Archive for August, 2012

Aug 13 2012

Bangkok’s Erawan shrine

If you light some incense, be careful not to burn other people.

If all one saw of Bangkok was the glitzy Siam Square shopping district along Rama I Road, they might pass the city off as a place of gaudy shopping malls and materialistic locals who have little interest in spirituality. Yet this maze of malls is still part of Bangkok, and the spiritual undercurrents that pervade … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Chasing butterflies at Pang Sida National Park

Published by under Northeast Thailand

A great place to forget the world for a while.

Nestled in a remote, mountainous region near the Cambodia border in eastern Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province, Pang Sida national park is less accessible than Khao Yai immediately to the west, but is equally stunning. Pang Sida is also far less touristy; show up on a weekday and there’s a good chance you’ll be sharing the … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

Thonburi’s Phran Nok wet market

Published by under Food

This school of fish likes to stick together.

Smaller and more cramped, but more eclectic than nearby Bangkok Noi market, Thonburi’s Phran Nok wet market is worth a trip if you’re serious about exploring Thai food ingredients in a very local atmosphere. Be warned that a visit to Phran Nok may induce weeping (from the chilli flakes in the air), holding the nose … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

TEFL in Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

If the thought of teaching bonzai people scares, you, try adults.

TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This acronym describes the industry, the profession and all the courses you can take to qualify as a teacher. TEFL can be temporary or permanent. Some people do it as a career break, others a gap year as it’s a great way of earning money while travelling … read the full post

Aug 09 2012

The best time to visit Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Escape to the sun.....

Ko Tao is almost a year-round destination but depending on what you are looking for during your visit there are considerations to take into account when deciding which month to come, such as weather, crowds, visibility for diving and which critters are around in the ocean. The busiest times are between July and early September, … read the full post

Aug 08 2012

Muang Tam Temple, Buriram

Published by under Buriram

Krishna?

The Angkor-period temple of Muang Tam in Buriram province is closely associated with neighbouring Phanom Rung. Prasart Muang Tam lies four or five kilometres as the crow flies on the plain beneath the extinct volcano on which Phanom Rung is sited. And while the latter was certainly the most prestigious religious site and pilgrimage destination … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Cheap Charlie’s, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A bar for lovers

It’s late. You’ve been pounding the streets of Bangkok all day and you need a drink or six. You turn out your pockets and find a measly 500 baht. Never fear; this is Bangkok. Cheap drinks can be had. If you’re looking for a little more atmosphere than chugging bottles of Chang outside 7-eleven will … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Exploring the Chanthaburi coast

Published by under East coast islands

These kids don't seem spooked, but I am.

Chanthaburi province’s gulf coast in eastern Thailand lacks the fine white sands and cerulean blue waters of nearby Ko Samet and the Ko Chang archipelago. Yet its empty beaches stretching into the horizon, hidden inlets and peninsulas, charming fishing villages and handful of attractions all make a trip along the Chanthaburi coastline a worthy adventure … read the full post

Aug 06 2012

Phanom Rung Temple, Buriram

Published by under Buriram

The inner courtyard

One of the most famous Angkor period temples in Thailand, Phanom Rung lies atop an extinct volcano some 50 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital in Buriram‘s Nang Rong district. It was never completely overgrown and ruined as with many Khmer temples and it was never a battlefield either, so consequently it remained in relatively … read the full post

Aug 05 2012

Namtok Chet Sao Noi, Thailand

Published by under Northeast Thailand

See what I mean?

I’ve seen more than a few of Thailand’s waterfalls. Some are disappointing, others live up to expectations, and still others surprise, but it will take something very special to upstage Chet Sao Noi waterfall north of the town of Muak Lek in the Khao Yai region as my favourite. It’s not Thailand’s tallest, widest, or … read the full post

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