Archive for August, 2012

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

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 19 2012

Review: Muslim Restaurant on Charoen Krung Road

Published by under Food

Trendy restaurants with catchy names are in no short supply in Bangkok, but when it comes to food, image is no match for taste. Case in point: Muslim Restaurant (yes, that’s it’s official name) on Bangrak‘s historic Charoen Krung Road has been serving up some of the city’s best Indian-Thai Muslim fare in a classic, … read the full post

Aug 18 2012

Sikhorapum, a great little Angkor-period temple in I-san

Published by under Surin

Sikhorapum, general view from the east

As Angkor period temple sites in northeastern Thailand go, Phanom Rung, Phimai and Muang Tam are the three big ones, but the entire southern part of I-san is littered with ancient Khmer temples and some of the lesser sites are well worth a look if you happen to be in the relevant areas. One of … 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

Aug 17 2012

What’s the best time to visit Ko Samui?

Published by under Sights & activities

Time it right, and Chaweng beach is all yours.

The best time to visit a place weather-wise is usually a time that everybody wants to visit, so choosing a time that’s just right — that is, with decent weather but some extra elbow room — can be tricky. Here’s the lowdown on the best time to visit Ko Samui taking both weather and crowds … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Review: Suk 11 Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Chicken in pandan leaves -- out of the wrapper and into the sauce.

Known as an earthy-crunchy backpacker institution off touristy Sukhumvit Road Soi 11 in Bangkok, Suk 11 Hostel also happens to boast an outstanding Thai restaurant. The extensive menu looks pricey at first glance, but Suk 11′s relaxed yet classy atmosphere, large portions, and delicious food make it worth a stop if passing through, or even … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Ko Tao nightlife

Published by under Ko Tao

After dark.....

While it has been said that Ko Tao is a drinking island with a diving problem, you can easily avoid the mayhem if you wish. However you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog unless you wanted to find out where the party’s at and there’s certainly a party to be had on Ko Tao on … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Stand-up paddling (SUP) on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

More fun with friends.

SUP, or stand up paddling for those not in the know, is the latest water sport activity to hit Samui’s shores. Unlike surfing, what’s great about this pastime is that no waves are required – and let’s face it, for beach bums in search of a wave, Samui features low on the list of where … read the full post

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