Archive for December, 2011

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 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 14 2011

December getaways: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Tis the season to be jolly, or if you are in Thailand, hang out by the beaches, trek alongside elephants, or stand under a waterfall. Thailand, a Buddhist country, may not have a traditional white Christmas, but there are plenty of easy-to-get-to getaways just outside of Bangkok for fun in the sand. If you’re looking … read the full post

Dec 13 2011

Chiang Mai and Mandalay

Published by under Burma

With Burma much in the news of late thanks to the Burmese government at least appearing to be making some tentative steps toward “normalisation”, and tourism there looking set to increase dramatically we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the contrasting twin northern capitals of Burma and Thailand: Chiang … read the full post

Dec 08 2011

December getaways: From Bangkok to Ko Chang

Published by under East coast islands

Ko Chang lays to the southeast of Bangkok an easy five hours by bus. Lazy beaches belt this (very) mountainous island in the Gulf of Thailand, while inland waterfalls, craggy headlands and pleasant hiking await the city weary. Christmas in Bangkok might be exciting, but sundowners with your toes in the sand and some crabs … read the full post

Dec 05 2011

How to eat street food: Noodle soup

Published by under Food

Our How to eat series explores common street food in Thailand and explains the how-and-what of ordering. Ready, set, EAT. Noodle soup is one of the most common dishes served on the footpaths and sidewalks in the Kingdom — it can be found in tiny alleys behind a wat, next to convenience stores, and on … read the full post

Dec 02 2011

Thailand’s Big Mountain Music Festival

Published by under Events

Music. Tents. Omelettes. Massages. If you want a true “Thai” experience, head to Thailand’s biggest music festival, the third annual Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF3) on December 10-11, 2011 in Bonanza Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima. Most tourists travelling through Thailand don’t get to experience Thai music, besides the occasional Thai hit blasting on your taxi’s … read the full post

Dec 01 2011

December getaway: Ko Mun Nork

Published by under East coast islands

Idyllic Ko Mun Nork is a good island to have up your sleeve when it comes to traveller “who has been where” competitions as you’ll likely be greeted with a sea of blank faces when you mention it. It’s also an incredibly beautiful spot that is rarely crowded and goes to bed early. Calm waters … read the full post