Archive for November, 2011

Nov 29 2011

Ice cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt in Bangkok

Published by under Food

Bangkok is hot. Inescapably, incessantly, interminably hot. Even if you take refuge inside one of Bangkok’s air-conditioned malls, you’re going to have to face the heat sometime. What’s the best and most delicious way to counteract days with a low of 40 degrees Celsius? Ice cream. Lots of ice cream. Or gelato for the Italians, … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Getting a Chinese visa in Bangkok

Published by under Visas

In a fantastic departure from the way that nationalism (as a concept of nationhood, not a political system) was traditionally explained, Benedict Anderson posited that nations are nations because we, collectively, decided to believe in them as nations. It’s easy to see the logic in that as you travel around Southeast Asia. While the ethnic … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

Getting from Bangkok to Ko Samet

You have some time to kill before a big trip, or a weekend to spare. You want to stay near Bangkok but get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Ko Samet is in no way an overseas destination island — that is, if you’re travelling to Thailand for the first time and … read the full post

Nov 24 2011

Great places to stay on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Mae Nam is located on the island’s north shore, with Bang Por to the west and Fisherman’s Village to the east. The town is situated on the main Ring Road, and boasts a long stretch of pristine beach, ideal for swimming. Mae Nam is a good option if you don’t want to be in the … read the full post

Nov 23 2011

Where to eat and what to do on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

We’ve given you our selections of where to stay across all budgets on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui, so now we’ll turn our attention to eating and doing. Best eats Magic Cup is a tiny coffee shop, 100 metres past Seventy-Five restaurant supply store, and they make the best iced cappuccinos on the island for … read the full post

Nov 22 2011

Bangkok floods: “Travellers to Bangkok have nothing to worry about”

Published by under Floods

While Bangkok appears to be over the worst of the floods, the surrounds are still mopping up and travellers are still asking about whether it’s safe to come to the Thai capital. We spoke with Kirsty of Poi and Kirsty, a British blogging duo living in the Big Mango and travelling around Asia, about their … read the full post

Nov 17 2011

Bangkok flood update, November 17, 2011: The last one?

Published by under Floods

It’s not been the end that most would hope for — a clean whooshing sound as all of the flood water washed out to sea and left Bangkok licking its wounds and restocking its 7-Elevens. The floods are *not* over — not for millions in the northern suburbs, not for millions who live across the … read the full post

Nov 15 2011

Outdoor Samui for kids

Published by under For kids

Besides the obvious choice of endless perfect beaches to visit on Ko Samui, the island offers a slew of daytime activities for families. Here’s a selection. Mini golf Although there is a mini golf course in Choeng Mon, the cost is quite pricey at about 400B per person. We discovered a bargain just around the … read the full post

Nov 14 2011

Avoiding Bangkok floods: Where else to go on vacation

Published by under Floods

Given the floods surrounding and leaking across Bangkok it’s fair to say that the Thai capital is not a particularly fun place to be for a holiday, at least for a little while. A few lost crocodiles are swishing around in the water, and it doesn’t smell so nice, either. For the truly blissful vacation … read the full post

Nov 10 2011

Ko Kradan’s Wally Sanger

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Update: In February 2015, Wally Sanger died of natural causes at Paradise Lost on Ko Kradan. He will be missed. Condolences to his family and anyone who had the great pleasure of knowing him. Ever notice how avid world travellers — and especially sailors — seem to see the world a little differently than most? … read the full post

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