Archive for April, 2012

Apr 29 2012

Ko Samui for vegetarians

Published by under Food

Travelling vegetarians can sometimes find sourcing decent food a challenge; in Thailand, however, many Thai dishes can easily be made as a veggie option. For Thailand generally, the Vegetarian Thai Food Guide can come in handy. If you’re a vegetarian travelling to Ko Samui, SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts) offers cooking classes, and … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

Chiang Mai’s chic Nimmanhemin

Published by under Sights & activities

Nimmanhemin — or Nimmanheminda — Road and its surrounding sois form Chiang Mai’s rapidly growing chic quarter of town, and indeed the whole area itself is now known as Nimmanhemin or commonly Nimman. Located on the west side of the city in Suthep district near the foot of the mountain, it was until some 20 … read the full post

Apr 25 2012

Fabulous buffets in Bangkok

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If you followed our street food adventure series, you’ll know that the best way to experience Thai food is by getting down-and-dirty on the congested Bangkok streets. As a general rule, the cheaper the food, the better the taste; the more limited the menu, the fresher the food. But then there is the other extreme: … read the full post

Apr 25 2012

Thailand’s Ko Phra Thong

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Ko Phra Thong's easterly seaside village is among the most picturesque we've seen.

Straddling Thailand‘s west coast near the town of Khuraburi, the relatively large but little known island of Ko Phra Thong – or Golden Buddha Island — is wide, flat and desolate. It’s no wonder people gave up searching for a solid gold Buddha image that was supposedly buried here centuries ago. At first glance there … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

Khlong Suan old market

Published by under Shopping

Chatuchak and Siam Square are great places to shop in Bangkok, but if looking for an authentic, non-touristy Thai market, sometimes it’s necessary to stray off the beaten path. Khlong Suan old market is most certainly out of the way, to put it nicely, or in the middle of nowhere, to be blunt, but for … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

Coco Splash water park on Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

UPDATE: Coco Splash will be closed from 14 May for one month, in order to construct two new water slides in the park. Anyone travelling with young children will know that kids are not content to lie under a coconut palm reading a book, or have endless massages, tour temples or even for that matter … read the full post

Apr 19 2012

A good Chiang Mai swimming pool

Published by under Sights & activities

The large monolithic red brick Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel next to Central Huay Kaew shopping mall might not look desperately exciting from the outside, but it’s a good spot to waste away a few hours on a hot Chiang Mai afternoon if you’ve no pool in your own Chiang Mai hotel. The hotel itself is … read the full post

Apr 14 2012

Ko Phi Phi beach getaways

Sunset at Long Beach.

So you’re on Ko Phi Phi and have negotiated the back alleys and rabbit warren of Ton Sai Bay to find the cheapest habitable digs you can find. Yes, 1,000 baht doesn’t go far on this glistening little island. The bags are thrown in the corner and it’s time to wash the ferry grunge off. … read the full post

Apr 14 2012

Bangkok’s best duck noodle soup?

Published by under Food

Thai people are not known for being overly serious about too many things, but when it comes to food, Thailand means business. So when some locals recently let me know about a nondescript restaurant tucked away in Sathorn‘s Larai Sap market that has possibly the best roast duck egg noodle soup (ba mee nahm ped) … read the full post

Apr 13 2012

Jungle trekking on Ko Ra

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Into the jungle.

Unknown to many, the small island of Ko Ra off Thailand‘s west coast offers a unique nature oriented experience for environmentally conscious travellers who don’t mind roughing it a bit. The one place to stay, Koh Ra Eco Lodge, began as a base for the non-profit Reef Check Thailand some years ago and continues to … read the full post

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