Archive for February, 2013

Feb 18 2013

Ko Siray sea gypsy village, Phuket

Phuket's largest sea gypsy village, as seen from Wat Siray hill.

While Phuket’s west-coast beaches are home to ever more modern hotels, swanky beach clubs and sun-baked tourists, Ko Siray on the east coast reveals a lesser-known, more humble side of the island. Just six kilometres from Phuket Town and a world away from the five-star resorts sits Phuket’s largest sea gypsy village. Some 1,900 Chao … read the full post

Feb 16 2013

Farm Buu Nim: A food adventure near Chanthaburi

Published by under Food

But this was what we really came for.

One of the first things I noticed after arriving at Farm Buu Nim was an enormous domesticated boar quietly tied to a post near the restaurant’s bamboo floored kitchen. Sloppily dressed servers stepped over a yipping dog, concentrating to keep their massive platters of boiled crab from tipping. It reminded me of a scene from a 19th … read the full post

Feb 14 2013

Review: A Taste of Home Restaurant, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Ushi's front room.

Ko Tao’s A Taste of Home, just out the back of Haad Sairee, is one of those places mostly only locals know about — if you wander past, it looks like a little eatery set out on someone front porch, which in fact is exactly what it is. Serving up wholesome, unpretentious food at good … read the full post

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 11 2013

Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat

Published by under Phang Nga

Tuk-tuk of the sea: the long-tail boat.

Phang Nga Bay is a calm, sheltered bay that stretches from the east coast of Phuket up to the southeast coastline of Phang Nga province. This ‘jewel of the Andaman’, as it’s often called, is compared to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay because of its dramatic scenery of steep limestone karsts. The 400-square-kilometre bay has become … read the full post

Feb 11 2013

Bangkok’s Benjakiti Park

Bangkok shows off its pretty side.

With a small lake rimmed by abundant flowers and some of the most attractive fountains in Southeast Asia, Benjakiti Park is arguably Bangkok’s prettiest green space. Though Lumpini Park is far more popular, Benjakiti also offers a range of activities and, in particular, has become a cycling haven in the often gridlocked city. Above all, … 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

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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

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