Sunday, December 13, 2015

Good Morning Old Bangkok 8:
Charoen Krung Road is reborn

"Charoen Krung, the oldest road in Thailand, has adapted to becoming the new cool": This article in Bangkok Post shows, how old shophouses became hotspots of a new urban life. So let's show them here. Let's have a look at Maitri Chit Road (Soi Nana) first.

Tep Bar: 69-71 Soi Nana, Maitri Chit Road. In this former school building you can attend to a Thai traditional music and ranad (Thai xylophone) live show and drink different kinds of yadong (herbal liquor).

Picture by Tep Bar

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El Chiringuito: Soi Nana 221. Owners Sudaporn Sae-ia and her Spanish husband Victor Hierro have opened a Tapas bar.

Picture by El Chiringuito

Picture by El Chiringuito

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Cho Why: Soi Nana 17. A collaborative, cross-disciplinary project space, run by Victor Hierro and friends. It hast hosted activities like markets, dance parties, workshops, performances and expositions.

Picture by Cho Why
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In May 2017 TCDC (Thailand Creative and Design Centre) is moving to Charoen Krung Road inside an old post office building (The Grand Postal Building 1160 Charoenkrung Road). The organisation aims to foster Thailand's creative potential by providing exhibition space and resources, including Asia’s largest design library. "We don’t want to just move there but form a community," says Laistrooglai according to "We aim to turn Charoen Krung Road into a creative district."

Opposite the Grand Postal Building is Charoen Krung Soi 45, where you come across Outlaw Creative Cuisine. Co-owner and French chef Romain Guiot keeps his offerings "simple yet delicious", as Bangkok Post describes it.

Outlaw Creative Cusine, see more pictures on instagram

If you start at Taksin Bridge BTS Station you will come across Chiew Eng Buai, a Chinese shrine.

From the shrine you pass to Charoen Krung Soi 50. Here you find a Vintage Loft-style hostel named Glur Hotel Bangkok.

Glur Hostel, see more pictures on instagram

The famous Bang Rak Market is located between Choroen Krung Soi 46 and 42.

Bangrak Market, see more pictures on instagram

Later you will arrive at Wat Suan Plu. Located on Charoen Krung Soi 42/1, the temple is home to an architectural masterpiece built in the early Ratanakosin period and recognized in 2002 by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage.

A wander from Wat Suan Plu through the busy street brings you to Assumption College and the principal Roman Catholic Church of Thailand. Designed by French architects, the church of the Archdiocese of Bangkok is crafted of marble and adorned with stained glass imported from France, Singapore, and Italy.

Across from Charoen Krung Soi 49 you find "The Hobbyist Café". Wood furnishings in natural shades paired with white walls make the interior warm and inviting.

See fantastic collection of pictures of Charoen Krung on instagram.

Read also:
7 reasons to visit Soi Nana, Yaowarat by Lifestyle Asia
Soi Nana On the Craft & Jumble Trail by by Bangkok 101
A Day Trip Through Charoen Krung

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Authorities downplay IS Terror Warning for Phuket and Thailand, but beef up Security

It has emerged that the Russian Intelligence Service FSB has warned Thailand, that terrorists could have arrived in Phuket and travelled on to other places in Thailand. According to FSB 10 Syrians connected to Islamic State (IS) entered the Kingdom in October with a possible plan to attack Russian interests, reports The Nation. Thaiöands security authorities boosted safety measures in the capital and many provinces. PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said that Russia had exchanged information with Thailand and wanted the Thai side to check the accuracy of the information on whether the Syrians had entered Thailand. "Thai authorities looked into the information and as of yesterday, we found no clues on Russia's concerns," he said.

The Governor of Phuket, Jamleran Tipayapongtada, said that all military, police and other authorities were aware of the reports and had intensified security precautions, as reports. "Everybody who lives on Phuket or is visiting Phuket can help," he said. '"Please let police know if you see something that is not quite right."
Targets for terrorists could be Phuket, Khao San Road in Bangkok and the walking street in Pattaya. But experts as Thammasat University Middle East specialist Jaran Maluleemsay say, that Thailand could also not be the target but a safe hub for terrorists, reports The Nation.

Also in Malaysia police have beefed up security, particularly around places associated with Russian and Western interests, which the reports indicated the militants were likely to target, writes Thai PBS.

Malaysia's police said on Saturday that it had arrested five people, including a European employed as a teacher, on suspicion of links with militant groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, reports Reuters.

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