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  • Longer stays in Siem Reap

    Longer stays in Siem Reap

    Published 8:47 pm, 14 Sep 2014
    It won’t come as a surprise to us if many of you find Siem Reap to be an exceedingly liveable place, what with all the lofty palm trees, world wonders down the road and an abundance of international restaurants that make it hard to miss home comforts. Many a traveller has found a couple of days in ... read the full post


  • Local breakfasts in Luang Prabang

    Local breakfasts in Luang Prabang

    Published 8:44 pm, 14 Sep 2014
    Most hotels in Luang Prabang include breakfast with the room rate and even small guesthouses usually serve basic baguette, Lao coffee and some fruit. The town has some yummy and cheap local morning eats so it’d be a pity if you didn’t venture away from the hotel at least once to try one of these breakfast dishes. Khao ... read the full post


  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

    Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

    Published 7:04 am, 8 Sep 2014
    The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a nine-day spectacle of parades, daring acts of self-mortification and avoidance of meat, all in the aim of purifying the body and mind, making merit and paying homage to the nine emperor gods of Chinese origin. Held every year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the 2014 ... read the full post


  • Safety in Hanoi

    Safety in Hanoi

    Published 9:09 pm, 23 Aug 2014
    Hanoi remains a relatively safe city for visitors, but being aware of some typical hazards will increase the likelihood of you having a hassle-free stay. Here are some things to beware of. Petty theft is not be a big issue in Hanoi, but bear in mind that the average Vietnamese salary is around $150 per month. The ... read the full post


  • Angkor Marathon and Half Marathon

    Angkor Marathon and Half Marathon

    Published 2:55 am, 28 Jul 2014
    Running for literally hours in sometimes sweltering heat may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but serious endurance athletes to those simply dipping their toe in a little hard core exercise will be pleased to know the Angkor Archaeological Park provides a stage for doing just this. Not only is there an annual half ... read the full post


  • Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup, part two

    Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup, part two

    Published 9:12 am, 22 Jul 2014
    Since the May 2014 coup in Bangkok, Phuket’s beaches have been undergoing an army-led cleanup effort, which started with Surin and Kamala beaches. The clearouts have continued, and over the past few weeks vendors along Phuket’s entire coastline have been served eviction notices, including the island’s three most popular beaches: Kata, Karon and Patong. Here’s ... read the full post


  • Birthdays in Bali

    Birthdays in Bali

    Published 8:14 am, 14 Jul 2014
    Here at Casa Travelfish, July is a busy month on the birthday count with the birthdays of Chief Researcher-in-training William (born 2008) and Chief Researcher-soon-retiring Stuart (born well, a long time before William) just two days apart. So if you’re looking for birthday activities for the young and old in Bali, what are some good ... read the full post


  • Pho: A very brief primer

    Pho: A very brief primer

    Published 6:07 am, 13 Jul 2014
    No dish is more identifiable in Vietnamese cuisine than the humble bowl of pho. Simple in delivery yet nuanced in preparation, no two bowls taste alike — unless you eat at Pho 24, considered by many as the McDonalds of Vietnam. Each region has their own take on the dish, while most individual pho restaurants have recipes ... read the full post


  • Kota Kinabalu night market

    Kota Kinabalu night market

    Published 7:25 am, 8 Jul 2014
    Southeast Asia is famous for its night markets. In just about every town across the region as the sun dips the stalls start setting up and by the time night has fallen a bevy of food vendors are busy over hot woks and steaming tureens, cooking up spicy delicacies native to the district and country. For ... read the full post


  • Best spots to watch the sunset in Phuket

    Best spots to watch the sunset in Phuket

    Published 3:18 am, 8 Jul 2014
    With a string of sandy beaches lining its west coast and several panoramic viewpoints, finding a good spot to watch the sunset in Phuket is easy. But here are some of our favourite places around the island to sit back and watch the day wind down. Sunset-seekers are usually well rewarded at Kata beach, where ... read the full post


  • Bali is not an over-touristed hellhole.

    Bali is not an over-touristed hellhole.

    Published 11:54 pm, 7 Jul 2014
    It annoys me when I read a diatribe writing off Bali as an over-touristed hellhole when it transpires that the author was too lazy to go exploring the greater island. So before you let your rant-stained fingers anywhere near a keyboard and whinge about the island, try some of the following. Balangan Beach This is ... read the full post


  • Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup

    Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup

    Published 9:33 pm, 28 Jun 2014
    You’ve heard about the Thai coup right? While news of the country’s political wranglings has largely focused on events in Bangkok, changes are also underway in Phuket with its beaches becoming ground zero in a military-led cleanup effort. Encroachment and private profiteering on the beach have been targetted. So what can those travelling to Phuket expect ... read the full post


  • Hoi An street food tours: Coconut Tours

    Hoi An street food tours: Coconut Tours

    Published 9:00 pm, 26 Jun 2014
    Hoi An’s street food tour industry has been rather dominated by the $60-plus, cram ‘em in, feed ‘em up style half-day trips. Though fun and informative, they can be a big dent in the money belt for a solo traveller and a hard sum to swallow for a family. So we thought we’d try a cheaper ... read the full post


  • King Father’s Interment

    King Father’s Interment

    Published 9:41 am, 21 Jun 2014
    Following the impressive pomp of last year’s cremation, the remains of former King Norodom Sihanouk will be interred during a three-day ceremony at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace from July 10 to 12, 2014. For visitors to Cambodia, this is a final opportunity to be part of the beloved King Father’s memorial and witness a special element of Khmer culture. ... read the full post


  • Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Pa-O

    Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Pa-O

    Published 1:17 am, 21 Jun 2014
    You won’t stay long in western Shan State without coming across the ubiquitous Pa-O people, who are the second largest ethnic group in Shan State, after of course the Shan themselves. Their homeland tends to correspond with the most visited part of Shan State, the Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle lake region, although the Pa-O are also ... read the full post


  • Staying safe in Bali

    Staying safe in Bali

    Published 1:23 am, 15 Jun 2014
    Unfortunately Bali is in the news for all the wrong reasons more and more often of late. There’s the more typical issues that come with concreting over paradise — over-development, pollution and trash disposal and, of course, the traffic — but there are also more troubling issues such as a rise in petty crime, theft, ... read the full post


  • Ramadan in Langkawi

    Ramadan in Langkawi

    Published 8:45 pm, 9 Jun 2014
    For the casual traveller to Langkawi during Ramadan, daily life continues much as usual and the month-long ritual has minimal impact on non-Muslim visitors. Ramadan on Langkawi in 2014 begins at sunrise on June 28 or 29 and ends at sunset July 27, with the two-day celebration of Hari Raya running July 28 and 29. (Actual start ... read the full post


  • Driving Phuket’s west coast

    Driving Phuket’s west coast

    Published 6:43 am, 6 Jun 2014
    Though its roads are getting busier, Phuket’s west coast yields some awesome sights. Are you up for some craggy cliffs, green hills and wide ocean vistas, with white-sand beaches to rest at along the way? Yes, you might encounter some nutter drivers but the island’s coastal roads are in decent condition, fairly well signed and ... read the full post


  • Thailand coup update for travellers: June 2, 2014

    Thailand coup update for travellers: June 2, 2014

    Published 5:10 am, 2 Jun 2014
    A small but creative group of protesters continues to peacefully resist the coup in Bangkok despite immense efforts by Thailand’s military to stop them. Several key intersections, metro stations and shopping malls were closed on Sunday as flash protests popped up unpredictably. While no serious violence was reported, travellers are advised to monitor the situation ... read the full post


  • Thailand: Is it time for a tourism boycott?

    Thailand: Is it time for a tourism boycott?

    Published 2:25 am, 28 May 2014
    Cast your mind back a few years. There was a country controlled by a junta where the democratically elected leader was effectively under house arrest; where politicians were detained with little (if any) access to friends and family; where journalists were detained and/or told “to cheer on” the junta; where there was a nationwide curfew; ... read the full post


  • Eating around Balestier Road

    Eating around Balestier Road

    Published 8:21 am, 27 May 2014
    Named after Joseph Balestier, the first US Consul to Singapore, Balestier Road runs alongside what used to be his sugar-cane estate. While no traces of sugar cane remain, Balestier today is a great spot to wander and sample a range of traditional Singaporean dishes. Strap in! At 432 Balestier Road you’ll find Rochor Beancurd House, which sells soy ... read the full post


  • Thailand coup update for travellers: May 26, 2014

    Thailand coup update for travellers: May 26, 2014

    Published 3:45 am, 26 May 2014
    Update: The curfew has been fully lifted. Update, May 28, 2014: The nationwide curfew is now in effect from Midnight to 05:00, pushing back the start time by two hours. In Bangkok, the BTS skytrain and MRT subway are now closing at 23:00. All other information in this post remains accurate. Defiant protests in Bangkok have ... read the full post


  • Military coup in Thailand: What does it mean for travellers?

    Military coup in Thailand: What does it mean for travellers?

    Published 6:09 am, 23 May 2014
    This post was published the day after the coup; see our most recent update here. The Thai military staged Thailand’s latest coup without resistance on Thursday — just two days after General Prayuth Chan-ocha invoked martial law while declaring “this is not a coup“. Protesters have been dispersed, broadcasters shut down and a nationwide curfew ... read the full post


  • Thailand: What are the alternatives?

    Thailand: What are the alternatives?

    Published 1:45 am, 23 May 2014
    So here we are with Thailand yet again in the throes of military rule. The junta (they call themselves the National Peace & Order Maintaining Council) took control on Thursday afternoon, demolished most of the constitution and declared a nationwide curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 daily. Aside from the fact that some people don’t particularly ... read the full post


  • Can Cau or Bac Ha market?

    Can Cau or Bac Ha market?

    Published 1:48 am, 17 May 2014
    That was the question we asked ourselves recently when in the enviable position of being able to choose while dallying in northwest Vietnam. If you too are able to juggle your schedule and be in the area on a Saturday (Can Cau) or Sunday (Bac Ha), which should you opt for? The simple answer is: ... read the full post

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