Archive for October, 2012

Oct 13 2012

Chiang Mai immigration

Published by under Practicalities

Naughty naughty!

No-one enjoys visiting Chiang Mai immigration office but for all expats and many tourists in Thailand’s northern capital an occasional visit is unavoidable, so here are a few tips on how to make your trip as painless as possible. Chiang Mai immigration office is one of the most pleasant (or least unpleasant?) immigration offices or … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Bangkok’s Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park: Keeping Bangkokians sane since 1920.

Fantastic green spaces are found in many Southeast Asian cities. Hanoi has West Lake, Singapore boasts Bukit Timah and Chiang Mai is graced by Doi Suthep to name a few. Yet only Bangkok’s Lumpini Park rubs shoulders with London’s St James Park and New York’s Central Park among the world’s best centrally located urban parks. … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Guan Yu Shrine, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

THis guy guards the door to the shrine. I'm not arguing with him.

A big red head. That’s what you see poking through the top of a building when driving along Ko Samui‘s ring road in Hua Thanon, just south of Lamai. So what is it? Virach Pongchababnapa, an islander of Chinese decent, aims to build a 16-metre tall bronze statue of Guan Yu, valued at 20 million … read the full post

Oct 11 2012

Should you rent a motorbike on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Which one is the brake?

Personally I would say, “No way Jose!” to anyone contemplating the undeniably risky method of getting about by motorbike on Ko Tao. However it would then be fair to accuse me of a certain amount of hypocrisy as I do indeed own and drive one. Well, chances are that unlike me — I own my … read the full post

Oct 10 2012

Thailand’s Si Satchanalai in a day

Published by under Sukhothai

The new rulers of Si Satchanalai.

Once an important satellite city of the ancient Sukhothai kingdom in north-central Thailand, the ruins of Si Satchanalai lie some 60 kilometres up the Yom River from modern “new” Sukhothai, and a day trip to Si Satch (as it’s known to locals) offers a more low-key atmosphere for exploring the ruins in your own way. … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Boudoir Restaurant, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Welcome to my parlour.

As its name suggests, Boudoir in Ko Samui’s Mae Nam oozes sex appeal and romance, with opulent decor in rich colours, mood lighting and comfortable seating that encourages guests to linger over another bottle of wine. Huge portions of rustic French country dishes are served up at reasonable prices, making this small French restaurant one … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Phuket Aquarium

Shark!

Phuket Aquarium is a modest, government-run attraction but it’s not a bad place to spend an afternoon on the cheap. The aquarium sits on the waterfront in Cape Panwa on Phuket’s east coast, about 10 kilometres from Phuket Town. Those who have ever been to a big-city aquarium like Siam Ocean World in Bangkok or … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Bangkok’s Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Published by under Bangkok excursions

Hey! What's in those things?

Set in a leafy locale out in Thonburi‘s western reaches, Khlong Lat Mayom boasts a colourful atmosphere and some outstanding food in a market that’s popular among locals but little known to tourists. Like the markets at Bang Nam Phueng and Bang Khla, just to name a couple, Khlong Lat Mayom sprang up only in … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Review: The Nest, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Hole yourself up in this comfortable high rise bar

Typically, the purpose of a rooftop bar is to experience the cool breeze of the heady heights of the 66th (or another ridiculously high) floor and enjoy incredible cityscapes. Bangkok’s Nest, the rooftop lounge at Le Fenix Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, doesn’t really offer much fresh breeze, nor views. Okay, so there is definitely … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Learning to dive on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Almost there!

So you have run the gauntlet of choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao. You have decided whether you want to take the SSI or PADI course. What should you expect while you are studying how to dive? Firstly, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. If you have any of the conditions … read the full post

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