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Wake up and smell the service! Tripgirl's fab time in Japan, China and Thailand

Wake up and smell the service! Tripgirl's fab time in Japan, China and Thailand

Aug 20th, 2005, 07:19 PM
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Really enjoyed your report -- especially interested in the comparisons of the places you visited. We spent three weeks in Thailand in January/February and are planning to go back next year, but also want to add Beijing, so really enjoyed the details about your visit there. Would you recommend the Peninsula Palace over the St. Regis because of location? We are trying to decide between the two. We tend to like more traditional hotels rather than modern, so I wasn't sure we would like the Peninsula Palace. But given the size of Beijing we may be better off in a more convenient location.
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Aug 20th, 2005, 08:37 PM
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Wonderful report - thanks. I'm headed back to Bangok in November, and your report makes me homesick for it.
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Aug 20th, 2005, 11:51 PM
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fantastic report! yet again, am blown away by the generosity of those who share their experiences on the asia board-in terms of spending time and effort sharing insights and relating the little details that make a report such fascinating reading! i'm going to save your report which will be SO helpful prior to a first-time trip to japan..
i avidly read the bit about the intercon in HK as i'm headed there in two weeks..your account really heightened my anticipation! i fell in love with the hotel during a stay in '99 when it was still the regent and part of the four seasons group. during a stay at the hotel last spring-after it had been taken over by the intercontinental group- i found that despite fairly negative posts on sites such as tripadvisor,there wasnt a discernible difference in quality. and as you said- the lounge rocks and those bathrooms really set the standard!
we've booked a superior harbour view room and are also ambassador priority club members- dyou think we'll also automatically get bumped up to a junior suite? am trying to link my reservation with my ambassador card number but this is turning out to be ridiculously complicated as the booking was made through asiahotels.
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Aug 21st, 2005, 06:39 AM
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great report. Thanks. Although I was less enamored of the Intercontinental but as everyone knows I'm not a fan of very modern deluxe hotels. The views however were fabuloous.
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Aug 21st, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Yes, for convenience I think the Pen in Beijing is better suited. However, yuo will surely like the St regis, a true luxury hotel.

I just felt given the size of Beijing, I ended up feeling like i wanted to walk around the hotel and there really is very litle immediately around the St Regis. But again, you'll love the hotel. We went to dinner at the Pen, as you've read, and the hotel was lovely, so I think you can't go wrong with it.

clove 1: I assume you called intercontinental directly? Here is the Ambassador service Center number: 44 879 400 9099 or e mail them at [email protected] club.com

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Aug 22nd, 2005, 02:24 AM
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Thank you for a great report, I have really enjoyed really it. The tips on massages are noted for my next trip to Thailand in October.

I have also been to Beijing and Hong Kong and it was interesting to read your views on both places and so different...........
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Mar 25th, 2007, 01:33 PM
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Mar 25th, 2007, 02:31 PM
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Tripgirl I don't know how I missed this! Thanks to your post on the Europe board, I found it just in time for my own trip to Korea and China, which begins tomorrow. I like your style. Hope you get to return to Asia soon! Vietnam...perhaps??
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Mar 25th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Have a wonderful time

yes we are going to make ti to Vietnam soon. We are going to do shaghai, then zip down to vietnam and cambodia and then go back to Thailand.

Have a great trip!
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Mar 26th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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tripgirl, I thoroughly enjoyed your report! I followed your Croatia trip report before I left, and now I read, with much ejoyment, about your trip. We are off to Japan in October, our first trip to Asia, and I am so excited. I loved reading your thoughts and discriptions on every place you went on this trip.

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Mar 26th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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where are you going in Japan, are you visiting more countries as well?
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Mar 26th, 2007, 01:16 PM
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We will only be in Japan for one week, unfortunately, and will be spending half the time in Tokyo and the other half in Kyoto. We won't be going to any other countries, mainly because of time restraints. Your post has me craving Bangkok though, so maybe next year!

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