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

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

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

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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 18 2011

Airport hotels in Bangkok

Published by under Accommodation

Punishingly early departures or late arrivals are common for long-haul travellers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Where to lay your head close to the departure and arrivals hall? These three properties, one on airport property and two off, offer clean, comfortable places to stay. Super budget places aren’t easy to find near the airport, but … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

Trendy clothing at Chatuchak

Published by under Shopping

I really do believe that the best tactic for taking on the always intimidating Chatuchak Weekend Market is to break it down by category. If you have the luxury of making multiple visits to the market then this category approach is easy-peasy. If you are doing the market all in one day, it still is … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Historical Bangkok museum houses

Published by under Art & culture

A few posts back, we talked about museums that give a history of Bangkok. Today, I’ll focus on a few homes-turned-museums that give more personal glimpses into Thai life of the past 200 years.  These four museums are all former homes, and all of them afford stellar looks into Thai architecture and design as well … read the full post

Aug 02 2011

Chiang Rai’s Suan Charin

Published by under Chiang Rai

Suan Chari, or as it is sometimes spelt, Jarin, is a resort and restaurant located in Mae Suai district of Chiang Rai province. It’s located at a highly scenic spot on the banks of the Mae Lao river, set in extensive and well-tended gardens — and it’s probably our favourite stop-off/lunch place on the road … read the full post

Jul 29 2011

WiFi on Khao San Road

Published by under Phone & internet

It’s easy to find a bucket filled with booze on Khao San Road; in fact, it’s hard not to find one. But where to go if you need a fast (and free) WiFi connection, some coffee, and some quiet? No matter if you have some pressing Facebook work to do, need to write some of … read the full post

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