Bangkok’s old quarter

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                      Wat Arun

Bangkok’s old quarter is home to the three biggest tourist attractions in the city, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha and the Royal Palace.All are a short walk or boat ride away. They all make for a great day of sightseeing. Tip arrive really early to fully enjoy and wear long pants if you want to enter the palace and its grounds. Continue reading

Jim Thompson and his house

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Jim Thompson’s house

We had heard of Jim Thompson when we were travelling around Malaysia. We were interested by his intriguing life story. A former American soldier who was a forerunner for the CIA who made it big in Thailand by revitalizing the silk trade and building his empire only to go missing in the foothills of the Cameron Highlands in central Malaysia. Continue reading

Chao Phraya River, the heart and soul of Bangkok

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Rama VIII bridge

The Chao Phraya River streaks through Bangkok as its main arteries expands through the city of angels flowing from the city for some 35 kilometres before dumping itself in the Gulf of Thailand.

The River is the lifeline to the 14 million people who call Bangkok home, making it possible to commute to the various suburbs on either side of the bank of the river. People fill the local ferries that chug along the river and we also join them as we stay four days in Anatara Riverside resort exploring the city. Continue reading

Would you visit Thailand now with the protests taking place

With elections being held today in Thailand and protests being held regularly since November things look to be escalating into something bigger that may lead to an uprising in the country that could possibly affect tourists coming to the country.

Today five electoral posts were prevented by protesters, police and armed forces preventing people to vote, Bangkok’s other 23 electoral posts went without a hitch allowing people to vote. It will be interesting to see the number of people who turned out to vote especially since the opposition The People’s Democratic Reform Committee boycotted elections. Continue reading