May 23 2011

Bangkok street food: Heaven in a soup bowl

Published by under Food

Enter: Hat Man. He’s a man who used to wear a hat and serve the best noodle soup (gwuay tiow naam) I’ve ever had. Hat Man used to set up in the alley behind the apartment I was temporarily renting to see if it was possible for me to learn any Thai at all before … read the full post

May 20 2011

North Thailand’s ethnic minorities: the Lisu

One of Northern Thailand’s most distinctive and colourful ‘hill-tribes’ and one of the ethnic groups you’re most likely to come across in that part of the kingdom are the Lisu, or Lisaw in Thai. They inhabit a wide swathe of the mountainous northwest and are most populous in Mae Hong Song province, but also well … read the full post

May 19 2011

Ladyboy cabaret at Calypso

Published by under Bars & nightlife

I believe it’s  safe to say that Bangkok comes with a bit of a reputation. You tell someone you live in Bangkok and their immediate follow-up questions involve ping pong shows, ladyboys and the red light district. The truth of the matter is these after-dark attractions do not factor into my daily life here — … read the full post

May 17 2011

Dinner in Bangkok: BK Magazine’s Top Tables Guide worth its salt?

Published by under Food

Where, exactly, should we find dinner? Well, everywhere in Bangkok — street carts, shophouse restaurants, tables set out underneath an expressway flyover – the strangest locations can yield some amazing flavours. But what about that just-right Italian place? Or a wine bar? Or fancy Chinese food? Travelfish.org loves to drink a bottle of beer under … read the full post

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

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