Archive for the tag 'chinatown'

Oct 17 2012

Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Festivals

Vegan noodles from a Chinatown vendor who typically sells meat.

As Asian countries go, Thailand is not an easy one in which to be a vegetarian or vegan. Yet for nine days each year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (typically late September/October), a large portion of the country’s population eat exclusively vegan foods in observation of the Chinese cleansing festival known … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Catching the Chao Phraya Express boat

Published by under Transport

One of the most interesting ways to get around Bangkok, and especially useful for those staying at one of the hotels or guesthouses along the Chao Phraya River on Khao San Road, in Banglamphu, Chinatown, or Thonburi, is the Chao Phraya river boat system. Blessedly free from the traffic that wracks the rest of the … read the full post

May 01 2012

Chinatown’s Red Shirts (R & L Seafood)

Published by under Food

On one side of Soi Texas (formally known as Soi Phadung Dao), a scraggly soi in the middle of Chinatown, sits the Red Shirts, and on the other, the Green Shirts. The Red Shirts are probably not the ones you are thinking of; the long-standing fracas between the Red and Green Shirts has little to … read the full post

Feb 24 2012

Bangkok food for your soul

Published by under Food

It’s with a heavy heart that I admit I’m leaving Bangkok; life is pulling in other directions. People wonder why I love living here — it’s hot, chaotic, sometimes heart-breakingly cruel, but I’ve never been happier, or better fed. For me, being well fed apparently makes anything bearable. I respect a culture that in the … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Chiang Mai’s “Chinatown”

Published by under Sights & activities

“Forget it, Jake — it’s Chinatown!” is a classic line from a classic movie, but a Chinatown in LA, London or Sydney is going to stand out far more than a Chinatown in Bangkok or Chiang Mai will ever do. Chiang Mai’s so-called Chinatown is the Worarot market and commercial district though apart from a … read the full post

Sep 20 2011

Bangkok late night eats: Yaowarat Road

Published by under Food

In a city known for its night time indulgences, great late night street eats are a must. There are always a few noodle soup carts, grillers of pork sate, or the flames of a fried noodle wok clustered around popular clubs and bars — but it’s more hangover cure/dancing fuel than culinary delight. But what … read the full post

Aug 23 2011

24 hours in Bangkok: Off the beaten track must-sees

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Last week we talked about the three classic Bangkok must-sees, so this week let’s take a wander off the beaten track. Bangkok is one of those cities were many of the most memorable offerings are just below the surface. Amazing restaurants are tucked down back alleys, the best shops are hidden in the depths of … 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