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Is Travel to Bangkok Safe Right Now? Thai Airways Thinks So.

January 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked-in on the political protests happening in Bangkok, a few airlines had reduced service to the Thai capital. Even though there's no immediate cessation of anti-government protests in the near future, can travelers still consider Bangkok as a safe destination this season?

Interestingly enough, Thai Airways hasn't said much when it comes to reduced flights or travel waivers. There is a warning on their website that, due to road closures, they recommend leave 4 hours early before a scheduled flight. Apart from that, operations are running as per normal and as if nothing was actually happening in the city center.

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Airline Pulls Playboy Bunnies for Flirty 2014 Flight Attendant Calendar

January 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bought your naughty flight attendant calendar for 2014 yet? There are some solid options already, like Ryanair's bikinis and AirBaltic's beauties, but Nok Air's bunnies may take the cake.

Nok, a budget airline based in Bangkok, called up Playboy Thailand and collaborated with the men's publication to choose the "10 Hottest Bunnies" to star alongside Nok's colorful fleet of Boeing 737s (and ATR 72s) for a 2014 calendar. There's no word on the cost of the calendar, but it's safe to assume that passengers may buy them onboard Nok's flights.

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Three Airlines Cut Flights to Bangkok Amidst Protests

January 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

The political unrest currently underway in Bangkok has convinced at least three airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Airlines, to reduce the number of flights into Thailand's capital during the second half of January and February.

"We've learned that Singapore Airlines plans to cut 19 flights between Jan 14 and Feb 25. Cathay will probably follow suit because passengers are uneasy about the political situation in Thailand," Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Rawewan Netrakavesna told the Bangkok Post. Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said that Hong Kong Airlines was probably going to cut about 60 flights as well.

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'Wat' to Know about Bangkok's Wat Arun

July 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya River sits one of the city's most dramatic temples, Wat Arun. It's really hard to miss if you've hopped one of the tourist boat rides up or down the river, and virtually impossible to ignore if you're staying in one of the riverside hotels dotting the banks.

"Wat Arun" translates to "Temple of Dawn" and, if you are lucky enough to see the temple glisten in the rising sun's light, you'll understand why. Thought to have been originally built in the 17th Century, the Khmer-reminiscent towers can be spied from most everywhere in the neighborhood as they keep a watchful presence not only over the river, but the Bangkok Yai District.

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When in Bangkok, Be Mindful of Monks

July 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you've been to Thailand, or any other Buddhist country in the region, you know monks going about their daily activities wrapped in saffron-colored robes is a fairly common occurrence. Since Bangkok is the only Thai city with some sort of public train system, it is quite regular to see the monks saving some bhat and hopping on the city's light rail or subway system.

While not very extensive, the city's public transport system is very easy to use and, at about 40 US cents per trip, is even easier on the wallet, no private jets here. It makes complete sense for anyone to use the train system, from '9 to 5'-ers to school kids on their way to class. One thing to keep an eye out for, however, is the occasional monk on his way to a local temple for his devout duties. They actually have their very own reserved seats, as you can see in the sign above.

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The Most Visited City in the World is NOT New York

June 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you prefer to travel the 'beaten path' and visit cities that see more than their fair share of tourists, you may want to rethink your itinerary since there has been a shift in where the planet's travelers are heading. It's actually Bangkok, and not New York, that reigns as tourist capital of the world.

The figures are based on a recent survey put forth by Mastercard. The Global Destinations Cities Index lists the Thai capital as tops for foreigners coming to see the sights, eclipsing London, Paris and New York.

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Our First Time at Bangkok's Cabbages & Condoms

May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't let the title put you off, this post isn't NSFW. Cabbages & Condoms is a portfolio of restaurants in Thailand that serves up delicious Thai cuisine while nonchalantly discussing the importance of safe-sex and sexually transmitted diseases.

Okay, we agree this might not be the best dinner-party topic, but it's all for a greater cause.

We recently checked out the Bangkok outpost and were pleasantly surprised to find mannequins outfitted in fashion made from condoms and birth-control pills—kind of like Project Runway meets a local clinic-turned-restaurant. Seems like a natural progression, right?

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Bangkok's Lumpini Park

May 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Bangkok, Thailand.

This week's world wandering kitty comes to us from the Bangkok equivalent to Central Park. Lumpini Park is large park in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis where it's common for the health-conscious to jog through the trees and along the banks of numerous lakes. Along with some random cats and birds, it's not hard to spot a large number of Komodo Dragons sunning themselves on the water's edge watching the world go by. Fortunately this cat is not afraid of dragons.

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Traveling in Thailand: Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport Versus Don Mueang

May 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you've been to Bangkok in the past 6 years, there's a pretty good chance you flew into the flashiest airport the city has to offer, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

The predominately concrete, metal and glass building of BKK is simply massive and it's obvious why it ranks as the 6th largest major airport in Asia; it even claimed the title of the most Instagrammed airport in 2012.

On the other hand, if you traveled to Bangkok before the middle of 2006, you most likely landed in the city's other airport, Don Mueang (DMK), which has since given up the official airport code of BKK to the newer, larger counterpart. Now, the airport is primarily home to low-cost carriers such as Air Asia and Nok Air.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Bangkok, Thailand

May 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Bangkok, Thailand.

This week's Travel Cat comes from us here at Jaunted, as we have a nice backlog of #travelcat sightings to pepper in among yours as well.

This little wide-eyed fellow was spotted crouched down next to a large cement pot, along the roadside near Bangkok's tourist favorite, the Golden Mount Temple (aka Wat Saket). He wasn't begging for a meal, just focused on the street action and staying hidden in a tiny patch of shade, understandable given the searing sun and 92-degree temperatures this day.

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The Metal Castle in the Middle of the World: Bangkok's Loha Prasat

April 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just in time for the Thai festival of Songkran, we're sharing a secret favorite Bangkok spot with you...

Imagine the world as a maze—one of those thickly bordered, medium-difficulty mazes from the pages of Highlights—and though the paths dead end at various destinations, there still has to be something in the very center. Whatever it is has been sitting there your whole life, waiting for your travels to eventually loop around enough so that, one day, you are there with the sense that all along, the world has been twiddling its thumbs in anticipation for this moment.

I've had pages and pages of such mazes in my travel history, but none so literal as the journey I made through Bangkok, Thailand to reach the Loha Prasat, or "metal castle."

The Loha Prasat usually doesn't get much of a mention (if one at all) in guidebooks. In fact, I only knew about it from a haunting description in a novel I read months before even setting off for Bangkok. The memory of the pencilled underline of the passage popped up on what was one of my final days in Bangkok, and I set out armed only with a screen shot of Google Maps on my iPhone.

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Inside Paribatra, the Helicopter Departure Lounge at The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok

January 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 34th floor may not sound like so high, but in an area with no other skyscrapers to challenge it, the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok's Helicopter departure lounge might as well be in heaven. Named "Paribatra" after HRH Prince Paripatra Sukhumbhand, Prince of Nakorn Sawan, the Pen's helilounge is one of those sweet secret spaces often heard of a city, but rarely visited. The only ways to access this one? You must either book a helicopter flight transfer for a grand chunk of change or rent out the place for a private function with others who appreciate aviation history; in other words, it's hardcore.

We managed to sneak around the helilounge recently, and though the helipads remained out of reach (for now), we did sink our heels into the rich carpeting, get up close with jet engine parts as wall decoration, and drink in what may be the best view in Bangkok, of Bangkok. You see, The Peninsula sits on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, opposite like 90% of the central district. Therefore, The Peninsula is essentially gazing over at the metropolis, with the helilounge winking.

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