SteemFest๔ Updates: DIY City Weekend Trip, Closing Dinner River Cruise.

As I started writing this it was 5 AM. I'm sharing a bedroom with my son in the Prince Palace hotel and he had some little nightmare, woke me up with that too, calmed him and then brain started thinking about the event :)

Bangkok by night - from Unsplash

So what's funny. We checked in Prince Palace Hotel 2 days ago. Receiving all packages and boxes here. "Ah mr. Roeland", and stacks of boxes. But what's funny... At 5 Am you here roosters cuckoo-ing, in the middle of frickin Bangkok. Imagine that in Manhattan.

SteemFest is like 100+ hours or so away. Past week was more fine-tuning, @poezio arrived, who will be helping out as speaker / tech related intermediary. We went on a tasting of the menu with Dee-catering, and prepped a lot of small things, for example visiting the printing factory for the Art at SteemFest paintings. Just today the cups for the winning team of the Bangkok Bowling Bonanza arrived and I went out for another visit at the Wat Pathum Wanaram.

With the event getting so close it's a 1000 small things but all seems to be working out just fine and I'm looking forward to next week!

Don't have a ticket yet?

Please reach out via PM or join SteemFest's Telegram (or #steemfest channel - which was linked onto eachother through a bot @gandalf setup), to share some secondary market tickets for the event, prior to obtaining one via the official site. Also note that during the event there is only a walk-up rate.

DIY Weekender Tips:

After a couple of days in Bangkok with the conference days behind you, it is time to explore the city with some fellow attendees. The city is huge and has many temples, shopping malls, nightlife and other things to do. It is up to you what you do, but this list contains a selection of tips & tricks. Very biased, so DYOR! Be sure to download the SteemFest mobile app for an interactive mapview and offline audioguide in Old City / Rattanakosin. And check out the Art at SteemFest pop-up gallery in the Yelo House, a quick boat ride away from the Prince Palace Hotel.

1. Rot Fai Night Market
When in Bangkok you have to visit a night market. The city cools off as much as it can. Visit this huge place with great food. Beautiful and strange collections in a huge array of stalls, both indoor and outdoor. Open 5PM - 1AM daily.

2. The Giant Swing
Standing at over 69ft (21 meters) tall, the Giant Swing is a Brahman religious structure, and was originally used as part of a ceremony during the Brahman Festival. Groups of daring men used the teak poles as a slingshot of sorts, swinging themselves as high as they could in hopes of reaching a bag of gold coins that would be hung at heights of around 50 feet. Those who succeeded could keep the treasure, though many of them did not.

3. Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Wat Phra Kaew is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of the city and within the grounds of the Grand Palace, the temple enshrines the Emerald Buddha, the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Dress appropriately when visiting.

4. The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings in the historic centre. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. Dress appropriately when visiting.

5. Wat Arun Ratchavararam
Across the river, (use the Chao Praya Express boat, refreshingly cool!) this Wat is situated. It has a landmark spire and is worth visiting. Dress appropriately.

Wat Arun on the banks of the Chao Praya River

6. Yaowarat Road
Hustling and bustling china town! At night this road is one giant streetfood mekka. Checkout Sampang Lane or maybe the revolving restaurant at the top of the Grand China Princess Hotel.

7. Jim Thompson House Museum
A museum housing the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, the museum designer and former owner laso known as the “Thai Silk King”.

8. Lumphini Park
A breather in the highrising densely populated city. The park offers rare open public space, trees, and playgrounds. It contains an artificial lake where you can rent boats. Paths around the park totalling approximately 2.5 km in length are a popular area for morning and evening joggers.

9. Co van Kessel Bike Tours
Bangkok’s original bicycle tour, operating for over 30 years. Discover the real Bangkok with 3-hour, half-day, and full-day bicycle and boat tours. - Book in advance via

10. Lebua State Tower
If you’re looking for a unique view of Bangkok at night you should head to Lebua State Tower. You might recognize it’s rooftop bar and restaurant, that is located on the 63rd floor, from the Hangover 2 Movie. The high view comes with high prices though.

Close-up Lebua State Tower

11. Go! Thai Cooking School
Love the food? Learn cooking the Thai way yourself! This half day long diy guided by chefs experience contains: visit a huge fascinating food market, get the ingredients together with the chef and cook a 5-dish original Thai meal. Simplicity makes taste! - Book in advance via

12. ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
Asiatique successfully combines 2 of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. This place offers a fun fair, ferris wheel, and a street food market. Come by boat over the Chao Praya river!

Closing Dinner: Bangkok River Cruise.

After being 5 days inside the city, I think it is a nice closing to go out on the water and do a classical Bangkok river cruise. At night all beautiful temples, Grand Palace and other buildings and bridges have decorative lighting which are just great. With a cool 30+ Celsius, it's pretty nice to sail out on the river for a last bite with (by then) friends, to discuss the past days and the future ahead.

Extra special: Because the Royal Barge procession, which is an extension of the King's coronation ceremonies which began early May, is due to happen in December 12th, all the river banks and buildings have already been decorated of this special event. More eye candy to enjoy!

After dinner we head back to the hotel for some closing drinks, please take off your shoes.

Reminders for attendees:

1. If you have an idea for a roundtable (workshop, discussion format) which you want to undertake on one of the 2 conference days, please supply it through this form.
2. Please compile your 4 person strong Bangkok Bowling Bonanza team and submit it via this form.
3. On Conference day 1 there is an option to visit Wat Pathum Wanaram (dresscode applies, see SteemFest FAQ). Next to a "regular" visit, we applied for the option to go in depth with a chanting session. This session asks your undivided attention, respect and needs your signup via this form.
4. Book your hotelroom before they run out: I got word that the lowest price is already sold out. Booking Link 1 - Hotel Tower 1, Booking Link 2 - Hotel Tower 2

Thanks, thats it for now! Have a great weekend ahead,
Pack your bags: it's hot out here :)

Kind regards from Bangkok, see you next week!


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01.11.2019 11:24

Upvoted 👌 (Mana: 0/3)

01.11.2019 11:24

enjoy thailand! will there be steem scarfs again this year?

01.11.2019 11:27

If so, can someone send one to @eveuncovered 😁

01.11.2019 13:52


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01.11.2019 11:33

So cool, going to be a great experience for all attending!

01.11.2019 11:49

So cool, going to
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01.11.2019 11:49

Going to be great! So looking forward to this!

01.11.2019 11:54

please take off your shoes

"One does not simply walk in to SteemFest with their shoes on."

01.11.2019 11:56


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01.11.2019 12:35

SteemFest is so close now. So excited... Brain running full speed... can't sleep either, even without some kid having nightmares ;)

01.11.2019 12:36

LET'S GO , see you next week!

01.11.2019 13:27

hella nervous but looking forward to it :D

01.11.2019 13:50

Best of luck with the event Roeland!

01.11.2019 13:53

It is going to be great!

01.11.2019 14:39

Hello @grampo,

I just watched your presentation via livestream! 👍
I'm glad that you're back this year, but unfortunately it didn't go out for me to be there this year.
I enjoy the Steemfest it from afar!!
cheers and greatings from Austria 🤠


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I will check in the next view days your projekt vaiwio!

07.11.2019 10:06

Thx for your support and interest. Later I’ll post the slides with some basic commentary.

08.11.2019 03:08

Sunday and off I go!

01.11.2019 14:42

It's going to be another epic SteemFest, for sure. Enjoy everyone!

01.11.2019 15:29


01.11.2019 17:30

Bangkok seem nice. Would love to visit someday

01.11.2019 17:33


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01.11.2019 18:10

I cant wait!!!

01.11.2019 18:33

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02.11.2019 04:30

Locked and loaded! It’s on!

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02.11.2019 07:04

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02.11.2019 07:12

Verry good friends

02.11.2019 09:57

Wuao. It looks amazing.

02.11.2019 11:08

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02.11.2019 14:47

Looking Great

02.11.2019 17:35

Good morning,
I stopped by your blog and read carefully.
I conclude your writing is very useful for me, because in the near future will pass a year-end vacation to Bangkok. Thank you for the information. Sorry I visited your blog without asking permission first.

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02.11.2019 23:43

A nice post about Thailand thank you ^^ =)

03.11.2019 01:01

Waaw SteemFest!!

03.11.2019 07:14

Hello @roelandp, yesterday we arrived in the Prince Palace hotel. Good choice I would say, we liked the breakfast and the spacious room.
The only thing which causes me some headache is that WiFi isn't encrypted at all ...

Meet you there soon. :)

03.11.2019 08:11

Didn't know Bangkok had so many beautiful and unique places. This Steemfest is gonna be lit💯

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04.11.2019 01:03

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04.11.2019 11:18

I so did want to get to steemfest this year but I ended up with music commitments and not enough funds. Keeping my eye out for posts from Bangkok. Hope it all goes well and that you have an awesome time over there🙏

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04.11.2019 13:35

Just looking for something great here in Steemit and finally find one.

04.11.2019 14:16

Thanks for the post.

05.11.2019 04:03

love bangkok

05.11.2019 04:42

I am so disappointed that I can't make it due to a last minute emergency situation up here in Chiang Mai. I'm sure all of you guys will have a blast! Super jealous

05.11.2019 12:11

Thanks for sharing your good times with your son at Steemfest.

can you please help bring awareness to this ticking time bomb.

05.11.2019 16:04

Let's move on to steemit,, 1gflnl (1).giflet's start working again,

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