Sikhs in Thailand...
Sikhs, a minority group living in Bangkok, make up only a fraction
of a percent of the total population. In addition to being their
place of prayer, Sri Gurusingh Sabha is also a school that is managed
voluntarily by the congregation. The Recitation of the Holy Scriptures,
considered the only authority in Sikhdom today, is a 300- hundred-year-old
ceremony. It takes place annually and is a three-day event. Sri
Gurusingh Sabha is located at 565 Chakraphet, Bangkok 2.
for a reliable guide...
found that since Bangkok covers an area of 360 square miles, hiring
a private guide can save time when there is a lot you want to see.
Here are two companies that I've dealt with and that I can recommend:
This company offers an English-speaking guide, driver and van for
approximately $20 a person a day (min. 2 people).
Soi Kasemson 1, Rama I Road, Patumwan
Phone: (662) 219-2079
Operator Khiri Travel Co., Ltd.
106/4 Soi Rambuttri, Banglumpoo
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phone: +2 629 0491, +2 629 0492
Fax: +2 629 0493
Conrad Bangkok is a luxurious, visually stunning hotel, but,
because it is new, many taxi drivers are not yet familiar with its
location. I carried directions in both type - and handwritten Sanskrit
after having been taxied around most of the city one afternoon,
while my non-English speaking driver tried to find it.
The address is:
All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road.
Phone: (66) 2 690 9999
was late when I checked into the Conrad Bangkok. Most notable in
my room (especially after my direct NY/Tokyo/Bangkok flight), was
a free-standing tub in the bathroom, which opened into the bedroom
via louvered mahogany shutters. Divine decadence is what came to
mind as I poured the complimentary gardenia-scented bath gel into
running water, opened the shutters and, while soaking, focused on
the serenity of the large room before me.
felt great the next morning, thanks to a comfortable bed and the
No-Jet-Lag homeopathic tabs I take during long flights. Downstairs,
the three-floor atrium lobby was flooded with soft natural light.
Breakfasts are on the balcony surrounding the second floor, where
strategically placed art objects and a single orchid stem or bamboo
branch in colored crystal vases glow from the indirect lighting
behind seating arrangements. This was one hotel I didn't feel as
though I should rearrange the furniture. Special attention is paid
to the smallest detail.
silk fashion in Phuket...
I found the most
magnificent women's clothing store in Phuket. It's called the Silk
Closet. The owner personally designs all the clothes in the shop
and uses only the finest silk. Her clothes are exquisite in design,
impeccable in workmanship and an incredible value. I bought over
a dozen garments from blouses to long skirts. Styles range from
everyday to high couture. And, she'll even work with you to create
unique clothing to suit your personal taste and style. There are
three locations in Phuket. Find out
more at http://www.silkcloset.com
Lyn, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
busy and dusty streets of Bangkok,
I found a cool retreat in which to while away a few hours.
Skoob is a
quaint bookstore on the 2nd floor of a small mall called
Penny's Balcony. Skoob sells used and new English and Japanese
books, has a small corner to relax with a cup of Lavazza
coffee and cookies while you browse. The ambience of relaxation
is enhanced with some quiet jazz playing in the background,
and there's a rack with a small selection of jazz CDs that
visitors can purchase as well. Skoob carries a fairly decent
range of books given their limited space, and I'm sure all
readers will find at least a couple of books that will interest
them. It also has a great trade-in program for books so
you could always bring any books that you've finished reading
and trade them in for other books on their shelves. Address:
2nd Floor, Penny's Balcony, Thonglor 16, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok.
Caroline, Hong Kong
as "Bangkok's Funkiest Secondhand Bookshop," Dasa
Book Cafe, off the BTS Sukhumvit Skytrain
line is a great little bookstore. They've got two floors
of quality second-hand books and the owner is more than
happy to help you find that 'perfect' book for your holiday
reading pleasure. The desserts aren't too bad either! Check
it out next time you're in Bangkok.
Catherine, Bangkok, Thailand
When in Bangkok
it will be worth your while to seek out the Kinokuniya
on the 3rd floor of the Emporium shopping centre on Sukhumvit
Road. The Phrom Phong stop on the Skytrain goes right to
the door. Kinokuniya is an excellent store with books on
all aspects of Thai and south-east Asian life, art, history
and reference, current fiction titles, a terrific children's
section and very helpful staff. Once inside it is difficult
to leave empty-handed.
Lauren, Hamilton, Canada