Archive for the tag 'Wat Arun'

Dec 26 2012

Dream Keeper coffee & art studio, Thonburi

Published by under Art & culture

Let me just finish park my horse out front before I order.

I’m always amazed at the surprises Bangkok pulls out of its hat when I least expect it. For instance, who would have thought that a unique Thai artist influenced by Native American art would have tucked a funky gallery/cafe on a sidestreet behind the major tourist attraction of Wat Arun? A recent stroll proved this … read the full post

Jul 15 2012

Review: Ree Ree Khaosan Restaurant

Published by under Food

If they delivered, this would be on my table right now.

Looking for a good lunch spot after climbing the majestic (and steep) tower of Wat Arun? Tucked in a funky Thonburi neighbourhood behind the temple, Ree Ree Khaosan Restaurant puts out outstanding authentic Thai food in a comfortable and accessible package. We checked Wat Arun off our sightseeing list some time ago, but we still … read the full post

Jun 24 2012

A pocket of Thonburi culture and food behind Wat Arun

The food in Bangkok is so good that it makes me wish I could change my stomach as though it were a vacuum cleaner bag and start fresh with a new one any time.

For many short-term travellers to Bangkok, a quick jaunt across the Chao Phraya River to the splendid Wat Arun is all that’s experienced of Thonburi. Though largely away from the tourists, Thonburi is home to some of the area’s richest history and culture, and its overall laid-back, artsy and at times quirky atmosphere make it … 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

Mar 29 2012

Wat Arun: The temple of DIY

Wat Pho may be the larger-than-life stunner on the Bangkok temple circuit, but Wat Arun is still a fine lookin’ piece of sacred real estate waiting across the river.  If you are like me and equate the old with the stunning, the decrepit with the intriguing, then Wat Arun is worth a stop on your … read the full post

Aug 19 2011

24 hours in Bangkok: Must-see spots

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Missing one of the holy trinity of Bangkok sites would be like missing the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eiffel Tower in Paris or… well you understand where I’m going. So if you have only 24 hours in Bangkok, it will be a whirlwind of a day, but here are the three … 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