Archive for December, 2011

Dec 30 2011

Geographical names in Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

Look up Chiang Mai province in a guide or on a map and you’ll see the same Thai place names cropping up over and over again: Doi this, Mae that and so on. So what do they all mean? Some you may well have already guessed at but here goes with a few of the … read the full post

Dec 30 2011

Dancing Matt comes to Thailand

If you’ve spent much time on the internet over the past decade, chances are, at some stage, you will have sat though one of the “Dancing Matt” videos on Youtube. American Matt Harding put together a short video of himself and his distinctive dance in a number of countries around the world in 2003 and … read the full post

Dec 29 2011

Exploring Ko Libong on motorbike

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

At first glance, the southwest Thai island of Ko Libong may not seem like the greatest vacation spot. The coast is on the rocky side, and the golden sand beaches are grainier than some of the more popular nearby islands. Yet, for those willing to tread off the usual tourist track Libong offers a charming … read the full post

Dec 27 2011

Khao San Road vegetarian eats

Published by under Food

Amid the many pork soup stalls in Bangkok proper, real vegetarian food takes some serious scouting. But on Khao San Road, you don’t have to venture far to find some, for what Khao San Road lacks in authentic Thai culture, it makes up for in budget hotels and delicious vegetarian eats. The infamous road may … read the full post

Dec 27 2011

Ethnic groups of Northern Thailand: the Shan

The Thai name for the Shan people is Thai Yai, meaning great or big Thai. Indeed though possessing distinct cultural traits, a very separate history and inhabiting adjacent rather than overlapping regions, the Shan people are a part of the greater Tai* ethnic family — which also includes Lao, Tai Lu, Black Tai, White Tai … read the full post

Dec 26 2011

Bangkok Noi market

Published by under Food

If you’ve come to Thailand for the food (and let’s be honest: if you haven’t, you’ve made a mistake,) visits to local markets are key. Bangkok’s markets are varied — some gigantic, some tiny — but all are a cacophony of striving for the best food at the best price. Participation in this ritual is … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

The best of Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

In Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village, you’ll find old Chinese shophouses that are well preserved, interspersed with tasteful modern buildings to create a real ‘Mediterranean meets the East’ vibe. With some good accommodation choices, delicious food and a range of shopping on offer, it’s a good little destination in its own right. Here’s a roundup of … read the full post

Dec 22 2011

Bangkok: Dinner and a movie

Published by under Art & culture

Movie theatres in Bangkok run the gamut from shining, multiple screen palaces of movie consumption to ageing-yet-still-grand examples of mid-sixties architecture. Dinner and a movie are among the most affordable of Bangkok entertainment, especially with all of the great street food available in the City of Angels. So where to eat and what to see? … read the full post

Dec 20 2011

Faux pas and proper etiquette in Bangkok

Published by under Culture

Bangkok can seem to be a world within itself; but although the British pubs and ice skating rinks may suggest otherwise, the capital city is, indeed, still in Thailand. Hoards of Westerners, known as “farang” in Thai, travel in and out of the city daily, and many have made Bangkok their permanent residence. Farangs are … read the full post

Dec 17 2011

Christmas alone on Samui

Published by under Festivals

One might travel for months alone quite happily, but come the festive season and particularly Christmas, homesickness can kick in. So what can the lone traveller do on Christmas Day on Ko Samui to make it a day to remember? Firstly, like it or not, be warned that most resorts charge for a compulsory gala … read the full post

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