Archive for July, 2011

Jul 29 2011

WiFi on Khao San Road

Published by under Phone & internet

It’s easy to find a bucket filled with booze on Khao San Road; in fact, it’s hard not to find one. But where to go if you need a fast (and free) WiFi connection, some coffee, and some quiet? No matter if you have some pressing Facebook work to do, need to write some of … read the full post

Jul 28 2011

Thailand books: Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Published by under Book reviews

I love reading about a place that I am travelling through, and all-the-better if the book makes me squirm with horrible recognition: This is how we count the days. June: the Germans come to the islands — football cleats, big T-shirts, thick tongues — speaking like spitting. July: the Italians, the French, the British, the … read the full post

Jul 22 2011

Bangkok museums for Bangkok history lovers

Published by under Art & culture

After hearing many gripes about how devoid Bangkok is of culture, I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of thorough and user-friendly museums in this town. Dig a little beneath the surface and you’ll find a  selection of cultural picks, from modern galleries to niche novelty stops. Among the riches are several Bangkok-focused history … read the full post

Jul 20 2011

Fancy movies in Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

When passing through this megapolis, people often seem to be in search of the typical Bangkok experience. While sites like Wat Phra Kaew and shopping at Chatuchak Market jump to mind, if you’re looking to do Bangkok like a hi-so local, then a VIP movie-viewing at Siam Paragon cannot be missed. For 850 baht, quite … read the full post

Jul 13 2011

How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Published by under Transport

One of the most common Thailand double-headers seems to be a stop in Bangkok and a visit to Chiang Mai. If you are heading to the north, you’ll run into the question of how best to make the journey from the capital. The roughly 600 km trip is pretty painless no matter how you break … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

Free European Union film festival in Bangkok

Published by under Events

You’ve snared your election poster I hope and now it’s time to shift from politics back to the arts … I must admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by the movie offerings in Bangkok. Yes, the mainstream cinemas mostly feature mega-blockbusters and Thai films of the horror variety, but a steady rotation of film … read the full post

Jul 02 2011

Thai political signs of the Thai political times

Published by under Elections 2011

Tonight Thailand is girding its loins for tomorrow’s election. The ballots are printed, the posters stand at every intersection, and starting in a few hours, Thais (as well as your resident foreign correspondent) will be barred from buying alcohol or sharing their political opinions on Twitter or Facebook. This month of campaigning has been fascinating … read the full post

Jul 01 2011

What do Thailand’s Yellow Shirts want?

Published by under Elections 2011

In the last post we discussed what the Red Shirts want, so now we must turn to the other side of the long-running political conflict in Thailand: what do the Yellow Shirts want? Like the Red Shirts, the Yellow Shirts are not a political party but rather a political movement and an umbrella grouping for … read the full post