Appon's Thai Life

Welcome to my Thai Life Blog

Here you can find articles on Thailand, anything interesting, unusual, or eye catching that doesn't quite fit on the recipe blog. Over the years of writing 'Appon's Thai Food' there have been lots of articles that have come and gone from the site, simply because they weren't recipes and didn't have a place in the recipe archives. This blog is their new home!
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April 16, 2015

Songkran in Chaiyaphum

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It's hot, its Songkran, and that's the best excuse for a water party there is! The province of Chaiyaphum is in the southern part of Isaan, and I headed off to enjoy Songkran there.

I might have been late for the sand castle competition but I think my Egyptian Pyramid with smiley face Sphyinxes and genuine brick texture would have won hands down.


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March 22, 2015

Bangnarmphueng Floating Revisited

Another weekend, another floating market. Once upon a time we were starved for floating markets, now they're everywhere throughout Bangkok!

I'm visiting Bangnarmphueng market again, the market on the pig gut of land near the center of Bangkok, this piece of land can be visited by a short boat trip from many of the piers along the east bank of the river.

It's really grown since I was here last, the temple is larger, but is still being extended. The market bounds have grown, and many more foreign tourists are here too.

Perhaps other markets are nearer, but this market offers you the excuse to take a boat trip to reach it!

North East of Bangkok you can find: Kwan-Riam floating market, Wat Prayasuren floating market, There's this one Bangnarmphueng Floating Market Bangkok, North West has Talin Chan and Floating Market Khlong Latmayom.
While over to the west outside of Bangkok, Amphawa is a famous.

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March 21, 2015

Harbin Ice Wonderland

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It's damn hot in March and April, and a small stand selling tickets to an Ice Wonderland caught my eye. So off I go to see 'Harbin Ice Wonderland'.

Harbin is the site of the Chinese ice festival, where they cover the town with ice sculptures, and this is just a little mini-taster near Bearing BTS Station, in Bangkok in a large temporary enclosure.

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March 15, 2015

Ink'd in Train Market

I'm not into the tattoo culture. I don't really want to get a dragon permanently drawn on my back and quite frankly you see old men in Thailand with faded, distorted tattoos and wonder what the heck they were thinking!

What happens when you change your mind? Laser tattoo removal is expensive and not perfect.

But there is an alternative! A quick spray on tattoo, takes minutes, is painless and costs 70 baht. So if you really want to get decorated with ink, this I don't mind!

This booth I found in Train Market in Bangkok.

March 9, 2015

Making Cement Sexy from SCG

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Siam Cement Group have always tried to promote themselves in imaginative ways, but how do you make cement sexy? How do you turn a grey powder sold in large brown recycled paper bags into an exciting modern news-worthy thing??

You don't! Instead you hire other more inventive people to do it for you!

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This is 10 cal tower, a recent architecture project from SuperMachine, the Bangkok design studio of Pitupong Chaowakul. An Escher like series of ramps and stairs to explore, naturally its all SCG concrete. It's next to Bang saen beach in Chonburi and I'll see it next time I'm there.

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March 7, 2015

Imported Whiskey

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I've been shopping and I spotted this bottle of Imported 'Grand Royal Reserve Whiskey'. It certainly looks the part in a golden box, an embossed bottle, a paper label to seal the screw cap.
It's won lots of awards too, the label boasts of many world class awards that this whiskey has won.

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MONDE selection, San Fransisco World Spirits awards, VIP Platinum. This is really a world class spirit! But where is it from? There's no Thai writing on it, no Asian scripts, no Simplified Chinese. Surely this is a European product? Perhaps even Scotch?

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Amphawa Fun Things

Train Market or Car Park?

The Google Maps Problem

Flying Chicken Giveaway

Win's new Noodle Shop, Chumpon

Isaan Fish, Exploring Udomsuk

Koren Style/BBQ 149 Baht/Paradise

Lady Pie, Phuket's Answer to the Witches Pie Shop

Bizzo, Take Your Time, Bangna Bangkok

Vareeya Revisted

Warm Comfy Bar, Bangna Bangkok

Sushi Hana, Central Bangna, Bangkok

Song Birds by Day, Song Birds by Night

iCondo Udomsuk 103 Bangkok

Monument Festival, Sisunthorn Phuket

Snake Ate my Fish

Wear White for Democracy

Custom Key Rings, Phuket

Jatujak Fans for Jatujak Fans

Wat Kowrang Dedication *happening now*

LED's Everywhere

Boom & Chef Win Wedding Wallpapers

Otop 2013! New! Dryer!

Supercheap, risen from the ashes

I broke my house roots

The dentist, what could be more fun?

Bug Control, The Natural Way

Light em up!

Our NSA overlords

Supercheap Phuket Homage

Sparkly Iron on Beads

Prison Product, Furniture, Phuket

Sequel: Villains, Heros and Victims

House Cancer

My First Geocache

Phuket Bike Week

Weapons of Splash Destruction

6 More To Go

Phuket Boat Show, Not just for the Rich

Siray Island Phuket, Decay

Phuket is Busy 2

Phuket is Busy!

Heroines Celebrations 13-16th March

Yamu Night Fishing Competition

OTOP Phuket City

Consecrating Wat Padungthamapotivad

Chinese New Year Failed

Escape from a Hangover

ISP Tektonic

Drifting Rocks Illusion

Gilding Buddhas

Bird Song Competitions

Phuket Triangle

Permits Revoked, Paradise Lost

Cassa Khiewchanta Indoor Swimming Pool

Cassa Khiewchanta, Snakes

Cassa Khiewchanta, Cleanup

Buddha Day 3/Aug/2012

Buddha Day, Candle Procession

Olympics Silver, 58kgs Womens Weightlifting!

Any idiot can drive a scooter

Rainy Day Fun: Soda Science

Rainy Day Fun: Wafer Biscuit Jenga

Vegetable Carving

Mall Wars Casualty : Siam Night Bazaar

Not Buddhism

Gang Hed on the Farm

Eat like a Thai: Phra Pradaeng

Superstar Monk, P.M.Sompong Talaphutto

Asiatique Night Market Bangkok

Mega Bangna Megarific

Hot today, time for the seaside

SpokeDark vs ZeFrank's Back

BIG+BIH Show Bangkok

Songkran in Chonburi, Sand and Crabs

Songkran in Bangsaen Chonburi, Seafood and Sunset

Songkran - Choose Your Weapons

Authentic Mang-Da Nam Prik, Bangkok

Liew Khiewchanta, Dead at 21

Bitec Thai Food Fair, January 2012

Chinese New Year, Bangkok

Chinese New Year

Home Made Acne Cream

Children's Day (2nd Sat in January)

Ekamai Bus Station Shortchanger

Sunken Markets

Ikea vs SB Design Square, Bangkok November 2011

Thai Red Cross Flood Relief

Lucky 235612, How the Thai Lottery Works

Flood Land, Phra-Khanong, Bangkok 30/10/2011

Terminal 21, Asok, Bangkok

Cassa Khiewchanta Street Cleaning Notice

Flooded Don Muang by Chihiro Train

How to Disinfect Fruit & Salad Vegetables

BIG+BIH Crystal After Shave

How to Clean Dirty Water

Flood Check 23/10/2011

BIG+BIH Wall Coverings

BIG+BIH I'm Not a Paper Cup

BIG+BIH Gift & Housewair Fair, Bitec, Bangkok 2011

Photos of the Floods

Flood Preparations 21st October 2011

Lightning Storm

Neck Warmer

A tale of two piers, Bangkok

Pork Chocolate Strawberry Crepe

Bituoy Flower

Chinese Buddha Temple, Samrong, Bangkok

Bangkok Island and the Flood Gates

Old Style Thai Candy

Womens Tonic

Handicraft Kit - OTOP

Dried Bananas with Honey Glaze, OTOP, Tak

Noni Juice & Galingale Health Drink -OTOP Nongkhai

OTOP - One Tambon, One Product

Bangkok is Sinking

Coiled String Bowls and Pots

When Localization Goes Wrong

Luang Por Waen Sujinno Model

Cardboard Model Books

Google Thailand, กูเกิลไทยแลนด์

Wok as a hand basin

Carved Coconut Duck

Familiar Photo??

Lacquerware Salad Bowls Jatujak

Dog Bottom Paper Dispensers

Walk through a Slum

Cable Noodles

Shy Plants

Cooking with Dog (It IS what you think)

Witches Pie Factory

Baiyoke Sky Tower, Bangkok

Sa La Pow - Cooking With Dog

Give up your seats for monks

I dare you

Say it with Chocolate

Jatujak Cock Fighting

Bullet Hole Decal

Food in Jatujak Market Bangkok

Jin-Joks Everywhere

Jatujak Little Find

Melonpan - Cooking with Dog

Bubble Blowing Penguin

Mystery Object Quiz

Mugging in Nakhorn Phanom

Seafood Filled Omellette Balls

Crazy Clocks Bangna Central City

Alien Statue Jatujak

Chopstick Shopstick

Huggy Bears

Clever boy plays the khene

Ghost Vendor

Handbag-ography

Custard + Cake + Cute = Corn Cob

Roasting Chestnuts, Bangkok

Lighting Thailand

Traditional Thai Nougat

Chinatown Ingredients

Fresh Chips/Crisps + Street Show, 20 Baht

Vibrant

English Taught To Thai Children

Thai Cut-less-lery

Black Thai Toothpaste

Another Jatujak Novelty

Bento Box Egg Moulds

Jatujak Market, Wooden Elephant

Iced Sweet Thai Tea

Big vs Little

Chinatown Fish Stomachs

Feeding Fish in Bangkok

Chinese Paper Funeral Possessions

Fortune Teller

Rainy Season Thailand

China Town Food

Jatujak Market Coffee Machines

Buddha by Day

A side order of democracy

70's Retro Chic Bangkok

Traditional Thai Condiments (Noodles)

Cooling Spray at MBK

Jatujak Horses

Clever Boy Plays Xylophone

Button Shoes at Jatujak

Viles Sold on the Street

Wan Assanhabucha, July 15th 2554

Dish Washing Soap Kit

Imperial World - Dynamo

Ice Crushing - Old Style

Centipede15" Scary, Ouiuuuwwww

School Supply Shop Bangkok

And the winner is.....Thailand

Red Light Jumping

Superstar Monks : Pra Mahasompong

String Wishes

Beansprouts Growing

Khiewchanta Wallpapers

My Father