Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Jun 08 2013

Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

The southerly view -- I can see my house!

With a gaudy gold dome atop a behemoth white chunk of steel and concrete, we’ve always found the Lebua State Tower to be an eyesore in the Bangkok skyline. At 247 metres — the third tallest in Thailand — there’s no doubt it’s an imposing structure. On the 64th floor rooftop, the Sky Bar bills … read the full post

Jun 06 2013

Review: Sor Roong Roj Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

I haven't seen that much crab since Chanthaburi.

Located right next to century-old Nang Loeng market in Bangkok’s historic district, Sor Roong Roj has been dishing out fantastic Hokkien-Chinese fare, with a Thai touch, since 1963. After a few stares from Thai diners surprised to see foreigners, we were welcomed by a straightforward but friendly middle aged gentleman who speaks good English. He … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

Review: Hello Guest House, Bangkok

Published by under Accommodation

Where's the barber shop quartet?

A five-minute walk from Khao San Road, Hello Guest House bills itself as an “all new Thai boutique”. Both “new” and “boutique” are laughably false, but Hello is worth keeping in mind if you’re in the market for a decent dorm bed or cheap private room that’s well kitted out. Upon entering the bright lobby/cafe … read the full post

May 31 2013

Bangkok’s Nang Loeng old market

Published by under Food

Momma always said: life is like a box of ... khong wan?

Historic neighbourhood, heritage site, spirit shrine, wet market, prepared foods plaza and confectionery all at once, Nang Loeng market is one of a kind. It’s been around since 1900, making it one of Bangkok’s oldest markets, and probably doesn’t feel too different today than it did at the turn of the century. Both the market … read the full post

May 28 2013

Thip Samai: Bangkok’s best pad Thai?

Published by under Food

It sure does look superb.

Known locally as Pad Thai Phratu Phi after the ‘ghost gate’ neighbourhood where it’s located, Thip Samai has had 50 years to perfect the recipes and techniques for its signature pad Thai, often cited as the best in Bangkok. It may be the city’s most famous place to try the best known Thai dish in … read the full post

May 27 2013

Eating in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Stirring up a pad thai storm.

Bangkok is deservedly famous for its food, but I’ve got a particularly soft spot for the Chinatown district, where the main road Yaowarat is a veritable food extravaganza that just goes off… every night. So I set up a date with a Thai former colleague Kip (who lives to eat) and we took a quick … read the full post

May 26 2013

Lam Phaya floating market, Nakhon Pathom

Published by under Bangkok excursions

Nothing to say but "Yum"!

Though Bangkok is home to some 8 million people, the urban sprawl is replaced by picturesque countryside within a 45-minute drive of the city centre. Nestled along the Tha Jeen river in Nakhon Pathom province, the Lam Phaya weekend floating market is a meeting point for the abundant food that comes from this area and the … 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 15 2013

Thailand’s Wat Bang Phra tattoo temple

Published by under Art & culture

A master tattoo monk in concentration.

Ever since Buddhism arrived in Thailand, it has mingled with a complex, pre-existing tapestry of Hinduism, spirit worship, superstition and black magic. One aspect of these traditions is sak yant, or magical tattoos believed to grant health, protection, power, wealth and luck to those who receive them. The most famous place to get a sak yant tattoo … read the full post

May 11 2013

Review: Kuppa Coffee House, Bangkok

Published by under Food

There's your cuppa.

Do you enjoy really good coffee? A robust cup of northern Thai Arabica is readily available all over Bangkok, but sometimes a taste of Guatemala, Kenya or Brazil is in order. Located off Sukhumvit Road, Kuppa is a high-end coffee shop and restaurant that offers an array of house-roasted gourmet beans from several continents. Throw … read the full post

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