DESPITE its awful past, the infamous River Kwai’s ‘death’ railway built by WWII prisoners is an ideal location for the River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race, the largest race in Southeast Asia.
I was not always into endurance sports. I think it came to me as a mid-life crisis thing. I enjoyed Bangkok’s party scene for years, becoming overweight and unhealthy in the process. I read about this River Kwai Race where people swam, biked and ran the trails. I’d already done plenty of these activities in Canada; in fact, my fondest memories growing up in a small town derived from being a free range kid cycling on 10-speed bikes on dirt trails.
Snaking through the largest race in Southeast Asia, we finally won first prizes
By Joseph Henry
Make time to visit Bangkok’s least known floating market in the city’s ‘Green Lung’
By Charlie Myers
TUCKED deep inside the grand loop of greenness on the western side of the Chao Phraya River known as the ‘Green Lung of Bangkok’ is the village of Bang Nampheung in Prapadaeng. It’s home to one of the city’s most authentic yet least known – at least to the city’s foreign community – floating markets.
It’s not an easy place to find, which probably explains why the market is not on many tourists’ radar. Once discovered, Bang Nampheung offers hours of fun browsing and haggling with hundreds of simple vendors selling an amazing array of local products and foodstuffs rarely seen elsewhere in Bangkok.
Unlike other floating markets, Bang Nampheung is a relative newcomer, having been set up in 2004 to help locals sell their agricultural products. Only people living in the immediate community are permitted to ply their wares in the market, and there are limits on the number of vendors and what they sell. Nonetheless, it has grown considerably over the years, expanding well beyond its original location beside a small canal, and now does a thriving business with other locals and visitors from Bangkok.
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Words MAXMILIAN WECHSLER
By Judith Coulson
Bangkok-born music sensation Earthcollide reveals what led her into the always unpredictable world of live music performance and why she established the Girls Rock Asia competition in 2016
From June 5-11 bars and restaurants around the world will join forces to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved cocktails while raising money for a wide range of charitable causes
Susan Field is one of the few female expats who actually live up to the term ‘Old Asia Hand.’ For three decades, this charming Brit used her base in Hong Kong to work around the region as a travel writer and owner of a public relations company. Her latest venture is The Palms Retreat, a ‘bijou’ resort on the island of Samui in southern Thailand. In this exclusive interview with Colin Hastings, Susan talks of her fascinating life and remarkable times in Asia.
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by Maximilian Wechsler
Our most recent family travel adventure was to the spiritual haven and the place that should be on every family’s list – Bali
by Natalie Glebova