Archive for May, 2013

May 30 2013

Elfe’s World dog and cat refuge, Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

Anyone want to adopt me?

Elfe’s World is a dog and cat refuge on Ko Samui where Elisabeth Feigl — known as Elfe — takes care of more than 300 dogs, mostly rescued on while being smuggled to Vietnam as part of an illegal international trade in dog meat. Smugglers pass through small villages in northern Thailand, offering next to … read the full post

May 28 2013

Thip Samai: Bangkok’s best pad Thai?

Published by under Food

It sure does look superb.

Known locally as Pad Thai Phratu Phi after the ‘ghost gate’ neighbourhood where it’s located, Thip Samai has had 50 years to perfect the recipes and techniques for its signature pad Thai, often cited as the best in Bangkok. It may be the city’s most famous place to try the best known Thai dish in … read the full post

May 28 2013

Review: Lake Hut, Seetanu, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

the red balls at Lake Hut

Those looking for some daytime entertainment on Ko Pha Ngan should head to Lake Hut to check out the Wipeout course. This fun water adventure park in Seetanu provides fun for all ages, with its intricate obstacle course floating on Laem Son lake, which was once a tin mine. The course starts off with a … read the full post

May 27 2013

Sang Tham Shrine, Phuket

Craftsmen have been carving out a new future for the 1891 shrine.

Sang Tham is a small Chinese Taoist shrine in Phuket Town that’s a microcosm of the transformation taking place in the town’s Old Town district. What was once an oft-missed sight hidden away down a narrow lane is now revealed in grand style with an ornate streetside archway topped by lively dragons. The shrine, also … read the full post

May 27 2013

Eating in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Stirring up a pad thai storm.

Bangkok is deservedly famous for its food, but I’ve got a particularly soft spot for the Chinatown district, where the main road Yaowarat is a veritable food extravaganza that just goes off… every night. So I set up a date with a Thai former colleague Kip (who lives to eat) and we took a quick … read the full post

May 25 2013

Kids’ clubs on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Skuba Skool

If you fancy some big kid time while on holiday, several options are available on Ko Tao to ensure the little kids are looked after and entertained while you indulge yourself at the spa, in the ocean or just read that paperback on the beach. If your children are eight years or older, then scuba … read the full post

May 24 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Sabai

Published by under Art & culture

Sabai most definitely extends to the animals of Thailand.

We previously explored the deeply layered meanings of mai pen rai and jai yen. Now it’s time for our last Thai phrase that comes in handy in the kingdom but is also not so easy to translate. Perhaps no single word captures the spirit of Thailand better than sabai. Though it’s most often translated as … read the full post

May 24 2013

Medical facilities on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Yes, a scooter accident. At least he was wearing a helmet.

Even though it’s a relatively small island, Samui is home to some of Thailand’s best hospitals outside of Bangkok. As much as we hope you won’t need it, if you do require hospital treatment during your stay on the island then you should be in safe hands. Samui’s private hospitals are equipped with modern facilities … read the full post

May 22 2013

Beach massage on Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Couples therapy.

There’s nothing a weary traveller likes more than a good shower and a cheap massage to ease aching muscles from lugging around a heavy backpack. While most people can’t afford daily spa treatments, one of the benefits to travelling to Southeast Asia is that unlike Western backpacker hotspots, here cheap massages are in abundance. What’s great … read the full post

May 21 2013

Hellfire Pass Museum & Memorial Trail, Kanchanaburi

Published by under Kanchanaburi

One of the views over the Khwae Noi Valley.

Midday heat topped 40 degrees Celsius as we sipped our last drops of water under a scorching sun. We’re not out of shape, but the extreme weather and rugged terrain left us exhausted just 45 minutes into the hike. Only then did we begin to imagine how horrific this place must have been for those … read the full post

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