Archive for September, 2011

Sep 30 2011

A quest for bread in Bangkok

Published by under Food

Eatable bread in the land of rice can be a hit or a miss. Well, mostly a miss. I set out on a mission to figure out why bread in Bangkok was just so bad, and if there were any bakeries that fit the exception. My first question went unanswered (I’m thinking it has something … read the full post

Sep 29 2011

Chiang Mai flooding September 29

Published by under Health & safety

There was actually a bit of a festive air down by Chiang Mai’s Ping this morning  — not that the poor folks with homes and businesses along the riverside or in the worse hit suburbs downstream would have been in party moods — but locals and tourists turned out en masse with cameras and videos … read the full post

Sep 28 2011

Chiang Mai 28 September flooding update

Published by under Health & safety

With the recent heavy rains in Chiang Mai itself and the Ping River filling up with run-off further north the river finally carried out its threat to burst it’s banks around 4.00 pm today, (see VDO clip below). Water is now infiltrating into the night bazaar and Chinatown/Worarot area as well as suburbs close to … read the full post

Sep 24 2011

What is a bucket?

You know what a bucket is right? Generally plastic, comes in hues of for instance pink, red, blue, green and purple. Little white handle. Useful for sand. Kids like them right? Wrong. Or, well, not quite. Well sure, that’s a bucket, but it’s not a bucket. At least not a Thai island bucket. Buckets were … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Thai massage: a primer

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Massage is recognised as an ancient art in Thailand and is one of the traditional medicine practices recognised by the government. Thai massage is basically doing yoga while wearing pyjamas, except you don’t have to actually do anything. So win-win all the way around! Thai massage is based on a concept similar to Chinese massage, … read the full post

Sep 21 2011

What to do on a Bangkok rainy day

Published by under Weather

Rain can be a buzzkill in Bangkok. The city reacts in a level of panic reminiscent of New Yorkers during Hurricane Irene: shut all windows, stock up on essentials like water and ramen noodles, and bail out of work early. But this collapse in infrastructure happens on a daily basis from May to October, taking … read the full post

Sep 14 2011

Ko Phi Phi for kids

With its mostly calm waters, long, well-shaded beaches and accommodating places to stay, Ko Phi Phi can be a great destination for travellers with children, though go for accommodation away from Ton Sai village. Accommodation-wise, if you’re in the market for hot-water and air-con, budget for at least 1,500 baht a night. Contact the resorts … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Ko Phi Phi on a budget

A lot of people show up on Phi Phi ready to spend like drunken sailors, and the prices have been rigged accordingly. One way for budget travellers to save money is to simply not go there. But it’s definitely worth seeing, of course, so we’ve come up with some ways to visit without emptying the … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

Chao Phraya pub crawl: Part 2

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you remember part 1, we ended up on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya at ID Beer Bar on Khlong San Pier. Time for some mild organisation, so get your A to Z. Walk back towards the pier, but turn right and go through the Khlong San market. Snacks, fried noodles, and grilled … read the full post

Sep 05 2011

Chao Phraya pub crawl: Part 1

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Nothing says prudent living like combining drinking and boats. There are several great places along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya for a beer, some gap gleam (food that goes with drinking) and a river view. The five-star hotels clustered around Saphan Taksin offer some lovely (and pricey) watering holes, but a pub crawl requires being out there … read the full post

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