Archive for August, 2012

Aug 31 2012

Garra rufa fish spas on Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Fish for lunch, or lunch for fish?

Garra rufa fish spas have been used in the Middle East for centuries but Southeast Asia has fairly recently jumped on the bandwagon and you’ll find them right across the region, including in Thailand. These little freshwater fish originate from the river basins of several Middle Eastern countries; they also go by the name of … read the full post

Aug 30 2012

How to see a whale shark on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Southwest Pinnacle

As a going away gift for my first backpacking trip one of my comical mates gave me a travel tips book. This wasn’t your normal travel manual by any means. It included topics like how to stop a runaway camel and how to avoid dying in an airplane crash. The best way to avoid crashing … read the full post

Aug 30 2012

Bangkok’s Amphawa: What is going on?

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

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On its official website, the monstrous Chuchaiburi Sri Amphawa luxury hotel-in-the-making boasts, “Reflecting the community’s values, our hotel cherishes Amphawa’s cultural heritage and aspires to preserve and pass it on for future generations.” It’s a shamefully off-base claim given how this lavish hotel construction project is levelling homes that are more than a century old … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

Na Muang One Waterfall

Published by under Sights & activities

Much cooler than the Gulf of Thailand's 28 degrees.

Na Muang One Waterfall at Baan Thurian, about 10 kilometres south of Nathon, is a popular tourist attraction on Ko Samui that can easily be reached by vehicle. The turnoff is well signposted along the 4169 Ring Road, and from the parking lot, it’s only a walk of a few hundred metres to get there. … read the full post

Aug 28 2012

Cheap places to stay on Bangkok’s Phra Phradaeng

Published by under Accommodation

An 800 baht bungalow at Phuyai Aoy -- settle in and let the time slide by.

A short ferry ride to the pocket of countryside known as Phra Phradaeng (or Khung Bang Kachao) — right across the Chao Phraya River from south Bangkok — and you could be falling asleep to the sound of crickets and frogs rather than karaoke and tuk tuks. While those like luxe should head straight for … read the full post

Aug 25 2012

Mae Salong, Chiang Rai

Published by under Chiang Rai

View over tea plantation near Mae Salong

If you read anything about the mountaintop town of Mae Salong, you’ll be told that it doesn’t resemble a typical Thai town at all and that you’ll feel like you’re in northern Laos or southern China. That’s very true; the reason being it was founded in 1961 by remnants of the Kuomintang, (KMT, or Nationalist … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Learning Thai on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

I am not jumping up and down because I need the bathroom, I want to buy popcorn!

Learning a new language is hard enough at the best of times and Thai is so different from English and the Romance languages that for a farang (Westerner), learning Thai can seem a little overwhelming. Anyone wanting to stay in the country for more than a few months however would be wise to pick up … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Review: Marshmallow, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 11 is bursting with new high-end bars and restaurants, including Marshmallow, which opened its doors in early 2012. If you have something a little more respectable than flip-flops and harem pants to wear, you might want to venture into Bangkok’s hi-so (that’s high society for the uninitiated) territory. Though there’s no dress … read the full post

Aug 24 2012

Cappuccino Bistro, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Go on! You know you want to!

Cappuccino Bistro is the only French-owned bakery on Ko Tao. It serves a variety of cakes, tarts and sandwiches along with arguably the best cup of coffee around and is well located up the hill on the main road in Sairee running from the pier. This spot is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.  … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani

Published by under Ubon Ratchathani

Sunset near Khong Chiam

Pha Taem National Park is certainly not one of Thailand’s best known parks, but this small park in Ubon Ratchatani’s Khong Chiam district packs a lot into its 340 square kilometres and is well worth a visit if you happen to be in these parts. The park consists of a rocky plateau gently rising from … read the full post

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