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

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

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 22 2012

Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Sitting pretty on a lotus flower.

Wat Plai Laem may not be the oldest temple on Ko Samui, but it’s probably the most spectacular, and a good place to take children for a bit of Thai culture and a break from the beaches. Although relatively new – it was built in 2004 – it’s constructed in traditional style and methods, so … read the full post

Aug 21 2012

AirAsia moving to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport October 1

Published by under Transport

North Bangkok as seen while looping towards Don Muang Airport from the west.

This is old news to many out there, but we felt a one-month reminder was in order: All AirAsia flights from Bangkok — whether domestic or international — will depart from the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok’s northern reaches beginning October 1. Whether it’s due to them being occupied by political demonstrators, flood waters … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Can you fly from Bangkok to Ko Tao? Almost.

Published by under Transport

f coming from Chumphon, grab a seat on the right side of the plane for an ocean view.

Tired of buses? Looking for a flying adventure? Although not for the faint of heart, Solar Air offers the Bangkok to Chumphon route, which is the closest you’ll come to flying from the Thai capital to Ko Tao. Their 12-seater planes make for an exciting way to get from city to beach in a flash. … read the full post

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