Archive for April, 2011

Apr 27 2011

Souvenir shopping in central Bangkok

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Bangkok is crawling with markets and malls so it shouldn’t be as hard as it is to find quality souvenirs in this town. Of course, there is always Chatuchak weekend market, but sometimes relentless sweat and a maze of stalls can be frustrating when looking for the perfect gift. During a pre-Christmas panic I stumbled … read the full post

Apr 26 2011

Baan Bai Pluu: Thai vegetarian food at its best

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Real vegetarian food in Bangkok can be hard to find. Lurking behind every plate of Chinese kale or mound of vegetable fried rice are vegetarian-eating’s ninja assassins: fish sauce and oyster sauce (and sometimes, inexplicably in a “vegetarian” dish, fried slices of pork belly), which makes the food at BP Vegetarian all the more of … read the full post

Apr 23 2011

Getting a visa to Burma in Bangkok

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Updated March 15, 2014 with updated 2014 public holidays: Getting a visa for Burma (Myanmar) in Bangkok can seem difficult as there is a lot of conflicting information out there, but the process isn’t quite as hard as some would have you believe. Getting the visa is fairly straightforward, but making sure that you have … read the full post

Apr 21 2011

Weekend street food on Soi Ari

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Soi Ari, just off the BTS at Ari station, has become somewhat of a Bangkok expat haunt. The streets are bustling but manageable, the buildings are predominantly low-rise and the palpable neighborhood vibe makes a trip to this neighborhood a vacation from the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit or Silom. While there are no sites … read the full post

Apr 14 2011

Gay Songkran: Something for the boys

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While it might not completely follow the spirit of Songkran celebration, an extra benefit of everyone getting soaked is many fine, fine gentlemen in tight, wet T-shirts. Don’t act like the thought didn’t cross your mind. Bangkok offers a Gay Songkran (ahem, wet) dream to those that want to get out and get wild. Silom … read the full post

Apr 13 2011

Songkran: Where to go in Bangkok

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Bangkok is amazing during Songkran. As millions migrate back to their hometowns, the Thai capital is freed from its choking coil of traffic and can become downright bucolic. While this temporary desertion can make getting a cab or tuk tuk a bit of a challenge, the buses and trains are still running (time to invest … read the full post

Apr 12 2011

Songkran: Lesser known traditions

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For the past few days we’ve written a lot about what to expect during this infamous Songkran holiday. The water and chalk, the washing of the Buddha, the nationwide merriment. But there are a few lesser publicized traditions that happen over these three days which add  a little context Songkran. So let’s prematurely explain some … read the full post

Apr 11 2011

Songkran: What happens at the wat?

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Brazenly spraying small children with water guns and getting attacked by old people with garden hoses is all fun and games, but what’s really going on here? It’s time to head to the wat for some answers. At the wat, you are going to find tons of people making merit. Making merit is the concept … read the full post

Apr 10 2011

Songkran in Phuket

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With the recent torrential downpours experienced across much of the South of Thailand you’d think the Phuketian Thais would’ve had enough drenching to last a lifetime. Apparently this is not the case… The dangerous Songkran water festival is responsible for upping the road toll once every 12 months as the Thais drunkenly celebrate the start … read the full post

Apr 10 2011

Songkran: What’s with the water and chalk?

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Songkran is the welcoming of the new year, which is celebrated in the last period during which farming is dormant before the rains come. Traditional songkran celebrations focus on the renewal of the earth and the home. Wats, homes and Buddhist statues are cleaned. Often, the statues are removed from their wats and paraded around … read the full post

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