Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Dec 11 2012

Bangkok hipster bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Those unfamiliar with Bangkok’s nightlife may assume Bangkok has a monopoly on sleazy bars and not a whole lot else. But those who’ve spent a little more time — demonstrated some dedication, even — on discovering the city’s drinking establishments will know Bangkok has a very fine line in hipster hangouts, too. Often defined by … read the full post

Dec 08 2012

Christmas in Bangkok 2012

Published by under Festivals

Ready or not, Santa will invade Bangkok soon.

Old Saint Nick looked a bit thin last year thanks to the tropical heat (or mistaking chillies for candy canes), but he was still sighted in Bangkok riding in trains, ho-ho-ing beneath highway overpasses and soaring above the skyline in a magic flying-elephant-powered tuk tuk. Here’s where you can catch up with Santa for Christmas … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Street food on Silom Soi 20, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Lunch of champions; note the Christmas tree platter used as a rice dish!

Apart from pad Thai, smoothies and kebabs on Khao San Road, ordering street food in Bangkok can be frustrating if you don’t know the Thai lingo. Menus are usually posted only in Thai and many basic dishes — like som tam and noodle soup — come with a range of options that can leave travellers dumbfounded. … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Photo essay: Loy Krathong, Bangkok

Published by under Festivals

A pair of krathongs float at Lumpini Park.

Streets are being swept, dilapidated krathongs make there way out to sea, and people are recuperating from one of Thailand’s most beautiful festivals. The Big Mango celebrates this holiday like it does most of them — with the cracking of fireworks, the blasting of music and a carnival-like atmosphere along the Chao Phraya river. Here’s … read the full post

Nov 30 2012

Review: Above Eleven, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Above Eleven. It's,er, abover Soi 11.

Rooftop bars are Bangkok’s specialty. But unless you’ve got an awful lot of cash to flash, most people are limited to sipping on one expensive cocktail, taking the obligatory tourist snaps and then heading back down in the lift. But Above Eleven is a little different. While it still offers the excellent views, stylish surrounds … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Warp54 Studio, Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

No cannons left over from the Japanese, but the eyes on some of these portraits could blow a hole right through you.

Historic Charoen Krung Road in Bangrak has long been home to fantastic Asian antique art galleries, but Belgian painter Chrisian Develter and partner Peter Smits contribute a fresh breath of artistic air at Warp54 Studio. Not far from the old Portuguese embassy on Charoen Krung Soi 30, Warp54 occupies an airy teak wood warehouse constructed … read the full post

Nov 27 2012

Swimming Rama (pork with peanut sauce) near Chatuchak

Published by under Food

Coconut curry peanut gravy or whatever it is -- we'll just call it yummy.

Chatuchak market is best known as a sprawling maze of trendy clothes and souvenirs, but some notably good food is also found in its vicinity. Head for nearby Or Tor Kor gourmet market for a taste of high quality fruit, sweets and prepared Thai foods, and while there, don’t miss a Malay/Indonesian cum Chinese cum … read the full post

Nov 25 2012

King’s birthday festivities in Bangkok, December 5

Published by under Festivals

A young King Bhumibol is portrayed comforting one of his subjects.

Doubling as Father’s Day, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (aka Rama IX) on December 5 is one of Thailand’s most important holidays. Although celebrated throughout the kingdom, festivities are centered around Bangkok‘s Ratchadamnoen Road from Democracy Monument to the Grand Palace. Being among the throngs of Thai people as they honour the King is an … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Review: Bar 23, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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“Is it open?” If I had a baht for every time I heard someone ask me that when we pulled up in a taxi to Bangkok’s Bar 23, I’d have enough to kit the bar out with enough toilet paper to last the entire night. Unless you’ve been there before, Bar 23 can be a … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Where to eat vegetarian in Bangkok

Published by under Food

Frying up veggie rice cakes street side in Chinatown.

Thailand is very much a meat-eating country. Grilled chicken and pork-on-a-stick vendors line the streets of big cities and small towns, and a lashing of fish sauce or chicken stock finds its way into otherwise vegetarian dishes like som tam and sauteed morning glory. Before you resolve to surviving entirely off fruit and plain rice throughout … read the full post

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