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Dave Stamboulis, Bangkok Local Expert

About Dave

Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and moved there for good in 2005.

Dave's photos have appeared in publications around the world. He's the author of Odysseus’ Last Stand, which received the Silver Medal for Travel Book of the Year from the Society of American Travel Writers.  In addition to working for Fodor’s Guidebook to Thailand, he is the author of 500 Hidden Secrets to Bangkok, and his travel stories and photography appear in publications around the globe. 

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

10 Best Shopping Experiences around Khao San Road
10Best List

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...


Thong Lor's Top 10 Bars, Clubs and Nightspots
10Best List

When people hear Thonglor nightlife, they think party, party, and cool cocktails. Thonglor features some of Bangkok's more exclusive real estate, and the vibe here in most bars and clubs is upscale, urban, and...