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Simon Montlake

Arctic explorers

Most Bangkokians' only experience of freezing weather will be inside a movie theatre or an office block with a broken thermostat.

Friday, 30 June, 2006, 12:00am

Art house pirates

It's hard work being an international film buff in Bangkok. Hollywood blockbusters have a monopoly on most cinema screens, and the choice of legal video releases is dire. The last time I looked at the new DVDs inside a video outlet, a shop assistant picked a box off the shelf and held it up. 'King Kong?' she asked. No thanks.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am

Flogging the silver

One of the joys of Bangkok's elevated Skytrain is its bird's-eye view of the city: it lets you peer behind high walls and fences. It's also a good way to keep tabs on the construction boom that has engulfed Bangkok in recent years.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Money in the trunk

Negotiating Bangkok's congested main roads on foot, you soon learn to dodge the usual hazards: boiling-hot soup vats, fruit stalls, dazed tourists. The soupy air and honking traffic adds to the sense of frenzy, although you quickly become accustomed to filtering out the heat and noise.

10 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Lady luck runs out

Raids on underground gambling dens have a familiar pattern. A special police unit leads the charge, followed by the press pack which captures the villains on camera. The 'big boss' accused of running the den is typically absent, perhaps tipped off about the raid.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

A chance to flirt with the fair sex

Banda Aceh has not had much to celebrate lately. Its shorefront lies in ruins after the December 26 tsunami. Many survivors still huddle in tents at night, or squeeze into communal wooden shelters. Even the signing last month of an ambitious peace accord to end decades of separatist warfare only raised a cautious cheer.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Tsunami victims interested in new homes, not politics

Inside his donated tent on the tsunami-battered shoreline outside Banda Aceh, Irfandi has a stunning ocean view and little else.

Promises of government support to rebuild his home have yet to materialise and he relies on international charities for monthly rations and fresh water.

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am