Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Sleeper Trains and China Town

Getting a sleeper train across Thailand sounded so romantic, I thought it would be like a black and white east-meets-western film. In reality, the romance wore off fairly quickly. It began with a hot, sticky day of sight seeing, from the enormous MBK shopping centre to the thick chaos of China town.   We arrived…

Khao San Road K.O.

It’s seedy, too touristy and a place to avoid — that’s the distinct impression I had before wandering down Khao San Road for the first time. Being a contrary madam, that meant I had to go and check it out for myself. It’s also why we ended up staying in the Samsen area, a safe…

Bangkok: Triple ‘Temple’ Whammy

For those who only have a short time in Bangkok, you’ll be glad to know that you can do three of the big temples comfortably in one day. Warning: you’ll be all templed out by the end of it! The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun are all within walking distance of each other–…

AWOL in Bangkok : Samsen

Stepping out into Bangkok for the first time is like being walloped around the face with a big barbecued fish — it’s hot, it’s sticky and it’s smelly. Then there’s that charcoal residue, the thick pollution that lines your nostrils and your lungs. Dazed and jet-lagged, you don’t know what’s hit you — but it’s…

Streetwise in Bangkok

Everyone warned me about the chaos in Bangkok, but it’s hard to grasp until you’re surrounded by buzzing mopeds, tuk-tuks and taxis, whilst trying to negotiate a path to the other side of the road. The oppressive heat and inevitable hangover following our first night out in Bangkok didn’t help the initial stress. How did…