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Photo of the Day - Thai monk

Photo of the Day - Thai monk Jun 26th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Religious ritual is closely connected to everyday life in Southeast Asia, even in the confines of a modern city like Bangkok. Today's photo, by Flickr user Mark Fischer, is of a monk with an alms bowl, a frequent sight throughout Thailand. The man holds the shiny metal bowl in his hands while a distorted reflection of his face stares up from the bottom. The soft orange folds of the man's robe...

Illegal animal smuggler busted in Thai airport

Illegal animal smuggler busted in Thai airport May 14th, 2011 at 8:00AM: A man identified only as a citizen of the United Arab Emirates was arrested in the international airport in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday for the illegal smuggling of animals. At the time of his arrest, he had several suitcases which contained two baby leopards, two panthers, two macaque monkeys, and an Asiatic black bear. According to this story from our friends at AOL Travel, the 36-year old...

Video of the Day - Journey through Asia

May 3rd, 2011 at 5:00PM: If you have 4 minutes to spare and a virtual tour through Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam strikes your fancy; sit back and enjoy this beautiful montage from filmmaker Ivan Vania. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and set to a soundtrack by Yann Tiersen (composer of the score for Amélie), it's an incredibly vivid depiction of the boat rides, temples, smiles, and landscapes that many...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 12: Going Home

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 12: Going Home Apr 11th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 42 – Click above to watch video after the jump After riding elephants, eating scorpions, walking through Hellfire Pass, visiting the famous bridge at the River Kwai, and seeing a Red Shirt movement up close - it's finally time to say goodbye to Thailand and wrap up the biggest adventure Travel Talk has had. Our last day was a blur of packing,...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 11: Red Shirts

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 11: Red Shirts Mar 24th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 41 – Click above to watch video after the jump After riding elephants, eating scorpions, walking through Hellfire Pass, and visiting the famous bridge at the River Kwai, one of the only items left on our to-do list in Thailand was to speak with people that were passionate about the sensitive political environment. As we arrived back into the city,...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 10: Kanchanaburi

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 10: Kanchanaburi Mar 14th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 40 – Click above to watch video after the jump In the first half of Travel Talk's grand Thai expedition, we've tamed elephants, explored Bangkok's temples, eaten scorpions, taken in a Muay Thai match, and witnessed a train running directly through a bustling market. Now, we're taking you to explore a lesser known province of Thailand for a closer...

Miniature Thailand - tilt-shift video

Mar 11th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Bustling Bangkok never looked so tiny and cute. Tilt-shift video makes everything look like a miniature play set, and this video of various Thailand locales employs the technique perfectly. The Chao Phraya river that runs through Bangkok looks like a tiny stream in some sort of elaborate diorama, and people taking to the sea in the Phi Phi Islands near Phuket look like small articulated...

48 Hours in Bangkok

48 Hours in Bangkok Mar 9th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Since its emergence as an R&R destination for American servicemen during the Vietnam War, Bangkok has had an infamous reputation as a hedonistic den of sin. But look beyond the tired stereotypes to discover the increasingly swish and stylish capital of a booming Asian tiger. Fueled by manufacturing and heavy industry, Thailand is currently experiencing an annual GDP growth rate of 7.8%. If...

Valentine's Day tribute: Sex museums around the world

Valentine's Day tribute: Sex museums around the world Feb 14th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Ah, Valentine's Day. It's a loaded holiday, one with high expectations. This year, though, I got into the spirit of things: I decided to rustle up a list of the world's great sex museums. Even if you can't pay a visit, their websites are informative and loaded with photos of exhibits. And best of all? You can indulge all by yourself, no relationship needed. Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 6: Swordfights and Elephants

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 6: Swordfights and Elephants Feb 10th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 36 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 5: Morning Shopping

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 5: Morning Shopping Feb 7th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 35 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 4: Muay Thai Boxing

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 4: Muay Thai Boxing Feb 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 34 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy...

Thailand's new PC Air first airline in country to hire transsexual flight attendants

Thailand's new PC Air first airline in country to hire transsexual flight attendants Jan 31st, 2011 at 3:00PM: Being the hostess with the mostess just got more competitive. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Thailand's newest airline, PC Air, is raising the bar on airline personnel. It's the first Thai airline to hire transsexual flight attendants, as part of a pioneering effort to redefine equal rights within the industry. PC Air is slated to debut in April, running charter flights across Asia. The...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 3: Temples & Boats

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 3: Temples & Boats Jan 31st, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 33 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 2: Khao San Road

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 2: Khao San Road Jan 27th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 32 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of the...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 1: The First 48 Hours

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 1: The First 48 Hours Jan 25th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 31 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of...

Ten wild cab rides that you'll never forget

Ten wild cab rides that you'll never forget Sep 20th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Everyone has their own way of immersing in a culture. Some jump in knees-deep into the food scene, massacring the local food blogs and munching their ways through every gastic adventure that they can find. Others enjoy the philosophical and soft-edged days of lounging in street side cafes, watching passers-by and drinking coffee in the early afternoon sun. Here at Gadling though, we prefer the...

Top five cities for taxi drivers (and the bottom end, too)

Top five cities for taxi drivers (and the bottom end, too) Aug 7th, 2010 at 5:00PM: When you step into a cab, you never know what you're going to find. The driver could be knowledgeable, helpful, pleasant and safe. Or, he could lead you into a fender-bender in minutes. It's a real roll of the dice, of course, though some cities' cabbies are certainly better than others – at least that's what hotels.com found. In a study of world's taxi drivers, hotels.com found that...

Pico Iyer: The trip that changed my life

Pico Iyer: The trip that changed my life Jul 20th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Bangkok these days seems about as alien and exotic as its sister City of Angels across the ocean. Hollywood cop films are shot there, New York bars open their second branches on its back-streets and for many a kid just out of college in Seattle, the Khao San Road is as natural a first stop as once the Left Bank was, or North Beach. But in 1983, Thailand still seemed the far side of the universe....

Daily Pampering: Orient Express tours through South-East Asia

Daily Pampering: Orient Express tours through South-East Asia Jul 13th, 2010 at 4:00PM: The Orient Express, the ultra-luxury train service, is launching a series of rides through Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia starting this November. Each tour will be limited to 60 passengers (the trains can hold a maximum of 132 people) and will include overnight off-train stays, tours and lectures. You can choose from three- and six-night excursions that journey from Bangkok to...

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