Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Apr 21 2011

Weekend street food on Soi Ari

Published by under Food

Soi Ari, just off the BTS at Ari station, has become somewhat of a Bangkok expat haunt. The streets are bustling but manageable, the buildings are predominantly low-rise and the palpable neighborhood vibe makes a trip to this neighborhood a vacation from the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit or Silom. While there are no sites … read the full post

Apr 04 2011

Ice skating… in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Who doesn’t want to wear sweaters, mittens and scarves when you’ve grown up wearing shorts and flip-flops? Who doesn’t want to re-enact all of that ice skating that appears in every Hollywood film made around Christmas? Who will fill this ice rink in the tropics? Thai teenagers will. They are all over ice skating in … read the full post

Apr 01 2011

Vintage clothes shopping in Bangkok’s Thonburi

Published by under Shopping

On almost any street in Bangkok, there seems to be an endless supply of cheap and trendy clothing stalls. Most of these little shops are variations on the same thing with the latest fashions made in cheap fabrics, always with a surplus of polka-dots and frill. Once you cross the river to Thonburi, this type … read the full post

Mar 28 2011

Getting around Bangkok in a tuk tuk

Published by under Transport

There are two ways to approach tuk tuks in Bangkok: the let’s-have-an-adventure way, and the cold-light-of-day-I’m-a-Thai-grandma way. Both have their time and place. First, the brass tacks. What, exactly, are tuk tuks? They are a cross between a rickshaw and a motorcycle. You can fit three people comfortably. In Bangkok the body is blue and … read the full post

Mar 26 2011

Night out: Taksura

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Taksura (ตักสุรา) is the definition of a baan-baan hangout: homey and comfortable, this bar feels like it’s acceptable to sit around in while wearing your underwear (metaphorically, of course). It’s a great place to sit outside in shorts and flip-flops, drink cold beers and listen to live music while Thai college students flirt, business guys … read the full post

Mar 25 2011

Day trip to Amphawa floating market

Published by under Bangkok excursions

While most visitors to Bangkok get their floating market kicks at the hyper-touristy Damnoen Saduak, Amphawa floating market offers a more authentic option with less classic photo ops. An hour and a half outside of Bangkok in Samut Songkran province, Amphawa is an afternoon market (no early am wake up!) very popular among Thais. There … read the full post

Mar 23 2011

Lunch in Bangkok: Kap khao restaurants

Published by under Food

Almost everyone in Bangkok eats lunch out. Traffic is too bad to get back home, and most people have short breaks, so lunch is for eating with the people. And eat they will — sizzling sausages, khanom jin (curries with fresh rice noodles), green papaya salad, bowls of soup, curries, and fried rice. Getting out … read the full post

Mar 21 2011

Best secondhand bookstore in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

While Thai cities further north seem to have got the memo that travellers flock to used bookshops, Bangkok is still dominated by pricey chain stores in hi-so malls or xeroxed pages on Khao San streets. Dasa, on Sukhumvit, is a rare diamond in the rough and a treat for those of us who like our … read the full post

Mar 17 2011

Getting a Thai SIM card

Published by under Phone & internet

The real benefit of social media is the ability to make friends and loved ones jealous of your toes in the sand from thousands of kilometres away. The first step to making that happen is to get a Thai SIM card and set it up to use the data network. Due to internal government squabbling, … read the full post

Mar 15 2011

How to get from the airport into Bangkok

Published by under Transport

Arriving in Bangkok on a long-haul flight can be disorienting. Here’s a quick run down of the options to get you from Bangkok’s main airport to your bed as fast (or as cheap) as possible. Suvarnabhumi International Airport (pronounced sue-wan-nah-poom) is located about 25km east of Bangkok. The arrivals hall is located on Level 2; … read the full post

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