Tags archives: thailand

a safe house on thaniya road (bangkok)

“A safe house, in the jargon of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, is a secure location, suitable for hiding witnesses, agents or other persons perceived to be in danger…” “…and a place where people may go to avoid prosecution of their activities by authorities”   (thanks very much wikipedia) Let’s look at the latter description, because System is a reggae pool bar where the working girls on Thaniya Road go […]

a bangkok bar since 1969

Old bars are awesome.  Old bars that serve good food are also awesome.  And old bars that served GIs during the Vietnam War (and was/is allegedly the meeting spot for CIA operatives) probably fall into the category known as badass. What’s definitely badass is their “larb pizza”.  It’s basically what one would consider a fusion dish, but this thing actually works.  Larb is a Laotian minced meat salad, also commonly […]

escape from bangkok --> koh samet

One way or another, Bangkok will wear you down.  Ohhh yes it will.  Sometimes you don’t even realize it because you’re having too much fun.  That can be dangerous, for many reasons.  But that’s probably another article for another day. So if you’re in Bangkok and you feel the need for some beach time, the closest official beach is some 200km to the southeast in Rayong Province.  By official i […]

Meditation in chiang mai, thailand.

Great free meditation center in chaing mai at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep . It’s donation based and they don’t have any specific time requirements. when i was there a few years ago you just showed up with all white clothes and a timer. it’s all silent aside from one half hour lecture and one meeting with head monk to discuss. my daily schedule went like this: 6am wake up, wash and […]

this thai beach

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting old(er).  That means the natural beauty of the world around me is getting a beat down too.  Thailand is no exception, and quite frequently I find myself amazed at the race for shortsighted profits at the expense of Mother Nature.  But hey, it makes for an awesome vacation. Nevertheless, there are still some pristine spots that remain.  It’s important to preserve the beauty of these […]

japanized in bangkok

For all those into indigenous fabrics/culture/fashion, check out the TrapsWANA store at the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok.  Owned/designed/curated by a team of Japanese folks, this shop has become the reason why I would actually make my way through ridiculous Thailand heat on a Saturday/Sunday while suffering from a hangover just to sit at the open air shop to sweat my ass off while drinking $1 Leo Beer listening to awesome electronic/hiphop/world […]

giant snakehead in bangkok

So in the US, these things are considered an “invasive species” because they destroy the ecosystem by eating everything they swim into.  Or walk into because they can actually survive on land for up to 3 days and have been known to eat rats.  Anyways, in Thailand there are snakehead ponds where you can fish them for fun…and boy is it fun. These fishing ponds actually throw all kinds of exotic/local/fun fish […]