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Bangkok: Putting the Smile Back On

Bangkok: Putting the Smile Back On July 14, 2010 | What's New | Read More
It is the rainy season after all, so forgive the gray skies. But the mood was decidedly brighter as Bangkok came out for a festival with a bit of music at the center of the city. The recent Smile @ Ratchaprasong music and shopping event showed the resilience of the people of Bangkok as the city collectively...

Travel + Leisure Ranks Bangkok #1

Travel + Leisure Ranks Bangkok #1 July 11, 2010 | Five Star, Hotels, What's New | Read More
Readers of Travel + Leisure have ranked Bangkok as the number one city in the world. Take it with a grain of salt of course, as this survey was done before the street protests of March-May. But what it shows at least is that travelers still find themselves drawn to Bangkok’s amazing collection of sights,...

Bangkok Travel Deal from TAT and MasterCard

Bangkok Travel Deal from TAT and MasterCard June 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Now that things have returned to normal in Bangkok (though the political battles continue in legal chambers now) the city and country find that tourism has taken a serious hit (surprise, surprise!). Those in the know are taking advantage of some of the desperate times, desperate offers many hotels, restaurants...

Best Places to Watch 2010 World Cup in Bangkok

Best Places to Watch 2010 World Cup in Bangkok June 8, 2010 | Events, Nightlife, What's New | Read More
2010 FIFA World Cup fever is upon us here in Bangkok. June 11 begins the run up to the championship game in South Africa on July 11. In my careful analytical predictions, I have Brazil and Germany in the final match. (Complete random guesswork, I confess. By remaining completely clueless the FIFA gods...

Bangkok: Clean Up

May 24, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Bangkok: Together We Can Bangkok’s downtown streets received a serious cleaning Sunday. Seemingly borrowing on an Obama slogan (“Together We Can”), Bangkok Metropolitan Authority put out a call for volunteers to help city employees clean up the mess left behind by the Red Shirt protesters and the...

Bangkok: The Return of Normalcy?

Bangkok: The Return of Normalcy? May 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
In Bangkok, after a violent and chaotic clash between military and Red Shirt protesters and subsequent looters/arsonists, it appears that a bit of normalcy has returned. The crackdown and dispersal happened so fast one might almost think this was a brief nightmare after the long, drawn-out sit-in. For...

Silom Road Protests Escalating?

Silom Road Protests Escalating? April 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
I ventured into Silom Road last night after seeing some buzz on Twitter that something might be going down. Protests by “non-colored shirts” counter-protesters – many of them residents or workers in Silom Road — have been happening during lunch break and in the evenings. I came in following...

Stare Down? Smack Down? Yawn Down.

Stare Down? Smack Down? Yawn Down. April 19, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Some say the government is oppressive. Some claim the protesters’ possession of central Bangkok is oppressive. Whatever your shirt color, one thing’s for sure: the heat is oppressive. Soldiers and police piled into Silom Road this morning in preparation for an alleged Red Shirt march from...

Monday in Bangkok – Red Shirt Situation at Silom

Monday in Bangkok – Red Shirt Situation at Silom April 19, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The word on the street — Twitter Street, that is — was that the Red Shirt protesters are going to move a large group into the commercial area of Bangkok along Silom Road. Bangkok Bank is one of the popular institutions that the protesters like to target there. So this morning I awoke to find...

Nile Guide Bangkok: Photo Friday

Nile Guide Bangkok: Photo Friday April 16, 2010 | Events, What's New | Read More
After a wet week of a welcome disturbance in the Bangkok streets, Songrkan Festival has come to a close. Predictions were dismal that this year’s celebration would be muted by the Red Shirt protests but despite a general lack of foreigners compared to other years, the Thai are still able to have...
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