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

Published by under Accommodation

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

Published by under Food

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

Published by under Food

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

Published by under Accommodation

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

Jun 02 2013

Ethnic groups of Northern Thailand: The Hmong

Hmong kids, Doi Pui

The Hmong are one of the most populous “hill-tribe” groups across Southeast Asia and are found in large numbers in northern Vietnam, northern Laos and in various provinces of north Thailand. If you are travelling in these areas, or of course trekking, they are one of the minority ethnic groups that you are most likely … read the full post

Jun 01 2013

Post-Full Moon Party breakfasts on Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

JJs restaurant Ko Pha Ngan

So the sun is up and you’ve successfully navigated your way through Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party. You haven’t slept yet, but somehow your hangover is rearing its ugly head. You’re exhausted, but thrilled after such a fun party. Time for breakfast! But where? Don’t fret. Here are some of the best breakfast spots on … read the full post

Jun 01 2013

Flights to and from Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

It doesn't matter how you get here, just get here.

With Bangkok Airways owning and operating Samui International Airport, most flights to and from the island are on this airline. There are however a few other carriers that fly to Ko Samui. Here’s a rundown on your flight options. You can fly from most destinations to Samui on codeshare options, usually meaning a stopover in … read the full post

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