Maeklong Railway Market, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

An amazing market on rail tracks We heard the whistle blow, but it was not hundred miles away, in fact it was less than hundred yards away. Vendors and sellers slowly but methodically starts moving their belongings and umbrellas from the railway track, which passes straight through the centre of the market (See: Video). As … Continue reading Maeklong Railway Market, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

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Fortification of Bangkok

Tracking Bangkok’s Forts, City Walls and Moats Today Bangkok is a modern city with a few ancient temples, but on closer inspection one can find an unique series of defensive mechanism which one protected the ancient city. The defensive mechanism consisting of forts, defensive walls and moats, which were constructed over a period of several … Continue reading Fortification of Bangkok

A Day in Mae Hong Son, on the Northern Hills of Thailand

I first came across Mae Hong Son in Patricia Schultz’s book, “1000 Things Places to See Before You Die”. She described it as a town with swirling mists, calm rivers, and beautiful tribal villages — and I remember thinking to myself then that some day, I have to get to this place. Fast forward more than 15 years … Continue reading A Day in Mae Hong Son, on the Northern Hills of Thailand

Travel – Thailand wants to introduce E-Visa in 2018

  #BANGKOK, 25 January 2017:   Thailand is exploring the world of e-Visas with the introduction phase scheduled to take place by the end of this year. Minster of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently evaluating the project. She was commenting on ways to ease visa formalities and … Continue reading Travel – Thailand wants to introduce E-Visa in 2018

Bangkok: To do list

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It has been a while since I was in my favourite city and the list of new and interesting places I want to check out is growing ever longer, especially since I discovered the Thai magazine “aday”, which has lots of great tips like this cafe near the Hua Mak airport express stop in Ramkhamhaeng called Sunday.

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Or this pretty jogging track around the Ram Inthra stadium:

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Restaurant Harmonique with its courtyard under a banyan tree.

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Plus a secret drinking den in the city’s US military headquarters

The Skytrain jazz bar

The dining table inside a swimming pool at 3nvy.

The city’s riverside Protestant cemetery.

And the cluster of art workshops and galleries amid old European buildings on the Charoen Krung Soi 30, also known after an obscure historical figure as Soi Captain Bush.

Plus there is the new incarnation of the Thailand Design and Creativity Centre nearby in…

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