Board: what to know about TAXI?

Board: what to know about TAXI?

If you come and travel in Bangkok, Taxi is one famous transportation because of easy finding. This time, I will inform you about Taxi in Thailand.

1.Taxi Colour Codes? Bangkok taxis are famous to be very colourful, especially the pink ones: This means nothing to us, those are just different companies and fares and features are the same.

2.How to Spot Available Taxis Available taxis are the ones with the glowing red vacant sign.

3.Fair Fares No need to negotiate the fare as all taxis in Bangkok are now metered (well, sort of anyway). A driver refusing to use a meter is an indication of a suspicious agenda. If he insists on giving you a fixed fare, instead of using the meter, it’s best to find another cab. Taxis standing by in front of hotels are usually suspicious.

*The starting fare is 35 Baht
*There is a service charge at least 50 Baht if you flag a taxi from the airport

4.Unwilling Drivers Don’t be surprised if the driver refuses to take you where you wish to go. While there’s not much you can really do about it you can report to Land Transport Department Hotline on 1584 and report the taxi if you were fast enough to take a picture of the car plate (plates are both inside and outside the cab). Alternatively you can download this app DLT Taxi to report the taxi. Better try your luck with the next taxi.

5.Flagging a Taxi It’s ok to get a taxi at a bus stop when there’s no bus approaching, otherwise you can expect to be honked at.

*Moreover flagging a taxi by yourself you can also use the application as follows Grab, All Thai Taxi, Smart Taxi, Line Taxi but there is a service charge about 20 bath or over

6.Taxi Scams Like tuk-tuks, watch out for an over-eager taxi driver who offers to take you to ‘good’ places, skip it or decline! Trust your intuition. If you don’t get a good feeling about a taxi driver, rather wait for the next one. Again Taxis standing by in front of hotels are usually suspicious.

7.Clueless Taxis Don’t expect Bangkok taxi drivers to know the city’s every nook and cranny, as a driver qualification exam isn’t required. It’s always a good idea to carry a map, or the name and the location of where you’re heading to written in Thai. (Pick up a hotel card when leaving your hotel if you are in a small street of Bangkok)

8.Watch when stepping out! Look behind you and make sure there’s no motorcycle coming before you open a car door. It’s very common for passengers to open the door without looking, and have a motorcycle slam into it. This can cause serious injury to the motorcycle driver, the taxi passenger, as well as considerable damage to the taxi itself.

9.Tips? Change? Tipping of taxi drivers is not required, though rounding the fare off to the nearest 5 or 10 baht is common practice (it’s a nice thing to do, as they earn very little, work long hours in often stressful conditions). But remember: Taxis often pretend not to have change, so carry small amounts!

10.Lost Items Before getting out of a taxi, make sure you haven’t left any valuables or shopping bags behind.

Data from http://www.bangkok.com/information-travel-around/taxis.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Board: Thai Food! You must try.

Board: Thai Food! You must try.

Thailand is the best of foods in the world. You can find foods very easy all the way. We have fine dining and street foods.

This time I will recommend you some menu of Thai Foods that you must try.

 

1.) Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp)

In the local language, “Tom” means boiling, and “Yum” refers to a sour and spicy salad. Tom Yum, then, is a sour and spicy soup that is usually served in an aluminium hot pot with a charcoal burner. The soup usually features meat but the most popular is shrimp (Goong in Thai).

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with Shrimp)

2.) Pad Ga Pow Moo Kai Dow (Minced Pork with Thai Basil and Fried Egg)

Minced pork with Thai basil is one of the staple meals in the Thai food culture. Minced pork is cooked in a hot wok with Thai basil leaves, chilis, garlic, oyster sauce and soy sauce. This Thai food classic is then served over rice. Most people will order this dish with a crispy fried egg on top.

Pad Ga Pow Moo Kai Dow

 3.) Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)

Som Tam is made from shredded papaya and is mixed with various ingredients including chilis, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, tomatoes and long beans. A popular addition to Som Tam is a raw blue crab.

Som Tam

  4.) Pad Thai  (Thai Style Fried Noodles)

Probably the most famous Thai food known across the world is Pad Thai. Pad Thai is cooked in a very hot wok with eggs, tofu, chilli pepper, garlic and other various ingredients. Favourite additive meats to eat in Pad Thai are shrimp and chicken. It’s also typically garnished with bean sprouts, spring onion, peanuts and lime juice

Pad Thai

  5.)Jim Jum  (Thai Hot Pot)

Most Asian countries have their own style of hot pot, and just in Thailand alone there are a few different types! “Jim jum” (also called jeaw hon in Isaan dialect) is the style of hot pot from the Northeast of Thailand that uses simple, staple ingredients in the Thai pantry. Hot pot is such a great way to share a meal with family and friends. It’s interactive, fun, delicious, healthy, AND as a bonus, you get to let the guests do the cooking!

Jim Jum

  6.) Gaeng Keow Wan (Thai Green Curry) 

The main ingredients in this popular dish are green curry paste and coconut milk, with a meat of your choice. The coconut milk gives the curry a creamy consistency that contrasts beautifully with the green curry paste and the taste of searing heat it brings. It is usually eaten with a plate of rice.

Gaeng Keow Wan

After you try, feedback us for your favourite menu! 🙂 but I think you should try all.

 

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Happy Songkran Day from Big Smile Hostel

Happy Songkran Day from Big Smile Hostel

We conserve Thai traditional culture doing in Songkran day.

  •  We sprinkle water onto a Buddha and put on Jasmine garland
  • We pour water on the hands of revered elders and ask for blessing
  • Making Merit
  • Thai traditional costume dressing

     

 

Board : Songkran Festival 2019

Songkran Festival 2019

The Songkran Festival is a national holiday in Thailand. It marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. The word Songkran is derived from the Sanskrit work samkranti, which means astrological passage. It is a traditional Buddhist festival, and it is usually celebrated between 13 and 15 April.

Big Smile Hostel recommend you the place to join Songkran Festival as following;

  1. Songkran at Silom Road, Bangkok 13-15 April 2019 at 10.00-00.00 hrs.

2. Songkran around the City Mat, Chiang Mai, 13-15 April 2019, 09.00-22.00 hrs.

3. Songkran at Patong Beach, Phuket, 12-13 April 2019, 10.00-22.00 hrs.

4. Songkran at Ko Samui, Surat Thani, 13 April 2019, 08.00-20.00 hrs.

5. Songkran at Pattaya, Chon Buri, 11-20 April 2019, 09.00-00.00 hrs.

Note:  No Songkran on Khaosan Road this year 

Merit-making ceremonies, parades and splash water will be suspended this year to allow the government and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to improve and decorate the areas for the coronation of the King, association president Piyabutr Jiwaramonaikul said in the statement. 

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BIG SMILE HOSTEL

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Board: Hang Out… Chill Out…

Hang out… Chill out…

Choose Your Way.

  • Nowadays, there are many bar and restaurant in Bangkok.
    Each bar has their own style. What you choose will represent your style. So, I have 3 different bars in Bangkok that you can hangout and spend time with friendly environment.

CHECK INN 99

  • This bar as a European and Thai style – they have a wide range of live music and special events including covers of pop, blues, jazz, rock and golden oldies. They host a regular Sunday afternoon Jazz Jam session with local and international musicians and vocalists.
  • Mon – Thurs   17:30 to 01.00

    Fri – Saturday 17:30 to 01.00

    Sunday             13:00 to 01.00

LEBUA

  • This rooftop bar is cocktails style. You can small talk with friends and move around. They has cocktails, striking atmosphere and spectacular views have made it a highlight of the Bangkok for people who love more classy.
  • Open: 5pm – 1am

    +66 2624 9555 | +66 2624 9554 (F)

MITR BAR

  • This bar for beer lover. There are different beer that you can try and choose by yourself.
    Also, the yellow-lighting and glass door make this place cozy like you hang out in friend’s home.
Venue Details
Address: Mitr Bar, 3/F, 23/1 Phaya Thai Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: 089-799-1123
Website: www.facebook.com/mitrcraft
Area: Victory Monument
Open since: August, 2018
Opening hours: daily 5pm-midnight

Review : Twin Bedroom (March 2019)

Review our Twin Bedroom up to date.

We have new facilities, Balcony’s door, Shutter Curtain, Refrigerator, Smoke Detector in the Twin bedroom 😀

In the room we have 2 beds 3.5′ size, comforted bed, TV, Air Conditioner, Rain Shower with Hot water also.

Our decoration is specially at Big Smile Hostel. King Bedroom is very comfort.

 

Thank you for your watching.

Make a reservation
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Review : King Bedroom (March 2019)

Review our King Bedroom up to date.

We have new facilities, Refrigerator, Smoke Detector in the King bedroom 😀

In the room we have big King size comforted bed, TV, Air Conditioner, Rain Shower with Hot water also.

Our decoration is specially at Big Smile Hostel. King Bedroom is very comfort.

Thank you for your watching.

Make a reservation
Call : +666-4284-3457, +66-2565-3513
Line: @bigsmiledmk
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.bigsmiledmk.com
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Board: Recommended Thailand Souvenirs

Recommended Thailand Souvenirs

If you travel to Thailand, you can find 7-Eleven every community or every road. It is convenient store that very easy to find and buy everything.

When you stay at Big Smile Hostel,  you can walk by 2 minutes to 7-Eleven and Tesco-Lotus Express.

Below is our recommend items from us

1.) Instant Noddle

Price 6-8 Baht/pack , 10-13 Baht/Cup

2.) Thai Inhaler

Price 20-100Baht

3.) Seaweed

Price 5-60 Baht

4.) Milk Tablets

Price 5-20 Baht

5.) Elephant Trousers

Price 99-250 Baht

Location: Big Smile Hostel and Night Market

6.) PRETZ (Bread Stick)

Price 15 Baht

Recommend: Larb Flavour

Location: Big Smile Hostel

7.) Bento Squid Snack

Price 5-20 Baht

8.) Dried Durian

Price 120 Baht at 7-Eleven

Thank you for your reading. Let’s go for shopping  😀

Board: about Valentine’s day

Our Board this February: about Valentine’s day

In this February month, It full of Love, pink and flowers. 

We choose how to say Love in many languages, it’s the same meaning “I LOVE YOU”

  • Thai – ฉันรักคุณ
  • Laos – ຂ້ອຍຮັກເຈົ້າ 
  • Vietnam – Anh yêu em 
                         – Em yêu Anh 
  • China – 我愛你 
  • Japan – あいしてる 
  • Korea – 사랑해요 
  • Sweden- Jag älskar dig
  • German – Ich Liebe Dich
  • French  – Je t’aime 
  • Italy – Ti amo 
  • Norway – Jeg Elsker Deg 
  • Spain – Te amo
  • Malaysia – Saya cintamu 

10 Things Do and Don’t in Bangkok

10 Things Do and Don’t in Bangkok

Because of the different culture. What to do is important in each place and below is some guide to do and not to do in Bangkok.

Things guide to do
  • 1. Hang out at Khao San Road

Khao San Road is an interesting area. This street has full of things to do. There are accommodation, drinks, food, massage and don’t forget to try bugs – it sound weird but you will love it for sure.

  • 2. Street food in China town

Chinatown or local people called “Yaowarat” is famous about street food and indoor restaurant.

  • 3. Visit Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace

This place is the biggest tourist attraction. Both have historical significance and extremely beautiful places to see.

  • 4. Shopping at IconSiam

Iconsiam is new landmark of Bangkok. Located close Chao Phraya River. You can take boat along the main river to Iconsiam.

  • 5. Take a Tuk-Tuk

Take an adventure by catching a Thai style tuk-tuk from place to place.

Things Not to do
  • 6.Don’t keep your shoes on

While you entering someone’s house or temple you must take your shoes off

  • 7. Don’t take your cloths off

Thailand has warm and hot climate but there is not acceptable to remove the clothes in public.

  • 8. Not to touch Thai’s head

Do not touch a Thai person’s head because it’s very disrespectful. As Thais see that the head is the highest part of the body.

  • 9. Don’t whistle at night

Thais are very superstitious and believe that whistling at night is bad luck because you’re calling the evil spirits.

  • 10. If a taxi’s meter isn’t set, don’t get in

This is very important for foreigners because you may have to pay over the normal price.