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The Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Wat Pho

We were in Thailand recently for TBEX Asia 2015 and there were small tours that the organisers pieced together for us before the actual event. When I saw Wat Pho listed there, I jumped at the opportunity to visit one of my favourite Wats in Bangkok – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. We’ve visited Wat Pho many times during our numerous trips to Bangkok but each time we went

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Bangkok Boutique Hotel: The uber-chic Oriental Residence

Driving from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Oriental Residence, a Bangkok boutique hotel, we couldn’t help but think back to all the time we’d spent in Bangkok (and Thailand) and how much we love the place and the people. We’ve been here more times than we can count and on each trip, there’s always something special we’ve taken back with us. Little did we know that we were on our way to

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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Luxury Hotel That Outshines The Rest

We couldn’t look much further while looking for the ultimate Bangkok luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental is the oldest hotel in Thailand. La grande dame de Bangkok. Close to 140 years of elegant luxury. The hotel that has seen the likes of  Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham walk its hallways. And we were standing in its lobby, surrounded by smiles as large as ours, about to be checked in at an experience

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Top 10 Things to Do in Bangkok

Bangkok is easily one of the most popular travel destinations from India right now with the sudden influx of low cost carriers going international and Indians too! We know it’s gone super high on popularity thanks to the cheap shopping and well, frankly the promise of a land where everything goes (ping pong bars and massages with happy endings included). Stereotypes aside, we found Bangkok really does have something for

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Ayutthaya, Thailand – A date with history in ruins

Ayutthaya meant a lot to me personally. While we were planning our Thailand itinerary, I was the least enthused among the 4 of us to visit Ayutthaya. How exciting can an entire day roaming through a bunch of temples be? Given the amount of religion we’re exposed to back in India, the prospect just didn’t thrill me. Turns out, I was wrong. This wasn’t about religion. It was about history.

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5 things we love (and hate) about Thailand

1. Street Food For two foodies, who are on the verge of resigning to the fact that we’ll never ever be fit given how we eat, Thailand was wonderland. The street food was cheaper than we imagined (40 THB for a noodle soup), and available in enough varieties to let you survive on noodle soup alone for the entire trip. It was fresh, filling yet light enough for us to

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Blue Elephant Cooking School, Bangkok- Part II: Half day cooking class

After a morning of walking and ogling at exotic produce on our Blue Elephant Cooking School, Bangkok’s Market Tour, we’d whipped up quite an appetite. Back in the classroom, we settled in like eager students on our first day back at school. Everyone rushed for the desks up front, hurriedly tied on our black aprons, and settled into our seats, holding out freshly sharpened pencils, quickly glancing through the recipe

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Blue Elephant Cooking School, Bangkok – Part I: Morning market tour

If you know anything about us yet, you know we love food. All kinds of food. And while the Gourmet Course at the Cordon Bleu Paris wasn’t Charles’ cup of tea and I ended up attending it alone, it was a given that he’d be jumping way more than me at a Thai cooking class. What can I say, the man loves his chillies! We’d eaten a fair bit of

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Feung Nakorn Balcony – An Oasis in Bangkok

Our first stop in Bangkok and we were in for a surprise. The flight from Mumbai to Bangkok isn’t a long one but our impatience to get our trip started made it seem like we were on a non-stop flight around the world and in no hurry to land. But we soon did and stormed through Immigration, collected our bags and were off to the taxi stand. Once out of

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