Archive for January, 2013

Jan 14 2013

The PhanganProject, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The community center area, inside Phangan Chai hotel

Years ago, His Majesty the King of Thailand declared Ko Pha Ngan to be a part of an organic island movement; that is, he asked Thai people to promote eco-friendly, organic activities on the island. The idea is honourable and ambitious, but unfortunately, until recently, besides a few organic farms that have slowly taken shape … read the full post

Jan 12 2013

Getting from Ko Tao to the mainland

Published by under Ko Tao

West Side

A new ferry service from Ko Tao has streamlined the process of getting from the island to any southern Thai mainland or west coast destination. Previously the journey involved was protracted and tiring but this new service offered by Lomprayah raises the bar and offers a much needed joint-ticket, southern and west coast connection. You … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

Above-water water sports, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

Perfect for a paddle.

With Ko Samui’s beautiful beaches and generally calm waters, trying out some sort of water activity is a must. Aside from snorkelling, diving and boating, Ko Samui offers opportunities to try plenty of other water sports, including kayaking, kite-surfing, stand-up paddling, windsurfing, surfing (a little!) and jetski-ing. Here’s a round up of how and where … read the full post

Jan 09 2013

Best of Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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Haad Salad is located on the sunset side of Ko Pha Ngan, sandwiched between Mae Haad to its north, and Haad Thian to its south. Haad Salad is not, as some foreigners jokingly assume, named after a healthy bowl of lettuce, but rather after the pirates who once congregated in its bay before heading off … read the full post

Jan 08 2013

Ko Samui’s Five Islands, Ko Tan and Ko Matsum

Published by under Ko Samui

A more luxurious way to see the islands

Ko Samui is neighbour to a few small islands in the southwest: the Five Islands, known in Thai as Ko Si Ko Ha, which means Four Islands-Five Islands — one island is hidden behind another — plus Ko Tan and Ko Matsum. Ko Si Ko Ha are home to swifts, known for their famous nests … read the full post

Jan 07 2013

Talad Rot Fai, Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

One man's trash...

Bangkok is vast and bursting with things to do, but it can still be a bit tricky finding something off the tourist radar if you’re not familiar with the city. But Talad Rot Fai (the Train Market) ticks all the boxes when it comes to a hip local hangout for those in the know. If … read the full post

Jan 04 2013

Ko Samui’s capital, Nathon

Published by under Ko Samui

A tranquil temple just outside the main city.

Nathon on Ko Samui’s west coast is away from the main tourist drag catering more to locals than visitors. This means that prices are generally cheaper at both shops and restaurants, making it worth a daytrip for a bit of shopping and exploring if you can drag yourself away from the beach. And should you … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Bophut shopping, Ko Samui

Published by under Shopping

Just what the doctor ordered.

Travelling from Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village towards Mae Nam, near Peace Resort & Spa, you’ll see a modern strip of shops and coffee houses that are worth a poke around. Maissa’s Party Shop, painted bright pink, always shows a colourful and themed window display. As Ko Samui doesn’t have any malls as such, Maissa’s is one … read the full post

Jan 01 2013

The “what meter?” Bangkok airport taxi scam

Published by under Transport

Don't get "taken for a ride"!

Generally speaking, Bangkok’s brightly coloured taxis are abundant, cheap and reliable, but we’ve heard one too many stories from travellers who were “taken for a ride” from Suvarnabhumi airport in more way than one. Here’s how a common taxi scam plays out, and how to avoid it. After passing immigration and collecting bags, travellers emerge … read the full post

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