Wat Pariwat — A cure for temple fatigue

Confession: We don’t recall ever spending more than 20 minutes in one of Thailand’s temples. Despite the sheer beauty and displays of amazing craftsmanship, temple-fatigue sets in quite quickly as, in our humble opinion, so many temples simply look… the same. That was until we discovered Wat Pariwat, a temple along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river…

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A Villa of Great Pleasure – Villa Mahabhirom in Chiang Mai

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and Villa Mahabhirom is a great example of that. It took three design-savvy friends seven years to build this hidden luxury retreat in one of Chiang Mai’s lesser-visited neighborhoods. In contrast with most luxury hotels in Northern Thailand, you won’t find much Lanna architecture at ’The Villa of…

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Souvenir shopping in Iran (for design-savvy travelers)

Before arriving in Iran, we told ourselves to not bring anything but a small keepsake home. Little did we know that Iran’s mesmerizing bazaars, quirky antique stores, and carpet shops would make this an absolutely impossible promise to keep… This is what we ended up lugging back home: Best places for souvenir shopping in Iran…

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Where to stay in Bangkok – an insider’s guide

Ever since we made Bangkok our home 5 years ago, we have been asked numerous times: “What is the best area to stay in Bangkok?” With 50 districts and more than 1000 hotels to choose from, deciding on where to stay in Bangkok can be intimidating for first-timers. In this guide, we’re going to do…

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Cheap and Cheerful — Thailand’s Mom & Pop Shop Souvenirs

Cheap, cheerful and a touch of Isaan-chic. These trinkets just scream ‘Thailand’, and make a colorful touch to even the dreariest of interiors (or, you know, you could also use them for their intended purpose). At less than a 100 baht a piece, it’s hard to not pick up a few to bring back home.…

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These 9 Bangkok hotspots are making Chinatown great again

The days of Bangkok’s Chinatown merely being a street-food heaven are long gone. Attracted by low rents and a slower pace of urban life, Bangkok’s hipsters have flocked to this area and have started snatching up dilapidated shophouses to turn them into something cool. Nowadays, Chinatown’s nightlife scene rivals that of Thonglor and Sukhumvit. The…

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Lucky Number Eight — Ba Hao in Bangkok

With gentrification sweeping through Bangkok’s Chinatown and Instagram-appropriate cocktail bars popping up like mushrooms, the opening of Ba Hao could’ve easily been dismissed as yet another one. However, there is something about this transformed shophouse on Soi Nana (the other Soi Nana, that is), that makes me believe it’s worth the hype.  Founded by a…

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Weird and wonderful — Papaya Studio in Bangkok

Part vintage store, part photo studio and part museum, Papaya Studio is a place unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Grown from a collection of classic furniture and random oddities accumulated over the last 25 years by the eccentric shop owner, Mr. Tong, this massive depot now houses one of the largest vintage and antique collections in…

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Interior envy — Bangkok’s most well-designed Airbnb apartments

We sure do love ourselves a stay in a posh hotel or a well-designed boutique B&B, and luckily, Bangkok has no shortage of those. However, there’s something about these Airbnb’s that makes us forget about room service and pool access… Original Shophouse in Chinatown Located above a small tapas bar in a beautifully renovated Sino-Portuguese…

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10 Thailand souvenirs that don’t suck

Let’s be honest: did you really like that tiny tuk-tuk, paper umbrella or tacky buddha statue your friends brought you as a souvenir from their Thailand trip? Probably not. That’s why we’ve selected 10 unique gifts, so you don’t have to be *that* friend. Most of these items are locally made and exclusively available in…

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