Bangkok Journals

Little Tel Aviv

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An August 2008 trip to Bangkok by SeenThat

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Green House

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Hotel

Green House Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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"Can I write about your place?" I asked in Hebrew after I was taken by a gracious Thai to the Green House manager."Of course," Yaniv said and gave the green light for this article.SetupThe Green House resembles very much the typical travel establishment in Bangkok; it includes a restaurant at the entrance, a travel agency and an internet cafe inside. A hotel covers everything else. The difference here are the very prominent Hebrew letters, that unmistakably give away the place; once inside, the rough Hebrew accent creates the feeling of being in Little T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2008

Green House
Chan Kasem, Chatuchak
Bangkok, Thailand 10900

HaKesher HaIsraeli - The Israeli Liaison

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Restaurant

English Menu Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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HaKesher HaIsraeli - The Israeli Liaison - may be the oldest Israeli establishment in the Khaosan area, for years its huge Hebrew signs mark that street west end. The transliteration of the name is awkward looking, thus it is also known in English as UTC, ITC and Traveller's.Israeli RestaurantThe Israeli Restaurant is placed by the entrance of the main building. The whole place is decorated in dark wood - with an interesting curved ceiling - and a dim lighting, which creates a blessed contrast to the bright streets of Bangkok. On an inner balcony above it,...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 5, 2008

Lametayel - For the Traveler

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Restaurant

Lametayel - For the Traveler Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Lametayel ("For the Traveler" in Hebrew) is a very well known travel agency in Tel Aviv; apparently, they have branches in all their major destinations; including Bangkok. The Lametayel Travel Agency in Bangkok has a similar logo to the one in Tel Aviv, reinforcing thus the relation, though I couldn't confirm the fact with the owners.The LocationLametayel Bangkok is located practically next door from "HaKesher HaIsraeli," on Chana Songkram Road, at the west end of Khaosan Road. Near Ratchadamnoen Avenue - the gate to public transport in the area - it is superbly l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2008

Beit Chabad

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Restaurant

Beit Chabad Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Entering the very stronghold (well, a branch of it) of the people that have persecuted me and are still censoring me was difficult. However, not only because of the personal angle of the visit, the experience was definitely scary. The sophisticated surveillance camera by the entrance (there were more inside) and the uniformed Thai policeman placidly sitting enjoying the air conditioner told most of the story even before I entered.Despite the fears, I walked around the sumptuous restaurant where orthodox Jews dressed up in their custom clothes ate kosher fast food. It wasn't a place where I would stop for a meal; the important thing - and here it was doubly so - is what came out of the mout...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 6, 2008

Little Tel Aviv

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Modern Sculpture Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The numbers are staggering; despite actual official statistics being hard to get, several sites quote the number one hundred thousand Israeli tourists in Thailand for the year 2003. Probably this number is larger now, since there is a continuous increase in the tourists' population segments arriving from Israel. In the past they were almost exclusively backpackers just after their military service; nowadays there are a lot of whole families as well.The RationaleFor Israelis, visiting Thailand is very convenient, since the country is less expensive than Israel an...Read More