Archive for May, 2011

May 31 2011

Splurging on Bangkok sushi: Part 1

Published by under Food

One of the joys of visiting a big city in Southeast Asia like Bangkok is a splurge now and then on the things  you can’t always find on the rest of the travelling trail. In my case, these splurges are often edible. While Thai food is undeniably divine, it is also great to take advantage … read the full post

May 30 2011

Bangkok day trip: Mahachai

Published by under Bangkok excursions

Sometimes you need to get out of Bangkok for a minute, to some place that is a bit quieter, and preferably cooler. Mahachai is a port town about 45 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. It squats on a bend of the Chao Phraya river as it heads out into the Gulf of Thailand, divided up into … read the full post

May 27 2011

Bangkok street food: som tam

Published by under Food

Some may say that pad Thai takes the international title of Thailand’s premiere dish, but if you’re surveying at the local level many would likely insist that  som tam should take the prize. Som tam, otherwise known as papaya salad and best eaten with a side of sticky rice, can be found on most Thai … read the full post

May 25 2011

The lazy truth of Bangkok’s delivery meals

Published by under Food

You know those days when leaving the house for any reason feels tragically impossible? Maybe the day’s low temperature is 41 or it’s been pouring since lunchtime and you’ve just set your perm. In comes the too-good-to-be-true reality of delivery in Bangkok. Many of the tastiest restaurants in the city do have delivery service with … read the full post

May 24 2011

The yetis of Northern Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

Any self-respecting country laying claim to ‘wilderness areas’ has to have them! Reports of large ape-like creatures emanate from remote mountain and forest areas of every continent bar Antarctica: the Sasquatch or Bigfoot of Canada and the United States, the yetis of Siberia, yowies of Australia and abominable snowmen of Tibet — and Southeast Asia, … read the full post

May 23 2011

Bangkok street food: Heaven in a soup bowl

Published by under Food

Enter: Hat Man. He’s a man who used to wear a hat and serve the best noodle soup (gwuay tiow naam) I’ve ever had. Hat Man used to set up in the alley behind the apartment I was temporarily renting to see if it was possible for me to learn any Thai at all before … read the full post

May 20 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Lisu

One of Northern Thailand’s most distinctive and colourful ‘hill-tribes’ and one of the ethnic groups you’re most likely to come across in that part of the kingdom are the Lisu, or Lisaw in Thai. They inhabit a wide swathe of the mountainous northwest and are most populous in Mae Hong Song province, but also well … read the full post

May 19 2011

Ladyboy cabaret at Calypso

Published by under Bars & nightlife

I believe it’s  safe to say that Bangkok comes with a bit of a reputation. You tell someone you live in Bangkok and their immediate follow-up questions involve ping pong shows, ladyboys and the red light district. The truth of the matter is these after-dark attractions do not factor into my daily life here — … read the full post

May 17 2011

Dinner in Bangkok: BK Magazine’s Top Tables Guide worth its salt?

Published by under Food

Where, exactly, should we find dinner? Well, everywhere in Bangkok — street carts, shophouse restaurants, tables set out underneath an expressway flyover – the strangest locations can yield some amazing flavours. But what about that just-right Italian place? Or a wine bar? Or fancy Chinese food? Travelfish.org loves to drink a bottle of beer under … read the full post

May 16 2011

Exploring the art galleries at Chatuchak Market

Published by under Art & culture

Navigating the shopping maze of Chatuchak Weekend Market can be an entirely overwhelming experience. Without any purpose or sense of direction your big shopping extravaganza can quickly devolve into doing anything possible to find your way out. While it may not seem it at first glance, the market is broken down into highly thematic sections … read the full post

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