Archive for the 'Sightseeing & activities' Category

Jul 25 2011

Outdoor weekend: Wakeboarding in Bangkok

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Nothing says summer time where I come from (the flat, dry farming part of the world) like a Sunday trip to the lake. Waterskiing, grilling, and Sunday afternoon beers are an integral part of the summer social fabric. Lacking a boat, I thought that Sunday afternoons next to the lake were something I’d just have … read the full post

Jul 12 2011

Sunday afternoon muay Thai in Bangkok

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Recently a friend asked if I wanted to go watch Sunday afternoon muay Thai in a TV studio. I had visions of what that might mean, but none of them actually mirrored the words, “Sunday afternoon Muay Thai in a TV studio.” The event in fact proved to be exactly what she had described. Full … read the full post

Jun 20 2011

Cycling in Bangkok

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Finding pleasant ways to be outside in Bangkok is a never-ending quest for me. It is humid, there are crowds, more often than not I have just sludged through an opaque ankle-deep puddle. With the goal of spending the day outside and making my way to new territory I spent a recent Sunday afternoon on … read the full post

Jun 15 2011

Literary high tea at the Mandarin Oriental

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I am a sucker for any experience that will allow me to imagine I am living in a Brontë novel. To my mind, any window to the past is a delight, be it a 19th century read, or old-world architecture and eats. While staying at the Mandarin Oriental will be out of my price range … read the full post

Jun 07 2011

A day outside in Bangkok: Suan Rot Fai

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You know a place is something special when you stumble upon it by accident, realise its awesomeness, and subsequently cancel the rest of the day’s plans in order to stay and enjoy. This is what happened to me at Suan Rot Fai. I really had every intention of making it to the largely talked about … read the full post

May 03 2011

Karaoke! Karaoke! Karaoke in Bangkok!

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For the record, before I moved to Asia I hated karaoke. Hated with a capital H. I grew up on the prairies where karaoke was someone named Lurleen screaming a country song about divorcing a dog into a microphone while everyone drank themselves to heaven. There’s something supremely unsettling about having a bunch of drunk … read the full post

Apr 29 2011

Amulet market near the Grand Palace

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After pretty much just a few hours in Thailand, you will notice that Buddhist amulets are everywhere. People wear them around their necks, hang them from their rearview mirrors, keep them on desks, on tables, at home, at work, and everywhere in between. Carrying an amulet on you is meant to invite good fortune, protect … read the full post

Apr 04 2011

Ice skating… in Bangkok

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Who doesn’t want to wear sweaters, mittens and scarves when you’ve grown up wearing shorts and flip-flops? Who doesn’t want to re-enact all of that ice skating that appears in every Hollywood film made around Christmas? Who will fill this ice rink in the tropics? Thai teenagers will. They are all over ice skating in … read the full post

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