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

Mar 23 2011

Lunch in Bangkok: Kap khao restaurants

Published by under Food

Almost everyone in Bangkok eats lunch out. Traffic is too bad to get back home, and most people have short breaks, so lunch is for eating with the people. And eat they will — sizzling sausages, khanom jin (curries with fresh rice noodles), green papaya salad, bowls of soup, curries, and fried rice. Getting out … read the full post

Mar 21 2011

Best secondhand bookstore in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

While Thai cities further north seem to have got the memo that travellers flock to used bookshops, Bangkok is still dominated by pricey chain stores in hi-so malls or xeroxed pages on Khao San streets. Dasa, on Sukhumvit, is a rare diamond in the rough and a treat for those of us who like our … read the full post

Mar 19 2011

Book club: Letters from Thailand

Published by under Book reviews

Thailand is easy to put on a postcard. Find some palm trees in front of the Andaman sea, or an elephant holding a mango, or a bunch of smiling eight-year old novices in orange robes and you can go to press. Trying to understand what those kids are smiling about requires a bit more searching. … read the full post

Mar 17 2011

Getting a Thai SIM card

Published by under Phone & internet

The real benefit of social media is the ability to make friends and loved ones jealous of your toes in the sand from thousands of kilometres away. The first step to making that happen is to get a Thai SIM card and set it up to use the data network. Due to internal government squabbling, … read the full post

Mar 15 2011

How to get from the airport into Bangkok

Published by under Transport

Arriving in Bangkok on a long-haul flight can be disorienting. Here’s a quick run down of the options to get you from Bangkok’s main airport to your bed as fast (or as cheap) as possible. Suvarnabhumi International Airport (pronounced sue-wan-nah-poom) is located about 25km east of Bangkok. The arrivals hall is located on Level 2; … read the full post

Mar 13 2011

Bagels in Bangkok

Published by under Food

As a New Yorker born and bred, I know just how seriously people can take their bagels. Not every roll with a hole counts. A bagel has got to have the right smell, it must be soft but not mushy, and the best bagels are so overflowing with dough that the hole is nowhere near … read the full post

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