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  • Vegetarian restaurants on Phuket

    Vegetarian restaurants on Phuket

    Published 8:12 pm, 5 Oct 2014
    As the home of the largest Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, Phuket has a decent choice of vegetarian and vegan restaurants that are open year-round. The vegetarian food scene in Phuket is growing, both within the local community and due to the island becoming a more popular destination for wellness and detox seekers. The quality and ... 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Army invokes martial law in Thailand: Should travellers be concerned?

    Army invokes martial law in Thailand: Should travellers be concerned?

    Published 4:28 am, 20 May 2014
    Update: The military seized power in a coup as of 16:30 on Thursday, May 22. Protests have been peacefully dispersed and a curfew is enacted from 22:00 to 05:00 until further notice. Refer to this thread in the Travelfish forum for the latest. General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced early Tuesday that the army has invoked martial ... read the full post


  • Bangkok protest update: May 12, 2014

    Bangkok protest update: May 12, 2014

    Published 12:22 am, 12 May 2014
    After weeks of relative quiet on the Bangkok protest front, tensions are high again in Thailand after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed from power by a court ruling last week. What does this mean for travellers to the kingdom? First, some more background. Decrying the judgment against Yingluck as a “judicial coup”, pro-government red shirts have ... read the full post


  • Jimbaran seafood barbecue

    Jimbaran seafood barbecue

    Published 8:56 pm, 4 May 2014
    We’ve written before about grabbing a seafood dinner at Jimbaran in southern Bali, and we’re sorry to say that here we are writing about the same meal (yes, seafood barbecue) at the same place (Cafe Bagus, though now it’s Cafe Made Bagus), on the same piece of beach (Four Seasons end of Jimbaran beach). Why? It’s ... read the full post


  • Bali airport taxis: A new screw up

    Bali airport taxis: A new screw up

    Published 10:09 pm, 29 Apr 2014
    Late last night I arrived in Bali’s new airport, cleared immigration and customs and headed out to get a taxi home from the official taxi kiosk. I’ve written about Bali’s airport taxis on a number of occasions, primarily advising of the set fares and updating it when the fares went up after the rise in ... read the full post


  • How to get heatstroke in Cambodia

    How to get heatstroke in Cambodia

    Published 8:23 pm, 18 Apr 2014
    According to the old song, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. That seems a little exclusive — we think every traveller deserves the opportunity to develop sunstroke. With the onset of the hot season in Cambodia, follow these simple rules to dehydration and delirium in the kingdom. Choose your transport ... read the full post


  • A quick jaunt across Komodo and Flores

    A quick jaunt across Komodo and Flores

    Published 10:45 pm, 15 Apr 2014
    School holidays delivered a nice little break to Travelfish and we returned to one of our favourite destinations in Indonesia, Komodo National Park and Flores. We kicked off with a lazy week on Kanawa Island which lies just outside Komodo National Park and then did a quick run across the mainland from Labuan Bajo, through ... read the full post


  • Best eats in Kampot

    Best eats in Kampot

    Published 3:16 am, 24 Mar 2014
    For a small southern Cambodian town, Kampot has a surprisingly good selection of places to chow down. So when you’ve had enough of contemplating the river, or you’ve worked up an appetite crawling round caves, here’s our pick of some of the best eats in town. Start your day with delicious coffee roasted on site ... read the full post


  • Going to a Cambodian wedding

    Going to a Cambodian wedding

    Published 9:36 pm, 23 Feb 2014
    Of all the hospitality that might be extended to visitors in Cambodia, an invitation to a wedding is probably the most special. Wedding parties usually take place in street-side yellow and pink marquees by the family home, or in a hall at a specialist wedding venue. Put aside thoughts of formal speeches and hours of photographs: you’re ... read the full post


  • How to make the most of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014

    How to make the most of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014

    Published 2:53 am, 12 Feb 2014
    The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2014 is on October 1 to 5 — and it’s never too soon to get planning. Here are our suggestions for getting the most out of the festival, which can be a very intense, fast moving four days and nights of panels, events and fun. First up — try ... read the full post


  • Trial public bus service in Phnom Penh

    Trial public bus service in Phnom Penh

    Published 7:18 am, 7 Feb 2014
    Getting around Phnom Penh is always a challenge. There’s a range of transport options, in the form of tuk tuk drivers with their distinct cry of “OK, tuk tuk”, and moto-dops who hang out on their bikes in the shade waiting for passengers. Negotiating prices and hoping your driver knows where he’s going are all ... read the full post


  • Protests in Phnom Penh 2014

    Protests in Phnom Penh 2014

    Published 3:11 am, 3 Jan 2014
    UPDATE (Sunday, January 5): Authorities forcefully cleared the main protest site — Freedom Park — in Phnom Penh on Saturday and banning any more street demonstrations. Although the opposition party has said it will follow the ban, it is not sure whether protesters will show up today or not. Stay well clear of the Wat Phnom ... read the full post


  • Wet season in Bali

    Wet season in Bali

    Published 8:14 pm, 27 Dec 2013
    Travelling during the monsoon in Bali has its challenges but also advantages. While it may occasionally rain for days on end, other days will be clear and sunny with a welcome downpour during the late afternoon cooling down temperatures and washing the air of dust, creating stunning sunsets and sunrises. Water holds a special place ... read the full post


  • Great Bali family getaways

    Great Bali family getaways

    Published 9:48 pm, 16 Dec 2013
    While five-star hotels offer easy buffets and kids’ clubs, Bali offers great getaways that may take a bit more effort to arrange but perhaps make a more memorable stay. And with a family in tow, it’s all about making memories, right? Bali’s east offers gorgeous scenery and is easily reached now a major coastal road ... read the full post

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