Oct 06 2014

Vegetarian restaurants on Phuket

Published by under Food

Ruamjai serves up a cheap and colourful vegan buffet.

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

Sep 08 2014

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

Published by under Festivals

Bad spirits begone!

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

Jul 22 2014

Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup, part two

Published by under Coup 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

Jul 08 2014

Best spots to watch the sunset in Phuket

Ko Poo adds a bit of finesse to the sunset view off Kata beach.

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

Jun 29 2014

Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup

Published by under Coup 2014

... and in June 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

Jun 06 2014

Driving Phuket’s west coast

Nai Harn sunset. Soft landing at the end of a day's drive.

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

Jun 02 2014

Thailand coup update for travellers: June 2, 2014

Published by under Coup 2014

Criticism of the military: banned. Beer: have as much as you like.

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

May 28 2014

Thailand: Is it time for a tourism boycott?

Published by under Coup 2014

Boats are easier to build than governments.

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

May 26 2014

Thailand coup update for travellers: May 26, 2014

Published by under Coup 2014

Soldiers mostly stood silent as protests jeered them on Sunday.

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

May 23 2014

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

Published by under Coup 2014

No stirring.

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

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