Jul 22 2011

Bangkok museums for Bangkok history lovers

Published by under Art & culture

After hearing many gripes about how devoid Bangkok is of culture, I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of thorough and user-friendly museums in this town. Dig a little beneath the surface and you’ll find a  selection of cultural picks, from modern galleries to niche novelty stops. Among the riches are several Bangkok-focused history … read the full post

Jul 21 2011

Live in Bangkok: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Published by under Events

Much like the ladyboy scene in Bangkok, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is difficult to really understand. Gay-transexual agrees to sex change operation (which is botched) to get visa out of East Berlin, arrives in Middle America to have relationship fall apart, right as wall falls in Berlin. Begins very strange musical career, has songs … read the full post

Jul 20 2011

Fancy movies in Bangkok

Published by under Art & culture

When passing through this megapolis, people often seem to be in search of the typical Bangkok experience. While sites like Wat Phra Kaew and shopping at Chatuchak Market jump to mind, if you’re looking to do Bangkok like a hi-so local, then a VIP movie-viewing at Siam Paragon cannot be missed. For 850 baht, quite … read the full post

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

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