Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

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

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

May 24 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Sabai

Published by under Art & culture

Sabai most definitely extends to the animals of Thailand.

We previously explored the deeply layered meanings of mai pen rai and jai yen. Now it’s time for our last Thai phrase that comes in handy in the kingdom but is also not so easy to translate. Perhaps no single word captures the spirit of Thailand better than sabai. Though it’s most often translated as … read the full post

May 10 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Jai yen

Published by under Art & culture

Looking for the pure heart.

We’ve delved into the subtleties of mai pen rai; the next phrase we think every traveller to Thailand should know, jai yen, literally translates as “cool heart“. Good to keep in mind during tense situations, it highlights Thai culture’s emphasis on staying cool and composed. In a deeper sense, jai yen can be a powerful … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Mai pen rai

Published by under Art & culture

"So a train's going through the market, mai pen raaaiiii."

Beyond basics like khop khun (thank you) and horng nahm yuu thee nai (where is the bathroom?), the Thai language draws on a pool of deeply emotional/spiritual words and ideas, many of which are difficult to translate. In the coming weeks, we’ll be spotlighting a handful of phrases that are useful, but will also allow … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Thailand State Railway ends e-ticket sales

Published by under Transport

Bangkok's Hualamphong Station -- tickets still available here.

No one has ever accused the Thailand State Railway of pushing the technological limits of train travel, and it has just taken a big step backwards by axing its online booking service. A message popped up a few days ago on the official website’s e-ticket (E-SRT) page that “The State Railway of Thailand has decided … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

Pla tuu (mackerel fish) in Thailand

Published by under Food

Fresh, gutted bla tuu at Mae Khlong market in Samut Songkhram.

The only mackerel I had ever tried before coming to Thailand was an oily, chewy hunk of raw fish at an inland Japanese restaurant some 5,000 miles from Japan. There’s nothing like a questionable piece of sashimi to turn one off to a particular type of seafood, but this salty fish known as pla tuu … read the full post

Jan 07 2013

Talad Rot Fai, Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

One man's trash...

Bangkok is vast and bursting with things to do, but it can still be a bit tricky finding something off the tourist radar if you’re not familiar with the city. But Talad Rot Fai (the Train Market) ticks all the boxes when it comes to a hip local hangout for those in the know. If … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Bangkok hipster bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Those unfamiliar with Bangkok’s nightlife may assume Bangkok has a monopoly on sleazy bars and not a whole lot else. But those who’ve spent a little more time — demonstrated some dedication, even — on discovering the city’s drinking establishments will know Bangkok has a very fine line in hipster hangouts, too. Often defined by … read the full post

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