Archive for June, 2011

Jun 29 2011

What do Thailand’s Red Shirts want?

Published by under Elections 2011

Folk around the world are aware that something is brewing in Thailand ahead of this weekend’s elections. They may have heard of the Red Shirts and the Yellow Shirts, though from there on out things likely get a bit hazy. The political situation in Thailand is so nuanced that just being in the country does … read the full post

Jun 28 2011

Sober democracy: Thai elections this weekend

Published by under Elections 2011

The posters are hung, the rallies and protests have begun, and the alcohol restrictions have been posted: IT’S ELECTION TIME IN THAILAND! So exactly how does democracy work in the Kingdom, you might ask? It works the same way it works elsewhere: messily. Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 with a prime minister … read the full post

Jun 27 2011

Bangkok beach getaways: Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang

Published by under Bangkok excursions

For most travellers coming to Thailand, beaches are part of the allure. Scores of incredible islands and beaches wait to be explored all over the region, but a couple of spots not too far from Bangkok are perfect for those looking to get out of town for a few days. Hua Hin One of the oldest … read the full post

Jun 24 2011

Khlong Toei wet market: Wet (market) dreams

Published by under Shopping

Some people, including we at Travelfish.org, love to shop for food. Shiny foreign grocery store packed to the gills with Tetra Pak boxes of wine, bread by the metre, cheese oozing from a counter managed by an angry white-haired French lady? That will take a couple of hours to explore, minimum. Khlong Toei market in … read the full post

Jun 23 2011

Electronics shopping at MBK

Published by under Phone & internet,Shopping

Upon arriving in Bangkok, one of my first orders of business was purchasing a mobile phone. A day or so of asking around resulted in the same advice from multiple sources: buy a phone from MBK, the huge mall located in the Siam Square area. More than slightly overwhelming, MBK is a frenzied mall that seems … read the full post

Jun 22 2011

Art Stalkers: Gallery trawling in Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

Artist Elizabeth Briel is set to host Art Stalkers this Saturday June 25, a walk through some of Bangkok’s best art galleries and spaces. We spoke to her about what she hopes to achieve with the walks, which she plans on holding on the last Saturday of the month — wherever she may be. Travelfish.org: … read the full post

Jun 21 2011

Common snakes of downtown Chiang Mai

Published by under Health & safety

We’ll begin with a warning — not about snakes, as the majority of those are pretty harmless, but about our identification abilities. Not being a qualified herpetologist (we ahem looked that up on Google), it’s often very difficult to identify our wriggly friends who tend to vary considerably in colour and markings from region to … read the full post

Jun 20 2011

Cycling in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Finding pleasant ways to be outside in Bangkok is a never-ending quest for me. It is humid, there are crowds, more often than not I have just sludged through an opaque ankle-deep puddle. With the goal of spending the day outside and making my way to new territory I spent a recent Sunday afternoon on … read the full post

Jun 17 2011

Tax refund for tourists in Thailand: free cash

Published by under Money & costs

It’s not exactly the sexiest of programmes, but Thailand’s Tax Refund for Tourists scheme can add up to a significant chunk of change to take home after your holiday. There is a lot of buy in Bangkok. Electronics rule the roost at Bangkok’s Mah Boon Krong Centre (MBK), but there are deals to be had … read the full post

Jun 15 2011

Literary high tea at the Mandarin Oriental

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

I am a sucker for any experience that will allow me to imagine I am living in a Brontë novel. To my mind, any window to the past is a delight, be it a 19th century read, or old-world architecture and eats. While staying at the Mandarin Oriental will be out of my price range … read the full post

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