Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Apr 16 2013

Review: Cafe Velodome, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Get on yer bike

It’s always lovely to find a good, friendly independent coffee shop after you’ve been trudging around in the heat of Bangkok. Whether you’ve been exploring the Grand Palace or Sanam Luang, Cafe Velodome offers just such respite in the form of a lovely air-conditioned space with park views, delicious cake and a lengthy coffee menu. … read the full post

Mar 01 2013

Bangkok immigration office

Published by under Practicalities

A few years ago the Bangkok immigration office moved to a gargantuan modern building off Chaeng Watthana Road, not far from Don Muang airport in the city’s northern reaches. Although the old office off Sathorn Road was far more convenient, the new one gets points for modern facilities and spaciousness. Here’s a wrap on what … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Mai pen rai

Published by under Art & culture

"So a train's going through the market, mai pen raaaiiii."

Beyond basics like khop khun (thank you) and horng nahm yuu thee nai (where is the bathroom?), the Thai language draws on a pool of deeply emotional/spiritual words and ideas, many of which are difficult to translate. In the coming weeks, we’ll be spotlighting a handful of phrases that are useful, but will also allow … read the full post

Feb 24 2013

Review: Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

It's best to come famished.

We’ve passed Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant near Haroon Mosque on Charoen Krung Soi 36 several times, and as nearby Muslim Restaurant has long been a favourite of ours, we thought we’d see how Home Cuisine compares. While far from elegant, the restaurant aims for a classier ambiance than what you’ll find at no-frills Muslim Restaurant. … read the full post

Feb 21 2013

Arawy Restaurant: great vegetarian Thai near Khao San Road

Published by under Food

We’ve enjoyed plenty of great vegetarian food in Bangkok, but one spot that slipped under our radar was Arawy Restaurant near Democracy Monument and a 10-minute walk from the epicentre of Bangkok’s backpacker scene, Khao San Road. If you’re in the mood for cheap, authentic and delicious Thai vegan food (ahaan jay) in a no … read the full post

Feb 16 2013

Farm Buu Nim: A food adventure near Chanthaburi

Published by under Food

But this was what we really came for.

One of the first things I noticed after arriving at Farm Buu Nim was an enormous domesticated boar quietly tied to a post near the restaurant’s bamboo floored kitchen. Sloppily dressed servers stepped over a yipping dog, concentrating to keep their massive platters of boiled crab from tipping. It reminded me of a scene from a 19th … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Review: Spot On, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Beachside in Bangkok

There’s nothing nicer than sinking your feet into deep sand, feeling the breeze ruffle your hair and sipping on a fruity cocktail. Well, that’s the thinking behind Spot On, a newcomer on the buzzing Thong Lo nightlife scene, anyway. The beach-themed bar attempts to recreate the laidback vibe of seaside sundowners in the heart of … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Wat Kampaeng: An ancient, intimate temple in Thonburi

The original ubosot at Wat Kampaeng.

Bangkok is home to hundreds of temples. Some, like Wat Pho, are major tourist attractions while others, such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Pak Nam, are huge monasteries that double as Buddhist universities or meditation centres. Most are small and don’t draw many tourists, but that doesn’t always mean they’re unexceptional. Located along a canal … read the full post

Jan 28 2013

Haggling in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

I'll give you 20 baht for it

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love to haggle and those who would rather be ripped off and saved the embarrassment of a little playful banter. For those who would rather not be taken for a ride on their trip to Bangkok, you’ll be pleased to know haggling is expected … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

Thailand State Railway ends e-ticket sales

Published by under Transport

Bangkok's Hualamphong Station -- tickets still available here.

No one has ever accused the Thailand State Railway of pushing the technological limits of train travel, and it has just taken a big step backwards by axing its online booking service. A message popped up a few days ago on the official website’s e-ticket (E-SRT) page that “The State Railway of Thailand has decided … read the full post

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