Mango Tango @ Siam Square

Name: Mango Tango @ Siam Square
Cuisine: Dessert (Mango)
Address: Siam Square Soi 4, Rama 1, Bangkok 10330
Tel: (02) 658 4660
Open: Daily 11am to 10pm
Payment: Cash
Originally posted: May'2009
Last updated: March'2011

UPDATE 2 : They found themselves a new place at Siam Square Soi 5 now. (3/11)

UPDATE 1 : I was informed that Mango Tango at Siam Square was badly affected by the blaze after the peaceful protest at downtown Bangkok turned in to violence on the 19th May'2010. (5/10)

Original Post
Just a photo update of Mango Tango at Siam Square. Changes have been made to the walls and lighting since our last visit. Their lighting is, literally, a low hanging fruit now! We ain't sure if a mango a day really keeps (there's a missing 's' on the serviette) the doctor away, but we love the sense of mango.

Older pictures of Mango Tango can be found HERE.
The restaurant ...
Shop front of Mango Tango Siam Square bench bench

Scala Theatre @ Siam Square

Name: Scala Theatre @ Siam Square
Address: 184 Soi Siam Square 1 Rama 1 Road Pathumwan, 10330 Pathumwan, Bangkok
Tel: (02) 251 2861
Payment: Cash
Remarks: The Chinese name for Scala Theatre is "银都".
Originally posted: May 2009
Last updated: July 2009 - Added a picture of Scala Theatre scene from Love of Siam.

Thipsamai OJI am mesmerized by this 1967 building when I saw it the very first time in Siam Square. Perhaps it was the beehive ceiling and its old-fashioned box-office. The nostalgic makes me fall in love. I recalled fondly Mew first hinted his infatuation to Tong, his childhood beau, right here in the movie The Love of Siam (รักแห่งสยาม). *love* In my opinion, this place also makes a perfect setting for HK director Wong Kar Wai's (王家卫) next movie.

Scala is one of three cinemas, all located in Siam Square, owned by the Apex Group. The other two are Lido and Siam which are a few sois away from Scala. However, the latter two do not have building as iconic and visually captivating as the Scala Theatre.

Siam Square is fast evolving. With Siam Center Point gave way to the Digital Gateway which is still undergoing construction, it is a matter of time that the entire Siam Square will be transformed in to hyper malls with state-of-the-art facilities. In the midst of this modernization, I do hope a little bit of the old charm, read the Scala Theatre, is preserved.

Meanwhile, I will continue to snap as many pictures as I possibly could before this building eventually becomes a part of the history.

PS: Having said that, Scala Theatre, like many other beautiful buildings in Thailand, prohibits photo-taking within the building. They are not camera-friendly at all. This explains some of my hazy shots.
Scala Theatre: Façade by day Scala Theatre: Night façade Scala Theatre: Stairway to box-office

Bangkok Post: Banks asked to cut foreigners' ATM fees

I first came across the above Bangkok Post's article at the ThaiVisa Forums, but I find it difficult to correlate the article title with its content. Although the header says 'request to cut fees', it went on to justify why imposing fees is necessary and it is 'in line with expenses charged for cross-border ATM transactions in other countries'!

I had, previously, withdrawn cash from the UOB and Thanachart1 auto-tellers along Silom Road. There was absolutely no additional fees levied at this end, less the service charge imposed by the Singapore bank which issued my ATM card.

If I have not mistaken, Kasikorn Bank has yet to levy the THB150 charge for cash withdrawal with a foreign card. Bangkok Bank, on the hand, seized the chance without second thought.

Banks asked to cut foreigners' ATM fees

Published: 4/05/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Business

The Thai Bankers' Association will ask local banks to cut fee charges for foreign cardholders using local ATMs, according to association secretary-general Twatchai Yongkittikul.

He said the TBA would hold talks among its members about current fees.

But he cautioned that any cuts would likely be marginal, as most of the fees represented charges imposed for international network access and simply passed on to end-users.

Since mid-April, foreign cardholders withdrawing funds from local ATMs have been charged 150 baht per transaction.

Dr Twatchai said the fee largely came from new transaction charges imposed by international service providers MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Worldwide to cover interchange network costs.

Local banks, which had previously absorbed the expenses, are now looking to pass on their own operating expenses to customers, arguing that the fees charged in Thailand are in line with expenses charged for cross-border ATM transactions in other countries.

Dr Twatchai acknowledged that a number of foreign tourists and expatriates had complained about the added fees.

At a minimum, he said, local banks should communicate better with customers about the expenses banks incur for processing international transactions.

Local banks should give more information about fees on the ATM screen, and then customers can make their own choice about whether to continue with the transaction," Dr Twatchai said.

"The TBA will try to raise awareness about the issue. Unfortunately, right now many foreign customers have a negative view of local banks due to the fee issue."

But a MasterCard spokesman denied that the 150-baht ATM access fee imposed by many Thai banks stemmed from any recent fee change or initiative by the company. The spokesman said MasterCard last notified member banks in October 2007 about a 0.2-percentage-point increase in fees effective from January 2008 under cross-border agreements. Since then, no other fee increases have been made related to ATM charges.
Source: Bangkok Post

1. Apparently, the THB150 fees was first imposed somewhere in April this year. It was mentioned in ThaiVisa Forums that Thanachart Bank does slap the mentioned fees for every cash withdrawal using a foreign ATM card. I would have to re-ascertain this the next time when I am in Thailand.

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.

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