Archive for August, 2011

Aug 31 2011

A half-day at Dusit Park

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

For many Bangkok visitors, Dusit forever remains an unexplored green blob on their city map. If you have some time after hitting the city’s must sees, this royal district adds a distinctly European vibe to Bangkok’s Asian energy. After his visit to Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, King Rama V had Dusit modernised to echo … read the full post

Aug 31 2011

Chiang Mai: Consulates and visas

Published by under Visas

Due to Chiang Mai’s location and its role as the kingdom’s second city visitors often expect more substantial consular presences in Chiang Mai than there actually are. Yes, it’s close to Burma and Laos, for example, but neither have consulates here. And while it’s nowhere near it, Austria has a consulate — but, say, Switzerland … read the full post

Aug 30 2011

Visiting Bangkok on a budget

Published by under Money & costs

Enjoying Bangkok on a budget is very possible, and my favourite part? There’s no need to sacrifice comfort or delicious meals. Compared to Southeast Asian cities like Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok is a bargain. However, if your point of reference is the rest of Thailand, or neighbouring countries, Bangkok starts to look a little steep. Taking a few … read the full post

Aug 26 2011

Hostels in Bangkok

Published by under Accommodation

In the past couple of years, Bangkok has seen a bit of an explosion of hostels dotted around the metropolis. Not conforming to the dreary northern European sports-hall style of shared accommodation, these new hostels feature interesting design elements, internet connectivity, lounges and a bit of luxury. Some might ask why one would pay two-thirds … read the full post

Aug 23 2011

24 hours in Bangkok: Off the beaten track must-sees

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Last week we talked about the three classic Bangkok must-sees, so this week let’s take a wander off the beaten track. Bangkok is one of those cities were many of the most memorable offerings are just below the surface. Amazing restaurants are tucked down back alleys, the best shops are hidden in the depths of … read the full post

Aug 22 2011

Renting a car in Bangkok

Published by under Transport

There’s nothing quite as freeing as a road trip with good music on the stereo, snacks as far as the eye can see, and friends along for the ride. There are plenty of beautiful places close enough to Bangkok — empty stretches of beach along the seaside, national parks, hot springs, and waterfalls up in … read the full post

Aug 20 2011

Chiang Rai’s Sob Ruak

Published by under Chiang Rai

The Thai government and Tourism Authority of Thailand have very successfully converted their part of this once wild region into a highly profitable tourism hot spot. It’s now firmly up there with floating markets, historic cities and Krabi beaches on visitors’ must-sees and where once opium flowed out of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to … read the full post

Aug 19 2011

24 hours in Bangkok: Must-see spots

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Missing one of the holy trinity of Bangkok sites would be like missing the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eiffel Tower in Paris or… well you understand where I’m going. So if you have only 24 hours in Bangkok, it will be a whirlwind of a day, but here are the three … read the full post

Aug 18 2011

Airport hotels in Bangkok

Published by under Accommodation

Punishingly early departures or late arrivals are common for long-haul travellers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Where to lay your head close to the departure and arrivals hall? These three properties, one on airport property and two off, offer clean, comfortable places to stay. Super budget places aren’t easy to find near the airport, but … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

Trendy clothing at Chatuchak

Published by under Shopping

I really do believe that the best tactic for taking on the always intimidating Chatuchak Weekend Market is to break it down by category. If you have the luxury of making multiple visits to the market then this category approach is easy-peasy. If you are doing the market all in one day, it still is … read the full post

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