Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

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 11 2012

Bangkok daytrip: Pak Nam market and Phra Samut chedi

Fishy friends.

Wedged between Bangkok and the mouth of the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakan province, the small but colourful city of Pak Nam is home to one of Thailand’s largest fresh seafood markets. Combine that with a boat ride to the historic Phra Samut chedi across the river and it’s an enjoyable half-day excursion that … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Where to eat vegetarian in Bangkok

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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

Nov 07 2012

Bangkok’s Erawan Museum

Like being thrown into a giant kaleidoscope.

My jaw dropped when I first laid eyes on the 250 ton, three-headed copper elephant that stands 44 metres tall south of Bangkok, but at that point I thought it was just a very big statue. It wasn’t until later that I learned how this massive elephant houses a melange of colour, texture, history, spirituality … read the full post

Nov 06 2012

The Pool, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Themed bars can be very hit and miss but, nevertheless, Bangkok loves them. Sometimes the theme is strong, such as the blacksmith workshop-cum-bar, Iron Fairies. Other times the theme is a bit more unfathomable. The Pool is one such bar. As the name suggests, The Pool looks a little bit like a swimming pool. It’s … read the full post

Nov 02 2012

Bangkok’s two Little Indias

Published by under Art & culture

A few of Shakti's friends.

In Thailand, cultural influences from India run deep. Thai kings are referred to as “Rama” after the main character in the Indian epic, Ramayana, and Thai religion is a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism, both of which came from India. Early influences like these are now indistinguishable from greater Thai culture, but two distinct Indian … read the full post

Oct 28 2012

A boat trip at Tha Kha floating market

Things move a bit more slowly in these parts.

Tropical flowers reach over our tiny wooden row boat, tickling my shoulders and filling the air with fragrance as we pass. Curious children and dogs peer at us from the porches of stilted homes that hover over the water. A farmer, his boat brimming with fresh-picked pineapples, flashes a smile before making small talk with … read the full post

Oct 26 2012

Review: Double Dogs Tea Room, Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Tea room table-scape.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a must for the culturally inclined Asian-food-loving traveller (or those who just love to shop), but it’s also crowded, sticky, cramped, and most of all, exhausting. Double Dogs Tea Room is an oasis amid the chaos of Yaowarat Road well worth seeking out. A stroll down Yaowarat, the backbone of Chinatown, takes … read the full post

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