Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

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

Sep 02 2012

A good Bangkok airport hotel: The Great Residence

Published by under Accommodation

...and the pool.

A new location for the longstanding and popular Queen’s Garden near Suvarnabhumi airport, the Great Residence has the same owners, a similar set-up and many of the same friendly staff, but a new name. (The old Queen’s Garden is, at time of writing, undergoing a makeover.) Their new location is closer to the airport than … read the full post

Aug 30 2012

Bangkok’s Amphawa: What is going on?

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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On its official website, the monstrous Chuchaiburi Sri Amphawa luxury hotel-in-the-making boasts, “Reflecting the community’s values, our hotel cherishes Amphawa’s cultural heritage and aspires to preserve and pass it on for future generations.” It’s a shamefully off-base claim given how this lavish hotel construction project is levelling homes that are more than a century old … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

Cheap places to stay on Bangkok’s Phra Phradaeng

Published by under Accommodation

An 800 baht bungalow at Phuyai Aoy -- settle in and let the time slide by.

A short ferry ride to the pocket of countryside known as Phra Phradaeng (or Khung Bang Kachao) — right across the Chao Phraya River from south Bangkok — and you could be falling asleep to the sound of crickets and frogs rather than karaoke and tuk tuks. While those like luxe should head straight for … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Review: Marshmallow, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 11 is bursting with new high-end bars and restaurants, including Marshmallow, which opened its doors in early 2012. If you have something a little more respectable than flip-flops and harem pants to wear, you might want to venture into Bangkok’s hi-so (that’s high society for the uninitiated) territory. Though there’s no dress … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

AirAsia moving to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport October 1

Published by under Transport

North Bangkok as seen while looping towards Don Muang Airport from the west.

This is old news to many out there, but we felt a one-month reminder was in order: All AirAsia flights from Bangkok — whether domestic or international — will depart from the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok’s northern reaches beginning October 1. Whether it’s due to them being occupied by political demonstrators, flood waters … read the full post

Aug 19 2012

Review: Muslim Restaurant on Charoen Krung Road

Published by under Food

Trendy restaurants with catchy names are in no short supply in Bangkok, but when it comes to food, image is no match for taste. Case in point: Muslim Restaurant (yes, that’s it’s official name) on Bangrak‘s historic Charoen Krung Road has been serving up some of the city’s best Indian-Thai Muslim fare in a classic, … read the full post

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