Starbucks Thailand 24 Hr. – Montien

So, the branch that I’m going to tell you is actually the one that I pass by quite often. However, I’ve just noticed not long ago that it opens 24 hours.

Starbucks – Montien

And… the branch that I’m talking about today is the Montien branch. This branch locates at the Montien Mall, in front of Montien Hotel Bangkok. This hotel is on the Surawongse road, NOT the Rama 3 road Montien Riverside Hotel. Please make sure you don’t go to the wrong place!!

Travelling

Montien Hotel locates on the Surawongse Road. You can get there either from Surawongse road or Rama 4 road.

If you’re using public transport, Saladang BTS station is pretty near. From there you can walk through the soi Pat Pong to the Surawongse road. Also the MRT Sam Yarn is not too far. From there, you can walk on the Rama 4 road.

If you’re driving, you could get to the hotel from either Surawongse rd. or Rama 4 rd. as mentioned. This hotel has a pretty large parking building, so finding parking lot is not really hard. However, the parking building is quite dark in my opinion. Also the way inside and the parking lot are both quite narrow.

Driving larger car like Honda Stream proves to be quite a challenge.

Parking fee here is 50 baht per hour. However, you can ask for a stamp at any store in the hotel including this Starbucks coffee. This stamp worth 3 hours of parking.

In the store

This store is approximately 70-80 square meters. Most table are high ones, so you can happily work in the store. There’s a large bar table with 12 seats, more than 10 of high table that you can work at, and the shorter tables that you might want to sit at when discussing something.

Because this store is close to the tourism (Soi Pat Pong), office space (Saladang), and education institution (Sam Yarn), there are tourists, office workers, and students at the store almost all the time.

This store is moderately large with a lot of table, but there are a lot of customers almost all the time. It might be difficult to get a table/seat. Also if you drive here and decided to leave without buying, you have to pay for enter fee for 50 baht.

The temperature at this store can be freezing. It’s a good idea to bring your jacket.

Facility around the store

This area, as you might already know, is quite lively. There’s even a pub at the opposite side of the store, if I’m not mistaken.

In the mall, there are a Japanese Restaurant, another cafe’ which opens to late hour (haven’t tried this one), and Burger King which also opens 24 hrs. You won’t be starving as long as your pocket don’t let you be.

Also it’s not really difficult to find a convenient store or two around. Just make sure you remember the way to get back.

One problem is about toilet. This toilet belongs to the mall, and it closed at 24.00 along with the mall as well. So if you need to use one after that hour, good luck finding one. Also this toilet will cost you 5 baht per use. Make sure to prepare some coin before hand, as using large bill can upset the keeper!

Starbucks Thailand 24 hr. – Amarin Plaza

Introduction: Recently I’ve been to Starbucks Coffee almost everyday. I usually go to the 24 hours store as I can stay up very late. I also put up some photo on Facebook to tell my friends what store I go to. Some of my friends told me that I should write some review of these stores.

And that’s how this series originated.

One thing to keep in mind, I usually go to these store during 10PM-2AM. This series of article only cover that period of time. I could not talk about other periods of time as I usually don’t go to the store at that time.

Starbucks – Amarin Plaza

Let’s begin with the Amarin Plaza branch. This store is located at the first floor of Amarin Plaza, close to the main road. This branch is listed as operating in 6.30-22.00, which is not up-to date. At the store, there are signs saying that this is 24 hours store.

The customer support system of Starbucks Thailand is not operating very well currently. The mobile app even crashes when you’re checking the store information.

Travelling

Amarin Plaza building is located at Rajaprasong intersection, opposite to the Gaysorn Plaza building, near Central World plaza and Police Hopital.

The easiest way to get to the store is to take BTS skytrain to the Chid Lom station. Then after 200m of walk on the skybridge, facing Siam Square, the building will be on the left. At this point you should be able to see the store.

However, if you’re driving, you can use the parking lot of the building. This parking lot can be entered through the Rama 1 road entrance or the Rajadamri entrance. Upon entering the parking lot, you’ll be receiving a parking card. Take this card to the store and ask for a stamp, then you will get 3 hours of parking for free. After that, it is 30 baht per hour. This rate is pretty cheap for one of the most expensive area of Thailand.

Also, the parking lot availability at night is pretty good. I never have to drive to higher than the first floor. Of course this does not apply to other time slots.

In the store

This branch, as per my sight estimation, is around 30-40 sqrt. meters. There are around 20-30 tables (two seats each) inside. Personally I think this store is aiming for tourists and people using fitness inside the building (which is also open 24hr), therefore most of the tables here are pretty short. It will be very awkward to work in these tables. The other tables that are adequate enough to work are usually occupied. If you’re planing to do some remote work in the store, be prepare that you might get a good table.

In the other hand, it’s good enough for discussions and meetings. I’ve never seen this store fully occupied (at night, of course).

The temperature in the store are on the warmer side, so you might want to order iced or blended (frappucino) drinks rather than hot drinks. Anyway, temperature do vary from visits to visit. I’d say I’ve never seen this store getting shivering cold. You don’t have to bring your jacket out.

At this store, there’s no ‘Starbucks Reserve’ drink nor ‘Nitro Cold Brew’. Only normal Starbucks menu are available.

Facility around the store.

There are rest rooms/toilets in the building. In fact, a lot of them. Although it’s pretty old (as is the build), they are quite clean. I’d never know how it is in the ladies though.

Beside the store, there is a branch of McDonald which also opens 24hr. This branch is pretty standard in my opinion.

Also in the building, there is a 7-eleven convenient store, which is again 24 hours.

ZipPicView UWP 2019.01

It’s been a while since the last update. Well, I’ve found an issue yesterday while printing image, so I just fix that bug and publis it.

However, more importantly, I’ve also changed the version scheming to year.month with this release.

One of the pain points I have with this program is versioning. I can’t figure it out whether it should be major, minor, point releases, etc. So later last year I’ve decided to make it simpler. I don’t release multiple version of the software anyway, and I don’t even have branching with this project. Making multiple version seems silly to me.

The version scheme is then changed as mentioned above, because I’m pretty sure that I won’t have too many version in one month. However I can still add another running number after that version scheme if I really have to release more version.

Apart from that, here’s the bug fixes.

  1. When printing image, the image should have filled the printing area entirely. However in some circumstance it doesn’t do so.
  2. If the directory/zip file contains corrupted files or unrecognized files, the program will crash.

Regarding the 2), I think there are still problem that needs to solve. I’ll be working on that later.

So, please wait for the update. It should be arriving to your Windows device within a few days. For anyone that doesn’t have it yet, please feel free to check it out at Microsoft Store.