Archive for February, 2013

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

Khlong Thom and Baan Mo electronics markets, Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Tick... Tick... Tick...

Are you in the market for a state-of-the-art karaoke machine, a clock that looks like the fancy rim on a Ferrari, a fan that emits a black light glow as it spins or DVDs of movies that just started showing in theaters? If so, you need to check out the electronics vendors at Khlong Thom … 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

Feb 01 2013

Sunday roasts on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Hard to resist.

Sunday roasts are a tradition for many in the West — but can you get a decent one on Ko Tao if you ever tire of the delicious Thai food on offer? The good news is yes, you can, and although you wouldn’t need a month of Sundays to try each there’s certainly enough options … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Wat Kampaeng: An ancient, intimate temple in Thonburi

The original ubosot at Wat Kampaeng.

Bangkok is home to hundreds of temples. Some, like Wat Pho, are major tourist attractions while others, such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Pak Nam, are huge monasteries that double as Buddhist universities or meditation centres. Most are small and don’t draw many tourists, but that doesn’t always mean they’re unexceptional. Located along a canal … read the full post

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