Archive for May, 2011

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 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 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 13 2011

Nth Thailand’s ethnic minorities: Spirits of the Yellow Leaves

Before starting our brief description of this little known ethnic group, a word on their name. Ethnologists usually refer to them as Mabri (or Mlabri), whilst to the Thais they are the Pee Tong Luang people – which roughly translates as ‘spirit of the yellow leaves’ tribe. The Mabri people themselves apparently prefer to drop … read the full post

May 12 2011

Grocery shopping in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

It is not terribly hard to wander through Bangkok and stumble upon a restaurant serving some mangled variation of the non-Thai food of your choice, but at the end of the day there is comfort in knowing where the Western food meccas are when you need them. Villa Market Villa Market, a Western-style supermarket chain … read the full post

May 10 2011

Book club: The real deal with Anna and the King

Published by under Book reviews

In 1951, the West was introduced to a fictional version of Siam (Thailand’s name until 1939) through the mega-success of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. Based on the 1944 Magaret Landon novel Anna and the King of Siam, the story follows Anna, an English teacher from London, as she makes her … read the full post