Sep 12 2011

Low-key bars on Sukhumvit

Published by under Bars & nightlife

It’s no secret that Bangkok can be overwhelming, and when the sun goes down a city that in daylight hours feels humid and bustling is suddenly also crammed with party goers and neon lights. Clubs and X-rated delights seem to be the touristic claims to fame, but if you are anything like me you are … 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 08 2011

Bangkok in pictures

Published by under Photos

Though the endless overpasses and grimy back alleys of Bangkok might initially make you think otherwise, there really is an endless stream of  photo ops and experiences to be had in this complex town. Soak it in, keep your eyes peeled and take a good look around, you never know when the city will do … 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 06 2011

A favourite north Thai temple: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen

Published by under Chiang Rai

Wat Chedi Luang translates as ‘royal stupa temple'; there are quite a few similarly named temples around but we’re referring to the old Chiang Saen one, so named since it’s thought to have been the principal temple of King Mengrai’s former capital. Located in the northwest of Chiang Rai province on the banks of the … read the full post

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 03 2011

DVDs in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

As much as a complimentary foot massage, free cookies, and a wide screen at Siam Paragon sound appealing, sometimes you just want to watch a DVD from the comfort of your own bed. There is no Blockbuster, Netflix, or Hulu in Thailand, and WiFi, even at its prime, can be as slow as a food … 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 31 2011

Chiang Mai: Consulates and visas

Published by under Visas

Due to Chiang Mai’s location and its role as the kingdom’s second city visitors often expect more substantial consular presences in Chiang Mai than there actually are. Yes, it’s close to Burma and Laos, for example, but neither have consulates here. And while it’s nowhere near it, Austria has a consulate — but, say, Switzerland … read the full post

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