The Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) is among the more widespread species of the genus and is the species which has the most geographical variations. It is easily identified by the large reddish patch on its breast. An alternative name is the Moustached Parakeet depending on subspecies. The subspecies found in Thailand is Psittacula alexandri fasciata.
My long-distance shots don’t do this beauty justice so here’s the Wikipedia shot.
Here’s a couple of my shots from the Khao Yai area.
Red-breasted Parakeets have a huge range from South and South-East Asia, from northern and eastern India (including the Andaman Islands), Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, ranging through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and southern China (Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan), with populations in Indonesia, on Java, Bali Karimunjawa, Kangean, Simeulue, Nias and Banyak, and in Kalimantan (where probably introduced from Java) (Juniper and Parr 1998). For travel logistical purposes, the easiest place to see them would be in Thailand where there is a city-based flock in the Dusit area and a large population in the Khao Yai area seen easily near the Balios Resort. Your ears will find them!
LEARN MORE ABOUT RED-BREASTED PARAKEETS
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This video was taken in Thailand and you can clearly hear the bird’s call.
Here’s a nesting pair.
This was a United Airlines award and for this homeward bound leg we had Ethiopian Airlines from Kilimanjaro JRO to Addis Ababa ADD in economy (no business class available), then business class the rest of the way to Bangkok ending with Thai to Brisbane BNE.
Although the first leg was in economy, we did pay for a business class ticket with miles so I tried to get us into the lounge at JRO. No dice. The lady did try, she went and asked her supervisor if they could let us in and he said no. It wasn’t a fantastic lounge anyways but would have been better than the gate.
So off to the gate we went to mingle with the “hoi palloi” and show off my new braid.
Mt Kilimanjaro was shy and didn’t come out to say goodbye.
Same mediocre business section as before on the 737. The flight to Bangkok was on a 767 which was marginally better but no lie-flat seats. We were still tired enough to get some sleep.
Breakfast – they did bring eggs but I forgot to get a photo.
So Ethiopian Airlines left me less than impressed. I would have liked it much better if we had been in economy paying less for the award as my expectations would have been lower. Their economy is OK if that’s what you pay for. But I don’t recommend paying extra to fly business on this airline.
While some people prefer Singapore Airlines, I usually prefer Thai, especially if it is a business class award because of the fantastic ground service. There’s nothing like a relaxing massage sooth those aching muscles! We had about 3 hours between flights on our India & Sri Lanka adventure so took full advantage!
The spa is in terminal C and a free 30 minute neck & shoulders or feet & calves massage is offered to anyone who is departing on Thai Airways in business class. You do not get this benefit if you are on a Star Alliance carrier, even in business or first class. If you are in Thai first class, you get a full body massage lasting an hour!
They will offer you some juice while you wait your turn. We only waited about 10 minutes.
This is the room for the neck & shoulder massage.
This room is for the foot massage.
Exotic snacks in the lounge.
Even the ladies’ room has a very “zen” feel to it!
I was really glad the massage relaxed me enough to sleep as the planes on the Bangkok-Bangalore route weren’t nearly as nice as the ones on the Brisbane-Bangkok route (see previous review).
Who would have thought you would find this gem in the thriving metropolis of Bangkok? Away from the bustle of Sukhumvit & Patpong, this gorgeous eco-friendly lodge offers peace and serenity rather than city hustle and bustle yet it is still easily accessible from the airport and city.
The accommodations are amazing! I’m not sure I would go for a floating mattress (what if you have to get up in the night) but I love the “View with a room” one!
View With A Room
The rates are surprisingly reasonable considering the uniqueness of this place.
The best things in life should be free, that is why the room tariffs at the Bangkok Tree House already include:
- Free delicious ice-cream 24/7
- Free Bicycle Rental to explore the “Green lungs of Bangkok”
- Free WI-FI
- Free cell-phone rental with local Thai number during your entire stay
- All taxes included in room tariffs, so no nasty surprises during check-out
- Complimentary full-service a la carte breakfast
I don’t have any upcoming stays in Thailand unfortunately but I’m keeping the Bangkok Treehouse on my wish list!
HT: Very Good Points