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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 18th 2019

We spent our last two nights in Thailand in the city of Bangkok, resting after a long day of travel from Koh Phangan involving boats, buses, planes, and cars, in preparation for another full day travelling from Thailand to Indonesia. We have been to Bangkok many times before, to the point where we were getting a bit complacent about our visits to this quite amazing, diverse, culturally rich city. So we decided to change it up a bit, and switched hotels - a little upgrade from a tired hotel in the same neighborhood that we like. Its really quite amazing how a little change can create such a shift in attitude. We were inspired to venture out again, and quickly became absorbed in the Saturday night vibrancy of the Koa San Road area. There we experienced ... read more
“Me and My Friends”, says Stan
The Joy Luck Club Restaurant Wall of Witches
The Joy Luck Club Restaurant

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 18th 2019

I have only been studying the Thai language for a few weeks, but already the rewards are huge. For example, during our short stay in Bangkok, we had great fun engaging with the two non-English speaking taxi drivers we met. They were both delightful, but the last experience was exceptionally good! En route to the airport earlier today, our hip young driver uses Siri to translate his Thai questions to English, which I then try answer in Thai, with much assistance from him. This actually is very effective. Then he hands me his phone and asks me to find a Canadian artist on YouTube. Of course I could not resist bringing up my own music, so the next thing we know we are cruising down a freeway in Bangkok listening to Bev Zizzy Woman in Black ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 28th 2019

Living in Chiang Maiin north Thailand is a treat. With that said, Chiang Mai is the ideal jumping off place to take a lively, jammed-pack trip to Bangkok. I was fortunate to be able to make the trip with one of my best friends and we shared a trip we'll remember forever. In looking back, the whole experience was the perfect mix of the old and the new. Friday Night After we finished work in Chiang Mai around 5:00 pm, we caught a plane at Chiang Mai International Airport, leaving on the 7:00 pm flight. The flight is a short 70 minutes. We were on time and landed at Donmuang Airport in Bangkok right at 8.10 pm. Bangkok is everything that Chaing Mai is not. Even though Chaing Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand ... read more
The Museum Siam
The Museum Siam
The Cielo Sky Bar and Restaurant

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 18th 2019

We awake around 10am - really good for me as a jet lag sufferer! I am assuming it had something to do with being up at 5am on the day of travel but not actually flying till gone 9pm! We had a lot to do - this must be the most disorganised trip ever, leaving making sure we had passports, air tickets, driving licences and clean underwear - everything else is anyone’s guess! We pack a small bag for tonight’s overnight train and swimming cossies for the pool - everything else goes into our wheeled holdalls. It is 12 noon and we check out, leaving our luggage in storage. We go out in search of breakfast. In the daylight we realise that we walked the long way round last night but at least we know for ... read more
Relaxing in the pool
Sleeper train to Laos
Sleeper train to Laos

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 12th 2019

Tonight, we decided to visit Thipsamai, which is often listed as one of the best Pad Thai restaurants in Bangkok (i.e. like how Pat’s is often sited at the best cheesesteak in Philly). It’s located closer towards the Grand Palace from my hotel (on Maha Chai Road). We had spent the earlier part of the day shopping at Terminal 21 as well as another mall that contains smaller individual owned stands, so we took a taxi there. The first thing I noticed was the long line that snaked down the block from the restaurant. Pom had arrived a few minutes before us and saved us a spot in line. The line contained a wide range of customers – tourists to expats to locals. There were also little stands along the street to provide snacks to people ... read more
Chefs Cooking Out Front
Our Dinner

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 11th 2019

A Festive Season in Thailand December 2018 Spending a major western holiday in a country which doesn’t recognize it in their culture, is always an interesting experience. Picture a fully-decorated Christmas tree, complete with angel perched on the top, and surrounded by gaily-wrapped presents, slap in the middle of the hot and humid chaos of Bangkok – evokes a weird mental image doesn’t it? My latest adventure to Southeast Asia begins with an early morning Delta breakfast flight to Seattle, connecting with Korean Air enroute to Seoul, South Korea - finally landing in Bangkok some 23 hours later, just after midnight. This trip I’m trying out another Hilton – the Sukhumvit Bangkok – one of their limo drivers was waiting just outside baggage claim for my transfer across town. At this time of night and after ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 11th 2019

It’s Friday night and my coworkers and I were off for Bangkok’s famous Chinatown for dinner. The four of us decided to take a tuk tuk (i.e. essentially a motorbike pulling a carriage) so I could get a better roadside view of the city. It was only about a 15-minute ride, but a bit harrowing as the drivers in Bangkok like to swerve in and out of cars. Bangkok’s Chinatown was similar to the Chinatown’s in most cities – just a bit more crowed. Like everywhere in the city there were food stands set up everywhere. All of the “famous” places had lines (i.e. called ques here) that took a bit to understand since the staff would tell you to stand to the side and then call you over when seats opened up (often at a ... read more
Road Side Cooking
Variety of Noodles

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 9th 2019

There sheer number of different culinary dishes in Thailand is hard to describe – and most cost close to nothing. The range of tastes and textures and the mixing of hot / sweet / sour makes for every meal being an adventure. I’m fortunate enough to have coworkers that were born and raised in Bangkok to show me around and insist that I try all of the different regional specialties. Regardless of how busy the office is, the staff try to do lunch together out every day (i.e. I’ve learned that few in the office cook regularly as dining out is cheap here). This has allowed me to try lots of different restaurants with my average lunch bill running around $5 USD. My one coworker, also brought in lots of delicious “treats” for everyone to munch ... read more
Cotton candy Tasting Snack
Work in Progress
Egg Plant

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 6th 2019

Weary from my travels I managed to find my way down to the free hotel breakfast which was quite good and as in most Asian countries included items generally viewed as lunch/dinner items in the United States. After breakfast I set out to explore the area and navigate the public transit system. I wondered down to “Sri Maha Mariaman Temple” which was only a few kilometers walk and was a great representative of Indian influence within Bangkok’s temples. This is a temple of the goddess Uma, consort of Shiva, built around 1879 and also included other Hindu gods and goddesses. While not occurring while I was there, the ancient festival of Dushera or Navaratri is held at the temple annually and consists of worship for 10 days / nights with conclusion involving the carrying the image ... read more
Hindu Temple
Chong Nonsi Train Station

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