• 5 Apr0
    New Year, Old Traditions

    New Year, Old Traditions

    Post by jane

    While Songkran has become, for many, three days of wet and wild mayhems, the origins of this annual celebration are anchored in ancient beliefs. Although Thailand recognizes, and heartily celebrates, the same New Year’s Eve observed by almost every nation across the globe on December 31st, the “real” New Year’s celebration in this country occurs […]

     
  • 18 Mar0
    Sri Racha: Overlooked and under-visited

    Sri Racha: Overlooked and under-visited

    Post by jane

    Only a two-hour hop from Bangkok, the eastern seaboard town and its surrounds beckon with outdoor adventures, a picturesque island, spiritual sites and appetising dishes. If you get an early start you can see all the aces in the deck of attractions in and around the sea-leaning Sri Racha in a single day. Start your […]

     
  • 12 Feb0
    A marriage of convenience: can Thailand ever overcome its love affair with plastic?

    A marriage of convenience: can Thailand ever overcome its love affair with plastic?

    Post by jane

    Last June, a whale with over 80 plastic bags in its stomach washed up dead in the southern province of Songkhla. Five months later in November, the same incident occurred in Indonesia, when a dead whale was found washed ashore with more than six kilograms of plastic waste in its stomach. The Guardian reported that the whale contained 115 plastic cups, four plastic […]

     
  • 24 Jan0
    Bangkok’s Soho, explore a new neighbourhood

    Bangkok’s Soho, explore a new neighbourhood

    Post by jane

    Growing up, Charoenkrung was for hotel brunches with the family. It was where you headed to get on little boats shaped like temples to ferry you over to the Peninsula. It was for eating in hole-in-the-wall duck noodle restaurants. For the most part of post-war Bangkok history, the neighbourhood has been home to merchants, tailors’ […]

     
  • 12 Dec0
    A Local’s Guide to the Riverside

    A Local’s Guide to the Riverside

    Post by jane

    Sunset on the Chao Phraya I always find the greatest spectacles in Bangkok by the Chao Phraya…the beating heart of Bangkok jam-packed with an endless parade of barges, ferries, cruise boats, cargo vessels, and even fishermen’s sampans. Sometimes on my weekends I take the Chao Phraya Express Boat upriver just to watch the unfolding panorama. […]

     
  • 22 Nov0
    The humble Pla Nil

    The humble Pla Nil

    Post by jane

        Most, if not all Thais have probably eaten Tilapia before. Tilapia, or pla nil, can be considered the fish most suitable for the Thai economy; mass produced in a closed farming system, a sturdy, durable fish (often bred conveniently in baskets along the rivers), available constantly and quickly due to its growth rate, […]

     
  • 26 Oct0

    Battling a ‘monkey mind’

    Post by jane

    Yesterday I visited Marina Abramovic’s performance art exhibition for Bangkok’s Art Biennale at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre to participate in her “stillness” performance. Upon locking all of my belongings into a locker, I entering a brightly lit room and was given a pair of noise cancelling head phones.  One of Abramovic’s assistants clasped […]