• 4 Nov0
    The Magic of Loy Krathong

    The Magic of Loy Krathong

    Post by Sarah Jane

    On the night of full moon in November, people gather together around the rivers, lakes, and ponds across Thailand to release lotus shaped rafts adorned with candles, incense, and flowers. Thought to be one of the most picturesque festivals in Bangkok, the night of Loy Krathong brings the sight of thousands of flickering candles bobbing […]

     
  • 6 Oct0
    The Golden Triangle

    The Golden Triangle

    Post by Sarah Jane

    Descending from China’s central highlands as one of the world’s longest waterways, the Mekong River unfurls in a tranquil sheen as it meets with the Ruak river- where Thailand converges with Laos and Myanmar. The river has brought a long and turbulent history to this compact region at the northern tip of Thailand, and was […]

     
  • 16 Aug0
    Mid-Autumn Calls for An Indulgent Celebration

    Mid-Autumn Calls for An Indulgent Celebration

    Post by Sarah Jane

    Leading up to what falls (this year) on October 4th, is the Mid-Autumn Festival, an age-old tradition that was brought to Thailand by way of Chinese and Vietnamese cultural influences. If you find yourself in Bangkok during this time, it will be hard to not notice the festivities taking place, with colorful lanterns lighting the […]

     
  • 28 Jul0
    The Transformation of Bangkok

    The Transformation of Bangkok

    Post by Sarah Jane

    As a local, it is easy to forget just how much our city has transformed over the years. Although Bangkok has become one of the world’s premier metropolises, it hasn’t always been this way. Some parts of Bangkok, many would argue, are unrecognizable from what they were twenty years ago. For a long period of […]

     
  • 31 May0
    The History of the tuk tuk

    The History of the tuk tuk

    Post by Sarah Jane

    In the 1930s Japanese manufacturers of the auto rickshaw began exporting their motor tricycles to Thailand.  The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan donated 20,000 used three-wheelers to Southeast Asia, and many of them arrived in cargo ships at the Klong Toey Port in Bangkok. In these early days, use of these three-wheeled vehicles […]

     
  • 19 Apr0
    The Nine Chilies Giving Thai Cuisine its Ubiquitous Spicy Character

    The Nine Chilies Giving Thai Cuisine its Ubiquitous Spicy Character

    Post by Sarah Jane

    Prior to Christopher Columbus’ arrival in Asia, the Thai people used peppercorns to add flavor to their food. A lot has changed since then, with nearly all of Thai dishes today featuring some type of chili. For many Thai people, prik, which means “chili” in Thai, is a favorite ingredient. In Thailand, chilies are consumed […]