Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Nov 06 2013

Thailand reinstates 30-day overland visa-free entries for select nationalities

Published by under Visas

Stamp me baby!

Thanks to Travelfish member altmtl for the heads up on this and Thai Visa has the verified scoop on the latest change in Thailand’s seemingly ever changing tourist visa regulations — at least this time it is good news! As of November 1, 2013 travellers holding UK, US, Japanese, German, French, Canadian and Italian passports … read the full post

Oct 29 2013

Loy Krathong festival not cancelled in Thailand

Published by under Festivals

There's no stopping krathongs.

The Bangkok Post caused quite a stir on October 28 when it reported that the popular Loy Krathong festival would be “delayed” due to the passing of Thailand’s 100-year-old Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, last Thursday. The report apparently stemmed from a Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) statement, though our October 29 inquiry … read the full post

Oct 09 2013

Parks and other green spaces in Bangkok: Part II

Just another perfect Benjakiti day.

We’ve spotlighted the city’s smaller slices of green; now it’s onto the big boys. All of these parks offer long strolls on wide expanses of grass, several boast extensive activities and some have a few unexpected attractions. These are the spots where millions of city-dwellers and travellers go for recreation and respite from the concrete chaos. … read the full post

Oct 04 2013

Lotus-throwing Festival (Rab Bua) in Bang Phli

Published by under Festivals

Wishes that didn't quite make it.

What do you get when you place a sacred Buddha image on a boat, add a million lotus flowers, lots of food, a little alcohol, endless other colourful boats and thousands of onlookers who frantically throw flowers from the side of a canal? It’s the Lotus Throwing Festival, or Rab Bua, held annually on Awk … read the full post

Oct 02 2013

Parks and other green spaces in Bangkok: Part I

Saranrom: it's easy to see why the nobles hung out here.

With more than a dozen parks and other public green spaces strategically dotted around Bangkok, a pleasant place to play, picnic and exercise is never far away. Part one of our wrap on the city’s parks focuses on the smaller options. In a giant metropolis, small can be refreshing. Benchasiri The best known of Bangkok’s … read the full post

Sep 23 2013

Mon food at Ko Kret market, Nonthaburi

Published by under Food

Over the centuries, many Mon people have assimilated into Thai society, but isolated pockets of traditional Mon language, art and food persist. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Ko Kret, a four square-kilometre island that sits within the Chao Phraya river just north of Bangkok. In this refreshing enclave of countryside, fabulous Mon food can be … read the full post

Sep 15 2013

No trains to Chiang Mai from Sept. 16 to Nov. 1, 2013

Published by under Transport

The trains could use an upgrade too.

Following 13 train derailments so far this year, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is closing some 250 kilometres of track in northern Thailand to perform necessary upgrades. Though this a wise (and overdue) decision, it means that anyone trying to reach Chiang Mai by rail will actually do so partly by an SRT-provided bus … read the full post

Sep 09 2013

Sunsets — and the weather — in Bangkok

Published by under Weather

Again looking southwest towards the 'burbs -- sun showers.

Sundown in Bangkok is a frenzied time. Taxis and buses struggle through clogged streets; the sky train and subway are overrun. Food vendors come out in force as the sun sinks over the Chao Phraya River, out of sight for most. These shots capture just some of the many different moods that Bangkok assumes as … read the full post

Sep 07 2013

Review: Methavalai Sorndaeng Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Wing bean salad -- we couldn't resist a bite before a picture.

Since 1957, Methavalai Sorndaeng Restaurant has served a broad mix of traditional Thai food in a classic fine dining setting. The atmosphere might be too stuffy for some, but it’s tough to argue with the authentic and reasonably priced food. A direct view over Democracy Monument isn’t too shabby either. Stepping into the restaurant’s spacious, … read the full post

Aug 26 2013

Anothai: Bangkok’s best vegetarian restaurant?

Published by under Food

Pak-wan perfection.

Fifteen year-old Anothai Restaurant stands at the pinnacle of Bangkok’s vegetarian food scene. Named after its Cordon-Bleu schooled chef, it offers a mix of tasty Thai vegetarian dishes with flourishes of Japanese and Italian to go with a great bakery, huge tea selection and soothing atmosphere. Set in an out-of-the-way east Bangkok locale, Anothai is … read the full post

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