Archive for December, 2012

Dec 31 2012

Review: Kopitiam by Wilai, Phuket

Published by under Food

The look is vintage, but the noodles are fresh.

Kopitiam by Wilai is a newish place but its retro design complete with vintage photos of the island’s past makes it feel like an old favourite in Phuket’s Old Town. The word kopitiam should be familiar to travellers around Southeast Asia, a Malay-Hokkien phrase that translates simply to “coffee shop”. It’s a fitting name for … read the full post

Dec 28 2012

Samui Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Published by under Sights & activities

Why did the chicken cross the road? To pester the dog of course.

Samui Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has been improving the lives of Ko Samui’s animals for 13 years, and is a cause well worth supporting. Their main shelter is in Taling Ngam, where homeless animals are housed until a new home can be found for them, and where quarantined animals will go. A second, smaller … read the full post

Dec 21 2012

How long should you spend on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Where else is there to go?

It’s quite difficult to advise anyone on how long to spend here on Ko Tao. I would say, “Never leave!” but that’s probably not the most helpful answer. It does depend on why you are coming and then the overall length of your trip away and what you like too. Discounting your arrival and departure … read the full post

Dec 20 2012

Review: Nirvana Restaurant & Bar, Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Spicy but nice.

New restaurant Nirvana in popular Fisherman’s Village offers a selection of Thai, Asian-fusion and Western food. The decor is warm and inviting, with a lounge-type feel created by wooden and rattan furniture, burgundy cushions and drapes and candles on the table. Choose from several seating areas: stools around the bar, inside dining tables, streetfront bar tables … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Spark! Circus

Published by under For kids

Good to see some smiles.

Spark! (that’s with the !) is a group of volunteer circus performers who try to add a little sparkle to the lives of disadvantaged children in refugee camps, migrant schools, hospitals and orphanages along the Thai-Burmese border. More than 200, 000 refugees are based in camps along the border, with a large proportion of them … read the full post

Dec 15 2012

Getting to Ko Tao from Bangkok

Published by under Ko Tao

Take the beach express!

The only difficult thing about getting to Ko Tao from Bangkok is choosing from the myriad options available. What you choose will ultimately depend on your budget and how much time you have. When heading down to Ko Tao from Bangkok, your ferry jump off point on the mainland is Chumphon. To get there, you … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Bangkok hipster bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Those unfamiliar with Bangkok’s nightlife may assume Bangkok has a monopoly on sleazy bars and not a whole lot else. But those who’ve spent a little more time — demonstrated some dedication, even — on discovering the city’s drinking establishments will know Bangkok has a very fine line in hipster hangouts, too. Often defined by … read the full post

Dec 10 2012

Phuket scams and rip-offs, part 2: Taxis

Published by under Health & safety

The Phuket tuk-tuk: a modest ride at an opulent price.

Of all the scams to watch for in Phuket, the taxi rip-off deserves special mention. Anyone who has travelled through any other part of Thailand will be shocked the first time they hire a Phuket taxi or tuk tuk, which can be four or five times more expensive than trips of a similar distance in … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan power failure: What should I do?

Solar power. Wouldn't that be nice!

UPDATE: Power has now been restored to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan. We we woke up to the good news this morning, sleeping on the balcony for a breeze, surrounded by mosquitos. There was that tell-tale sound of the fridge buzzing, meaning that the power was on. Supply was restored on the mainland at … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

The Virgin Coast, Taling Ngam, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now that's a good reading spot.

Many feel that Ko Samui has become too developed, and in part, that may be true. Luckily it’s possible to escape the crowds and discover the Samui of yesterday only a 45-minute drive from popular Chaweng beach. The unspoilt southwest is known as the Virgin Coast; from the ring road, turn off at Route 4170 … read the full post

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