Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Oct 17 2012

Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Festivals

Vegan noodles from a Chinatown vendor who typically sells meat.

As Asian countries go, Thailand is not an easy one in which to be a vegetarian or vegan. Yet for nine days each year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (typically late September/October), a large portion of the country’s population eat exclusively vegan foods in observation of the Chinese cleansing festival known … read the full post

Oct 15 2012

Review: Sky Train Jazz Club, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A more gritty cityscape than your average rooftop bar

Are you a little bit hipster? Do you want to show off to your friends that you know somewhere to drink in Bangkok that’s off the beaten track? Can’t afford a 300 baht cocktail but fancy a bit of al fresco drinking? Then Sky Train Jazz Club is for you. Contrary to its name, Sky … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Review: The Nest, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Hole yourself up in this comfortable high rise bar

Typically, the purpose of a rooftop bar is to experience the cool breeze of the heady heights of the 66th (or another ridiculously high) floor and enjoy incredible cityscapes. Bangkok’s Nest, the rooftop lounge at Le Fenix Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, doesn’t really offer much fresh breeze, nor views. Okay, so there is definitely … read the full post

Oct 02 2012

Is it cheaper to book hotels and guesthouses in Thailand with Agoda?

Published by under Money & costs

That saved $100 gave us an extra two days on the beach. :)

Over the past couple of weeks I stayed at eight hotels and guesthouses on Phuket in Thailand — at Nai Yang and Surin beaches in the north and Phuket Town to the south. For seven of the eight, I booked at least one night through Agoda with an average night costing 838 baht net. Did … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Photos of Bangkok’s Asiatique

Published by under Shopping

Welcome to Asiatique

We’ve written before on Bangkok‘s riverside Asiatique shopping extravaganza, but on a recent visit to the city we had the opportunity to spend a late afternoon and evening wandering the alleys, sampling the snackies and soaking up the Chao Phraya scenery. All in all, it’s a bit of a gentrified Chatuchak market. The laneways are … read the full post

Sep 19 2012

Noodle shops of Khlong Bang Luang artist village

Published by under Food

Not your average pad Thai.

One of Bangkok’s best kept secrets, Khlong Bang Luang artist village on the Thonburi (west) side of the Chao Phraya inspires visitors with a relaxed, artsy canal-side atmosphere and daily shadow puppet shows. Yet the leafy alleyways surrounding the artist house are half of the draw, and a few of the neighbourhood’s fantastic noodle shops … read the full post

Sep 14 2012

Thailand flood update 2012

Published by under Floods

Rather than this kind of nahm.

Isolated parts of Sukhothai are flooded four days after waters from the Yom River seeped through the city’s levees; however the water is receding, and local guesthouse operators told us Friday that most of the remaining water is in the vicinity of the day market and Wat Sathani east of the river. During an official … read the full post

Sep 13 2012

Flying unicycle chicken at Ka-tron Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Congratulations! Well done! Now we will eat you.

Deeply concentrating, a unicyclist fits into his helmet as a crowd of kids gather round. A bell rings. A flame is lit atop a massive catapult. A whole fried chicken flies through the air as diners gasp in suspense. It’s just another dinner shift at Ka-tron Restaurant in Bangkok‘s southern reaches, which proves that if … read the full post

Sep 11 2012

Bangkok’s Amphawa houses: safe for now?

Published by under Art & culture

They're still there.

As of September 11, the remaining century-old houses in Bangkok’s historic Amphawa that were slated to be levelled on August 31 remain untouched, and virtually all construction at the site has been stalled. According to the Bangkok Post, jewellery tycoon turned hotelier Chuchai Chairittelert shed tears while admitting his large-scale project was wrong during a … read the full post

Sep 05 2012

Sukhumvit Soi 11

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A tube full of the beautiful people.

There can’t be many cities in the world that boast entire streets dedicated to entertainment, but Bangkok – being a notorious party town – has several, including backpacker haven Khao San Road, Soi Cowboy and Patpong, which are geared towards sex tourists, and Royal City Avenue, which is packed full of clubs. Single-street nights out … read the full post

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