Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice

Name: Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: Petchburi Soi 30, Bangkok.
Tel: Not available
Open: Open daily. Close at 3am.
Payment: Only cash payment.
Web: Nil
Remarks: Chicken rice in Thai is khao mun kai (ข้าวมันไก่)
Originally posted: January 2009
Last updated: February 2009

Touted as the best chicken rice in Bangkok, the eatery is close to Pratunam Intersection and directly across the derelict Pratunam Center which construction on the higher levels has halted for quite some time.

Not to be mistaken as the smaller chicken rice stall seated right at the corner of this intersection. Our subject is a minute walk away and located at the mouth of Petchaburi Soi 30. The stall helpers, all donning pink, are easily identified from afar.

I picked a small table at the inner corner of the eatery. Once seated, everything rolled out systematically. A waitress, who speaks no English, took my order which I have to complete entirely in my broken Thai. The chicken rice was served by another helper shortly.

ATM Cash withdrawal in Bangkok

Originally posted: January 2009
Last updated: February 2009

To be exact, I am referring to ATM cash withdrawal with Singapore issued ATM cards. What are the usual concerns if one were to withdraw Thai Baht out of any ATM machines in Thailand, will the inter-bank rates be favorable? What are the applicable charges?

For a start, I did a little experiment when I was in Bangkok a few weeks ago (Jan'09). Armed with an UOB ATM card issued in Singapore, I withdrew THB6000 from an UOB teller-machine along Silom Road. It was an arbitrary amount. And UOB (Thailand) was chosen because this serves a good baseline for future comparisons against other local Thai banks.

The 9 Sacred Temples in Bangkok (cont)

This is a continuation from my lengthy blog which I, previously, wrote about our pilgrimage to the 9 sacred temples on the New Year day. In this blog post, I shall explain the things that devotees usually do when making merits in temples.

Typically, on important days when influx of crowd is expected and to facilitate monetary collections, donation booths are setup near the entrance of temples.

At the booth, devotees place their contributions in to a donation box. A token amount of 20B is common, although it is always welcomed to contribute more. In return, the temple helpers at the booth pass you a few items for offering to Lord Buddha.

The 9 Sacred Temples in Bangkok

Originally posted: January 2009
Last updated: -

On the day of New Year, we paid homage to the 9 sacred temples right in the heart of Bangkok. While I may have already been to quite a few of them. It was my first attempt to visit all 9 of them within a single day.

The map below depicts our route of advancement (in ascending numerical order).
Route of advancement
Map by ThinkNet

From the map, it can be seen that 3 out of the 9 temples, namely Wat Kanlaya, Wat Arun and Wat Rakhang, are on the western bank of the timeless Chao Phraya River. The rest lays solemnly on the eastern bank and either within or not too far from the old Ko Rattanakosin area.

About THAIoholic

THAIoholic, the blog, is setup with the initial intention of keepsake. As time goes by, I find it harder and harder for my gray cells (of what left) to remember traces of great places we have been to, good foods we savored but missed, details that I should remember but they slipped away unknowingly.

Then, we have also friends and folks asking little details I thought I should blog them here, because my pea brain is simply no good at recollections.

My partner is a devoted Buddhist, his religion forbids him, and therefore me, from taking beef. As such, it's unlikely that there will be any info about beef dish found in this blog.

About BODYholic

moo and kratai BODYholic, also known affectionately as moo ooan (a.k.a fat pig) by his little kratai noi (a.k.a little rabbit), has intense interests in Thai foods, traditional Thai architecture, coffee and cheesecakes. I've to add that I'm not a prolific blogger.


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