Archive for November, 2011

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

Ever notice how avid world travellers — and especially sailors — seem to see the world a little differently than most? They don’t lock up their home and go on vacation, they part with their possessions and set forth on a journey. They don’t see the world as a big, scary, insurmountable planet but a … read the full post

Nov 09 2011

An ugly mood: Bangkok flood worries

Published by under Floods

I’m lucky. I’ve been able to report on the Thai floods as an unaffected observer. My house isn’t inundated, and the smell of sewage doesn’t fill my neighborhood. Ask me in a few days and I might no longer be able to say those things, but I’ll still be glad that our neighborhood lasted as … read the full post

Nov 08 2011

Bangkok floods update: November 8, 2011

Published by under Floods

It seems unlikely that many parts of Central Bangkok are going to escape some sort of flooding in the next 10 days. Chatuchak market was open last weekend, but more than half of the vendors didn’t open their stalls and shoppers were not at their normal levels. While inside was dry thanks to a sandbag … read the full post

Nov 07 2011

Bangkok floods update, November 7, 2011: Should you cancel your trip?

Published by under Floods

Though the threat of tidal flooding has receded, Thailand’s worst floods in five decades are still sweeping closer to central Bangkok, causing more and more residents to evacuate their homes and flee to drier land. Bangkok’s governor has declared 16 of the city’s 50 districts as evacuation zones, but the water continues to flow southward, … read the full post

Nov 06 2011

Chiang Mai scams?

Published by under Health & safety

Some of our other regional Travelfish.org blogs have been busy of late giving you the rundown on popular and prevalent scams in their respective patches (such as here and here) so we thought we’d do the same for Chiang Mai… the only problem is we can’t find any! Many scams in other cities involve transport … read the full post

Nov 05 2011

Animals and the Bangkok floods

Published by under Floods

For the past few weeks, floodwater has been rushing towards Thailand’s capital (and today it continues to do so). Tales — and rumours — have spread of what this means for animals, such as the poisonous green mamba snakes rumoured to be swimming around and fully-grown snappy crocodiles on the loose wanted back alive by … read the full post

Nov 05 2011

Sailing around Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Seeing the sights around Ko Samui powered by only the wind in your boat’s sails, rather than a noisy engine, can be truly rewarding. Sure, a speedboat can get you around much more quickly, but this lacks the romance and adventure of sailing in the breeze and savouring the view along the way. Samui’s weather … read the full post

Nov 04 2011

Bangkok flood update, November 4, 2011

Published by under Floods

The slowest of all disasters, the flooding in Bangkok continues to creep its way southward, muscling its way into what constitutes central Bangkok. The spring tides (cyclical tides that are higher than normal) have abated for the time being; in many communities along the Chao Phraya River the cycle of inundation followed by drainage has … read the full post

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