Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Jan 12 2012

How to eat street food: Thai coffee

Published by under Food

Our How to Eat series explores popular street food in Thailand and explains the how-and-what of ordering. Ready, set, EAT. The sun rises high and hot in Bangkok; monks pad up and down the streets begging for alms, motorcycle taxis cruise alleys for fares, soi dogs sniff at offerings left roadside, and coiffed bank tellers, … read the full post

Jan 10 2012

Drinks on the river: Viva & Aviv

Published by under Food

Sometimes we long for the discomfort of travel – overnight train rides squashed next to a family of 10 in Kuala Lumpur, holes in the ground as toilets in Ban Lung, food so fresh off the street a piece of the vendor’s hair is tangled into the noodles (well, maybe not that last bit). But … read the full post

Jan 09 2012

Bowling in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

The bowling alley that I grew up going to was dark and cheap and rank: dented lanes, wheezing ball machines, worn furniture, and the smell of warm beer and cigarettes. The alley was inhabited by my middle class neighbours: secretaries, builders, teachers blowing off steam, chain-smoking cougars on the prowl, college kids lured in by … read the full post

Jan 05 2012

How to get out of Bangkok by train

Published by under Transport

Headed off to Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north or the beaches down south (or to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, or Singapore)? Want to explore Isaan by motorbike or strike out east into Cambodia? Who’s your best friend for all these long sojourns? The train. Taking the train is how lots of Thais travel; you’ll notice that … read the full post

Jan 03 2012

Duty-free at Bangkok airport

Published by under Shopping

Stuck in an airport, even one that feels like outer space, can be a claustrophobic experience, verging on the traumatic. If you have some serious time to kill before you’re heading home, or you’re in Suvarnabhumi Airport on a layover, you can peruse through the duty-free section for “authentic” Thai souvenirs; just because you didn’t … read the full post

Dec 30 2011

Dancing Matt comes to Thailand

If you’ve spent much time on the internet over the past decade, chances are, at some stage, you will have sat though one of the “Dancing Matt” videos on Youtube. American Matt Harding put together a short video of himself and his distinctive dance in a number of countries around the world in 2003 and … read the full post

Dec 27 2011

Khao San Road vegetarian eats

Published by under Food

Amid the many pork soup stalls in Bangkok proper, real vegetarian food takes some serious scouting. But on Khao San Road, you don’t have to venture far to find some, for what Khao San Road lacks in authentic Thai culture, it makes up for in budget hotels and delicious vegetarian eats. The infamous road may … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

Bangkok Noi market

Published by under Food

If you’ve come to Thailand for the food (and let’s be honest: if you haven’t, you’ve made a mistake,) visits to local markets are key. Bangkok’s markets are varied — some gigantic, some tiny — but all are a cacophony of striving for the best food at the best price. Participation in this ritual is … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

Bangkok: Dinner and a movie

Published by under Art & culture

Movie theatres in Bangkok run the gamut from shining, multiple screen palaces of movie consumption to ageing-yet-still-grand examples of mid-sixties architecture. Dinner and a movie are among the most affordable of Bangkok entertainment, especially with all of the great street food available in the City of Angels. So where to eat and what to see? … read the full post

Dec 16 2011

Christmas in Bangkok: All the sparkly things

Published by under Festivals

Christmas might not seem to have a home in the land of palm trees and sunshine, but if you are spending the holidays in Bangkok don’t despair — there’s plenty of holiday spirit to go around! Thailand might not have a religious tradition that justifies a Christmas celebration, but Thai retailers have gone the extra … read the full post

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