Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

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

Jan 16 2013

Pla tuu (mackerel fish) in Thailand

Published by under Food

Fresh, gutted bla tuu at Mae Khlong market in Samut Songkhram.

The only mackerel I had ever tried before coming to Thailand was an oily, chewy hunk of raw fish at an inland Japanese restaurant some 5,000 miles from Japan. There’s nothing like a questionable piece of sashimi to turn one off to a particular type of seafood, but this salty fish known as pla tuu … read the full post

Jan 10 2013

Bangkok’s Ancient Siam

A monk strolls through one of Ancient Siam's many passages.

Known as Muang Boran in Thai, Ancient Siam is an open-air museum south of Bangkok that features replicas of Thailand’s most important historical sites along with sculpture gardens and mini-museums. Though the replicas are a far cry from originals both in scope and craftsmanship, Ancient Siam earns points for its relaxing atmosphere, impressive scale, creative … read the full post

Jan 07 2013

Talad Rot Fai, Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

One man's trash...

Bangkok is vast and bursting with things to do, but it can still be a bit tricky finding something off the tourist radar if you’re not familiar with the city. But Talad Rot Fai (the Train Market) ticks all the boxes when it comes to a hip local hangout for those in the know. If … read the full post

Jan 06 2013

Nuttaporn Ice Cream: Bangkok’s best?

Published by under Food

Mouth-watering...

Nuttaporn Ice Cream in Banglamphu is yet more proof that trendy promotion and shiny shopping malls are no match for an extraordinary product served from a weathered old shophouse. We’ve previously covered several spots in Bangkok to sample a more new-age mix of frozen goodies, but when it comes to old-fashioned, Thai-style ice cream, no … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

The “what meter?” Bangkok airport taxi scam

Published by under Transport

Don't get "taken for a ride"!

Generally speaking, Bangkok’s brightly coloured taxis are abundant, cheap and reliable, but we’ve heard one too many stories from travellers who were “taken for a ride” from Suvarnabhumi airport in more way than one. Here’s how a common taxi scam plays out, and how to avoid it. After passing immigration and collecting bags, travellers emerge … read the full post

Dec 31 2012

Review: Pala Pizza Romana, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Two slices of Margherita.

We spotlighted a few of Bangkok’s best pizza joints back in October 2011, but that was before Pala Pizza Romana hit the scene just over a year ago. This casual, easy-to-reach restaurant brims with red, white and green goodness and has since become our go-to spot when an Italian craving needs quenching. While Bella Napoli … read the full post

Dec 30 2012

Saranrom Royal Garden, Bangkok

"That's right, I cyled all day in the hot sun, what a work out..."

Despite being tucked right behind Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, Saranrom Royal Garden (aka Saranrom Park) is one of Bangkok’s most overlooked green spaces. This distinguished patch of trees, ponds, flowers and gazebos once hosted Thai royal gatherings. Now a public park, Saranrom is a pleasant and convenient spot for a morning stroll, a … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

New Year’s Eve in Bangkok

Published by under Events

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Bangkok is surely the most hedonistic of all cities in Southeast Asia, so you can be certain they’ll throw a great party to ring in 2013. Most of the biggest clubs have begun to unveil their New Year plans, with a general theme of “lots of DJs and drink promotions” to entice in the punters. … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

Dream Keeper coffee & art studio, Thonburi

Published by under Art & culture

Let me just finish park my horse out front before I order.

I’m always amazed at the surprises Bangkok pulls out of its hat when I least expect it. For instance, who would have thought that a unique Thai artist influenced by Native American art would have tucked a funky gallery/cafe on a sidestreet behind the major tourist attraction of Wat Arun? A recent stroll proved this … read the full post

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