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 22 2011

Renting a car in Bangkok

Published by under Transport

There’s nothing quite as freeing as a road trip with good music on the stereo, snacks as far as the eye can see, and friends along for the ride. There are plenty of beautiful places close enough to Bangkok — empty stretches of beach along the seaside, national parks, hot springs, and waterfalls up in … read the full post

Aug 20 2011

Chiang Rai’s Sob Ruak

Published by under Chiang Rai

The Thai government and Tourism Authority of Thailand have very successfully converted their part of this once wild region into a highly profitable tourism hot spot. It’s now firmly up there with floating markets, historic cities and Krabi beaches on visitors’ must-sees and where once opium flowed out of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to … 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 16 2011

The Golden Triangle

Published by under Chiang Rai

The Golden Triangle is one of those regions that has captured popular imagination: think warlords, secret armies, opium mule trains chugging through the jungle, triads, the DEA and CIA, hill tribes, remote villages and above all the chest-high pink and white poppies that are the source of opium and its derivatives, morphine and heroin. Through … read the full post

Aug 15 2011

Motorcycle taxis in Bangkok

Published by under Transport

Motorcycle cabs weave in between lanes of cars as traffic stands stopped at a light; they pull up onto the footpath for a stretch of cheeky riding when the road way is blocked and race the wrong way down one-way streets. Motorcycle taxis are the enfant terrible of Bangkok’s transport options. A local grandma will … read the full post

Aug 13 2011

Chiang Rai’s House of Opium

Published by under Chiang Rai

Or ‘welcome to the house of fin’, (fin being the Thai translation)! The House of Opium is the original of the two museums in tiny Sob Ruak (in Chiang Rai province) dedicated to the sticky resin of this one particular flower. There is also the new, flashy — and expensive — Hall of Opium, which … read the full post

Aug 09 2011

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens

Published by under Chiang Rai

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens are located in Chiang Rai’s Doi Tung district, close to the Burmese border town of Mae Sai. Now some 20 years old, the superb gardens were created in the early 1990s when the particularly troublesome Akha village of Pa Kluay was relocated by the royal-backed Doi Tung Development Project. The … read the full post

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