Category Archives: Thailand

Grand Palace Bangkok: a Buddhist architectural flagship

Grand_Palace_Bangkok“The highlight of this bustling and vibrant city” as defined by an architect that I met on my way to Bangkok.  An opulent architectural masterpiece that will leave even the most hardcore party-goer who survived a wild night on Kao San Road astonished.
The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and it consists of the royal residence and throne halls, and also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square meters and is surrounded by four walls, 1900 meters in length.
After King Rama I ascended to the throne in 1782, the palace was built. Before this, the royal palace and centre of administration had been located in Thonburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. For various reasons, the new king considered the former capital to be not suitable and decided to establish a new capital on the other side of the river. By his royal command, a new palace was built to serve not only as his residence abut also as the site of administrative offices. The royal compound has been known since then as the Grand Palace. The two earliest structures erected within the complex were the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, and the Phra Maha Monthian.  Continue reading

Thai embassies around Southeast Asia

The fifteen days visa, that at the time of writing is possible to get at any of the land borders with Thailand, is definitely too short.
Getting into the country by airplane guarantees you a 30 days visa, but if you really want to enjoy the “Land of a Thousand Smiles” and you are travelling around Southeast Asia it is worth spending a couple of days in one of the capitals of the neighbouring countries to pick up a much more suitable 2 months visa.

Here is a list to all the embassies in the Southeast Asia area, and a few links with some up-to-date information related to best practice to get a 60 days visa for Thailand.

One of the best sources of information for Thai visa issues and questions (or anything related to Thailand) is the busy forum of the web site Thai Visa  . It is definitely worth a visit.
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The best bookstores in Southeast Asia

If you are still in love with the day after day more threatened paper book, you might be interested in visiting one of the following bookstore through Southeast Asia.

The bookstore chain Kinokuniya is unbeatable in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with a huge amount of titles covering every topic. Don’t be too excited though, the prices of the books are the same you can find in the West. Most of the stores have a small cafeteria far from cheap of course. Monument Bookstore reign in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Fahasa has different branches in Ho Chi Minh City and in the main cities all over Vietnam. Continue reading

Shipping a motorbike from Kathmandu to Bangkok

Shipping the bike from Kathmandu to BangkokFor the motorbike riders who after a bellyful of kilometers on the roads of India and Nepal want to proceed to Southeast Asia one of the cheapest options is to ship via plane the motorbike from Kathmandu to Bangkok.

Other options are 1) dealing with India bureaucracy in some harbour or airport in India 2) pay tons of money to either cross Burma or China (Tibet) with the mandatory support of a local travel agency.
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