Monday, November 24, 2014

Stolen Artifacts from Ban Chiang
Archaelogical Site are back In Thailand

Pieces of pottery, bronze ornaments and instruments, stone instruments, sandstone moulds and glass ornaments, stolen mostly from Ban Chiang บ้านเชียง, an archaeological site in Thailand's Northeast near Udon Thani: They all have returned to Thailand now and will be kept at Kanjanapisek National Musuem in Pathum Thani. The Bowers Museum in Santa Anna, California, has given back more than 550 artifacts. They were handed over to Thailand by the US government following almost a decade of investigation, as The Nation reports. The pieces date back to as early as 1500 before Christ. Ban Chiang-style pottery is unique in appearance, with its characteristic brownish orange hue and circular, stylised pattern.

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Example of Ban Chiang pottery, at Museum für Indische Kunst in Berlin-Dahlem

After a five-year undercover operation, US federal agents in 2008 had seized hundreds of allegedly looted antiquities from the Bowers, the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma). The authorities were investigating an alleged smuggling network that funnelled looted Thai, Cambodian and Burmese artefacts into museums, as wrote. One of the early targets of the investigation was Armand Labbé, the chief curator at the Bowers Museum for nearly three decades before his death in 2005, court records show. Labbé accepted two donations of illegally imported Thai antiquities from an undercover federal agent posing as a donor, the records allege according to the In exchange for the returns to Thailand, government prosecutors agreed not to criminally charge anyone at the Bowers, the museum’s lawyer says.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

China is to loan Thailand cash for three Railway Lines - serving as Connection with China

15.11.2014 China is to loan Thailand cash to construct three dual-track railways: The agreement was made at a meeting led by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The meeting followed bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Gen Prayut said at the Apec summit in Beijing that the project will cover three routes — Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Map Ta Phut and Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut, as Bangkok Post reports. Thailand will be able to repay the investment costs to China with rubber and rice.

Map by Bangkok Post

The plans for highspeed railway lines in Thailand are back on track: Thailand military junta, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), first put on hold the projects, when it took power in May. Now it has approved two high-speed train projects at a total cost of 741.4 billion baht according to Bangkok Post. The two routes will serve as a transport link between Thailand and southern China.

One route would travel 655km from the border town of Chiang Khong to Ban Phachi in Ayutthaya province in central Thailand. Another would see freight carried 737km from Nong Khai, across the Mekong River from Vientiane prefecture, to the Thai port and industrial estate of Map Ta Phut, as The Nation reports. The former project of the Shinawatra government included lines from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Rayong, Bangkok to Nong Khai and Bangkok to Padang Besar.

The NCPO intends to bring down the costs of the projects from 500-600 million baht per km to a range of 350-400 million baht per km. Therefore the railways are planned for a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour instead of 200 kilometres per hour, announced permanent secretary for transport Soithip Traisuth according to Bangkok Post. This was to allow a possible shift to a higher speed train system in the future after more investment were put in,she said.

The construction of the two routes should begin in 2015 and be completed by 2021, said Soithip.

Also endorsed by the NCPO were six more metre gauge dual-track rail routes for a construction budget of 117.4 billion baht with construction to begin next year. These routes are from Chira junction to Khon Kaen (185 kms), from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Chumphon (167 kms), from Nakhon Pathom to Hua Hin (165 kms), from Mab Kabao to Nakhon Ratchasima (132 kms), from Lopburi to Pak Nam Pho (148 kms) and from Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan ( 90 kms ), as Thai PBS reports.

Read older stories:
Chinas Railway for Laos: Waiting for Thailand
Chinese money brings big change: A railway from the North of Laos to Vientiane and Thailand

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bangkok Boutique Hotels: Charm and design

You find the locations on this Bangkok Boutique Hotels Google Map and here you get the kmz-file for Google Earth.

Are you not looking for the big hotels but for smaller ones with their own charm and special design? Here you find reviews of Boutique Hotels, organized by the districts of Bangkok, so you can choose your hotel near the places you want to visit. The indicated prices are for double rooms.

Airport Suvarnabhumi ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ

Lilac Relax Residence: From 1650 Bath. 100 Soi Lad Krabang 7. 10 rooms. Amazing simple rooms with comfortable beds and helpful staff. Free shuttle for pick up and drop off at the airport, 10 minutes drive. Over the soi there is a restaurant, nearby a 7/11 shop and Wat Lat Krabang. Very good reviews on

Vismaya Suvarnabhumi: From 2800 Bath. Moo15 Soi King Kaew 43, King Kaew Rd. With swimming pool. A great transit hotel according to reviews on

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Deluxe room with pool view

Bang Phlat บางพลัด
Subdistricts: Bang O บางอ้อ, Bang Bamru บางบำหรุ, Bang Yi Khan บางยี่ขัน

Bangphlat Resort รีสอร์ทบางพลัด: From 2200 Baht. 2 Charansanitwong Rd. 77/1. A number of ancient Thai two-storey wooden houses were conserved and customized as an urban resort.

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Praya Palazzo: From 10000 Bath. 757/1 Somdej Phra Pinklao Soi 2. This palace in italian style with Chinese elements is only accessible by boat from Chao Phraya River. Their private boat departs from Wat Rajathiwas pier every 30 minutes and services Phra Arthit pier on request. The more than eighty years old mansion on the Thonburi side of Chao Phraya has been turned into a luxury hotel with 14 rooms by Wichai Pitakvorrarat, assistant professor at Rangsit University's architecture faculty and principal of Process Architect and Planner Co, and his wife Preeyadhorn. Read how they fell into love with this old building, see a video about the restauration and more pictures here.

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Bangrak บางรัก
Subdistricts: Maha Phruettharam มหาพฤฒาราม, Silom สีลม, Suriyawong สุริยวงศ์, Si Phraya สี่พระยา

Baan Saladaeng: From 1000 to 2500 Baht. 69/2 Soi. Saladaeng 3, Saladaeng Road. A designer residence. 9 individually designed guest rooms, suites and penthouses, by a variety of young, up and coming Thai designers. New and therefore only one (good) review on

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Modern Oriental Room. Picture Baan Saladaeng

The Moroccan Suite

Mediterrannean Sky Penthouse

La Residence Hotel - Hidden gem: From 1400 to 3700 Baht. 173/8-9 Suriwongse Rd. Enormous suites are "home away from home" according to very good reviews on Singles a bit small.

Studio Suite with garden balcony

Luxx: From 3300 to 5100 Baht. A five-floor shophouse on Decho Road (a few steps from Silom intersection) has been transformed into a hotel. Beautiful timber flooring, luxurious beds and wooden bathtubs bring warmth to the 13 guest rooms. As you can read at guests often get an upgrade to a better room. But there is no elevator and if this upgrade leads to the fifth floor you have to me well trained in stairs climbing. You can hear the noise from the street in den rooms, but its not a too busy street.

Siam Heritage Hotel - Hidden Gem: From 2800 to 10000 Baht. In Surawongse near Patong. The hotel was built on the site of an old familiy home and opened 2004. The old timber was used to decorate the interior rooms. Paintings and sculptures of Thai artists are shown at the Heritage Art Gallery and also in the elegant rooms. The doors, windows, frames and furniture have been crafted by artisans from Chiang Mai and Ayuthaya with traditional design. There is a small rooftop-pool and a small gym. Read more: Bangok Legacies. Good reviews on

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Swiss Lodge: From 3800 to 6150 Baht. 3 Convent road, Silom. With swimming pool. Good reviews on

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The Heritage Baan Silom: From 1530 Bath. 659 Silom 19 Silom Road. Good hotel, some painting needed, carpets a bit shabby: these are comments from

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Loy Lalong: From 2500 Bath. 1620/2 Song Wat Road. A fishermans teak house at the Chao Phraya River and at the end of the parking of Wat Pathumkongka has been turned into a boutique hotel with seven rooms and the guests are excited according to Loy La Long is a combination of old Bangkok with well chosen design features. The main room of the hotel is very inviting with many comfortable cushions, books, hammocks and and great view from the terrace, where you enjoy the breeze from the river. Of course this old house cannot be soundproof, so you will hear other guests sometimes. The rooms are airconditioned, the common rooms have fans. The blue room is not that much recommended because the air condition of the green room disturbs some guests. Read the review on

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Blue room with view of Chao Phraya River
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Outlook across Chao Phraya River

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Shanghai Mansion (formerly Shanghai Inn): From 2700 Bath. 479-481 Yaowarat Road. "Done up in mustards and clarets as a Shanghainese merchant’s house, with big canopied beds and lots of lanterns, it’s indisputably cool, in a vintage way”, wrote In a house built in 1892 the hotel was designed in the style and elegance of 1930’s Shanghai. Not all the rooms have windows some have rooms towards the water garden with a fish pond. Jazz Bar Cotton is well known for live music. Very good reviews on

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Mu Dan Suite with four poster bed

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Shanghai Mansion from Yaowarat Road

Dusit ดุสิต
Subdistricts: Wachiraphayaban วชิรพยาบาล, Suan Chit Lada สวนจิตรลดา, Si Yaek Maha Nak สี่แยกมหานาค, Thanon Nakhon Chai Si ถนนนครไชยศรี

The Siam Hotel: From 16 300 Bath. 3/2 Thanon Khao. Set on 3 acres on the Bank of Chao Phraya River, with 39 luxury rooms (28 suites, 10 villas, and one cottage), full of antiquities, oriental allure and contemporary comforts. The Siam was conceived by pop star Not - Krissada Sukosol Clapp - and architect and designer Bill Bensley. You can also stay in one of of four traditional Thai teakwood houses. These were built in 1960 by Jim Thompson for Connie Mangskau. Here she gave parties for example for Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller and Roger Moore. After Mangskau's death in 1990 the houses were sold to the family Sukosol Clapp. See The Siam Hotel on youtube, see pictures of suites and villas on A great resort according to the reviews on

Pathumwan ปทุมวัน
Subdistricts: Rong Mueang รองเมือง, Wang Mai วังใหม่, Lumphini ลุมพินี

Golden House: From 1400 to 2300 Baht. 1025/5-9 Ploenchit Road. 27 rooms. Simple lodging according to Quiet location, means
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Hansar Bangkok: From 4500 Bath. 3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajdamri Road. With Luxsa Spa and pool (8th floor). Good reviews on, the guests love the big studio rooms with kitchenette and dining area, but some guests complain about the standard of the service by the staff. Condé Nast Traveller put Hansar Bangkok on its list of the best new hotels worldwide.

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Studio Suite

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A view from the 14th floor of the Hansar Hotel into the breaking dawn:. densely packed hotels, office towers and condominiums.

Hotel Muse: From 4700 Bath. 55/555 Langsuan Road. 174 guestrooms. The interior reflects a mix of the Rama V-era elegance and European classic style. "The Speakeasy" occupies 24th and 25th floor: bars and restaurants inside and outside, a cigar lounge and more rooms. Downstairs you find Medici Italian restaurant, on the 17th floor Su Tha Ros Thai Restaurant. Very good reviews on

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The sky bar of The Speakeasy on 25th floor

Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa: From 2900 Bath. 865 Rama 1 Road. Opposite the National Stadium. "The Roof Restaurant" and "La Vue" (French/Italian) on 25th floor. Spa Ten and swimming pool on 13th floor. Mostly exited reviews on

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First swimming in the pool, then go jogging in the National Stadium...

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Phra Nakhorn พระนคร
Subdistricts and historic places: Banglamphu บางลำพ, Khao San ถนนข้าวสาร, Rattanakosin รัตนโกสินทร์, Phra Borom Maharatcha Wang พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Wang Burapha Phirom วังบูรพาภิรมย์, Wat Ratchabophit วัดราชบพิธ, Samran Rat สำราญราษฎร์, San Chaopho Suea ศาลเจ้าพ่อเสือ, Sao Chingcha เสาชิงช้า, Bowonniwet บวรนิเวศ, Talat Yot ตลาดยอด, Chana Songkhram ชนะสงคราม, Ban Phan Thom บ้านพานถม, Bang Khun Phrom บางขุนพรหม, Wat Sam Phraya วัดสามพระยา

Phranakorn Nornlen - Hidden Gem: Hidden oasis with organic food and very Thai. And nearly on top by ratings of Read more about slow life in Bangkok

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Buddy Lodge:From 2000 to 2400 Baht. 265 Khaosan Road, Taladyod, Pranakorn. Nice pool on the fifth floor. Good reviews on

The Pool

Feung Nakorn Balcony: From 1650 Bath. 29 Soi Fueang Thong, Fueang Nakhon Road. A 4 story building, which has been converted from a local elementary school with cozy open-air TaNao Bar & Restaurant and a peaceful garden with a Koi fish pond. There are 4 suites, 30 standard rooms and 4 shared dorm rooms.

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Lamphu Tree House: From 900 to 1800 Baht. 155 Wanchat Bridge, Phachatiptai Road, Phranakhon. Lamphu Tree House has a small swimming pool and roof-top area for relaxing and sunbathing. Guests love this new hotel according to reviews on

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Picture Lamphu Tree House

Siamese Views Lodge: From 1400 Bath. 211/21-23 Soi Damnoen Klang Nuea, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road. Good reviews on

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Ratchadamnoen Room

The Asadang: From 3200 Bath. 94,94/1 Asadang Road. The guesthouse in an old shophouse - built during the reign of Rama V - offers 9 rooms, the owners - both architects - have restored it in the traditional way and decorated it with Thai fabrics and antique furniture. The Asadang is located at the corner of an alley called Soi Phraya Si, that runs alongside the Khlong Ratchabophit Lot, connecting the two historic roads, Asadang Road and Fueng Nakorn Road. Each room has a local name from "Bangkok Noi" to "Ratchabopit" and is presented very carefully on the homepage. So you are advised, that you will have "Footstep noise from room upstair" in the "Bangkok Noi" room on the ground floor, that some rooms have view to the main street or that there is a small spiral stair up to "Ratchabopit", from where you have a balcony with view to the Ratchabopit temple.

Asadang Suite. Picture by The Asadang

Balcony with view to Ratchabopit temple. Picture by The Asadang

The Bhuthorn: From 3200 Bath. 96 – 98 Phraeng Bhuthorn Rd. Three guestrooms in shophouse from 1906 in Samphraeng, in the heart of the Old Town of Bangkok, decorated in colonial style. The owners are the architects Chitlada and Direk Senghluang. Execellent reviews on Read more and see detail pictures on Limzhu Photography. And check the review by

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The Bhutorn Suite

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Salpasart Room

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Nara Suite

See more pictures of The Bhutorn on Pok Pok and Away!

Discover, what you can find nearby on Good morning old Bangkok 2

Phra Pradaeng พระประแดง
Subdistrict: Bang Nam Phueng บางน้ำผึ้ง

Bangkok Tree House Hotel:
From 4590 Bath. 60 Moo 1, Bang Namphueng. Phone: +66 (0) 8-1453-1100. Also om Facebook. 11 rooms. In the middle of Bangkoks green lungs you discover a green hotel, where you breathe clean air. The hotel has been built by locally grown bamboo and also recyling material. You can only reach it on feet, by boat or by bicycle. The rooms ar called "nests". The toilet and an outdoor shiwer area are on the ground floor. "Once up the ladder-stairs (which we definitely got used to on day 2) you are now in the separate bedroom/workspace/chill zone. A big screen computer, 4 soft pillows, a comfy bed and an air-conditioner = true bliss in the 35+ degree temperatures of the early afternoon. Out on the deck and up to the rooftop you will find a great outdoor bed perfect for catching some rays or staring at the stars and enjoying the nighttime breeze coming off the river", describes What We Went Through. In "View with a Rooom", a wall- and ceiling-free platform, you sleep under the stars. The water of the showers is heated by the sun. The bedrooms have air condition, other rooms and the common rooms not. You swim in a natural pond, which is cleaned by plants. The restaurant Reflect serves organic vegetables and sustainable seafood. The use of bicycles is free, you can explore many paths through fruit orchards and light forest. You reach Bangkok Tree House Hotel from Bang Na Skytrain station. Take a tuktuk or taxi to Sanpawaut pier, call the hotel and they will send a boat. Alternatively there is a public ferry. When you arrive turn left, pass the temple on your right and walk for 300 metres along the concrete path. See pictures on mala with a fork and videos by Kris Kiattisak and BeckyThailand. Then read an interview with Jirayu "Joey" Tulyanond, the owner of Bangkok Tree House in Bangkok Post.

Picture by Tree House hotel "View with a room" is the name of this bed on a platform

Ratchathewi ราชเทว
Thung Phaya Thai ทุ่งพญาไท, Thanon Phaya Thai ถนนพญาไท, Thanon Phetchaburi ถนนเพชรบุรี, Makkasan มักกะสัน

Hotel de Bangkok: From 1500 to 2200 Baht. No reviews, quite near the expressway.

Watthana วัฒนา
Subdistricts: Khlong Toei Nuea คลองเตยเหนือ, Khlong Tan Nuea คลองตันเหนือ, Phra Khanong Nuea พระโขนงเหนือ

Ariyasom Villa:. From 3750 Baht. 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1. Built around a beautiful 1940's house, with pool, vegetarian and seafood restaurant and also spa as well as lush gardens. Good review by

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Atlanta Hotel: From 700 to 1700 Baht. 78 Soi 2 Sukhumvit Road. "Sex tourists not welcome“, this hotel writes on it's homepage. "Sex tourism is exploitative, socially damaging and culturally demeaning: those who want to buy sex should do so in their own country." Anmd they go on: "The Atlanta is popular with cultured occidentals, with writers, academics, artists, cinema & theatre and other professional people, with dreamers and innocuous eccentrics, and their families, who can afford to stay at more expensive places but choose to stay at The Atlanta." The Atlanta is proud of the oldest unaltered hotel foyer in Thailand designed by the Berliner Dr Max Henn (1906 - 2002) and his wife in the 1950s and influenced by central European theatre architecture and set designs of the 1920s and 1930s. The Hotel plays Western classical music all day. Music composed by The King of Thailand is played during lunch time. And the hotel promises: "Absolutely no pop music". A path through a lush garden leads to a pool surrounded by hammocks. The reviews on tripadvisor are controversial. Some guests love the hotel, even if the rooms are quite basic (budget hotel!). Others complain abut the management. But everybody seems to agree, that the restaurant has an excellent kitchen (many vegetarian dishes). The Blog Ghost Walk has pretty pictures (for example of the big library)

Picture by Atlanta Hotel The Art Deco Foyer

Picture by Atlanta Hotel Lounge and Coffee Shop

Picture By Atlanta Hotel One of the oldest hotel pools in Thailand

Darjeeling Hotel: From 50 to 68 USD. 390/35-36 Sukhumvit Soi 18. New hotel.

Davinci Suites: From 2200 Bath. 3/8 Sukhumvit 31. A small hotel in European style with 15 rooms with Italian restaurant Airplane and own spa, names Davinci Le Spa. Quiet location. As one guest points out on you have to been careful about choosing the right room: There are cheap rooms on the second floor, which are quite old. And there is no elevator.

Dream Hotel From 4300 to 12480 Baht. Design hotel with 100 rooms and small rooftop pool. Good reviews on

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Neon Room

Tata Young's video El Nin-yo, produced at Dream Hotel:

Drop Inn Bed and Breakfast - Hidden Gem. From 1600 to 2200 Baht. 392/28-31 Sukhumvit Soi 20. nveniently located, at few minutes walking distance from the Asoke subway and skytrain station and Prompong as well as the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. "Great litte hotel" according to the reviews at

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The Davis: From 2900 to 15000 Baht. At Sukhumvit, near Sky Train-Station Promprong. The 247 guest rooms start from 33 square meters and have a separate bath and shower cabinet. According zo The Davis 60 percent of the rooms differ in design, so there is a lot to try. Rooms toward street are noisy. The Davis could also be a design hotel in New York City, it looks international and not authentic Thai. On many guests critisize the location as too outside of Bangkoks attractions. But there are a lot of positive comments about the quality of the hotel.

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The Eugenia - Hidden Gem From 5800 to 7200 Baht. 12-room, with antique furniture and fittings. 19th-century colonial-style house with 12 rooms in Sukhumvit, full of antiques, which Taiwanese owner and Bangkok resident Eugene Yeh and his familiy collected from British & French Colonial Burma, India & Indo-China. You find hand-beaten copper bathtubs and four-poster beds in the rooms. And also a swimming pool is not missing. And all the beddings are imported from Belgium in pure white linen with feather pillows and duvets. Good reviews on

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Picture The Eugenia

The Key: From 2400 to 3500 BAht. Soi Sukhumvit 19. Mixed reviews on

Suvarnabhumi Airport ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ and nearby

Mariya Boutique Residence: From 1700 Bath. 1627/2. Onnuch-Ladkrabang Road. Very good reviews by There are restaurant and a spa nearby. And transfer from and to airport is organised by the hotel.

See also:
Bangkok Hotels
Bangkok Guesthouses
Bangkok Homestays

Discover more in Bangkok:
Your Guide to Bangkok

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