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Dave Stamboulis, Bangkok Local Expert

About Dave

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle trip; he moved there for good in 2005.

Dave's photos have appeared in publications around the world. He is the author of Odysseus’ Last Stand, which received the Silver Medal for Travel Book of the Year in 2006 from the Society of American Travel Writers.  In addition to working for Fodor’s Guidebook to Thailand, his travel stories appear in publications throughout SE Asia. Dave is also Trip Advisor's's photographer for Thailand.

Special Interests

Dave knows a lot about:

  • Best world mountain treks
  • Hidden island paradises
  • Off the beaten path travel

Dave's Special Recommendations for Bangkok

Dave says, "Don't leave Bangkok without seeing a sunset from the top of the Moon Bar.”

10Best Lists by Dave Stamboulis

10Best List

10 Best Shopping Experiences around Khao San Road

While Khao San Road is known for being cheap, it isn't always known for its quality, but there is a new renaissance of shops out to change that. Places like the Lofty Bamboo, which features Fair Trade practices...


10Best List

10 Best Budget Hotels in the Khao San Road Area

There is a dazzling array of properties to choose from in terms of getting some rest around Khao San Road, yet many of them are plagued by either noise or just poor value for the money, or just plain poor from the...



Float Your Boat at Bangkok's Festival of Lights

While Bangkok hosts many festivals throughout the year, none is as traditional, meaningful and worth checking out as Loy Krathong, the festival of lights, where thousands of Bangkokians come to the Chao Phraya...