Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Jun 20 2011

Cycling in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Finding pleasant ways to be outside in Bangkok is a never-ending quest for me. It is humid, there are crowds, more often than not I have just sludged through an opaque ankle-deep puddle. With the goal of spending the day outside and making my way to new territory I spent a recent Sunday afternoon on … read the full post

Jun 17 2011

Tax refund for tourists in Thailand: free cash

Published by under Money & costs

It’s not exactly the sexiest of programmes, but Thailand’s Tax Refund for Tourists scheme can add up to a significant chunk of change to take home after your holiday. There is a lot of buy in Bangkok. Electronics rule the roost at Bangkok’s Mah Boon Krong Centre (MBK), but there are deals to be had … read the full post

Jun 15 2011

Literary high tea at the Mandarin Oriental

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

I am a sucker for any experience that will allow me to imagine I am living in a Brontë novel. To my mind, any window to the past is a delight, be it a 19th century read, or old-world architecture and eats. While staying at the Mandarin Oriental will be out of my price range … read the full post

Jun 13 2011

A review of Eating Thai Food

Published by under Book reviews,Food

Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world for street food (I would argue the best, but proof is not actually in the pudding as the pudding quality is unfortunately subjective). There are noodles and rice and fish and pork and, uh that green looking thing and that mushroom that looks like a … read the full post

Jun 10 2011

Bangkok: What to drink

Published by under Food

Just as each country has a famous dish or two so too does each country have its famous beverage — or three. In Bangkok, the celebrity beverages are aimed at helping drinkers to cope with the heat. In between guzzling vats of water, which you should be in this climate, take a chance on Thailand’s … read the full post

Jun 09 2011

German beer hall, Thai-style

Published by under Food

Despite the drunken-backpacker Khao San Road cliche, real beer can be hard to find in Bangkok. There are a few places worth checking out, including House of Beers and BeerVault, but brewpubs aren’t common. Enter one of our favourite beginnings to an evening: Tawandang German Brewery. Tawandang is a brewery only as Thailand could imagine … read the full post

Jun 07 2011

A day outside in Bangkok: Suan Rot Fai

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

You know a place is something special when you stumble upon it by accident, realise its awesomeness, and subsequently cancel the rest of the day’s plans in order to stay and enjoy. This is what happened to me at Suan Rot Fai. I really had every intention of making it to the largely talked about … read the full post

Jun 06 2011

Sunday morning dim sum: Hong Min

Published by under Food

Some people wake up on a lazy Sunday and require coffee and newspapers to collect the shattered pieces of their weekend selves. Other people want bottomless bloody marys and eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce to ward off Monday’s coming. I am the person who requires steamed pork buns and shrimp wrapped in lovely wonton wrappers, … read the full post

Jun 02 2011

Getting a Vietnamese visa in Bangkok

Published by under Visas

Ignore all of the touts in Khao San Road and don’t worry about finding a travel agent to process your visa to Vietnam — it’s insanely easy to get by yourself (and cheaper). You will need: two passport photos (available on the way to the embassy), the visa form itself (available here, or at the … read the full post

May 31 2011

Splurging on Bangkok sushi: Part 1

Published by under Food

One of the joys of visiting a big city in Southeast Asia like Bangkok is a splurge now and then on the things  you can’t always find on the rest of the travelling trail. In my case, these splurges are often edible. While Thai food is undeniably divine, it is also great to take advantage … read the full post

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