Jul 17 2012

Review: Rom Ngao Indo-Chin Restaurant

Published by under Food

A few ingredients, but a lot of flavour.

After weeks of eating nothing but explosively flavourful and meat-heavy Thai food, the simplicity, freshness and veggie-prominence of Vietnamese cuisine is like a breath of fresh air. If looking for an inexpensive, local-style Vietnamese restaurant in Bangkok, Rom Ngao Indo-Chin restaurant just over the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi is an excellent choice. Rom ngao … read the full post

Jul 16 2012

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River

Just another bridge.

You won’t have to be in Bangkok long before you discover the significance of the Chao Phraya River. A short saunter along its banks will reveal boats packed with tourists, ferries stuffed with commuters on their way to the office, stunning architecture, riverside bars, fishermen after their next haul and – if you’re lucky – … read the full post

Jul 15 2012

Review: Ree Ree Khaosan Restaurant

Published by under Food

If they delivered, this would be on my table right now.

Looking for a good lunch spot after climbing the majestic (and steep) tower of Wat Arun? Tucked in a funky Thonburi neighbourhood behind the temple, Ree Ree Khaosan Restaurant puts out outstanding authentic Thai food in a comfortable and accessible package. We checked Wat Arun off our sightseeing list some time ago, but we still … read the full post

Jul 13 2012

A Portuguese-Chinese snack near Bangkok’s Santa Cruz Church

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After the fall of the ancient Siamese capital of Ayutthaya in 1767, a diverse mix of foreign communities — including the Portuguese and Chinese — settled along a now historic stretch of Chao Phraya riverfront in modern Thonburi. Still produced today in a centuries-old bakery near Santa Cruz Church, the Portuguese, Chinese and Thai influenced … read the full post

Jul 12 2012

Finding Western-sized women’s clothes in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

If your bottom is any larger than a peach, shopping in Bangkok for clothes can be a frustrating experience at best and out-and-out humiliating at worst. Perhaps you’d considered yourself reasonably slender when you first touched down in the Big Mango. That opinion may be challenged when you take your first wander around a night … read the full post

Jul 11 2012

Santa Cruz Church: a relic of Thailand’s first Europeans

Santa Cruz Church looming over the river as it has for centuries.

Bangkok has many churches, but none carries a historical legacy equal to that of Santa Cruz Church on the Chao Phraya River’s western bank in Thonburi. An artifact of Thailand’s first European settlers — the Portuguese — the church also symbolises the religious freedom and cultural tolerance that’s been a hallmark of the Thai kingdom … read the full post

Jul 10 2012

Catching a ferry to or from Ko Samui

Published by under Transport

Noisy and smelly, but she'll take you right to Haad Rin beach.

Other than flying, the only way to get to Ko Samui is by boat. If you don’t have your own (sigh), that means a ferry from either the mainland or a neighbouring island. Here we give you the low down on your options. Two operators transport cars, trucks and buses to the island, their cavernous … read the full post

Jul 06 2012

Photo essay: Circumnavigating Ko Samui by boat

Published by under Sights & activities

Snorklelling off Ko Tan, the longtail boat way.

Viewing Ko Samui from the sea offers quite a different perspective from traipsing around the island on foot. We recently did a trip around the island, in a clockwise direction, starting from Fisherman’s Village, where old Chinese shophouses are neighbour to modern apartments, and boutique hotels are interspersed with beach bars. Travelling east, we passed … read the full post

Jul 05 2012

Review: Wong’s Place, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Wong’s Place is a legendary dive bar in Bangkok. Popular with locals and expats alike, it’s rarely a spot you’ll find tourists – most likely because they just haven’t heard of it. If you’ve ever partied late in Bangkok, you’ve probably been surprised that most clubs and bars wrap up at 02:30 due to strict … read the full post

Jul 04 2012

A drive from Khao Yai to Wang Nam Kiew

Published by under Northeast Thailand

Congratulations Wang Nam Kiew, you're officially on the foreign tourist radar.

When seeking mountains in Thailand, most automatically head for distant northern destinations like Chiang Rai and Pai, but many are unaware of just how stunning the Khao Yai mountains northeast of Bangkok actually are. Not limited within the borders of Khao Yai national park alone, this vast region boasts some jaw-dropping scenery, which we enjoyed on … read the full post

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