Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Mar 07 2012

Getting to Ko Kret from Bangkok

Published by under Transport

For an easy day trip out of the city with a dose of culture, head to Ko Kret; just don’t expect the white sandy beaches of Ko Phi Phi or Ko Samui. A rustic island on the Chao Praya River, Ko Kret is home to a community of Mon people and is famed for its … read the full post

Feb 24 2012

Bangkok food for your soul

Published by under Food

It’s with a heavy heart that I admit I’m leaving Bangkok; life is pulling in other directions. People wonder why I love living here — it’s hot, chaotic, sometimes heart-breakingly cruel, but I’ve never been happier, or better fed. For me, being well fed apparently makes anything bearable. I respect a culture that in the … read the full post

Feb 16 2012

Bangkok street food adventures: Rangnam Road, Part 1

Published by under Food

Food, glorious food! Bangkok’s Rangnam neighbourhood is tucked between Phaholyothin and Ratchaprarop roads, close to the Victory Monument traffic circle (a major connection point for Bangkok‘s buses and public van services, as well as the BTS). It’s a neighbourhood that holds several hospitals, colleges and a lot of businesses, which mean only one thing to us: … read the full post

Feb 15 2012

A detox day in Bangkok

Published by under Food,Health & safety

Bangkok is for gluttons. There are practically as many food stalls as people. And with the reliable public transportation and cheap motorbikes, you can keep your heart beating at a leisurely low rate. If you need a day to get yourself back on a healthy track, here are some suggestions. 06:00: Though Bangkok may feel … read the full post

Feb 13 2012

Exploring Bangkok by commuter train

Published by under Transport

Feeling bored in Bangkok? Have you dried up like a coconut husk from a lack of excitement? It’s time for a day of random travel, Bangkok style. Random travel is simply that: motion for the sake of moving. The details of a culture are definitely written in the way that daily life is lived — … read the full post

Feb 09 2012

Vintage clothes shopping in northern Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

As someone who grew up with a father who would dumpster dive for kitchen tiles, and a mother who would drag home tattered couches from the street curbs, I was taught early about the natural high of stumbling across a ‘find’. You know, the shopping euphoria that washes over you when you find the most … read the full post

Feb 07 2012

Bangkok hospital recommendations

Published by under Health & safety

It’s not what you normally want to think about on holiday, but sometimes you just need to see the doctor. Dengue fever, infected wounds, and motorcycle muffler burns seem to be unintended souvenirs for some in the kingdom. Luckily, Bangkok is an oasis of world-class medical care. Expatriates in the region normally choose Bangkok, Hong … read the full post

Feb 06 2012

Jim Thompson’s House

Jim Thompson was a designer, a silk magnate, a Thailophile, and, incidentally, a spy for the West. The history of his undercover involvement in the OSS and the personal politics of his later years are both fascinating and widely misrepresented. But at the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, you will hear about none of this. … read the full post

Feb 02 2012

Learning Thai in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” – Rita Mae Brown Learning Thai is the best way to understand Thailand — the very essence of Thai relationships is expressed in the way language is used. The influence of the central Thai … read the full post

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

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