Archive for June, 2012

Jun 23 2012

The British Consulate, Chiang Mai

Published by under Practicalities

Since we couldn't photograph the British Consulate.......

We did previously do a general outline of consulates in Chiang Mai but since it was dear old Liz’s jubilee recently (you can’t have missed that — it even brought tears to the eyes of some of our French mates!) and of  course with the London Olympics raring to go very soon (you’re going to … read the full post

Jun 22 2012

Photo essay: Life in the Andaman Sea islands

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

A Moken woman digs for shells on Ko Chang Noi.

With the monsoon now in full swing in Thailand’s Andaman Sea islands, few tourists are found and bungalows are boarded up. Yet, despite the rain, locals navigate longtail boats through the waves to put fish on their tables, endure the dampness to tap rubber trees, coerce water buffalo to plough fields, take the time to … read the full post

Jun 21 2012

Durian: King of Thai fruits

Published by under Food

See why helmets are advisable when walking under durian trees?

Picture a village inhabited by all the different types of Thai fruit. A group of exuberant young grapes and rambutans goof off as pretty lychees and strawberries giggle. A cheerful rose apple works in the garden as well-dressed pineapples gossip with ripe papayas about the carefree oranges, mangoes and coconuts mixing it up on the … read the full post

Jun 20 2012

Magnolia Cafe and Spa, Ko Samui’s Chaweng

Published by under Food

Magnolia Cafe in Ko Samui’s northern Chaweng is a European-style coffee shop with comfy chairs, couches, newspapers and subdued lighting. Other than Starbucks, there are few establishments on Samui with a real coffee-shop type atmosphere, but this place has that lounge about, read the paper, catch up on gossip with friends feel about it. Entering … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Swimming pools on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Some of the best-value resorts on Ko Samui are great in most departments, but lacking a swimming pool. Should they be located on a beach, this may not be a problem, but sometimes a splash in a pool, decked with sun loungers and an attentive barman on call, is just what the day needs. Don’t … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

Splurging on Bangkok sushi: Part 2

Published by under Food

In Bangkok, a city filled with Japanese expats and close enough to the fish markets of Tokyo to make importing fresh tuna an absurd possibility, sushi restaurants abound. But choosing which sushi restaurant to frequent should never be done haphazardly; you must take as much care in selecting your sushi restaurant as a sushi chef … read the full post

Jun 06 2012

Dao Siam Cosmetics on Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

When you enter the new showroom for Dao Siam Cosmetics in Ko Samui‘s Choeng Mon you’ll suffer in the best way possible: from olfactory overload, as scents of predominantly citronella with undertones of white orchid and Thai herbs waft through the air. Aromdee Asia has been supplying hotels and spas in Thailand for several years, … read the full post

Jun 01 2012

The road from Pai

Published by under Mae Hong Son

We were going to call this “The road to Pai” but in reality Chiang Mai to Pai is just too far to do comfortably on a small motorbike. We reckon it’s easier, more practical and above all safer to just take the bus up to the Mae Hong Son township, hire a bike there then … read the full post