Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Dec 21 2012

Antique art galleries of Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

A voyage through Asian history -- without leaving modern Bangkok.

Thailand has long been an Asian crossroads where ideas, philosophies and goods have converged and flowed in myriad directions. It’s also home to a rich artistic tradition that has produced distinctive works while embracing fine arts of other cultures. One of the best places in Bangkok to explore this rich and diverse legacy are the … read the full post

Dec 20 2012

Review: Levels, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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You’ll never be short of somewhere to drink on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and it seems the last few months have seen an exponential increase in the number of new bars and clubs opening their doors. Competition is getting stiff, but Levels is proving to be one of the most successful launches. Hop in the lift … read the full post

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 09 2012

Bangkok’s Assumption Cathedral

A few minutes to imagine you're in Rome.

One of a few striking 200-plus year old churches in Bangkok, Assumption Cathedral is the centre of Catholicism in Thailand. The church is nestled in a historic area off Charoen Krung Road near the Chao Phraya River and is worth a visit whether worshipping or just sightseeing. Named after the biblical name for the death … 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 05 2012

Bangkok’s Wat Yannawa

This piece is titled "Charming / Frightening".

The glittering rooftop spires of Wat Yannawa are difficult to miss when approaching Saphan Taksin BTS station or Sathorn express boat pier along the Chao Phraya river. Like Wat Kalayanamit further north, Wat Yannawa receives few foreign visitors despite it being historic, ornate and easily accessible. With its elaborate hall of relics and unique wiharn … 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

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