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 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 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 13 2011

A review of Eating Thai Food

Published by under Book reviews,Food

Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world for street food (I would argue the best, but proof is not actually in the pudding as the pudding quality is unfortunately subjective). There are noodles and rice and fish and pork and, uh that green looking thing and that mushroom that looks like a … read the full post

Jun 10 2011

Bangkok: What to drink

Published by under Food

Just as each country has a famous dish or two so too does each country have its famous beverage — or three. In Bangkok, the celebrity beverages are aimed at helping drinkers to cope with the heat. In between guzzling vats of water, which you should be in this climate, take a chance on Thailand’s … read the full post

Jun 07 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Akha

The Akha are probably Thailand’s most visible ‘hill-tribe’ group and these days you certainly don’t need to go anywhere near northern Thailand to come across them. The sight, and sound, of an Akha woman with a wooden frog will be all too familiar in any of the country’s tourist hot spots, from Phuket to Khao … read the full post