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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 3rd 2021

A near-empty flight LX 180 flew us on March 18 to Bangkok. One wonders how long the airline industry can sustain this situation. Nenad remembered reading an interview with the Chairman of Swiss saying that their budget until July 2021 is not losing more money than 2 million Swiss Franks a day !!! Courtesy of the Swiss tax payer. In Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport an army of staff expected the few passengers. They were all wearing full protective gear with mask, face shield, head cover and full body protective plastic coats inclusive shoe protection. We felt like being in a science fiction movie. In a way funny to observe, but from a safety perspective quite professionally done. Despite all our negative Covid PCR tests we are treated as if carrying the virus. After all checks and document ... read more
Our room with a view
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 19th 2021 19th February - Bangkok Flower Market Well it had to be done ! It was a 4am start but so worth it. The Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat in Thai), is Thailand’s largest wholesale flower market and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some say that Pak Khlong Talat is now one of the world’s largest flower markets. We started with our tour guide Kay, a lovely guy, on Memorial Bridge, a green and beige bascule bridge built over the Chao Phraya River. It was inaugurated in 1932 by King Rama VII, commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty. Hence it is named after the first king of the dynasty. First we came to a busy street lined with flower shops, a real feast for the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 26th 2021 26th January Today I set the alarm for 7am to join a tour in Bangkok. Wow what a colourful visual feast. Or Tor Kor Market was established by the Marketing Organization for Farmers (MOF), which is a state enterprise under control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives aiming to help farmers and the villagers in marketing, sales, and storage of agricultural products. It is the 4th largest food market in the world. The area of the market is 6,500 sq. m with more than 600 stalls selling their goods and is divided into separate area such as meat zone, seafood zone, dried food zone, fresh vegetables zone, fruits zone, rice zone, food center zone. Another zone is the place where ingredients for cooking are sold, ingredients such as shrimp paste, curry paste, pickled garlics, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 20th 2021

1st December 2020 Bangkok Today I set my alarm as I was being whisked away to Bangkok for a tour of the Golden Palace. We first visited to Bangkok and this amazing place over 25years ago, we returned in 2013 as a last stop off of a cruise before flying home, unfortunately at that time I wasn’t feeling 100% so I thought walking around the Palace at midday with temperatures in the 30’s wasn’t a good idea and I didn’t take the tour so this morning I have taken a virtual tour with Kay the local guide. How strange not to see hoards of tourists but that meant we could get up close and admire all the intricate decorations of the buildings whether they were stained glass, ceramic or gold mosaics. The Golden Palace of Bangkok ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok August 20th 2020

It’s likely the things you’ll do in Thailand, you’ll dream about for weeks. It’s also likely the things you’ll see will bring on nightmares, lots and lots of nightmares. Just like dreams, some are good, some bad. Thailand is THE dream destination; The sunsets, the food, the hospitality, the animals = Happy dream The traffic, the climate, the pace, the other animals = Scary dream (Have you seen the size of a Monitor Lizard??) Scary plays a big role in Thai Culture, the concept of Hell, demons and ghosts aren’t wasted on the Thai, though at times an angry Thai mother can be the most terrifying of all. But just a stroll through any street in Thailand shows just the impact Ghosts have on Thailand, lines of shot glasses, marigolds and burning incense at every corner ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 23rd 2020

From 2012. Having done a fair amount of travel around the world, some of the fruit on this list were new to me as well. Of course, the mighty durian is on the list. Sheri loves it, as do most Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, and New York Chinese. It is, however, the Achilles heel of Mr. Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel. He has not tried it thrice, and spit it out thrice!!! The last try was in NYC's Chinatown, where the cost was probably between $50-100 per fruit!!!! It is said they sell 200 fresh durian a day there! Personally, some of the fruit on this list are quite good, some are new to me, and some look absolutely horrid. You decide! 10. Kiwano ... read more
Persimmon for hoshigaki
Strawberry fields forever?

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 15th 2020

If Dogs make you all warm and fuzzy inside, Bangkok is the closest to heaven you’ll ever get. Add free Cheesecake, Coffee and all the puppies you can carry, and chances are you’ve transcended beyond heaven right into the pearly gates of Thailand’s Dog Cafes. Canine Cafes are the best kept secret around these parts. Bangkok alone has 4 of the biggest in Thailand, all a short Tuktuk ride away from the next (great for a Pup-Crawl). Dog cafes around Thailand are popular and quickly expanding; it’s hard to keep up with the trend and with every year comes a new café and a new theme…so to save you the hassle of scouring every café, I’ve gone and visited all of them (tough job I know). This Husky themed café is by far the most popular ... read more
HOPS- House of Paws
Big Dog Cafe
Corgi Garden Cafe

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 9th 2020

After a night on the train it was wonderful to just enjoy a hot shower and brush my teeth properly. And in a little while I had a message from Jiab, a young Thai friend who used to be one of my students at Home End. I arranged to meet her, her children and her parents at a nearby restaurant , only 5 minutes walk from where I was staying. I felt thoroughly spoilt as they piled delicious food on my plate, and Jiab's two little children were absolutely delightful. Alba and Alfie. The family stayed with me for a night on a visit to the UK about 18 months ago, and I'd been captivated by Alba then. Alfie arrived only eight months ago I think, and although he wasn't joining in with the lunch food, ... read more
Jiab’s mum with Alfie
Lunch with Pat, Jay and their mum and dad
Alba and Jiab

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Khao Yai NP February 6th 2020

60 Km day so an early breakfast at the excellent Golden beach hotel Cha Am. a lovely beach, many bars and a great atmosphere. Our guide picked us up at 8am and we drove 30 Km to Hau Hin the starting point a beautiful temple as always! We followed cycle paths inland towards and along a lovely beach seeing statues of the kings of Thailand throughout the ages along the way. Stopping for a break to see a pineapple farm and sample the produce, delicious succulent fresh pineapple and some cocunut dumplings. There were rivers with fishing villages and shrimp boats and 3 temples, Hindu Buddhist and Chinese. We ate local bananas. Then headed for the cave at phraya Nakhon it involved a sea boat trip and 1km each way hike over steep and slippery terrain. ... read more
hua Hin temple
Hau Hin
Nick Denis and Golf

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 3rd 2020

Getting final packing finished, being picked up for the airport at 2.30pm! Leaving behind grey damp cool weather for blue skies and warmth! In Heathrow Terminal 2 lots of masks. We arrived in Bangkok after a 10 hour flight a little ahead of time at 3:10pm... read more
Via via around the corner from our hotel

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