• 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 […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • 29 Dec0
    December – the month of Joy for Thais

    December – the month of Joy for Thais

    Post by Withaya

    According to the Lunar Calendar used in many countries in Asia, including Thailand, December is the first month of the year. It is the month of a great beginning and various great events. In Thailand, December is a meaningful month for Thais nationwide. It is the birth month of the beloved King Bhumipol who turns 88 years in 2015.

     
  • 22 Dec0
    Bangkok Flea Markets

    Bangkok Flea Markets

    Post by Withaya

    I believe that one of the favorite activities of many people is going for shopping. For those who are looking for something other than modern air-conditioned shopping malls, flea market or ‘Talaad Nad’ in Thai is a great option. I love Talaad Nad for its variety of goods and as we know…bargaining is fun!

     
  • 18 Nov0
    The Heritage Textiles of the AEC

    The Heritage Textiles of the AEC

    Post by Withaya

    I recently visited the Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) in Bang Sai, Ayuthaya for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition. About 1 hour drive from Bangkok, the center was built in 2003 to promote and support Thai folk arts and crafts. It is also one of HM Queen Sirikit projects.

     
  • 9 Sep0
    A Walk in Old Bangkok II – the Golden Mount and the Monk Alms Bowl Village

    A Walk in Old Bangkok II – the Golden Mount and the Monk Alms Bowl Village

    Post by Withaya

    Baan Bart is an old community in Bangkok hidden in a small alley outside city moat. The residents here have been known to be very good at making alms bowls used by Buddhist monks since the beginning of the founding of Bangkok in 1782. They still keep their craft by using the same method practised more than two hundreds ago.