

TOTAL DAMAGES IN WARSAW
Here are the breakdown of the expenses I spent in Warsaw for 3 days 2 nights:

PARTICULARS
AMOUNT
PLN
RM
Transportation
Polski Bus from Krakow to Warsaw
Metro
24-hour ticket

Accommodation
Dream Hostel – 2 nights

Food & Beverages

Admission Fee
Wilanow Palace
Warsaw Uprising Museum

Others
Souvenirs – magnets, postcards, stamps
Fine/Penalty

17.00
3.40
15.00


106.00

116.38


35.00
20.00


34.00
164.00

21
4
18


131

140


42
24


41
196

TOTAL:
617
Exchange rate: €100 (RM512) = PLN423.50 on average 


Previous Posts on my 2017 Solo Trip to Europe

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

From Krakow to Warsaw & It's Like Hell Day For Me

It was raining by the time I arrived Krakow.
And when I was about to leave, it was drizzling and miserably cold too.
Well, at least the weather was pretty good to me the day before so that I could managed to cover several notable attractions and popular landmarks around Krakow before leaving. 

I left the hostel right after had the free breakfast provided and walked to the bus station which not far away - less than 10 minutes walk perhaps. This time around, I carried additional thing with me which is the newly bought luggage bag from the shopping mall nearby. In case you're wondering, I actually travel without any baggage throughout my solo trip around Europe for almost three weeks cause the luggage I packed before the trip went missing somewhere in Dubai - not sure whether it's Malaysia Airlines or Emirates's fault (will blog more about this incident in upcoming post) but then always think of a bright side, it's not bad to travel light somehow. 

2017 Europe Krakow Railway Bus Signboard
#1: One World Hostel of Krakow is smack right in between the main market/square and railway/bus station.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Salâm from Iran

I really lost count the trips I had for this year - whether it's my 3rd or 4th trip so far. I have been bitten by travel bugs once again, cause I lost my passion in travelling somewhere in between 2016 to 2017 due to personal reasons but now, I'm craving for more travel adventures - not sure this is good or bad sign anyway.

2018 Iran Isfahan 01
#1: Iran marks the 41st country I visited and it's my first Middle East country I've been.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Qatar Airways, My Favourite Getaway to Europe

It all started when my friend and I planning to see the Northern Lights, or known as aurora borealis. After browsing few airlines, we spotted Qatar Airways is having promo, whereby fly-in Stockholm and fly-out Oslo for RM2,780 which consider to be reasonable and affordable cause both of these cities are well-known to be comparatively expensive to fly in and out. Without thinking any longer, instantly we click book and that's goes our "Duo Trip to Hunt for Aurora Lights". 

2016 Qatar Airways 01-1

Friday, April 6, 2018

Europe (2017): 3D2N in Krakow, Poland


After experiencing more than 8 hours in the overnight sleeper train from Prague, the train finally arrived in Krakow Glowny, the Central Train Station in Krakow. The first thing I done right after I came out from the train station is directly look for the hostel I booked beforehand. One thing I love about Krakow is the train station and the old town are located just side by side, without have to travel far away. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

World's First Michelin Starred Ramen Restaurant - Tsuta, Tokyo

When comes to travelling, most of the times I will always prepare a list of "What To Do & See" in the respective cities/country that I intended to visit. However for the food list, I don't normally do so cause I prefer to eat whatever that's convenient for me. I'm not the type that will purposely travel all the way from the west to the east, or even from the north to the south for the sake of food adventures. 

Not until my recent trip to Tokyo lately, my new travel partner in crime is very particular when comes to food, or should I say he tends to be more picky than me. And this is where I got to know more about the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants. So I thought why not give it a try at least once in any of these Michelin-starred restaurants since I was in Japan - it's better to experience myself rather than reading all these reviews and comments in blogs and social media, right?

WORLD'S FIRST MICHELIN-STARRED RAMEN: TSUTA
To initiate my virgin Michelin-starred experience,  I gave it to Tsuta - Japanese Soba Noodles. In case you are wondering, Tsuta is the first ramen restaurant in Japan to be awarded one Michelin star dating back in 2015 which drew national and global attention. It is the only ramen shop in the world to be awarded for three consecutive years - 2016, 2017 and 2018.  

Tsuta Tokyo Michelin Ramen 01
#1: Tsuta - Japanese Soda Noodle, the first ever ramen shop in Japan to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Overnight Train From Prague To Krakow

After spending more than 24 hours in the beautiful city of Prague, I proceeded to the next country which I never been before - Poland. Poland is a country in Eastern Europe with a rich and eventful history which situated next to Czech Republic. After did my research, I decided to take overnight train from Prague to Krakow. Well, it's not my first time to experience overnight train as I experienced this before in Norway last two years (until now I haven't blog anything about my Northern Light experience yet) but then the difference is, I'm taking alone for this round. It's wise to book everything beforehand than purchase on the spot.

WHERE I BOUGHT MY OVERNIGHT TRAIN TICKET FROM & HOW
Almost majority of my transportation tickets I bought online and for this overnight train from Prague to Krakow, I purchased directly from this particular website - the Czech Railways (CD) website www.cd.cz. It's pretty simple and straightforward to book from this website, just like how you purchase your airticket from AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines website. The train booking normally opens 90 days ahead, or even 60 days for certain routes in Eastern Europe. As I plan to overnight in the train, I chosen the sleeper with 3-berth compartment instead of couchette. Of course then, my choice would be slightly higher in term of the cost but I rather sleep comfortably so that I can have the energy to continue my adventure on the following day. Curious how this train looks like? Watch the video I uploaded at the bottom.
Praha hlavní nádraží
#1: Praha Hlavni nadrazi, the largest and main railway station in Prague which provides international railway connections. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tokyo for My Birthday Trip (Sneak Peek)

Can't deny out of the 40 countries I've been, Japan is my favourite country I ever visited. The thing I that make me admire Japan is because for its unique diversity. It's indeed a great country where tradition meets the future. It has everything that one could ever imagine - it's fast-paced, yet serene and peaceful at the same time. It has that magical which instantly captivate and leave me enchanted. And that's why I chosen Japan as my birthday trip. 

2018 Japan Tokyo MAS Airport
#1: Up to date, Malaysia Airlines is the only airline offers direct flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tokyo.

Four consecutive years since 2015 - Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo & Tokyo again! Honestly to say, I never get bored of this capital city and now planning to go again. But somehow, this time around I decided to do something different - visit Tokyo's less touristy and off the beaten path such as Kinugawa, Nikko, Gala Yuzawa and more. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok

After spending three days and two nights in the stylish seaside town resort of Hua Hin, we then proceed back to the hustle and bustle capital city of Bangkok. Not once, not twice but this is my third time visiting "City of Angels". Cheap shopping, scrumptious street food, friendly local, vibrant night markets and colourful sighting which causing me to be back over and over again.

However for my first two visit here, I never make it to visit Asiatique The Riverfront. This waterfront open air night market was opened in May 2012 and I'm wondering, how could I ever miss out this place in the first place. Probably there are too many places to see and to do in Bangkok apparently. Anyway I glad that I finally make it here along with my friends. 

2015 Bangkok Day 3- Asiatique The Riverfront 01

The best time to visit Asiatique is in the evening - start your journey around 4pm at least cause that's the opening hour. Besides that, you might also enjoy the spectacular sunset view overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Tokyo Disneyland & Its Themed Area Attractions

No matter how many times I've been to Disneyland, yet still it never enough for me.

Tokyo Disneyland Main

In Tokyo, there are two different Disney theme parks; namely Disneyland and Disneysea. So which is better? In case you are going Tokyo for the very first time, I would recommend to pick Disneysea as it is one and only kind in the world, which you couldn't find in elsewhere. But since I've been Disneysea dating back in year 2010 with my friend, therefore I chosen Disneyland this time around. Plus none of my family members been to any Disneyland yet (even the nearest one in Hong Kong) so this is their first ever Disneyland trip. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AirAsia Is Now Flying Directly From Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin For As Low As RM144

Still remember that I blog about my 3 Days 2 Nights to Hua Hin recently? Not sure why but out of so many of my backlog travelogues, I tend to blog about this instead. 

3D2N Hua Hin

To my surprise, today I came across the latest news regarding AirAsia is commencing direct flight to Hua Hin from Kuala Lumpur. The departure date is 18 May 2018 onwards with 4 flights weekly. The lowest return fare I spotted from the website is as low as RM143.90 with one way cost at least RM79 (not including luggage, meals, etc). 

AirAsia KUL to Hua Hin

KL to Hua Hin AirAsia

KL to Hua Hin AirAsia 02

If you haven't been to this stylish seaside resort town yet, hurry up and book your ticket from AirAsia website as the seats are limited. Now you can save up your time instead of taking three hours bus ride from Bangkok, like what my friends and I previously.

Here is an ideal 4 days 3 nights itinerary for those who are planning to go for the very first time: 
AirAsia KUL to Hua Hin 02

P/S: This is not an adv. It's for sharing purpose as I received quite number of messages from my friends as well as from blog readers asking how I always managed to buy cheap fares most of the times. Probably I should blog more about this in future.