Jul 19 2011

Chiang Mai’s Old City and Cambodia’s Angkor Thom

Published by under Wats

I had a mate from Siem Reap visit me in Chiang Mai recently. He’s a guide, so knows Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom and so on inside out . His first comment on arriving was, “Oh, it’s got a city wall… and a moat, and it’s square shaped is it?!” “Well, yes,” I said. … read the full post

Jul 15 2011

Lanna style in North Thailand

Published by under Accommodation

Looking around Chiang Mai’s accommodation offerings it’s clear that for anywhere with pretensions above standard Thai hotel style or backpacker guesthouse chic then Lanna style is flavour of the month — or decade. But what is it? Good question. Historically and culturally Lanna refers to the northern Thai kingdom, founded in Chiang Saen but for … read the full post

Jul 15 2011

Mexican food in Bangkok

Published by under Food

It might be kind of strange to imagine yourself craving Mexican food while in Bangkok, but let me tell you something — it happens… a lot. Oddly enough the Thai kitchen lends itself quite nicely to Mexican eats and the burrito options in Bangkok are far tastier than one would anticipate. In my opinion the … read the full post

Jul 14 2011

Hidden charms of Bangkok’s Khlong San Pier

Published by under Bars & nightlife,Shopping

Khlong San Pier along the Chao Phraya holds some fun and hidden secrets. Two restaurants with good music, cold beer, and great views of the boats passing by on the river flank the riverside on either side of the pier. Be My Guest and Id Beer Bar are both great spots to chill out; office … read the full post

Jul 13 2011

How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Published by under Transport

One of the most common Thailand double-headers seems to be a stop in Bangkok and a visit to Chiang Mai. If you are heading to the north, you’ll run into the question of how best to make the journey from the capital. The roughly 600 km trip is pretty painless no matter how you break … read the full post

Jul 12 2011

Sunday afternoon muay Thai in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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

Jul 08 2011

Wang Lang market: Gimme more street foods

Published by under Shopping

Immediately across from the amulet market at Wat Mahathat is Siriraj Hospital and the Wang Lang market. Thousands of students from Thammasat University cross the Chao Phraya here every day for cheap housing on the Thonburi side of the river, and Siriraj is one of the largest public hospitals in Thailand. Starving students plus hungry … read the full post

Jul 06 2011

How to catch a khlong boat in Bangkok

Published by under Transport

Snaking throughout Bangkok are the remnants of its pre-road days: the canals. Bangkok has a huge network of them, most of which are no longer used for transportation. The canals used to be Bangkok’s preferred mode of transportation. Before pavement, the tropical rains would transform footpaths into swamps, and any draft animal and cart would … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

Mae Sariang: Why go there?

Published by under Mae Hong Son

In our opinion Mae Sariang, a small town and capital of the district of the same name in southern Mae Hong Son province, doesn’t get the number of visitors it deserves. Here’s why you should go. First up, it just looks lovely. It’s a very picturesque little town on the banks of the Yuam River, … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

Free European Union film festival in Bangkok

Published by under Events

You’ve snared your election poster I hope and now it’s time to shift from politics back to the arts … I must admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by the movie offerings in Bangkok. Yes, the mainstream cinemas mostly feature mega-blockbusters and Thai films of the horror variety, but a steady rotation of film … read the full post

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