Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Oct 08 2011

Batton down the levees: Bangkok prepares for floods

Published by under Floods

The stars — and moon — are moving into alignment to bring Bangkok some of the worst flooding in fifty years. October 16 will see a spring tide (a tide that is higher than normal because of the position of the moon) that causes the Chao Phraya river to stop draining towards the sea, while … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Avoiding ATM fees in Thailand

Published by under Money & costs

It’s a nasty surprise that most travellers only find out when they arrive, but bank-owned automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Thailand charge 150 baht per foreign transaction. The fee can add up to quite a hefty burden if you were planning on withdrawing money in small amounts, daily. It might not seem like much, but … read the full post

Oct 05 2011

Real pizza in Bangkok

Published by under Food

A few days ago, my friend from the States asked me, “Does Bangkok have coconuts?” At first, I thought he was making a subtle innuendo. “That’s my deal breaker,” he explained. If there were no coconuts in his city of residence, he would consider relocation. I thought about his question for myself, and came up … read the full post

Oct 04 2011

Bangkok for beginners

Published by under Practicalities

Whenever I get to a new city, I immediately realise there are about 10 million mysterious things going on. Confusion escalates as I suddenly remember I never looked up how to get around town or whether or not I could drink the tap water. To avoid that type of confusion when you roll into Bangkok, … read the full post

Oct 03 2011

Exploring Thai sweets at Bangkok’s Old Siam

Published by under Food

Thai food gets a lot of props overseas — it’s almost ubiquitous now in North America, Europe and Australasia, but what doesn’t get much play are Thai desserts. Thai desserts are not always immediately recognisable as dessert — strangely wobbling gelled cubes, green “noodles” floating in a bowl of white liquid, bright orange strips, threads, … read the full post

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

Getting an Indian visa in Bangkok

Published by under Visas

Update July 12, 2013: The old Visa Services Centre in the Glas Haus building on Sukhumvit 25 is now closed, and the related website (www.ivac-th.com) is now obsolete. This post is up-to-date with the latest on the new India Visa Centre in Bangkok and related info. If we’ve missed something, please let us know in … read the full post

Sep 27 2011

Adhere the 13th: Bangkok’s best blues bar?

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Sometimes discovery happens the hard way, requiring a lifetime of slogging through a city, measuring and weighing and comparing to see if you’ve found the one true thing you have been after. And sometimes it happens the easy way. Possibly when you are just the tiniest bit tipsy after drinking beers and complaining about live … 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

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