Archive for February, 2013

Feb 14 2013

Ayutthaya’s eclectic food scene

Published by under Ayutthaya

Boat noodles at Jaymouie -- porky heaven in a bowl.

As Thai cities go, Ayutthaya is an eclectic one. During its glory days as the capital of the Siamese Empire from the mid 14th to late 18th centuries, the city was home to a diverse range of people from throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Although the royal palaces, and all that goes with … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: Same Same Restaurant & Bar, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

SameSame Rooftop View

Same Same restaurant and bar is where a lot of the party action starts in Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Rin Nok, the same beach that’s home to the world famous Full Moon Party. Owned and run by two Danish women, the place is party central for full moon and many of the other moon parties … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

Review: Cafe Na, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Seafood delivery. Right to the door.

If you’re looking for authentic Thai food on Ko Samui, at reasonable prices, but with a bit more atmosphere and a view better than your average roadside restaurant, then you can’t go wrong with Cafe Na. Located right next to the fresh market just before Big Buddha, owner and chef Na has her pick of … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

Hostels on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Good Dreams

Accommodation options on Ko Tao have changed. Once there were rustic huts on the beach but now the island is home to some top class resorts as well. There are indeed still fan-cooled bungalows and rooms in the 500 to 600 baht range, and some even have hot water. If you are happy to share … read the full post

Feb 05 2013

Enjoying seafood on Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Fresh straight from the boats.

If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll be pleased with the selection Ko Samui has to offer, ranging from cheap street food to fancy beachside dining barbecues. Flying in to Samui at night, you’ll see an odd green glow over the water. It’s caused by the green fluorescent lights on the squid fishing boats. These lights … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Review: Spot On, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Beachside in Bangkok

There’s nothing nicer than sinking your feet into deep sand, feeling the breeze ruffle your hair and sipping on a fruity cocktail. Well, that’s the thinking behind Spot On, a newcomer on the buzzing Thong Lo nightlife scene, anyway. The beach-themed bar attempts to recreate the laidback vibe of seaside sundowners in the heart of … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Chinese New Year in Phuket

Published by under Festivals

Waiting patiently for your incense offering: Chinese gods at the Shrine of Serene Light.

With red lanterns adorning the streets and truckloads of firecrackers at the ready, Phuket is poised to ring in the Year of the Snake with plenty of colour and panache. Phuket’s large ethnic Chinese population, descended from immigrants who flocked to island for the tin-mining trade in the 1800s and early 1900s, means that the … read the full post

Feb 03 2013

Review: Salad Hut restaurant, Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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How can you not love Haad Salad’s laidback Salad Hut, where the staff wear shirts saying “same shit, different day”? This funky place has a relaxed atmosphere that provides a great place to eat, then chill out, and then eat again, if you’re into that kind of thing. The food is among the best on … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Chiang Mai nightlife: Loi Kroh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

An alternative spelling from Chiang Mai city roads department

We could almost sub-title this ‘Reclaiming Loi Kroh‘, as usually the mention of this well-known Chiang Mai road tends to bring many locals out in shudders and expats in sniggers. Yes, one small section of the road is, shall we say, sleazy, but the rest of the street is home to some excellent eateries, lively … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Review: Angela’s Diner, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Delicious daily specials. Try something with avo.

The first time we visited Ko Samui more than 10 years ago, we popped into Angela’s Bakery & Cafe (as it was called until recently). After weeks of Thai food, good bread and cheese made a pleasant change. At that stage, Angela’s had no other buildings surrounding it on the stretch of ring road along … read the full post

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