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Month: March 2007 (Page 1 of 2)

Five Mistakes Tourists Make in Bangkok

The fine folks at Jaunted asked me to write a brief post about mistakes that tourists make in Bangkok. Here’s what I said.

Previously, Phil Lees — the author of the excellent blog Phnomenon — wrote about what not to do in Phnom Penh.

Coming to Singapore: Floating Towers

Coming to Singapore: Floating Towers [architectural rendering]

Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest private development company, has commissioned the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for OMA’s first architectural project in Singapore – a 36-storey residential high-rise. The 153 meter tall tower will be located at the intersection of Scotts Road and Cairnhill Road, in close proximity to Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous shopping and lifestyle street. With 20,000m² of built floor area, the building will provide 68 high-end apartment units with panoramic views. The design strategically maneuvers within the highly regulated building environment to maximize the full potential of the site: Four individual apartment towers are vertically offset from one another and suspended from a central core. The skyline of floating towers directly relates to the surrounding building volumes and explores the most attractive views towards the city center and an extensive green zone to the north. The lifted apartment towers reduce the building’s footprint to a minimum; the liberated ground level provides communal leisure activities embedded in the tropical landscape.

Singapore isn’t nearly as jam-packed as Hong Kong, but this rendering brings to mind Michael Wolf’s Architecture of Density photos.


A Concierge to End All Concierges


That’s the subject of my first Globorati post. Go and check it out.

Welcome Back, Don Muang!

Bangkok's Don Muang Airport: Back to the Future [not my image]


Bangkok’s old airport, Don Muang, was set to reopen Sunday to help ease congestion at the city’s troubled new international airport as its taxiways and main terminal undergo repairs, officials said.

They said Don Muang will handle some Thai Airways domestic flights and all routes for domestic budget carriers Nok Air and One-Two-Go.

“During the initial period of service resumption, Don Muang will handle about 140 flights daily,” said Kulya Pakakrong, acting president of Airports of Thailand, which runs both airports.

Bangkok’s new US$3.8 billion (€2.9 billion) Suvarnabhumi Airport was intended to be Southeast Asia’s leading air transportation hub. But it has been plagued by a host of widely publicized problems, including cracks in taxiways, a shortage of toilets, dozens of design flaws and a long list of corruption allegations.

(Thanks for the link, Khun B.)

A Long Weekend in Udon Thani

Udon Thani, Thailand

A and I recently spent a long weekend near the town of Udon Thani, in northeast Thailand. Here’re some pics.

Taking the One Less Traveled By...
The countryside.

House and Pool
The house and pool.

A with Cooks
A with the friendly ladies who cooked our meals. Cuisine from Isan — this region of Thailand — is particularly flavorful and spicy, so every meal was an absolute delight.

Whole fried fish and som tam.

A with lunch — krapow.

Khao Pad (fried rice). Incredibly tasty
Khao pad — fried rice.

Stir-fried Morning Glory
Stir-fried morning glory.

Larb (Beef Stir-Fried with Bits of Rice)

One afternoon we took a small motorbike — a 100-cc, four-stroke Honda — out for a spin. A filmed this three-minute video, and I polished it up and added a soundtrack.

Click on the image above or go watch it on YouTube.

For additional pics, check out the whole photoset.

Asia’s Top Five Craziest Buildings

The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, N. Korea [not my image]

Hi, all. I’m back.

I have a story at Tripmaster Monkey today about Asia’s craziest buildings. Enjoy (and leave a comment at the bottom of the article, if you like).

Gone Fishin’ til Wednesday Gone Fishin'

I won’t be posting anything here until Wednesday of next week.

See you then, my friends.

(Image via.)

Pods for Napping

MetroNaps [not my image]

MetroNaps: pods that you can rent for naps. These are new to me. And they’re totally, totally awesome. (This one’s for you, Mike W.)


“50 States in a Week’s Vacation”

How to Visit All 50 US States in a Week's Vacation [not my image, naturally]

Barry Stiefel visited all 50 U.S. states in a week’s vacation. Wow.


Spotted in Japan: Pizza Hut Sausage Crust

Pizza Hut Sausage Crust

Seriously. Click on the link for a bigger pic of what appears to be a pizza with sausage and cheese embedded in its crust. Can any Japanese readers out there help me with a translation?


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