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

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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 14 2011

Ko Phi Phi for kids

With its mostly calm waters, long, well-shaded beaches and accommodating places to stay, Ko Phi Phi can be a great destination for travellers with children, though go for accommodation away from Ton Sai village. Accommodation-wise, if you’re in the market for hot-water and air-con, budget for at least 1,500 baht a night. Contact the resorts … read the full post

Sep 12 2011

Ko Phi Phi on a budget

A lot of people show up on Phi Phi ready to spend like drunken sailors, and the prices have been rigged accordingly. One way for budget travellers to save money is to simply not go there. But it’s definitely worth seeing, of course, so we’ve come up with some ways to visit without emptying the … 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

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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

Sep 02 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Palaung

The Palaung are not to be confused with the similar sounding Padaung, or the famous “long-neck” Karen whose status in Thailand is that of refugees from Burma. Many of the Paduang have been settled in rather dubious “tourist villages” in certain parts of Northern Thailand where “partnerships” between Thai businesspeople and villagers mean fees are … 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

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