Ode to Bus 71

To get around Bangkok, there are options a’plenty, Motorbikes, taxis, tuk-tuks and trains, Vans, boats transport la gente, (But some more than others can be real pains.) But for danger, excitement and plenty of fun, None can beat Bus 71! In taxis, meter and pressure upward do tick When in snarled traffic you helplessly sit,…

Lanzones!

This post is for my mom. Last time we talked, she asked what fruits I’d been eating. Three seconds into my list, she immediately broke in with, “Lanzones! What about lanzones?” Of course, Mom, of course lanzones! Lanzones are globular-shaped fruit about the size of a super ball that grows in clusters. They’re so common…

Ancient Siam – the Thai Disneyland

Recently, Bjorn and I went to Ancient Siam (formerly known as Ancient City). It’s like Thai Disneyland, but without all the dancing and singing.  Well, it’s more about historically significant sites, so it’s more akin to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii (but again, without all the dancing and singing.) A man by the name…

Lumphini Park: Made in the Shade

I love when total opposites come together in harmony. The juxtaposition of bucolic and burghal is one of my favorite dualities. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing skyscrapers loom over trees while ensconced in the green, leafy heart of a parkland. So it should be no surprise that Lumphini Park, the largest park…

What the Wat

Thailand is home to an impressive number of temples (aka wats). Most websites agree that the wats number in the thousands, but a precise number is unclear. In one article, an official complains that there are too many. However, a visit to a wat is a valuable (and perhaps inevitable) experience, giving one a taste…