Hozu River 

It has been a while since I updated on this blog, recently I had been more active on little snippets on my travel diary at my instagram account. I realized that I missed some locations at Kyoto. In today’s post I would like to introduce you this beautiful river at Kyoto.

The Hozu River or “Hozugawa” in Japanese was originally used to transport logs that were used to build many of Kyoto and Osaka’s beautiful temples and castles. The river was used for boats to carry food supplies and other necessity during the Edo period until the technologies catch up and trains and trucks eventually made river transport obsolete, and operations ceased after several hundred years of use. However, the boats were brought back and eventually became popular as a sightseeing attraction as a cruise.

The river begins near Kameoka, in the mountains, a town northwest of Kyoto City. It snakes into the Arashiyama section of western Kyoto before changing its name to Katsura River.

The Hozu River is considered scenic, and is known primarily for its association with Hozugawa Kudari, literally “down the Hozu river”, a sightseeing whitewater boat that goes downstream from Kameoka to Arashiyama. Hozugawa Kudari is especially popular in the fall, when the Japanese Maple leaves change colors, and in the Spring, when the sakura, or Japanese cherry tree, blooms. The trip usually takes about two hours.


The river cruises are often combined with a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway.

The boats at Hozugawa river, this type of boats is called “Pleasure boats”

Cruises are offered year round, but are particularly popular from mid November to early December when the leaves change color. The boats are heated in winter and operate during light rain (they will be covered in a plastic tent), but service is canceled in case of heavy rain or large changes in the water level.


Other scenic view of the river also can be enjoyed from Togetsukyo Bridge which also known as “Moon Crossing Bridge”, it is Arashiyama’s most iconic landmark.


There is a look out point from the trail leading to the hill overlooking the river. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the river from this location.


Or you can just simply enjoy the view by waking along the river itself. There are other water activities available such as rafting and canoeing depending on the season.


Saw this little pooch at one of the shrine waiting  patiently while it’s owner visit the shrine for prayers, without leash, so adorable! Next is Arashiyama Bamboo Garden.

I’m wearing

Dress: Nishe

Coat: Topshop (sold out) similar here

Cat pouch : Studio Ghibli x Kiki’s Deliver Service

Bag: Samsonite

Mobile phone cover : Mattel

Bangkok Diary | Vanilla Brasserie






Vanilla Industry, with four cafes under their belt and one more on the go, had opened a varieties of cafes around town. They opened a French Style cafe at the most popular shopping mall in Bangkok, Siam Paragon. I always told myself, when in doubt follow the queue, and Vanilla Brasserie was quite popular even during a non-peak hour. Like anything French, it is “Love at First Sight,” with the french-chic interiors and ambience. I ordered the savoury crêpes with ham, bacon, cheese and spinach. The stuffing was pretty generous and taste delicious, although it is a little bit on the salty side, but the crepe balance it all together. My friends ordered the Spaghetti Meatball, Soup of the Day, and Ice coffee. Overall we enjoyed our meal and the ambience was very relaxing to spend your afternoon. The cafe is very popular with their scrumptious dessert of french desserts, which we may want to give it a go next time when we are in town. The restaurant start to fill fast approaching dinner time, reservation is advisable during meal time.












Vanilla Brasserie

G/F, Siam Paragon, BTS Siam Bangkok, Thailand

OPENING HOURS:daily 10am-11pm

PHONE: 02-610-9383


Bangkok Diary | Som Tam Nua Thai Restaurant @ Siam Centre






When we first visited Bangkok, the first thing we were looking for was where is the best place to have Thai food. My local friend suggested to try a Thai restaurant called Som Tam at Siam Square, which is very popular amongst the local. I was delighted that they opened a new branch at Siam Centre shopping centre, which is nearer to the hotel we are staying in. Siam Centre is a very trendy and hipster mall filled with beautiful art installation and interesting shops. Located across Siam Paragon and reachable by Siam BTS, it is the heart of Bangkok’s shopping scenes.

The funny thing was when we met our friends who work in Bangkok they recommend and brought us to the same restaurant. After two visits back to back and trying the different dishes, I have to say the food is really good. I will totally recommended this place if you want to try the local cuisine. Although I adore eating at the street vendor, it is not for everyone’s comfort zone due to perhaps weak stomach. Therefore this place is a good place to try, authentic food, beautiful ambience and affordable price. Most of the dish is under 150 Bath (USD$4.50). You can have a big scrumptious Thai feast!







Som Tam Noir

Address: 989, Siam Center, 4th Floor,

Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan,

Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

Phone:+66 2 658 1000