Archive for December, 2012

Dec 11 2012

Christmas on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

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If it’s tradition you’re after for Christmas and you’ll be on Thailand’s Ko Samui, the island won’t let you down in the roast-with-gravy-and-all-the-trimmings department. Many of the resorts –and not only the high-end ones — include a compulsory gala dinner for Christmas Eve. If you’re paying for it, you may as well make the most … 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 09 2012

Bangkok’s Assumption Cathedral

A few minutes to imagine you're in Rome.

One of a few striking 200-plus year old churches in Bangkok, Assumption Cathedral is the centre of Catholicism in Thailand. The church is nestled in a historic area off Charoen Krung Road near the Chao Phraya River and is worth a visit whether worshipping or just sightseeing. Named after the biblical name for the death … read the full post

Dec 09 2012

Exploring Lampang

Published by under Lampang

Talard Kao Road

Khao San, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Pai and… Lampang? North Thailand’s Lampang city (capital of the province of the same name) has never been and probably never will be on anyone’s itinerary of hot Thai destinations. Well, so much the better for the trickle of more adventurous foreign visitors who do make the worthwhile detour to … read the full post

Dec 08 2012

Christmas in Bangkok 2012

Published by under Festivals

Ready or not, Santa will invade Bangkok soon.

Old Saint Nick looked a bit thin last year thanks to the tropical heat (or mistaking chillies for candy canes), but he was still sighted in Bangkok riding in trains, ho-ho-ing beneath highway overpasses and soaring above the skyline in a magic flying-elephant-powered tuk tuk. Here’s where you can catch up with Santa for Christmas … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

What’s the best beach on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Haad Sai Daeng

If I had 100 baht for each time someone asked me which is the best beach on Ko Tao then I wouldn’t need to work again. The answer isn’t that simple and like anything in life it depends on your definition of best. The simplest thing to do then would be to work our way … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

Street food on Silom Soi 20, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Lunch of champions; note the Christmas tree platter used as a rice dish!

Apart from pad Thai, smoothies and kebabs on Khao San Road, ordering street food in Bangkok can be frustrating if you don’t know the Thai lingo. Menus are usually posted only in Thai and many basic dishes — like som tam and noodle soup — come with a range of options that can leave travellers dumbfounded. … 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 06 2012

Doing nothing in Thailand’s Chiang Khong

Published by under Chiang Khong

Chiang Khong, early morning

The small riverside town of Chiang Khong is primarily known as an entry or departure point for travellers to Laos but there’s a lot more to this charming north Thai town than an immigration checkpoint and a jetty. We reckon it’s well worth a detour even if you’re not planning on joining the slow boat … read the full post

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