Thailand

6 Great Reasons Why You Should Visit Nan Province, Thailand

Posted on July 1, 2016

Off the radar of most travelers, the little-known province of Nan in northern Thailand offers a great alternative to touristy destinations like Chiang Mai and a more relaxing gateway for onward travels to the neighboring country of Laos. Situated along the Nan River, the provincial capital of the same name is located 668 km north of Bangkok, and can be reached in 10 hours by bus or an hour’s flight on AirAsia Thailand from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. Here are six greatRead More

Ko Kret: Bangkok’s Island Getaway

Posted on August 2, 2011

Bangkok is an urbanite’s dream. But when one needs to tune out from the backpacker abandon of Khao San, or the manic consumerism of Chatuchak or even the irresistibly neon fantasies of Patpong, there’s an “island” oasis upriver where, surprisingly, rural life still rolls by at a relaxing pace. Ko Kret is best explored on two wheels! To start with, Ko Kret (Koh Kred), the island I’m taking about wasn’t an island until the late 17th century when a canalRead More

Good Night, Bangkok

Posted on January 5, 2009

At the height of Bangkok’s anti-government protests that shut down the airports late November, I was given no choice but to spend the remainder of my second visit to this vibrant city gleefully basking in its wonderful fluorescent glow. Very eager to test the slow shutter speeds of my Horizon Perfekt, I wandered the ‘City of Angels’ camera-armed to discover a glimmering labyrinth as amazing at night as it is under the midday sun. As news of the local pandemoniumRead More

Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)

Posted on January 5, 2009

Gazing out my window as the plane rounded the tarmac, the first thing that caught my eye at this modern airport were the patterned interlace of steel that roofed the terminals. Upon entering, the extensive, bright and airy interior embraces everyone with distinct local hospitality: “Sawasdee, Welcome to Thailand!” Located in Racha Thewa in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan Province, about 25 km east of downtown Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi is one of the busiest airports in Asia, and Bangkok’s primary airportRead More

BTS Skytrain (Bangkok, Thailand)

Posted on September 23, 2008

Not all too trustful of the tuk-tuks? In Thailand’s congested capital, the efficient transport backbone is the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrain, which was opened to the public in 1999 and currently undergoing expansion. Modeled after Vancouver’s, this elevated rail system runs through 23 stations along two lines– Silom and Sukhumvit–that tangentially interchange at Siam Station. While traveling, one can observe cosmopolitan Bangkokians–students, white-collared workers, hipsters–nonchalantly shuffle in and out of the cars, as LCD screens blaring silly commercials try toRead More

Khao San Road (Bangkok, Thailand):

Posted on August 29, 2008

At the busy neighborhood of Banglamphu north of the Grand Palace is the famous backpacker’s Mecca: Khao San Road. Chaos is constant in Khao San, a pulsating plethora of multicultural, gastronomical and commercial life… true to the images swirling in my head as I read Alex Garland’s cult-classic-turned-blockbuster about a secret paradise called “The Beach”:  “The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok on Ko Sanh Road. The Ko Sanh Road was backpacker land. Almost all the buildingsRead More