Archive for June, 2013

Jun 13 2013

Review: The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa, Bophut, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Not a bad place to lay your towel for the day.

The name says it all in this case. The Sundays Sanctuary is precisely a sanctuary, set back from the busy Ring Road in Bophut. It’s not often you’ll find such stylish accommodation at this price on Ko Samui, and what this resort loses from not being beachside, it more than makes up in tranquil appeal, … read the full post

Jun 10 2013

Review: The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket

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From just plain shabby to shabby-chic: On On's lobby area.

Open since 1929, the On On Hotel is Phuket’s oldest hotel and for the past few decades it was known for having cheap but dismal backpacker rooms. But extensive renovations have changed all that. A flophouse no more, the On On has blossomed into a bright, stylish midrange hotel in Phuket Town. Found in Phuket … read the full post

Jun 10 2013

Review: Bunthon Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Som tam with pork neck -- a first for us.

We love the subtly sweet chilli pastes of central Thailand, the fiery curries of the south and the rustic spices up north, but the northeastern region — better known as Isaan — produces what we find to be the most addictive food in the kingdom. If you’re in Bangkok’s historic Rattanakosin district and get hit … read the full post

Jun 09 2013

Review: Blue Ocean Garden, Ao Chaophao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Blue Ocean Garden resort

Couples looking for a great midrange bungalow on Ko Pha Ngan’s west coast need look no further than Blue Ocean Garden, located on Ao Chaophao, at the north end of the beach beside Pirate Bar. Three types of rooms, all air-con, are on offer at Blue Ocean Garden: standards plus garden and seaview bungalows. The … read the full post

Jun 08 2013

Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

The southerly view -- I can see my house!

With a gaudy gold dome atop a behemoth white chunk of steel and concrete, we’ve always found the Lebua State Tower to be an eyesore in the Bangkok skyline. At 247 metres — the third tallest in Thailand — there’s no doubt it’s an imposing structure. On the 64th floor rooftop, the Sky Bar bills … read the full post

Jun 07 2013

Review: Maya Buri Boutique Resort, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

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Who needs the beach.

Although not on the beachfront, Maya Buri Boutique Resort is a good flashpacker option on Ko Samui that’s centrally located for those with hired scooters. A big pool as well as good rates more than make up for the location. Although it’s not the most scenic location, you can’t knock it as a central point … read the full post

Jun 06 2013

Review: Sor Roong Roj Restaurant, Bangkok

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I haven't seen that much crab since Chanthaburi.

Located right next to century-old Nang Loeng market in Bangkok’s historic district, Sor Roong Roj has been dishing out fantastic Hokkien-Chinese fare, with a Thai touch, since 1963. After a few stares from Thai diners surprised to see foreigners, we were welcomed by a straightforward but friendly middle aged gentleman who speaks good English. He … read the full post

Jun 05 2013

Review: Baobab restaurant, Lamai, Ko Samui

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Those sunbeds are free.

If you’re looking for a place to dig your toes into the sand while enjoying a coffee or a meal, then Baobab in Lamai is a good option. Lamai is where a lot of the French crowd hang out on Samui, and this quaint little beach cafe is no exception. Although a bit hard to … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

Review: Hello Guest House, Bangkok

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Where's the barber shop quartet?

A five-minute walk from Khao San Road, Hello Guest House bills itself as an “all new Thai boutique”. Both “new” and “boutique” are laughably false, but Hello is worth keeping in mind if you’re in the market for a decent dorm bed or cheap private room that’s well kitted out. Upon entering the bright lobby/cafe … read the full post

Jun 03 2013

Rang Hill, Phuket Town

Park yourself here for a relaxed afternoon.

If you’re looking for a leafy-green alternative to the beach, Rang Hill in Phuket Town offers a pleasant place to cool down in the shade of its pavilions and stately trees. There’s a fitness park and a few pathways to explore, but most visitors simply relax and take in the views out over the town … read the full post

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