Archive for January, 2012

Jan 31 2012

What to do on a lazy Bangkok weekend

Oh, glorious weekends. They can never come soon enough, but when they do, we can be paralysed by the choices of things to do in Bangkok; lying prone in your hotel room, watching Thai soaps with the AC on full blast, is always a tempting option. But you’re in the city of angels, damn it!  … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Chiang Mai’s “Chinatown”

Published by under Sights & activities

“Forget it, Jake — it’s Chinatown!” is a classic line from a classic movie, but a Chinatown in LA, London or Sydney is going to stand out far more than a Chinatown in Bangkok or Chiang Mai will ever do. Chiang Mai’s so-called Chinatown is the Worarot market and commercial district though apart from a … read the full post

Jan 30 2012

Vegetarian Thai Food Guide

Published by under Book reviews,Food

Thailand is something of a meat-laden obstacle course for vegetarians and vegans — vegetable dishes are flavoured with meat, vats of pork broth bring meaty savouriness to otherwise vegetarian noodles, and everything is salted with a lashing of fish sauce. You’ve got to know your enemy to defeat it. Here in the kingdom “vegetarian eating” … read the full post

Jan 27 2012

Getting from Suvarnabhumi airport into Bangkok: Part II

Published by under Transport

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport might be a sprawling mess, but you’ll have to navigate it at some point in your travels — here’s the second part of our guide on how to travel into Bangkok once you’ve cleared immigration. Check out part I for info on trains and cabs into the city. Bus and public … read the full post

Jan 27 2012

Thai spirit houses and spirit trees

Published by under Sights & activities

One of the first things travellers to Thailand may notice about their surrounds are the colourful and ornate spirit houses resembling miniature temples that are strategically positioned outside every home, business, school and in public areas. Other than making great photo opportunities for tourists, what is behind these impressive little structures? Spirits abound everywhere in … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

Should I start my Thailand trip in Bangkok or Chiang Mai?

Published by under Practicalities

First, tourism surged in Thailand in the 1960s, due to faster planes, a rise in the standard of living, a simulacrum of political stability, and Nam soldiers needing some R & R. Second, the fundamental question still being asked today arose: should I begin my journey through Thailand in Bangkok or Chiang Mai? After an … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Getting from Suvarnabhumi airport into Bangkok: Part I

Published by under Transport

Suvarnabhumi Airport is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary; love it or hate it, it’s one of Southeast Asia’s largest hubs. Suvarnabhumi serves around 100 different airlines and almost 45 million passengers a year, all of whom are ready to get the airport behind them and onto the beaches or mountains they came for. Suvarnabhumi is around … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Best of Ko Samui’s Bang Rak

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Bang Rak is located on the northern coast of Ko Samui, with Bophut to its west and Plai Laem to its east. The beach area of Bang Rak is also referred to as Big Buddha beach, because of the huge golden statue at the eastern end of the beach, just before Plai Laem. The beach … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Bangkok versus Chiang Mai

The two cities that are arguably the most popular for travellers in Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, clearly have a lot to offer. How do they compare, in a nutshell? (Yes, we know we’re succumbing to some cliches here, but it’s part of the fun…) The food Chiang Mai: Signature khao soi; Isaan papaya salad, … read the full post

Jan 20 2012

Buying cheap clothes in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Thailand is known for its lush silks and elaborate textiles, but in Bangkok proper, cheap and trendy clothing abounds. As we can see from Bangkok’s haunted mall and airport terminal, shopping is a bit of cultural obsession, one that is highly contagious. You can’t avoid shopping in Bangkok even if you try: opportunities for snapping … read the full post

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