Archive for July, 2013

Jul 30 2013

Review: Pantai Seaview Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Phuket

Published by under Food

A cosy corner with Patong beach in sight just beyond.

Waterfront dining in Phuket too often means mediocre meals at inflated prices, but Pantai Seaview Restaurant and Coffee Shop on Kalim beach happily offers both good tastes and good value, with a five-star view to boot. Pantai, which means “beach” in Malay and the Southern Thai dialect, sits on the rocks overlooking the beach of … read the full post

Jul 28 2013

Review: Cafe Bicycle, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Welcome to Cafe Bicycle.

Centrally located at the beginning of Sukhumvit Road, Cafe Bicycle is a bright and casual breakfast-and-lunch spot that opened at the tail end of 2012. Although it’s not-to-be-missed by cycling enthusiasts, the cafe is an excellent choice for anyone after wholesome food and social-environmental sustainability. Like Cafe Velodome in Bangkok’s old city, Cafe Bicycle is … read the full post

Jul 21 2013

Medical tourism on Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

With a view like that who will want to bend over for downward dog!

As if beaches are not enough, Samui is proving an attractive destination to many a tourist when it comes to various kinds of cosmetic surgery. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean inferior, so if this is up your alley, here’s a rundown of what’s on offer between massages and sunset cocktails. Not all procedures involve going under the knife … read the full post

Jul 20 2013

Review: Firehouse Pub & Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

HOPE. YOU'RE. HUNGRY.

Bangkok’s bountiful Thai food keeps us happy 99% of the time, but every so often, a craving for a good old-fashioned burger hits with the immediacy of a monsoon storm. Like most international foods, Bangkok has no shortage of burgers that run from Big Macs up to gourmet patties with imported beef. Seeking something in-between, … read the full post

Jul 13 2013

Extending your visa while on Samui

Published by under Practicalities

Don't think this 'Samui Passport' will work at immigration.

Should you want to stay in Thailand longer than your visa permits, you can extend it while on Samui. Here’s a rundown of how long you can extend and how to do it. Which visa you have will determine how much longer you can extend your stay. If you arrived with no visa and only … read the full post

Jul 09 2013

Review: Friendship Beach Resort, Phuket

Published by under Accommodation

Let the crab-hunting begin. Friendship Beach at low tide.

Friendship Beach Resort on Rawai beach is mainly a retreat for wellness seekers but it also welcomes anyone looking for a peaceful place to stay on Phuket with some added comforts. As its name suggests, this small resort is a friendly place that offers — for Phuket — reasonable value for beachfront accommodation. Found three … read the full post

Jul 04 2013

Guide to shopping in Bangkok’s Pratunam

Published by under Shopping

Platinum Fashion Mall would have frightened people 50 years ago.

A quick tuk tuk ride from the glitzy malls of Siam Square, Pratunam is the place in Bangkok to score clothing, accessories and electronics on the cheap. With wholesale goods packed into alleys and labyrinthine malls, approaching this entire neighbourhood of shopping mayhem can be daunting at first, but a little know-how goes a long … read the full post

Jul 02 2013

What to do when it rains on Phuket

A sailboat seeks shelter from the storm on Phuket's east coast.

Phuket can be a wet place during the southwest monsoon from May through October. But as Thailand’s largest and most developed island, there are plenty of things to do and places to escape to on a rainy day when the beach is not an option. Curling up in a dry spot with a good book … read the full post

Jul 02 2013

Review: Hacienda Beach Resort, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Even pretty on an overcast day.

If you’re after a good value flashpacker to midrange Ko Samui bungalow on a stretch of quiet beach, with sunset views and walking distance to restaurants and bars — then you can’t go wrong with Hacienda Beach Hotel. Located right in the heart of Mae Nam village, near the Chinese temple and walking street market, Hacienda Beach Hotel – sister … read the full post

Jul 01 2013

Review: Chicken T, Bangkok

Published by under Food

From happy chicken to happy travel writer.

While KFC outlets, chicken rice shops and grilled chicken-on-a-stick vendors are all ubiquitous in Bangkok, finding free-range, antibiotic-free chicken that you know is hygienically prepared is not an easy task. In the Gateway Ekamai shopping centre off Sukhumvit Road, Chicken T delivers exactly that — and it tastes darn good too. A one-time professor of … read the full post