Apr 08 2011

Songkran: Overnight Trips from Bangkok

Published by under Songkran 2011

Have you had just about enough of Bangkok, thank you very much, with its devil may care attitude and many, many dousing/powderings in celebration of good luck and the new year? A last minute change of scene might be just what you need to truthfully say saawadii pii mai! No really, grab that rain poncho … read the full post

Apr 07 2011

Songkran: How to stay safe

Published by under Songkran 2011

The unfortunate side to any holiday is that the line between fun and danger can be blurred in the blink of an eye. If you keep your wits about you and make smart decisions there is no reason for Songkran to be anything but an absolute blast. Merely remembering mother’s advice and using common sense … read the full post

Apr 06 2011

Songkran: How to prepare

Published by under Songkran 2011

Songkran is the arguably the biggest party of the year in Thailand- it’s New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July/Guy Fawkes Day/Canada Day/Australia Day, and the last day of elementary school, all rolled into one huge week. Songkran was traditionally the time when Thais poured water on statues of Buddha to refresh and clean them, … read the full post

Apr 05 2011

Songkran: History and background

Published by under Songkran 2011

Every  year from April 13-15 the entire country of Thailand (and neighbouring Laos) breaks out into a no holds barred waterfight. As a foreigner or outsider Songkran can appear to be nothing more than a nationwide party, but there is real history behind the soaking wet mayhem.  What has become buckets of water thrown from … read the full post

Apr 04 2011

Ice skating… in Bangkok

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Who doesn’t want to wear sweaters, mittens and scarves when you’ve grown up wearing shorts and flip-flops? Who doesn’t want to re-enact all of that ice skating that appears in every Hollywood film made around Christmas? Who will fill this ice rink in the tropics? Thai teenagers will. They are all over ice skating in … read the full post

Apr 01 2011

Vintage clothes shopping in Bangkok’s Thonburi

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On almost any street in Bangkok, there seems to be an endless supply of cheap and trendy clothing stalls. Most of these little shops are variations on the same thing with the latest fashions made in cheap fabrics, always with a surplus of polka-dots and frill. Once you cross the river to Thonburi, this type … read the full post

Mar 28 2011

Getting around Bangkok in a tuk tuk

Published by under Transport

There are two ways to approach tuk tuks in Bangkok: the let’s-have-an-adventure way, and the cold-light-of-day-I’m-a-Thai-grandma way. Both have their time and place. First, the brass tacks. What, exactly, are tuk tuks? They are a cross between a rickshaw and a motorcycle. You can fit three people comfortably. In Bangkok the body is blue and … read the full post

Mar 26 2011

Night out: Taksura

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Taksura (ตักสุรา) is the definition of a baan-baan hangout: homey and comfortable, this bar feels like it’s acceptable to sit around in while wearing your underwear (metaphorically, of course). It’s a great place to sit outside in shorts and flip-flops, drink cold beers and listen to live music while Thai college students flirt, business guys … read the full post

Mar 25 2011

Day trip to Amphawa floating market

Published by under Bangkok excursions

While most visitors to Bangkok get their floating market kicks at the hyper-touristy Damnoen Saduak, Amphawa floating market offers a more authentic option with less classic photo ops. An hour and a half outside of Bangkok in Samut Songkran province, Amphawa is an afternoon market (no early am wake up!) very popular among Thais. There … read the full post

Mar 25 2011

What is a good time to visit Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand?

Published by under Weather

When should I visit northern Thailand and Chiang Mai is a very FAQ; there are pros and cons for each period of the year but before we go into that, let’s address a couple of common climate misconceptions, namely: 1. Chiang Mai and northern Thailand are cool (temperature-wise) and 2. The rainy season is a … read the full post

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