Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Aug 18 2012

Can you fly from Bangkok to Ko Tao? Almost.

Published by under Transport

f coming from Chumphon, grab a seat on the right side of the plane for an ocean view.

Tired of buses? Looking for a flying adventure? Although not for the faint of heart, Solar Air offers the Bangkok to Chumphon route, which is the closest you’ll come to flying from the Thai capital to Ko Tao. Their 12-seater planes make for an exciting way to get from city to beach in a flash. … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Review: Suk 11 Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Chicken in pandan leaves -- out of the wrapper and into the sauce.

Known as an earthy-crunchy backpacker institution off touristy Sukhumvit Road Soi 11 in Bangkok, Suk 11 Hostel also happens to boast an outstanding Thai restaurant. The extensive menu looks pricey at first glance, but Suk 11′s relaxed yet classy atmosphere, large portions, and delicious food make it worth a stop if passing through, or even … read the full post

Aug 13 2012

Bangkok’s Erawan shrine

If you light some incense, be careful not to burn other people.

If all one saw of Bangkok was the glitzy Siam Square shopping district along Rama I Road, they might pass the city off as a place of gaudy shopping malls and materialistic locals who have little interest in spirituality. Yet this maze of malls is still part of Bangkok, and the spiritual undercurrents that pervade … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

Thonburi’s Phran Nok wet market

Published by under Food

This school of fish likes to stick together.

Smaller and more cramped, but more eclectic than nearby Bangkok Noi market, Thonburi’s Phran Nok wet market is worth a trip if you’re serious about exploring Thai food ingredients in a very local atmosphere. Be warned that a visit to Phran Nok may induce weeping (from the chilli flakes in the air), holding the nose … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Cheap Charlie’s, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A bar for lovers

It’s late. You’ve been pounding the streets of Bangkok all day and you need a drink or six. You turn out your pockets and find a measly 500 baht. Never fear; this is Bangkok. Cheap drinks can be had. If you’re looking for a little more atmosphere than chugging bottles of Chang outside 7-eleven will … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Tuk tuks in Thailand

Published by under Transport

Classic blue and yellow Bangkok tuk tuks.

The unofficial symbols of Thailand, nimble three-wheeled motorised transport machines known as tuk tuks may be found clamouring through the streets of most Thai cities. Looked upon as novelties by many foreign visitors but as useful options for transporting people and supplies by locals, tuk tuks are as popular today as ever in Thailand. The … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Review: Bug & Bee Cafe, Silom

Published by under Food

A portrait of the cafe's founders?

Bug & Bee Cafe on Silom Road offers standard Thai dishes, Italian and Japanese inspired vegetarian fare, French-style crepes with a Thai twist, and a host of fusion dishes that aren’t afraid to test the limits of cuisine-blending experimentation. Add a host of baked goods and extensive coffee, bubble tea and smoothie menus, and Bug … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Bangkok’s VW bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Cheap and cheerful

VW bars are converted vans with staff operating the cocktail shakers from inside the Volkswagen. Decorated with neon fairy lights, disco balls and impressive sound systems blaring out the latest pop hits, they’re a noticeable addition to Bangkok party street Sukhumvit 11. Bangkok is a city where you can just as easily find high-end drinking … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Khao niaow bing and other Thai sticky rice goodies

Published by under Food

Diving into a mouth-watering khanom pat jang.

Walk through just about any authentic food market in Thailand and you’ll notice vendors selling plump portions of something hidden under hearty dark banana or bamboo leaf wrappers. Sometimes (as I once found out unwittingly) these leaves contain grilled fish or fish curry cakes, but more often than not a sweet or savoury sticky rice … read the full post

Jul 24 2012

Getting a Thai visa in Savannakhet, Laos

Published by under Visas

Who said visa runs weren't fun?

Set along an expansive and picturesque stretch of the Mekong River in southern Laos, the ultra laidback border town of Savannakhet is a great place to pick up a Thai visa. The Thai consulate here is far quieter and more relaxed than the embassy in Vientiane, and spending a couple of days lounging riverside while … read the full post

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