Monthly Archives: September 2009

Does Sydney have better Thai food than Thailand?

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Wake up, Sydney, and smell the lemongrass. Do you know what’s under your collective nose? Anyone who has lived away from this city for any time suffers withdrawal symptoms for Thai chicken curry, deep-fried snapper with sweet chilli sauce, pad thai noodles or Thai beef salad, whether from Longrain, Chat Thai, Spice I Am, Sailor’s Thai or (insert your favourite local Thai here). Even Sydneysiders who have moved to Thailand suffer post-Sydney-Thai-fabulousness syndrome.

That’s because there is nothing in the world like Sydney Thai food. Europe can’t do it and neither can America. London certainly can’t, with one honourable exception (David Thompson’s Nahm), and neither can Bangkok, because only Sydney has the mix of climate, produce, attitude and style – and those last two are as important as the first two.

(Emphasis mine.)

Link via this New Mandala post, where you’ll find some reactions to the story. And here’s more, um, hard-hitting feedback from Stomachs on Legs. in the new Lonely Planet: Thailand

Lonely Planet Thailand has earned a mention in the new Lonely Planet Thailand guide book. This humble blog is listed under the heading “The Inside Scoop,” on page 107. It’s part of a round-up of “informative or entertaining” Thailand blogs.

And in the Sights section of the Bangkok chapter, on page 139, you’ll also find a brief interview with yours truly and my Thai teacher, Khun Ju, about foreigners learning Thai. ((The Bangkok chapter and other parts of the LP were written by Bangkok-based foodie photog Austin Bush, who — I can tell you from personal experience — knows Thailand very, very well. (And I’m not just saying that.) ))

Thailand sports news: Robson in, Rafa out

Just wanted to draw your attention to two Thailand sports stories:

  1. A conclusion to the Peter Reid saga: Ex-Manchester United midfielder Bryan Robson is the next coach of the Thailand national soccer team. BBC has the details, and here’s more from the Nation and the Bangkok Post.
  2. Tennis news: Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Thailand Open due to an abdominal injury. The AP has more in this short item.

Images and videos from Saturday’s Red Shirts protest

Here are a few images I snapped at Saturday’s red shirt protest here in Bangkok. (Back story is here and here.)

Red shirts protest

Red shirts protest

Red shirts protest

Red shirts protest

Red shirts protest

Red shirts protest

There are a few more in the full set on Flickr.

And below are two short videos. I shot these on my Nokia E71 cell phone amid the pouring rain, with a clouded lens, so please excuse the image quality. The videos should give you a sense of the atmosphere at the rally, however.

Video one (embedded below): protesters listen to a speech in the rain.

Video two: a motorbike procession:

Reds and yellows protest in Thailand

Yesterday’s red shirt protest here in Bangkok attracted some 30,000 demonstrators. Despite concerns about the potential for violence, the rally was peaceful. has details here.

Meanwhile, on the Thailand-Cambodia border, yellow shirt demonstrators fought with local residents near the Preah Vihear temple. Here’s a BBC News report with video of the clashes.

I spent a few hours at the red shirt rally and will be writing more about that soon.

The role of the military in Thai politics

Political analyst Thitinan Pongsudhirak — whose recent story about the national police chief saga I mentioned yesterday — has another Bangkok Post opinion piece worth reading. It’s about the role of the military in Thai politics. You can find it here. Timely reading, as tomorrow (Sat., Sept. 19th) is the three year anniversary of the military coup that toppled exiled former PM Thaksin.