Archive for September, 2012

Sep 14 2012

Thailand flood update 2012

Published by under Floods

Rather than this kind of nahm.

Isolated parts of Sukhothai are flooded four days after waters from the Yom River seeped through the city’s levees; however the water is receding, and local guesthouse operators told us Friday that most of the remaining water is in the vicinity of the day market and Wat Sathani east of the river. During an official … read the full post

Sep 13 2012

Bam Bams, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

The simple things in life ....

Bam Bams in Ko Tao is one of those rickety looking, plastic chair, roadside Thai restaurants with garish wipe-clean table covers.  While that description probably does little to entice you in, those who have travelled through Thailand will know that these can often the best places to eat, especially when you’re on a tight budget. … read the full post

Sep 13 2012

Flying unicycle chicken at Ka-tron Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Congratulations! Well done! Now we will eat you.

Deeply concentrating, a unicyclist fits into his helmet as a crowd of kids gather round. A bell rings. A flame is lit atop a massive catapult. A whole fried chicken flies through the air as diners gasp in suspense. It’s just another dinner shift at Ka-tron Restaurant in Bangkok‘s southern reaches, which proves that if … read the full post

Sep 11 2012

Salsa dancing on Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Walk this way...

Walking down Plai Laem’s main road and hearing sultry sounds winding through the palms and banana trees, it would be easy to forget the location and imagine you were in Cuba or perhaps Columbia. But no, Ko Samui has quite the active salsa scene – the dancing, not the sauce that is.  Here we give … read the full post

Sep 11 2012

Bangkok’s Amphawa houses: safe for now?

Published by under Art & culture

They're still there.

As of September 11, the remaining century-old houses in Bangkok’s historic Amphawa that were slated to be levelled on August 31 remain untouched, and virtually all construction at the site has been stalled. According to the Bangkok Post, jewellery tycoon turned hotelier Chuchai Chairittelert shed tears while admitting his large-scale project was wrong during a … read the full post

Sep 09 2012

Review: Fisherman’s Reggae Bar, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Little boys who play with fire...

Located at the far eastern end of Bang Rak, 100 metres before the entrance to Big Buddha, one will find one of the most character-laden little beach bars that Ko Samui has to offer: Fisherman’s Reggae Bar. A simple wooden structure perches on stilts at the water’s edge. Inside, every available spot of wall space … read the full post

Sep 08 2012

Sukhothai’s fantastic food scene

Published by under Sukhothai

The perfect traveller's breakfast.

There’s no doubt that Sukhothai‘s centuries-old stone monuments are what attracts a steady stream of travellers year-round, but “new Sukhothai”, the small, modern city 12 kilometres east of the historical park, has an outstanding food scene worth checking out during a visit. Here’s a quick heads up on some of the Sukhothai edibles worth seeking out. … read the full post

Sep 06 2012

Living on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

The simple things in life.

When asked to write about life on Ko Tao from a longterm stayers point of view, all I could think about were the three biggest lies told on the island. I’ll leave you to ponder the other two but the biggest, without a doubt is, “I’m leaving tomorrow.” This is not used to wheedle one … read the full post

Sep 05 2012

Eating on Ko Samui for 150 baht per day

Published by under Food

Now THAT'S a salad.

It is a known fact that Ko Samui — and other Thai tourism hotspots — are more expensive than destinations less frequented by tourists. So is it possible to still eat three meals a day for 150 baht or less on Samui? For sure! The trick however, is to eat like a local and avoid … read the full post

Sep 05 2012

Sukhumvit Soi 11

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A tube full of the beautiful people.

There can’t be many cities in the world that boast entire streets dedicated to entertainment, but Bangkok – being a notorious party town – has several, including backpacker haven Khao San Road, Soi Cowboy and Patpong, which are geared towards sex tourists, and Royal City Avenue, which is packed full of clubs. Single-street nights out … read the full post

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