Getting to Mekhala Pier from BTS Skytrain

Getting to Mekhala Pier from BTS Skytrain
The Bangkok Mass Transit System, widely known as the BTS or the Skytrain, is an elevated transit system that connects main business and major tourist areas in Bangkok. The system consists of 34 stations along two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and Bearing respectively, and the Silom Line which run through Silom roads, the Central Business District of Bangkok, terminating at the National Stadium and Bangwa

Weeds on the River: How Thais Turn Invasive Plants to Good Use

Weeds on the River: How Thais Turn Invasive Plants to Good Use
Often our guests on the Mekhala cruise are curious about the numerous patches of water plant floating in the Chao Phraya River and wonder what its impact is on the river’s ecosystem. The plant is actually water hyacinth.  It is native to South America and was introduced into Thailand from Indonesia in 1901, during the reign of King Rama V. The story goes that a palace official was impressed by the plant’s beautiful flowers and brought it back to Tha

Tastes of Thailand: Thai Roti

Tastes of Thailand: Thai Roti
The Sweet roti Generally, Thais call most kinds of Indian flat bread as roti. Some are savoury and some are sweets. The sweet roti is a popular street snack you can find anywhere in Thailand. It is made of wheat flour dough fried on a flat pan. The classic one is drizzled with condensed milk and sugar. It's eaten as a hot snack. This type of roti comes in different varieties such as crispy roti and soft roti with different stuffing (e.g. banana, chocola...

The Thai Spirit House

The Thai Spirit House
Thailand may be known as a Buddhist country. However, Thais had practised animism for centuries even before Buddhism was introduced to the country. Nowadays, animistic rituals, together with Brahmanism and Hinduism, still play an important role in several aspects of their lives. Outdoor spirit house is an epitome of animistic belief commonly seen at houses and business buildings throughout the country. It is believed that the spirit that lives in th...

Flavor of Ayutthaya

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Boat Noodle: The Simple Dish of Ayutthaya

Boat Noodle: The Simple Dish of Ayutthaya
The noodle dish without the soup. Many Thai dishes are generally influenced by Indian and Chinese cuisine. Thai people have an amazing ability to adopt and modify foreign foods. They usually find a way to spice up the dishes to cater to their tastes. Thai noodle soup is clearly a Chinese influence. It comes in different styles and easy to find in local restaurants in Thailand. "Gway Tiew Reaw" or "noodle soup from the boat" is one of the most popular n...

Riverside Community

Riverside Community
Like many ancient civilizations worldwide, Thais in the past tended to have their settlement near canals and rivers. Their livelihood depended mainly on water for domestic and agricultural use as well as for communication. The significance of the waterways in the way of living of Thai people is obvious in the names of many towns and districts that usually begin with the word "bang", meaning a village settlement or group of shop houses built alo...

Pathum Thani Market

Pathum Thani Market
Frequented by local people, Pathum Thani market is an ordinary fresh market and certainly not on a tourist map. And that makes this riverside market interesting. It is a kind of place where Thai people in the past could buy anything from fresh produce to household goods. The Taste of Thailand Located on the riverbank of the Chao Phraya river, the market was recently renovated but still maintains a vibrant atmosphere, especially in the mor...