Send in the Clowns

This is just a normal day in Bangkok : TnT being swamped by a band of colorful clowns. Seriously, Tony’s always helping me get over my “irrational” fears. This time, I’m helping him get over his coultrophobia. 😉

The Best Pad Thai in Bangkok

The Thipsamai is not a cozy restaurant. Stainless steel tables, white tiles and cold fluorescent lights don’t encourage guests to linger for an after-meal drink. But it doesn’t seem to matter. People come here for one reason and one reason only – to eat the best Pad Thai in town. And they come in droves.

The night we went, the smallish restaurant was so busy, it overflowed onto the sidewalk. A volcanic collection of sooty woks sent rivers of sparks streaming into the surrounding tables sending patrons running for their lives. But they kept Continue…

New Year’s Prayers

Bangkok locals are racing to the city’s temples to ring in the New Year with prayers for success, prosperity, and – major afterthought – a little guidance on the path towards enlightenment. Disconnecting from the material world is a tough sell in the city of a thousand malls, but for just $9.95, a monk can help you with that.

But seriously, New Year’s is a phenomenal, if somewhat crowded, time to check out the city’s temples with all the ritual and celebration that takes place.  We just can’t get enough.  By the way, does anyone out there know what’s up with the Borg-like string ritual at the Wat Pathum Wanaram?