Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Jul 24 2012

Getting a Thai visa in Savannakhet, Laos

Published by under Visas

Who said visa runs weren't fun?

Set along an expansive and picturesque stretch of the Mekong River in southern Laos, the ultra laidback border town of Savannakhet is a great place to pick up a Thai visa. The Thai consulate here is far quieter and more relaxed than the embassy in Vientiane, and spending a couple of days lounging riverside while … read the full post

Jul 16 2012

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River

Just another bridge.

You won’t have to be in Bangkok long before you discover the significance of the Chao Phraya River. A short saunter along its banks will reveal boats packed with tourists, ferries stuffed with commuters on their way to the office, stunning architecture, riverside bars, fishermen after their next haul and – if you’re lucky – … read the full post

Jul 03 2012

How Thai restaurants in touristy areas get it wrong

Published by under Food

I'm not asking for this, but at least a curry with some kick.

When it comes to Thai food, I like the real deal. Give me fiery som tam buu pla raa, nam prik bla tuu (pounded chilli paste with mackerel), or gaeng som (hot and pungent yellow curry). Particularly in touristy areas of Thailand, however, I find myself frustrated by Thai restaurants that flat out won’t believe … read the full post

Jun 21 2012

Durian: King of Thai fruits

Published by under Food

See why helmets are advisable when walking under durian trees?

Picture a village inhabited by all the different types of Thai fruit. A group of exuberant young grapes and rambutans goof off as pretty lychees and strawberries giggle. A cheerful rose apple works in the garden as well-dressed pineapples gossip with ripe papayas about the carefree oranges, mangoes and coconuts mixing it up on the … read the full post

May 20 2012

Northeastern Thai spicy salads

Published by under Food

No shortage of colour in the art of Isaan salads.

Thai people from different parts of the country don’t always agree on everything, but one area that without question pervades all of Thailand is a love for the spicy, salty, sour and sweet flavours of Isaan-style salads. As a bit of a disclaimer, while these salads are on the whole considered northeastern Thai (Isaan) cuisine, … read the full post

Apr 25 2012

Fabulous buffets in Bangkok

Published by under Food

If you followed our street food adventure series, you’ll know that the best way to experience Thai food is by getting down-and-dirty on the congested Bangkok streets. As a general rule, the cheaper the food, the better the taste; the more limited the menu, the fresher the food. But then there is the other extreme: … read the full post

Feb 24 2012

Bangkok food for your soul

Published by under Food

It’s with a heavy heart that I admit I’m leaving Bangkok; life is pulling in other directions. People wonder why I love living here — it’s hot, chaotic, sometimes heart-breakingly cruel, but I’ve never been happier, or better fed. For me, being well fed apparently makes anything bearable. I respect a culture that in the … read the full post

Jan 30 2012

Vegetarian Thai Food Guide

Published by under Book reviews,Food

Thailand is something of a meat-laden obstacle course for vegetarians and vegans — vegetable dishes are flavoured with meat, vats of pork broth bring meaty savouriness to otherwise vegetarian noodles, and everything is salted with a lashing of fish sauce. You’ve got to know your enemy to defeat it. Here in the kingdom “vegetarian eating” … read the full post

Jan 26 2012

Should I start my Thailand trip in Bangkok or Chiang Mai?

Published by under Practicalities

First, tourism surged in Thailand in the 1960s, due to faster planes, a rise in the standard of living, a simulacrum of political stability, and Nam soldiers needing some R & R. Second, the fundamental question still being asked today arose: should I begin my journey through Thailand in Bangkok or Chiang Mai? After an … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Getting from Suvarnabhumi airport into Bangkok: Part I

Published by under Transport

Suvarnabhumi Airport is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary; love it or hate it, it’s one of Southeast Asia’s largest hubs. Suvarnabhumi serves around 100 different airlines and almost 45 million passengers a year, all of whom are ready to get the airport behind them and onto the beaches or mountains they came for. Suvarnabhumi is around … read the full post

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