Aug 01 2011

Bangkok’s prettiest wat: Wat Rachabophit

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

I must confess, I was tempted not to post on Wat Rachabophit and just keep all of its under-the-radar splendour to myself, but mother always said that “sharing is caring”. On a recent research pilgrimage for Travelfish.org I spent some quality time sampling dozens of Bangkok’s illustrious wats. Of course I was impressed by the … read the full post

Jul 29 2011

WiFi on Khao San Road

Published by under Phone & internet

It’s easy to find a bucket filled with booze on Khao San Road; in fact, it’s hard not to find one. But where to go if you need a fast (and free) WiFi connection, some coffee, and some quiet? No matter if you have some pressing Facebook work to do, need to write some of … read the full post

Jul 28 2011

Thailand books: Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Published by under Book reviews

I love reading about a place that I am travelling through, and all-the-better if the book makes me squirm with horrible recognition: This is how we count the days. June: the Germans come to the islands — football cleats, big T-shirts, thick tongues — speaking like spitting. July: the Italians, the French, the British, the … read the full post

Jul 26 2011

What to wear in Bangkok

Published by under Culture

While on the backpacker trail it is easy to get lulled into a false sense of bikinis-are-appropriate-everywhere. But do bear something in mind: Bangkok is not a beach town and that soupy khlong is not the sea. Despite the insufferable humidity, Bangkokians are quite chic and they appreciate when tourists do what they can to … read the full post

Jul 25 2011

Outdoor weekend: Wakeboarding in Bangkok

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Nothing says summer time where I come from (the flat, dry farming part of the world) like a Sunday trip to the lake. Waterskiing, grilling, and Sunday afternoon beers are an integral part of the summer social fabric. Lacking a boat, I thought that Sunday afternoons next to the lake were something I’d just have … read the full post

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

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