Friday, March 15, 2019

Things to do

Today’s post is by Tom and Anna and is about the Thailand Bucket List.

Today we will share with you their list of things to do in Bangkok & Central Thailand.

While Bangkok is a big metropolitan city, however, if you venture just a little bit further, you will be pleasantly surprised with quiet neighborhoods and pleasant historical gold mines like the UNESCO heritage sites in Ayutthaya or the beautiful wildlife by Khao Yai National Park.

1: Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok and marvel at the intricately designed temples and palaces – this is a must for everyone who visits Bangkok - 

2: Cruise down the Chao Phraya River – you might get a little wet

3: People watch in the busy streets of Khao San Road – you will certainly meet other people doing the same as you! - 

4: Dare yourself to eat a few bugs and crickets – they are not as bad as you think, then how about the scorpions on a stick!!!?

5: Watch a Traditional Muay Thai fight – not for the squeamish

6: Shop till you drop in Chatuchak Market -  and many of Bangkok’s Traditional markets – remember to bring an empty bag with you or a rucksack and don’t forget will the items fit in your suitcase when you go home – please remember Buddha figurines are not for decoration and will be ‘confiscated’ by the Airport Officials.

7: Eat your weight in Pad Thai, Tom Yum and all the other delicious Thai street food – this is everywhere!

8: Visit the Historic City of Ayutthaya – a place which is submerged in culture and history -

9: Visit the floating market in Bangkok and watch the chaos of vendors float by – try some of the food prepared by the chefs and marvel as they are able to balance their cooking

10: Go skydiving in Pattaya.

11: Go Trekking in Khao Yai National Park to see the incredible wildlife.

This is just a drop in the ocean here is the complete list and we would also like you to stay with us at one of our Cape and Kantary Hotels you will not be disappointed.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Island of the Artisans

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  and the article today is about ‘The Island of Artisans’.

“Visiting the urban oasis of Koh Kret is like taking a step back in time” 
– original words by Bruce Scott.

A little north of Bangkok is the island of Koh Kret. Interestingly it was not originally an island but in 1722 King Taisra dug a canal so that the boats would not have to follow the meandering Chao Phraya river. This canal gradually got bigger and became a river – Lat Klet.

And visiting the island you may think that this was the last time that there was modernization here.

After arriving on a small ferry from Pak Kret and the lovely Buddhist Temple of Wat Sanam Nuea it is simple to rent a bicycle and cycle around the island – here’s a route - . And it is even better because cars are not allowed on the island, although the way through the markets can be a little narrow.

There are several things that you may see on this trip

1)     The Leaning Chedi – because it is so close to the edge of the water
2)     Coffee House No.1 – where they still make their coffee in clay pots
3)     Baan Slip Siam – a wonderful place to explore and learn about the history and cultures of Thailand. The Khon mask miniatures are especially wonderful and performances are at 12 pm and 3 pm.
4)     Chit Beer – a river front restaurant serving locally brewed beer, a fabulous location to sit on a Sunday afternoon
5)     Pottery Factory Praditwong – a master craftsman makes delightfully exquisite pottery and if you have time he can give lessons.
6)     Lots and lots of food and street vendors
7)     Wat Bang Chak is a temple you can see on the other side of the river whilst sitting in one of the many riverside cafes and there are more scattered over the whole island.

For more information please read the full article here - Please note that the best time to go is the weekend because many of the shops are closed.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

20 fun and free things to do in Bangkok

Thailand certainly is an amazing place and has an enormous number of beautiful places to visit. This we week we are sharing with you an article by Tripzilla about 20 fun and freethings to do in Bangkok

“You can come to Bangkok broke and STILL have fun! Here are some FREE or cheap things to do in Bangkok!”

1: Spectate an exhilarating Muay Thai match at MBK Shopping Centre – (every Wednesday night, please check) this is not for everyone…

2: Get spooked with a visit to the Sathorn Unique Ghost Tower, if you dare…

3: Seek an escape to nature at Lumpini Park – an oasis in the heart of Bangkok -

4: Admire the crocodiles at Wat Chakrawat – yes crocodiles!!!! -

5: Soak up the culture blend at Chinatown – a wonderful mix of Chinese and Thai Culture -

To read the whole article and make a list please read here. If you do visit Bangkok and stay with us at Cape House  OR Kantary House.