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Pattaya Walking Street Accommodation Pro’s & Cons

Walking Street with its colourful bright neon lights and thumping music emanating from the various clubs and bars, scantly clad women holding the cheap draught beer signs enticing punters into their establishments.  The multitude of international tourists bustling through the crowds with eyes wide with wonder. Fragrant odours of the street food and the many restaurants, just adds to the excitement that is the unmistakably the essence of Walking street. With all this at hand, is it a good idea to actually stay within Walking Street? in this blog IRead More


Cheap Quality Food in Bangkok – Jeffer Steak

Jeffer

Looking for cheap steaks in Bangkok? Check out Pete’s latest review of a cheap steak chain that offers decent portions.


Flying Budget – Tips and Tricks to Getting the Most Out of Your Travel

KLIA 2 Airport

The tips, tricks and pitfalls of budget airline travel – when to use it and when to stick with a traditional airline.


Wat Dhammamongkon – A Unique Bangkok Temple off the Tourist Trail

Main Pagoda

Wat Dhammamongon – off the tourist trail, but features a strand of the Buddha’s hair, Thailand’s tallest pagoda, and a massive jade Buddha with an interesting history.


How to use Bangkok’s Skytrain System: The Rabbit Card Explained

SEE THE UPDATED EDTION OF THE BLOG HERE The in & outs of using a Rabbit Card on the BTS   What is a Rabbit Card A Rabbit Card is actually an E-money system for BTS, mass transit and retail partners. Its the easiest payment method for travelling in Bangkok. No more cueing, just beep and go & you only pay for what you use. Register your Rabbit Card online for Rabbit Rewards and start earning Rabbit Reward points. Once you have registered for Rabbit Rewards online, you will be eligibleRead More


Bangkok’s Hidden Classic Cinema – Scala

Whatever happened to the good old days of movie cinemas, where you would enter a grand entrance with fluted columns, large winding staircases and gabled ceilings.  Attendants wore uniforms complete with hats and gloves, and there was only one large screen, not eight, sixteen or twenty-four small screens.  The large cinema would often even have balcony seating. Notwithstanding numerous proposals to knock it down, Bangkok has so far managed to retain one of its icons of classic cinema, namely the Scala Cinema.  This beautiful icon to the movie world is aRead More


Bangkok Expat Guide – Part One – Food

Welcome to the first post in my new series aimed at helping expats to enjoy their time in the fun, exciting, yet confusing mega-city of Bangkok.  Over the next few months, I intend to cover a wide variety of topics, providing good, useful information about matters such as: how to find accommodation (including good but cheaper accommodation options); how banking works in Thailand and the best ways to get money into the country; work options for foreigners in Bangkok (including information on work permits and visas); where to get furnitureRead More


The Truth About Taxis in Bangkok

Taxis are everywhere in Bangkok and can be a cheap and comfortable way to get around town.  However, everyone struggles to find a taxi willing to do the right thing and get them from point A to point B, using the meter.  Tourists often think this is a practice that is targeted solely at them, but actually, everyone in Bangkok has difficulties when trying to catch a taxi. Some Information About Taxis There are approximately 140,000 official licensed taxis in Bangkok.  These licensed taxis tend to be brightly coloured sedansRead More


Bangkok’s Victory Monument

In the midst of Bangkok’s steamy traffic stands a tall needle-pointed concrete obelisk of European design that raises more questions than get answered.  Thailand’s Victory Monument, or Anu Saowari Chai Samoraphum (or just Anu Saowari for short) is situated in one of the busiest and most important traffic circles in Bangkok.  However, very few people actually know what victory the monument is actually dedicated to. History The Victory Monument was designed by Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci and erected under his direction in 1941.  Corrado has a very interesting and long history with Thailand, andRead More


Tips That You Didn’t Know for Getting the Most Out of Bangkok – Part Five

There’s been a little gap between my tips recently as I focused more on the usual travel guide type material.  In this issue of my Bangkok Tips I look at where to find cheap Western food. As most of you who spend any time in Bangkok know, the Western luxuries in Bangkok can cost more than they would back in the West.  This is because of a combination of high import taxes and also the “luxury image” factor.  For Thai people, showing off that they lead a regular Western “luxury”Read More