Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Jul 06 2011

How to catch a khlong boat in Bangkok

Published by under Transport

Snaking throughout Bangkok are the remnants of its pre-road days: the canals. Bangkok has a huge network of them, most of which are no longer used for transportation. The canals used to be Bangkok’s preferred mode of transportation. Before pavement, the tropical rains would transform footpaths into swamps, and any draft animal and cart would … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

Free European Union film festival in Bangkok

Published by under Events

You’ve snared your election poster I hope and now it’s time to shift from politics back to the arts … I must admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by the movie offerings in Bangkok. Yes, the mainstream cinemas mostly feature mega-blockbusters and Thai films of the horror variety, but a steady rotation of film … read the full post

Jul 02 2011

Thai political signs of the Thai political times

Published by under Elections 2011

Tonight Thailand is girding its loins for tomorrow’s election. The ballots are printed, the posters stand at every intersection, and starting in a few hours, Thais (as well as your resident foreign correspondent) will be barred from buying alcohol or sharing their political opinions on Twitter or Facebook. This month of campaigning has been fascinating … read the full post

Jul 01 2011

What do Thailand’s Yellow Shirts want?

Published by under Elections 2011

In the last post we discussed what the Red Shirts want, so now we must turn to the other side of the long-running political conflict in Thailand: what do the Yellow Shirts want? Like the Red Shirts, the Yellow Shirts are not a political party but rather a political movement and an umbrella grouping for … read the full post

Jun 29 2011

What do Thailand’s Red Shirts want?

Published by under Elections 2011

Folk around the world are aware that something is brewing in Thailand ahead of this weekend’s elections. They may have heard of the Red Shirts and the Yellow Shirts, though from there on out things likely get a bit hazy. The political situation in Thailand is so nuanced that just being in the country does … read the full post

Jun 28 2011

Sober democracy: Thai elections this weekend

Published by under Elections 2011

The posters are hung, the rallies and protests have begun, and the alcohol restrictions have been posted: IT’S ELECTION TIME IN THAILAND! So exactly how does democracy work in the Kingdom, you might ask? It works the same way it works elsewhere: messily. Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 with a prime minister … read the full post

Jun 27 2011

Bangkok beach getaways: Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang

Published by under Bangkok excursions

For most travellers coming to Thailand, beaches are part of the allure. Scores of incredible islands and beaches wait to be explored all over the region, but a couple of spots not too far from Bangkok are perfect for those looking to get out of town for a few days. Hua Hin One of the oldest … read the full post

Jun 24 2011

Khlong Toei wet market: Wet (market) dreams

Published by under Shopping

Some people, including we at Travelfish.org, love to shop for food. Shiny foreign grocery store packed to the gills with Tetra Pak boxes of wine, bread by the metre, cheese oozing from a counter managed by an angry white-haired French lady? That will take a couple of hours to explore, minimum. Khlong Toei market in … read the full post

Jun 23 2011

Electronics shopping at MBK

Published by under Phone & internet,Shopping

Upon arriving in Bangkok, one of my first orders of business was purchasing a mobile phone. A day or so of asking around resulted in the same advice from multiple sources: buy a phone from MBK, the huge mall located in the Siam Square area. More than slightly overwhelming, MBK is a frenzied mall that seems … read the full post

Jun 22 2011

Art Stalkers: Gallery trawling in Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

Artist Elizabeth Briel is set to host Art Stalkers this Saturday June 25, a walk through some of Bangkok’s best art galleries and spaces. We spoke to her about what she hopes to achieve with the walks, which she plans on holding on the last Saturday of the month — wherever she may be. Travelfish.org: … read the full post

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