Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Jan 31 2012

What to do on a lazy Bangkok weekend

Oh, glorious weekends. They can never come soon enough, but when they do, we can be paralysed by the choices of things to do in Bangkok; lying prone in your hotel room, watching Thai soaps with the AC on full blast, is always a tempting option. But you’re in the city of angels, damn it!  … read the full post

Jan 24 2012

Bangkok versus Chiang Mai

The two cities that are arguably the most popular for travellers in Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, clearly have a lot to offer. How do they compare, in a nutshell? (Yes, we know we’re succumbing to some cliches here, but it’s part of the fun…) The food Chiang Mai: Signature khao soi; Isaan papaya salad, … read the full post

Jan 09 2012

Bowling in Bangkok

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The bowling alley that I grew up going to was dark and cheap and rank: dented lanes, wheezing ball machines, worn furniture, and the smell of warm beer and cigarettes. The alley was inhabited by my middle class neighbours: secretaries, builders, teachers blowing off steam, chain-smoking cougars on the prowl, college kids lured in by … read the full post

Dec 30 2011

Dancing Matt comes to Thailand

If you’ve spent much time on the internet over the past decade, chances are, at some stage, you will have sat though one of the “Dancing Matt” videos on Youtube. American Matt Harding put together a short video of himself and his distinctive dance in a number of countries around the world in 2003 and … read the full post

Sep 23 2011

Thai massage: a primer

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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

Aug 31 2011

A half-day at Dusit Park

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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

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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

Aug 09 2011

Alms bowls at Bangkok’s Baan Bat

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As a traveller I find myself on a neverending quest for something “real”, something that doesn’t involve being hoarded around by a leader holding an umbrella or scrambled in a sea of other lost tourists.  If that seems to be your M.O. as well, then a visit to Baan Bat will surely not disappoint. Tucked … read the full post

Aug 01 2011

Bangkok’s prettiest wat: Wat Rachabophit

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I must confess, I was tempted not to post on Wat Rachabophit and just keep all of its under-the-radar splendour to myself, but mother always said that “sharing is caring”. On a recent research pilgrimage for Travelfish.org I spent some quality time sampling dozens of Bangkok’s illustrious wats. Of course I was impressed by the … read the full post

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