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Must visit places in Chengdu City – Part 1

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ChengDu, the capital of Sichuan province.

I visited Chengdu last month and it was more awesome than I expected. I went to Guangzhou before and I didn’t like it but Chengdu is totally different. You know I’m a sucker for architecture. And this city has it all from hundreds to thousand years old buildings. <3

Check out this random building by the road side.

Anyway, here’s a list of where I went to in ChengDu city on first day which I think is a must visit if you’re in ChengDu.

Chengdu Panda Research Centre

Chengdu is the homeland of Panda. So, how can you go to Chengdu without visiting them.

Remember to wear a comfortable shoes when you come here as this place is huge. The pandas have their own bungalows with an air-conditioned room and a big green yard. And it’s like 5 minutes from one viewing spot to another. There are two types of Panda to look at; the famous Giant Kungfu Panda and the Red Panda (which biologically not a panda).

Later that, we found out that the weather was too hot, so all the Pandas were hiding inside the aircon room.

#GoodlifePanda sits in the air-con room eating sugarcane. =.= Geram I tengok.

But damn, they looks so fluffy. I heard that you can hug with a payment of few hundreds USD.

That’s like a thousand RM. O_O


Wuhou Temple

Wuhou Temple or Wuhou Memorial Temple is actually memorial site dedicated to Zhu Ge Liang (181-234 AD), he was the minister and military strategist for Emperor Liu Bei (161-223 AD). If you know the history of the Three Kingdom, then you would know who they are. The site is also dedicated to Emperor Liu Bei where his graveyard is in this site.

The interesting part of this site is that it was built during the Qing dynasty in 1672 and the place is well maintained until now.

These are all statues of the ministers and generals of Emperor Liu Bei.

Somehow, walking through the big-garden-liked site is like walking into the past. Just imagine, the Qing Emperor and minister once walked the same tiles and path you walk on.


JinLi Ancient Street

Located just next to the temple is the an old pedestrian street built in the Qing Dynasty. In 2004, it was renovated into a food street and now opened to the public.

Although it’s a little touristy but I really enjoyed all the old architecture buildings. It can be a good spot to take some hipster shot but…

there’s a problem…

It’s so crowded. OMG!

There are two parts to the street food, the first part was filled with bars, cafes and restaurant and at the end of the street are all small shops selling many Chengdu street food.

I didn’t tried much as I was still full and we were heading for a steamboat dinner soon after that but I did tried this as it was highly recommended.

Pineapple sticky rice, it’s not as good as mango sticky rice to be honest.


Wide and Narrow Street

Jinli is not the only ancient street in Chengdu, the other one is the Wide and Narrow Streets which can traced back all the way to Qing Dynasty too.

So pretty, right? I just love how they kept all the old buildings and turned them into a commercial street and not let them gone wasted or destroyed. If you love taking photos of buildings, you should come here early in the morning before the shops open. Once it opens, the place will be flooded with people.

I actually went there twice XD Once in the day and another time at night.

It looks even amazing at night.

Check out this Starbucks Coffee.  Why we don’t have a longhouse styled Starbucks here? T3T

This one looks so much like a scene from a movie hahaha.

And yes, it’s still crowded at night too. XD


Dorsett Grand Chengdu Hotel

After out since 8am in the morning, we were finally back at hotel. We stayed at Dorsett Grand in Chengdu. It’s great place to stay as it is strategically located right in the middle of the city.

It will even better later when the new metro station right in front of the hotel finishes in a couple of months.

It feels great when the hotel staff warmly welcomes you whenever you’re back. ^ v ^

And this is my room~ So comfy~~

Just what I need after a long tired day, fresh juicy fruits~ They even drop a welcome notes with some tourist information. Sometimes, it’s this small heart warming thing that hotel does that makes the difference.

For more information, feel free to check Dorsett Hotels, they have hotels all over Asia region and UK.

Hey, my fruits!


If you like Pandas and ancient buildings and streets, hope to AirAsia site now and book your ticket. XD

Thailand Trip

It’s a Trap but a Good one!

We got splashed all over from left and right and we were not even in our “battle suit”.

It was horrible but some how fun at the same time. Hahaha



Slove U cafe

It all started when it was too early for Songkran party so we decided to chill at this super retro cafe.

The counter.

Check out the place. It’s like a living room. Such a homely feeling cafe.

I ordered Thai Tea everywhere in Thailand. 😛

After a few hours, we got hungry and decided to head for lunch.

The two friendly owners of Slove U Coffee Cafe who offered a free ride for us to the restaurant and also around Khon Kaen town.

Well, It’s a free ride,  so we accepted it with a big smile.

What happened next was drew in the comic above.

Just imagine the kids behind the truck in the photo above was us. XD

Wat Nong Wang Temple

The restaurant we went was located just next to the oldest temple in Khon Kaen.

During Songkran, Thais will come to the temple and make blessing for the upcoming new year.

Oh, There’s no entrance fee, so free feel to visit the Wat. As it’s Songkran, there will be a lot of people but it’s not too crowded.

If you managed to climb up to its 9th floor and you will rewarded with a clear view of the whole Khon Kaen city.

I found this little dinosaur statue outside of the temple. I heard that Khon Kaen is the first location to discover dinosaur fossils and bones. And there’s Dinosaur museum somewhere in Khon Kaen. Omo, there’s a lot more to be discover in Khon Kaen.

More of Khon Kaen:

Songkran in Khon Kaen

– What to do at night in Khon Kaen

What to do in the day in Khon Kaen

Thailand Trip

Things Miao do in Khon Kaen, Thailand at Night

So I was in Khon Kaen for Songkran in April. We were there a night before the big festival, and decided to just chilled. If you are in Khon Kaen, here are two places you can consider hangout at night.

Thum Rom Restaurant

Our most favorited restaurant in Khon Kaen. We went there two nights in a row.

I just love the environment. It has a vintage and retro vibe to it.

We even got a table right in front of the live band. I just love their performances. They have great voice and I knew most of the songs they sang hahahah.

(*Picture was taken when they were taking a break because I want to take photo of the entrance.)

Not to forget to mention, their food was delicious to the max and it was dirt cheap. We paid only RM60+ for  6 dishes including drinks. The second night only cost us RM80+ when we ordered almost double the numbers of dishes we had previously.

We so gonna go there again next day if we’re staying for another night. Nothing to complain, awesome food, awesome price, awesome performance, awesome environment and gorgeous lady boss.  😛

Ton Tann Night Market

Ton Tann Night Market is the largest night market in Khon Kaen. Unlike normal street night market with many stalls along the road way, Ton Tann Night market seems to be more organized with a bit of artistic touch to it.

They even have an art gallery right in the middle of the market. Why our night market not like this? Whyyy??

P/S: All the crowd are at the Songkran party hence it is empty.

The night market may looks bit different but no worries, you can get everything you usually find in the normal Thai night market like the deep fried silk worm. XD (I don’t like it, grasshoppers are more tasty)

Too bad most of the stalls are close as I like this place lor. It’s suitable to paktoh too. Oh, unlike Bangkok, not everyone in Khon Kaen speaks English, so do go and learn a little Thai :P.

and no, listen to Thai songs only don’t help.

More of Khon Kaen:

Songkran in Khon Kaen

– What to do at night in Khon Kaen

What to do in the day in Khon Kaen




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