Makha Bucha Day in Thailand - photo by John Shedrick

Makha Bucha Day in Thailand

Buddhist days make up a number of the public holidays on the Thai calendar, and among them is Makha Bucha Day. In 2019, Makha Bucha Day falls on Tuesday 19 February – but what is the story behind Makha Bucha Day, and how can you see it observed if you’re visiting Bangkok or other parts […]

Christmas tree at Central World - photo by Kazuhiro Nakamura

Expique’s Guide to Christmas in Bangkok

Christmas is fast approaching and in this article you will find some ideas of how to spent Christmas in Bangkok. Many people wonder to what extent Christmas and New Years Eve are celebrate in Thailand. While we have a few special festive activities this year at Expique (Santa Tuk Tuk Tours and Festive Thai Cooking […]

A canal-side alleyway off Pahurat Road in Pahurat, Little India, Bangkok, Thailand - photo by G E M

Bangkok’s culturally rich Little India neighbourhood of Pahurat

Size-wise, Bangkok’s Little India neighbourhood pales in comparison to the city’s neighbouring Chinatown district, one of the largest in the world. But that’s not to say it’s not worth visiting – known locally as Pahurat, this culturally rich and less touristy part of the Thai capital was constructed at the very end of the 19th […]

Flower market and cooking Airbnb Experience in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Airbnb Experience host

The best Airbnb Experiences in Bangkok

Whilst Expique is very much a traditional Bangkok-based tour company we take a lot of inspiration from the emerging platforms like Airbnb. It’s platforms like this that keep our own creativity alive.  First came accommodation, and now activities: Airbnb’s foray into Experiences opens up a whole array of opportunities for local exploration to visitors to […]

Sampeng Lane - photo by Fabio Achilli

What to do in Chinatown in Bangkok

One of Bangkok’s most vibrant, authentic and unchanged neighborhoods, Chinatown – known locally as Yaowarat – is a must-see area for visitors to Thailand’s capital. Just a short hop from both the downtown business districts and the old-town Rattanakosin area, Chinatown is alive with opportunities to explore and discover a unique side to day-to-day life […]

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’ […]

Chiang Mai in northern Thailand - photo by Andrea Schaffer

Where to go in northern Thailand

After Bangkok, Chiang Mai is among Thailand’s most-visited cities, and a jaunt up north figures prominently on the itineraries of both first-time and repeat visitors. But there’s plenty more to see than Chiang Mai alone – not that the green northern capital doesn’t boast plenty of attractions of its own that make it more than […]

A spirit house in Chiang Mai, Thailand - photo by VasenkaPhotography

Customs and habits that baffle first-time visitors to Thailand

Just like any country in the world, Thailand’s culture comes with its own set of customs and habits that can often be baffling to those encountering them for the first time. While those who live here or visit frequently quickly become accustomed to many of these behaviours, they can easily prove perplexing to the first-time […]

A Thai ladyboy show in Bangkok - photo by Arun Katiyar

Why is Bangkok such a gay-friendly city?

Bangkok has a global reputation of one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, alongside spots like San Francisco, London and Berlin. As well as being a tolerant place for local gay men and women – and the infamous home of the ‘third sex’ – the Thai capital is a popular destination for gay visitors from around […]