Archive for May, 2012

May 30 2012

Shopping at Ko Samui’s Fisherman’s Village

Published by under Shopping

Thailand’s known for its cheap clothes shopping, brand-name knock-offs and haggling to get already low-priced items at a steal. This, however, usually means sweating it out in an overcrowded market; anyone who has been to Bangkok’s Pratunam Market will know that the usually fun-filled day of shopping can turn into torture as temperatures soar in … read the full post

May 30 2012

Asiatique: Bangkok’s newest night bazaar

Published by under Shopping

Asiatique, a new Bangkok night bazaar set along the Chao Phraya River, appears to be catching on fast. Along with upwards of 1,500 shops and restaurants, the bazaar boasts Thailand’s longest riverfront boardwalk, which stretches 300 metres and makes for some glitzy photo-ops among the evening sparkle of the river. Asiatique isn’t quite running on … read the full post

May 27 2012

Review: Baan Somtum

Published by under Food

We’ve been on a northeastern Thai (Isaan) spicy salad kick of late and sampled endless cheap som tam stands scattered around Bangkok. Baan Somtum on Soi Si Wiang in Sathorn produces 22 varieties of som tam along with a host of other Isaan soups and salads in a modern, enclosed restaurant atmosphere. You pay a … read the full post

May 25 2012

Baan Nam Kem tsunami memorial

Published by under Phang Nga

A handful of youngsters kick a soccer ball along the beach. Early evening smoke rises from a grilled fish vendor’s cart. A soft orange glow blankets the sky as gentle waves lap upon the shore. Life has returned to normal in the picturesque seaside hamlet of Baan Nam Kem, but memories of the day in … read the full post

May 24 2012

Good Korean food in Bangkok

Published by under Food

In the centre of Bangkok’s busiest shopping and business district, Sukhumvit, a plethora of kimchi awaits. Sukhumvit Plaza, one of Bangkok’s oddest architectural eyesores between Soi 10 and Soi 12, is also home to two floors of Korean restaurants, markets and specialty item stores. Informally known as Little Seoul or Korea Town (but without the … read the full post

May 20 2012

Northeastern Thai spicy salads

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No shortage of colour in the art of Isaan salads.

Thai people from different parts of the country don’t always agree on everything, but one area that without question pervades all of Thailand is a love for the spicy, salty, sour and sweet flavours of Isaan-style salads. As a bit of a disclaimer, while these salads are on the whole considered northeastern Thai (Isaan) cuisine, … read the full post

May 18 2012

Bangkok’s Pak Khlong Talaat flower market

In the concrete maze of Bangkok, colourful flowers brighten up the greys around every corner, but it’s not just because they look nice; flowers play a pivotal role in an ancient Thai tradition of making offerings to spirits and sacred representations as tangible expressions of kindness and generosity. Bangkok’s biggest flower market, Pak Khlong Talaat, … read the full post

May 17 2012

How to do Khao Sok national park independently

Published by under Phang Nga

As part of Thailand’s largest contiguous wildlife preserve, the ancient jungles and emerald waters of Khao Sok National Park should be far more than an after-thought while on a Thai island holiday. Khao Sok is a must for nature-loving travellers to south Thailand, but given the sparse info available online (stay tuned for fresh Travelfish.org … read the full post

May 16 2012

Natural medicines for travellers: Chiang Mai’s Arun Thai

Published by under Health & safety

This is a slight departure from our usual topics as we look at an excellent new Chiang Mai initiative in the field of natural medicines and beauty treatments. Skin cream,  herbal shampoo, moisturiser, hair restorer (oops too late for that!)… have I  finally lost the plot? I’ll admit that having (very tentatively and making sure … read the full post

May 14 2012

Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market

When visitors come to Thailand, they tend to have a mental to-do list, derived from overheard stories at hostels, or the pages of a guide: ride an elephant, pet a tiger, eat a ripe mango, lay on the beach, and of course, visit a floating market. All of these things are possible, but the problem … read the full post

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