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Category: Bangkok
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I am Coffee is a new addition to the cafe scene in Bangkok’s Silom district. This area doesn’t have as many cafes as Sukhumvit, so it’s always nice to find that a new one has sprung up. I am Coffee is located on Sathorn Soi 8, which is just a few minutes’s walk from Chong Nonsi BTS. You can also easily get there from Silom Road, by walking down Soi Pipat. The cafe has great coffee, a really nice layout and free wifi. If you’re coming from Chong Nonsi BTS, walk down Soi Pipat 2, then take  the first right.

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This is one my my favorite lunchtime vegetarian places. The food here is always hot, unlike many similar places where the food can get a little cold if you arrive later in the day. A-Ma is just a few shops along from Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple, so is a pretty busy place, especially at lunchtimes. It also attracts lots of local workers. One of the things I like about A-Ma is that they sell a good selection of fake meats. In the image above you can see the fake fish on the right. A typical meal of rice and

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Food courts can be good place for vegetarians to eat at in Bangkok, especially if you have meat-eating friends with you. Food courts have a wide choice of dishes to chose from, so there will usually be something to suit all tastes. This food court is smaller than many you’ll see, but the vegetarian stall here is very good. Sathorn Soi 8 is just a few minutes walk from Chong Nonsi BTS station. Turn into Soi 8 from Sathorn Road, and you’ll see the food court about 50 meters ahead of you on the right – just passed the row

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This is the first part of an occasional series on specific Bangkok streets. And we start of with one off my favorite small streets – Pan Road. This is a short road that connects Silom Road and Sathorn Road, and it has a surprising amount of interesting things to see and do. If you turn into Pan Road from Silom Road, the first thing you’ll see is the colorful Hindu Temple on your right, and a line of stalls selling flower garlands and offerings for the Hindu gods. It makes for a very lively street scene. Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu

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Tien Sin is one of my regular places to eat lunch in Bangkok, and is one of a very few that sell Vegetarian Somtum (Papaya Salad). Usually this is made with fish sauce. It located down a small lane off Soi Pipat 2, which is a road that connects Soi Convent and Soi Pipat. The nearest BTS Skytrain stations are Chong Nonsi (3-4 minutes’ walk) and Sala Daeng (5-7 minutes’ walk). This place is only open Monday to Friday and mainly attracts local office workers. It’s a small family business, with all the family pitching in. It open early morning

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Kathmandu is a very small photo gallery that’s just across the road from a popular Hindu temple – Sri Mariamman – on Pan Road in Bangkok’s Silom district. You could easily walk passed the gallery and not realize it’s there, as it’s tucked in between a men’s hair salon and a family cafe/restaurant. The galley is located in a restore pre-war shophouse, and is owned by Thai photo-artist Manit Sriwanichpoom. The main exhibition space is upstairs and is just a small room with photos on two of the walls. Downstairs is packed with mainly framed photos and books. There is

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People often ask me how much it costs to live in Bangkok, but this is a little like asking how long a piece of string is. Many Bangkok residents earn under 9,000 baht ($300) a month and they manage to live here on that. Whether you’d also be happy to live here with only that amount to spend is something else altogether. At the other end, there are people that live here that spend $5,000 a month just to rent their condo. So both extremes are possible. Accommodation What I’ll do here is go over my own spending, as that

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