Phraeng Phutton in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

What to see and do (and eat!) in and around Phraeng Phutton

Set in Bangkok’s old town, and a short stroll from infamous attractions and destinations like Khaosan Road and the Grand Palace, Phraeng Phutton is an under-the-radar town-square-like street that still has a local-feeling, village-like atmosphere, even despite its proximity to the hordes of tourists who take to Bangkok every year. One of three so-called ‘phraeng’ […]

Songkran new year water festival in Thailand - photo by John Shedrick

Songkran 2018: celebrating the Thai New Year in Bangkok

The Thai New Year festival of Songkran is without a doubt Thailand’s most famous, and the one for which the country is well known around the world – most notably of all for the raucous nationwide waterfights that are the hallmark of modern-day celebrations. Quite unlike anything seen in festivals elsewhere around the world – […]

Monkeys at Phra Prang Sam Yot shrine in Lopburi, Thailand - photo by Adam Baker

Where to travel in central Thailand

Aside from Bangkok, central Thailand misses out on much of the tourism brochure love that’s afforded to both the south and the north. Sometimes that’s understandable – this is largely rice cultivation country, and it’s not as tightly packed with winning tourist attractions as other parts of Thailand – but that’s not to say there […]

New Year's Eve fireworks on the Chao Phraya river - photo by Prachanart Viriyaraks

Expique’s Guide to the New Year in Bangkok (Updated for 2017/18)

More updates for 2017/18 coming soon.  While Thailand’s most well known festival is the Thai new year Songkran, with its massive country-wide water fights, the western new year is – much like Christmas – still celebrated on a large scale in Bangkok and elsewhere. In fact, together with Chinese New Year, Thais get in on […]

Talay Bua Daeng Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani, Thailand - photo by Susornpol Joe Watanachote

Where to go in northeastern Thailand (Isaan)

Relatively few tourists venture to northeastern Thailand, the region known as Isaan that is the country’s rice bowl. That’s a shame, because provinces in Isaan have plenty to see, the region’s cuisine is one of Thailand’s most exciting (it’s the home of somtum papaya salad, after all!), and the overriding lack of tourists means you’re […]

Chinese New Year in Yaowarat, Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Aleksandr Zykof

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and, with a huge community of Chinese descent and one of the world’s largest and liveliest Chinatown neighbourhoods, it’s no real wonder that Bangkok comes alive for this annual celebration. Here’s what you need to know about celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok in 2017. In 2017, […]

Portraits of Queen Sirikit of Thailand - photo by Nick Hubbard

August 12: Mother’s Day and the Queen’s Birthday in Thailand

Just as the Thai king’s birthday is celebrated as father’s day on 05 December since he is thought of as the father of the nation, so his wife Queen Sirikit is considered the mother of the nation and so her birthday on 12 August is celebrated as national mother’s day. Queen Sirikit was born on 12 […]

Thai temple - photo by Diriye Amey

Asanha Bucha and Khao Phansa in Thailand

Asanha Bucha Day is a significant Buddhist event and public holiday on the Thai calendar. The day, which usually falls in July or August and in 2016 takes place on 19 July, marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first sermon over two and a half millennia ago. The sermon, which would later go on to […]

Royal Ploughing Ceremony - photo via Wikimedia

Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Thailand

Mid-May sees an additional public holiday in Bangkok, though it is one that is only taken by government officials, and not by private businesses or banks. The holiday is on the occasion of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, which takes place at the royal ceremonial ground of Sanam Luang – in the Banglamphu area of Bangkok and close […]