Archive for August, 2013

Aug 19 2013

A trio of tiny Phuket beaches

The happy sands of Laemka beach.

Phuket is known for having kilometres-long beaches along its west coast, but sprinkled in between the main beaches are some wee stretches of sand that offer some scenic alternatives. Three of Phuket’s cosiest little beaches are Laemka, Ao Sane and Ya Nui at the island’s southern end. Just down the hill from Cape Promthep between … read the full post

Aug 17 2013

Games and sport on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Beach Volleyball Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan may well be best known for its parties — the Full Moon, Half Moon, Black Moon and Shiva Moon, just for starters — but fun, sporty activities are also available for those not so keen on glow paint and Sangsom buckets. Here are a few. FC Farang Ko Pha Ngan has a … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket

Published by under Festivals

Red turtles at the ready to bring to the shrines.

For the Hokkien Chinese community of Phuket, ghostly ancestors are as much a part of a family’s daily life as its living relatives. And occasionally, these ghosts are haunted by hunger. Each year, on first day of the waxing moon on the seventh lunar month, it’s believed that the gates of hell open to give … read the full post

Aug 14 2013

Must-do activities on Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

A day away from the deejays and cocktails.

Ko Samui is packed with things to do — so many that it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re on your first visit here. To help out those who are planning a trip, here’s our selection of must-do activities. Get on the water There’s no better way to see an island than from the … read the full post

Aug 12 2013

Review: Why Not, Pai

Published by under Pai

Cocktail hour

Why Not (there’s no question mark) in Pai — Mae Hong Son‘s favourite traveller destination — serves some of the best coffee in town and is also a fine spot for a well-chilled beer or pick-you-up cocktail at the end of the day. In the mornings, Why Not wears its coffee shop and breakfast cafe hat, … read the full post

Aug 08 2013

Baan Chinpracha heritage house, Phuket

The inner courtyard with a cooling koi pond.

Baan Chinpracha is a stately Sino-Colonial mansion at the edge of Phuket’s Old Town area, and the island’s only historical home we’re aware of where visitors are allowed a peek inside. Built in 1903 by Phra Pitak Chinpracha (also known as Tan Ma Siang), it was among several grand homes built after the wave of … read the full post

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