Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Sep 23 2011

Fabric shopping in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Visiting friends and family members often have very similar queries when they land in Bangkok. “What are Bangkok must-sees?” Here are a few. “What is some food I’ve just gotta try?” How about these. And, “where do you suggest I buy fabric?” I have a few thoughts on that as well. Thai silk has become … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Thai massage: a primer

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Massage is recognised as an ancient art in Thailand and is one of the traditional medicine practices recognised by the government. Thai massage is basically doing yoga while wearing pyjamas, except you don’t have to actually do anything. So win-win all the way around! Thai massage is based on a concept similar to Chinese massage, … read the full post

Sep 21 2011

What to do on a Bangkok rainy day

Published by under Weather

Rain can be a buzzkill in Bangkok. The city reacts in a level of panic reminiscent of New Yorkers during Hurricane Irene: shut all windows, stock up on essentials like water and ramen noodles, and bail out of work early. But this collapse in infrastructure happens on a daily basis from May to October, taking … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

Bangkok late night eats: Yaowarat Road

Published by under Food

In a city known for its night time indulgences, great late night street eats are a must. There are always a few noodle soup carts, grillers of pork sate, or the flames of a fried noodle wok clustered around popular clubs and bars — but it’s more hangover cure/dancing fuel than culinary delight. But what … read the full post

Sep 19 2011

Avoiding Bangkok scams

Published by under Health & safety

Bangkok scams are rampant. A while back we featured a story on scams throughout Thailand, but after living in The Big Mango I do think these city streets deserve some special attention. Now you might fancy yourself a savvy traveller but let me just say that these scammers are skilled. In fact, let’s start off … read the full post

Sep 16 2011

Thai-style vegetarian food: Deva does it right

Published by under Food

Vegetarian food in Bangkok usually falls into two categories: vaguely Mediterranean-style (roasted vegetables and couscous) or aahaan je, Chinese-style Buddhist cuisine heavy on seitan and tofu [for an excellent je option, see previous post -- and we've also covered a few other veggie options here]. Well-prepared, both styles stand ready to prove that even meat … read the full post

Sep 15 2011

Healthy and (mostly) vegetarian eats in Bangkok

Published by under Food

Meat pops up when you least expect it in Bangkok. You’ll place an order for vegetarian spring rolls, assured by the bold print on the menu, the waiter, and the manager that they are, indeed, vegetarian. The rolls arrive, looking crispy and inviting. You bite down eagerly and … what’s that you feel? You pause … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

Or Tor Kor market: Bangkok’s gourmet market

Published by under Food,Shopping

Wet markets in Thailand are easy to come across — gigantic Khlong Toei simmers in the south of Bangkok near the river and Hwai Kwang bubbles and brews in Ratchada — but orderly Or Tor Kor is a real treat in the north. Or Tor Kor (actually pronounced Aw Taw Kaw, every syllable rhyming with … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Low-key bars on Sukhumvit

Published by under Bars & nightlife

It’s no secret that Bangkok can be overwhelming, and when the sun goes down a city that in daylight hours feels humid and bustling is suddenly also crammed with party goers and neon lights. Clubs and X-rated delights seem to be the touristic claims to fame, but if you are anything like me you are … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

Chao Phraya pub crawl: Part 2

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you remember part 1, we ended up on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya at ID Beer Bar on Khlong San Pier. Time for some mild organisation, so get your A to Z. Walk back towards the pier, but turn right and go through the Khlong San market. Snacks, fried noodles, and grilled … read the full post

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