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    Bangkok's best taxi drivers

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/09/2012

    » Hailing a cab in Bangkok is like playing reverse Russian roulette - you want the unlikely to happen to you. The reality is that you never know if the first driver will agree to take you to your destination; or the second, or the third....

  • LIFESTYLE

    Dos and Don'ts: Bangkok Transport Edition

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 18/09/2015

    » "Bangkok Car Free Day 2015" will take place on Sunday (Sep 20). "Car free days" are organised in different cities around the world to encourage people to get around without cars, and instead use mass transit, cycle or walk. To commemorate this year's car-free day, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration encourages you to join its bike rally and street fair near Sanam Luang, using public transport to get there. But we think you can do better than that. We present the dos and don'ts to help you use (or, in some cases, brave) various forms of Bangkok transportation like a pro.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Are you a bona fide Bangkokian?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/07/2015

    » It takes more than the ability to recite the full 65-syllable name of Bangkok or nimbly jaywalk at every opportunity to qualify as a true Bangkokian na. There are nuances (and nuisances) in everyday life that only a true Bangkokian can pick up on. Think you’re a Bangkok buff? Take our quiz to find out how local you are. Answers will be revealed at the end. No cheating!

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bangkok evolution

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/05/2015

    » What can’t you do at 7-Eleven branches these days? Recently we learned you’re able to send parcels or get your clothes dry-cleaned at its outlets. We hope leaving a pet in a store’s care before going on vacation is next. That got us thinking about other everyday things in Bangkok that have evolved over time. After painstaking armchair research, we’ve dug up some trivia that should give you new appreciation of common sights — or at least be an edu-taining holiday read.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Tech support

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/02/2015

    » Living in Bangkok comes with specific frustrations (rejections by taxi drivers, spending one-third of your life stuck in traffic, driving around crowded parking lots in search of an empty space). But don’t fret, fellow Bangkokians — thanks to advanced technology and (sketchy) 3G connections, you can solve these problems using nothing but your fingertips. Here’s our selection of apps and websites to help you navigate Bangkok with more ease.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Cab connector

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/11/2013

    » The smartphone app called Easy Taxi was originally developed in Brazil in 2011 to help people find cabs. Since then, it has rapidly expanded and is now available in 18 countries. Felipe Kasinsky, 31, is the young CEO of Easy Taxi in Thailand. He talks to us about how the app benefits both passengers and drivers (but most importantly, saves us all from face-to-face taxi rejection). Go to facebook.com/EasyTaxiThai, Twitter @EasyTaxiThai or www.easytaxi.com for more info.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Up-And-Comer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 05/07/2013

    » TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO THAILAND.

  • LIFE

    The lame blame game

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/07/2012

    » We all have done something in the past we have not wanted to admit to, and then tried to come up with an excuse to avoid the blame. You might have said the dog ate your homework instead of admitting laziness to your teacher. Or maybe you told your parents the cigarette pack belonged to your friend, which was technically true since you both chipped in money to buy it. Or perhaps you blamed being late to work on a taxi driver taking you on a detour when you were actually up until 4am partying.

  • LIFE

    Puzzling Pricings

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/06/2012

    » I was on Silom Road recently when I came upon a farang man, probably in his 20s. He asked a motorcycle taxi driver how much he would charge for a lift to a nearby hotel. The driver mimed out a price of B30 with his hands. The guy mistook the gesture for B300 and became upset. The driver was offended too that the farang thought he tried to rip him off. Only after another driver explained that there was no extra zero, he gestured a wai to the driver to apologise. Both men swallowed their bruised pride before they agreed to complete the B30 transaction.

  • LIFE

    Off the beaten track

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2012

    » There are certain must-see attractions for first-time visitors to Thailand: Patpong, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Khao San Road, an elephant show, ladyboy cabaret, Hua Hin, a Full Moon party, some more beaches... But with all this distraction, visitors might miss out on the atypical attractions your average tour guide doesn't know about. To do our part in promoting the miracle that is Thai tourism, we have selected five lesser-known villages where visitors can discover Thais living in unique ways.

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