May 06 2011

Left luggage at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Published by under Transport

The ability to free yourself from your heavy pack, even for a few hours, is a luxurious treat. Bangkok’s international airport has an excellent left luggage service. Using left luggage can allow you to enjoy a quick tour of Bangkok unencumbered or leave those conical hats you bought in Vietnam for someone else to care … read the full post

May 06 2011

The ‘Ghost Lake’ of Mae Rim

Published by under Health & safety

Now we’re not adding this to the Chiang Mai see and do section — nor even suggesting this for “hikes and walks” or “entertainment”. This is, frankly, just a boring-looking pond surrounded by some comatose anglers. But the pond does have an interesting story behind it. “Lake” is a bit over the top to describe … read the full post

May 03 2011

Karaoke! Karaoke! Karaoke in Bangkok!

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

For the record, before I moved to Asia I hated karaoke. Hated with a capital H. I grew up on the prairies where karaoke was someone named Lurleen screaming a country song about divorcing a dog into a microphone while everyone drank themselves to heaven. There’s something supremely unsettling about having a bunch of drunk … read the full post

May 01 2011

Ba Mee Cap Kang: The best coolie noodles in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Ba mee cap kang is not a meal for the dainty. And while it’s available at other places in Chinatown, Thais flock to the food stall bearing the same name, Ba Mee Cap Kang, with weekends seeing queues of people wanting a seat or some take-away. At Ba Mee Cap Kang, chewy, springy egg noodles … read the full post

Apr 29 2011

Amulet market near the Grand Palace

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

After pretty much just a few hours in Thailand, you will notice that Buddhist amulets are everywhere. People wear them around their necks, hang them from their rearview mirrors, keep them on desks, on tables, at home, at work, and everywhere in between. Carrying an amulet on you is meant to invite good fortune, protect … read the full post

Apr 27 2011

Souvenir shopping in central Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Bangkok is crawling with markets and malls so it shouldn’t be as hard as it is to find quality souvenirs in this town. Of course, there is always Chatuchak weekend market, but sometimes relentless sweat and a maze of stalls can be frustrating when looking for the perfect gift. During a pre-Christmas panic I stumbled … read the full post

Apr 26 2011

Baan Bai Pluu: Thai vegetarian food at its best

Published by under Food

Real vegetarian food in Bangkok can be hard to find. Lurking behind every plate of Chinese kale or mound of vegetable fried rice are vegetarian-eating’s ninja assassins: fish sauce and oyster sauce (and sometimes, inexplicably in a “vegetarian” dish, fried slices of pork belly), which makes the food at BP Vegetarian all the more of … read the full post

Apr 23 2011

Getting a visa to Burma in Bangkok

Published by under Visas

Updated March 15, 2014 with updated 2014 public holidays: Getting a visa for Burma (Myanmar) in Bangkok can seem difficult as there is a lot of conflicting information out there, but the process isn’t quite as hard as some would have you believe. Getting the visa is fairly straightforward, but making sure that you have … read the full post

Apr 21 2011

Weekend street food on Soi Ari

Published by under Food

Soi Ari, just off the BTS at Ari station, has become somewhat of a Bangkok expat haunt. The streets are bustling but manageable, the buildings are predominantly low-rise and the palpable neighborhood vibe makes a trip to this neighborhood a vacation from the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit or Silom. While there are no sites … read the full post

Apr 15 2011

Visiting Chiang Mai prison

Published by under Sights & activities

Well correctly speaking, (and we need to be correct here), we’re talking about the Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution. The governors of the women’s section of Chiang Mai prison, located in the heart of the old city, have instigated some extremely enlightened, and truly praiseworthy schemes over recent years and we reckon a visit to the … read the full post

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