Bangkok Street Life Inventions: Garbage Bag Poncho and Frond-Fashioned Napping Shade

I wanted to share two photos I snapped recently. They both demonstrate interesting Bangkok street life improvisations. First: It’s the middle of rainy season here, so what do you do when you’re caught in an evening downpour without an umbrella? Simple — make a poncho (with a cutout for your face) out of a plastic […]

Self-Promotion: My New WSJ Scene Asia Story on Hip Bangkok Nightlife

I have a story about hip Bangkok nightlife over at The Wall Street Journal‘s Scene Asia. The piece is called Bangkok’s Creative Watering Holes, and begins: What looks like a saloon entrance leads to a low-lit cavern, and up the wrought-iron staircase, a sultry woman croons along with a jazz combo. Downstairs, the well-heeled crowds […]

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport: In the News

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport has been the subject of several recent news stories about the facility’s long immigration lines and overall congestion: The Bangkok Post reported last Monday that the country’s Immigration Bureau says the lengthy queues are due to unmanageable passenger volume. On Thursday, the Post said that “female riot police officers” will help ease […]

Off topic: Lady Gaga is Coming to Bangkok in May

As a conscientious chronicler of all things Bangkok-related, I would be remiss in my duties were I not to point this out. The upcoming show, part of the “Born This Way” tour, will take place on Fri., May 25 at Rajamangala Stadium. Tickets go on sale via ThaiTicketMajor — where you can find additional details […]

Yellow Shirts Rally in Lumphini Park

The Bangkok Post today says: The People’s Alliance for Democracy yesterday backed away from its threat to stage a major Bangkok rally against the charter rewrite in a move hailed by the government as a breakthrough in easing political tensions. However, after a meeting of about 2,000 rowdy PAD supporters at Lumpini Park Hall, the […]

Thurs. Night Fire at Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 22

To follow up on my Tweets last night on this topic, here are a few stories: The AP reports: A fire at a high-rise hotel in Bangkok’s main tourist district sent smoke billowing through the upper floors, killing at least one foreigner and injuring almost two dozen other people, authorities said Friday. When firefighters arrived […]

Off topic: My Favorite Bangkok Sunset Photos

Photographic cliché or not, I am a sucker for sunsets. I often post Bangkok sunset pics to my Instagram feed (I’m @newley). And I just realized I’ve snapped many such images over the last year or so. Here are some of my faves. All images were taken with an iPod Touch or an iPhone 3GS, […]

Iranian Bomb Supspects Update: ABC News Has Photos of What Appear to be Explosive Device Hidden in Radio

ABC News has the images and reports: Forensic photographs obtained exclusively by ABC News show an undetonated explosive device that was designed to be a part of a failed bomb plot in Thailand. Three Iranian suspects were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the plot which fell apart when a similar device apparently […]

Thai Police: ‘SEJEAL’ Stickers May Have Marked Escape Route

To follow up on my previous post about the cryptic “SEJEAL” stickers: The Bangkok Post reports today: The mysterious stickers found posted along a road in Klong Toey district definitely belonged to the group of suspects believed to have been involved in the Feb 14 bombings on Sukhumvit Soi 71, police said. Fifty-two stickers bearing […]