Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Oct 08 2011

Batton down the levees: Bangkok prepares for floods

Published by under Floods

The stars — and moon — are moving into alignment to bring Bangkok some of the worst flooding in fifty years. October 16 will see a spring tide (a tide that is higher than normal because of the position of the moon) that causes the Chao Phraya river to stop draining towards the sea, while … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Avoiding ATM fees in Thailand

Published by under Money & costs

It’s a nasty surprise that most travellers only find out when they arrive, but bank-owned automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Thailand charge 150 baht per foreign transaction. The fee can add up to quite a hefty burden if you were planning on withdrawing money in small amounts, daily. It might not seem like much, but … read the full post

Sep 30 2011

A quest for bread in Bangkok

Published by under Food

Eatable bread in the land of rice can be a hit or a miss. Well, mostly a miss. I set out on a mission to figure out why bread in Bangkok was just so bad, and if there were any bakeries that fit the exception. My first question went unanswered (I’m thinking it has something … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Thai massage: a primer

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Massage is recognised as an ancient art in Thailand and is one of the traditional medicine practices recognised by the government. Thai massage is basically doing yoga while wearing pyjamas, except you don’t have to actually do anything. So win-win all the way around! Thai massage is based on a concept similar to Chinese massage, … read the full post

Sep 21 2011

What to do on a Bangkok rainy day

Published by under Weather

Rain can be a buzzkill in Bangkok. The city reacts in a level of panic reminiscent of New Yorkers during Hurricane Irene: shut all windows, stock up on essentials like water and ramen noodles, and bail out of work early. But this collapse in infrastructure happens on a daily basis from May to October, taking … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

Chao Phraya pub crawl: Part 2

Published by under Bars & nightlife

If you remember part 1, we ended up on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya at ID Beer Bar on Khlong San Pier. Time for some mild organisation, so get your A to Z. Walk back towards the pier, but turn right and go through the Khlong San market. Snacks, fried noodles, and grilled … read the full post

Sep 05 2011

Chao Phraya pub crawl: Part 1

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Nothing says prudent living like combining drinking and boats. There are several great places along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya for a beer, some gap gleam (food that goes with drinking) and a river view. The five-star hotels clustered around Saphan Taksin offer some lovely (and pricey) watering holes, but a pub crawl requires being out there … read the full post

Aug 31 2011

A half-day at Dusit Park

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

For many Bangkok visitors, Dusit forever remains an unexplored green blob on their city map. If you have some time after hitting the city’s must sees, this royal district adds a distinctly European vibe to Bangkok’s Asian energy. After his visit to Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, King Rama V had Dusit modernised to echo … read the full post

Aug 23 2011

24 hours in Bangkok: Off the beaten track must-sees

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Last week we talked about the three classic Bangkok must-sees, so this week let’s take a wander off the beaten track. Bangkok is one of those cities were many of the most memorable offerings are just below the surface. Amazing restaurants are tucked down back alleys, the best shops are hidden in the depths of … read the full post

Aug 19 2011

24 hours in Bangkok: Must-see spots

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Missing one of the holy trinity of Bangkok sites would be like missing the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eiffel Tower in Paris or… well you understand where I’m going. So if you have only 24 hours in Bangkok, it will be a whirlwind of a day, but here are the three … read the full post

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