as a follow up–when comparing the price of public transport, a friend duly noted that it would be more interesting to see the relative purchasing power of people in these cities. conveniently, UBS has published a 2009 report on Prices and Earnings in 73 cities. using New York as the benchmark, here are the relative purchasing powers (income / price … Read More
at phyathai there is crap all to eat compared to other BTS stations. still, there is a street food tent that’s open for breakfast and lunch: (this is the entrance, right under the BTS station–you can see taxis and motocycle drivers waiting for fares under the stairs.) And this is the view from inside. I’m eating congee here! it’s like … Read More
where I’ve been studying lately for the NY bar: amarin is conveniently next to a BTS (chidlom station is visible in the window), and more importantly, really close to the central world megaplex. which means that fewer people come here, so no one ever bothers kicking me out. bonus is that the food court is all thai and … Read More
I just noticed in the pic it’s exactly “sihp-sorng” o’clock. time for lunch. from here I cross the street to centralworld, the largest mall in bangkok (and larger than hong kong’s Ocean Terminal, according to wikipedia). there are over 100 restaurants in this mall, with shuttle golf carts that will take you on a taste tour, if requested. by each … Read More
doing an econ assignment on the asian financial crisis: didn’t know that thailand–after running down their foreign reserves (which precipitated the crisis)–even encouraged people to hand over their gold jewelry to be melted down (economist). almost as good as melting down woks for steel in the great leap forward.
the spiciest dishes I had in thailand were not the curries, nor the tom yams, but the *salads*. here’s the most popular, papaya salad (som tam): (Recipes are from Vatch’s Thai Street Food by Vatcharin Bhumichitr.) 2 garlic cloves 3-4 small fresh red or green chilis green beans 6 oz young green papaya, cut into fine slivers 1 tomato, cut … Read More
in contemplating where to go for an extra long weekend, I thought about chiang mai, khanchanaburi, sukhothai, etc., but then realized I really just wanted to get away from as many farang as possible. so a place I had actually heard about just wouldn’t cut it. so I settled upon nakhon si thammarat. I of course referred to my hated … Read More