Thursday, January 28, 2010

NEWS - Top10 Dirtiest Hotel in Asia

Dirtiest Hotels - Asia

(based on TripAdvisor traveler reviews)

* 1. Phi Phi Don Chukit Resort, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

* 2. Raj Residency, Chennai (Madras), India

* 3. Goldkist Beach Resort, Singapore, Singapore

* 4. Mahkota Hotel Melaka, Melaka, Malaysia

* 5. Centaur Hotel, IGI Airport, New Delhi, India

* 6. Tatami Hampton Hotel, Hong Kong, China

* 7. Pearl of the Pacific Boracay Resort & Spa, Boracay, Philippines

* 8. First Hotel Bankok, Bangkok, Thailand

* 9. Seri Costa Hotel-Resort, Melaka, Malaysia

* 10. Royal Peacock Hotel, Singapore, Singapore

SINGAPORE: -- Two hotels in Thailand tops the 2010 edition of TripAdvisor's list of the dirtiest hotels in Asia.

The site lists Phi Pho Don Chukit Resort as the filthiest, and First Hotel Bangkok as a good number eight.

Bad smells, unidentified splatters on walls, bed bugs and and bare wires hanging from light fittings are among the complaints left on travel website about some of the places named on its annual 'Dirtiest Hotels' lists.

The ten dirtiest hotels in Asia, Canada, Europe, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States have been named in this year's lists, which were compiled based on reviews from unimpressed travellers.

Phi Phi Don Chukit Resort in Thailand took the dubious honour of being named dirtiest hotel in Asia.

"I don't think I can say anymore than this is the worst place I have ever stayed in my whole entrie [sic] life," one person wrote.

"Cockroaches...smelly.......yuk! Never ever stay here unless...well no...never ever stay here!!!"

Another review was entitled "Ruined our holidays, Disgusting place, terrible service".

Last year's Asia list specified that it also covered the Pacific region though it's not clear whether that is also the case this year.

A number of hotels named in the latest round-up of squalid accommodation have also been singled out in the past.

First Hotel Bangkok was deemed the dirtiest hotel in Asia last year but has dropped to number eight on this year's list.

Two London hotels named among the three worst in the United Kingdom last year - the Cromwell Crown and the Corbigoe Hotel - were again named among the 10 dirtiest in both the UK and Europe.

After the Cromwell topped last year's UK list it was visited by a reviewer from the Times, who concluded that it wasn't just the worst hotel in Britain but possibly "the worst hotel in the world".

However it was surpassed in the filth stakes this year by the Grosvenor Hotel in Blackpool, which was named the dirtiest in Europe.

"The room we stayed in was a minger," read one review from a person who claimed it was the worst hotel they'd stayed in for 20 years.

"Room hadn't been cleaned for ages, curtains / sheets were scruffy, tv didn't work, shower was covered in mould and ceiling tiles were collapsing," it continued.

The Grosvenor's proprietor, Chirag Khajuria, told local news website The Gazette he felt the reviews left on Tripadvisor were "unfair". are an operating company of Expedia, Inc. and listed on the Nasdaq Exchange (NASDAQ: EXPE).

True story - What should I do to marry a rich guy?


A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum in New York:-

"I am going to be honest of what i am going to say here. I am 25 this year. I am very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a rich guy with $500,000.00 annual salary or above. You might say i am greedy but an annual salary of $1 million is considered only as a middle class in New York. My requirement is not high. ... See More

Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500K annual salary? Are you all married? I wanted to ask: what should i do to marry rich persons like you? Among those i have dated, the richest is $250K annual income and this is my upper limit. This is not going to be enough if you live in posh area of New York.

I am here humbly to ask a few questions:

1. Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)

2. Which age group should i target?

3. Why most wives of the riches are only average looking? I have met girls who don't have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.

4. How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married).

Thank you.

Ms Pretty

A CEO of an investment bank replies Ms Pretty's posting:

"Dear Ms Pretty,

I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor. ... See More

My annual income is more than $500K, which meets your requirement, so i hope everyone believes that i am not wasting my time here. From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you.

The answer is very simple, so let me explain. Put the details aside, what you are trying to do is an exchange of 'beauty' and 'money'. You provide 'beauty' and i pay (money) for it, fair and square.

However, there is a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can't be prettier year after year. Hence from the viewpoint of economics, i am an appreciation asset and you are depreciation asset. It is not just a normal depreciation, but an exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a 'trading position'. If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for a long term - same goes with the marriage you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or 'leased'.

Anyone with over $500K annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you.

I would advise that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500K annual income. This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps. If you are interested in 'leasing' services, do contact me.

Best Wishes,

CEO Investment Bank."

(true story)