May 16 2011

Exploring the art galleries at Chatuchak Market

Published by under Art & culture

Navigating the shopping maze of Chatuchak Weekend Market can be an entirely overwhelming experience. Without any purpose or sense of direction your big shopping extravaganza can quickly devolve into doing anything possible to find your way out. While it may not seem it at first glance, the market is broken down into highly thematic sections … read the full post

May 14 2011

Skipping Bangkok: How to head east or north straight from the airport

Published by under Transport

Daydreaming of Thailand involves images of mountains and elephants and beaches. No one loses their train of thought in a business meeting imagining lugging their bag into Bangkok from the airport on a local bus. In the words of a Friend-of-Travelfish who lives in Shanghai, “Yes, yes, cultural melange and city-in-transition and all that — … read the full post

May 13 2011

Nth Thailand’s ethnic minorities: Spirits of the Yellow Leaves

Before starting our brief description of this little known ethnic group, a word on their name. Ethnologists usually refer to them as Mabri (or Mlabri), whilst to the Thais they are the Pee Tong Luang people – which roughly translates as ‘spirit of the yellow leaves’ tribe. The Mabri people themselves apparently prefer to drop … read the full post

May 12 2011

Grocery shopping in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

It is not terribly hard to wander through Bangkok and stumble upon a restaurant serving some mangled variation of the non-Thai food of your choice, but at the end of the day there is comfort in knowing where the Western food meccas are when you need them. Villa Market Villa Market, a Western-style supermarket chain … read the full post

May 11 2011

Iron Fairies in Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Ever feel like not having a night in Southeast Asia? No really, I love it here and all, but every once in a while I want something that doesn’t involve fish sauce or karaoke or being sweaty. Whether you have been travelling for awhile and need a break from beer and buckets, or are just … read the full post

May 10 2011

Book club: The real deal with Anna and the King

Published by under Book reviews

In 1951, the West was introduced to a fictional version of Siam (Thailand’s name until 1939) through the mega-success of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. Based on the 1944 Magaret Landon novel Anna and the King of Siam, the story follows Anna, an English teacher from London, as she makes her … read the full post

May 06 2011

Left luggage at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Published by under Transport

The ability to free yourself from your heavy pack, even for a few hours, is a luxurious treat. Bangkok’s international airport has an excellent left luggage service. Using left luggage can allow you to enjoy a quick tour of Bangkok unencumbered or leave those conical hats you bought in Vietnam for someone else to care … read the full post

May 06 2011

The ‘Ghost Lake’ of Mae Rim

Published by under Health & safety

Now we’re not adding this to the Chiang Mai see and do section — nor even suggesting this for “hikes and walks” or “entertainment”. This is, frankly, just a boring-looking pond surrounded by some comatose anglers. But the pond does have an interesting story behind it. “Lake” is a bit over the top to describe … read the full post

May 03 2011

Karaoke! Karaoke! Karaoke in Bangkok!

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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

May 01 2011

Ba Mee Cap Kang: The best coolie noodles in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Ba mee cap kang is not a meal for the dainty. And while it’s available at other places in Chinatown, Thais flock to the food stall bearing the same name, Ba Mee Cap Kang, with weekends seeing queues of people wanting a seat or some take-away. At Ba Mee Cap Kang, chewy, springy egg noodles … read the full post

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