Jun 21 2013

Bangkok’s Loy La Long revisited

Published by under Accommodation

Just lovely.

Here on Travelfish we’ve written about Bangkok’s Loy La Long before. Our man in Bangkok David Luekens waxed so lyrical about it — declaring it “his dream hotel” — that I just had to try it for myself. So on a recent trip through Bangkok I treated myself to two nights (must be thorough!) at … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Northeastern Chinese food at Kiew Jeen, Bangkok

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French fried green eggplant -- very tasty indeed.

Chinese flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques have long been incorporated into the cuisine of Thailand. They’re evident on practically every Bangkok street in cheap staples like khao man kai, ba mii pet and kwit-thiao. If you’re in the mood for something different, stop by Kiew Jeen for rich northeastern Chinese Liaoning-style food. Liaoning cuisine is known for strong flavours, soft … read the full post

Jun 17 2013

Exploring Ko Siray, Phuket

Keep a sharp eye out for suicidal monkeys.

Travellers looking to get away from the crowds of Phuket and see the island’s more traditional, peaceful side are well advised to head east. Off Phuket’s southeast coast lies Ko Siray, a small island with great hilltop views, scenic roads to explore and some good beachfront dining. Connected to Phuket by a short causeway, Ko … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

Finding vegan food on Ko Tao

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Roast Veggie Platter

Travelling in Southeast Asia and being vegan can sometimes be a bit challenging — many vendors and restaurants have a habit of adding animal-based ingredients even to food you’d like to just be vegetarian (albeit usually with good intentions). Here are some tips for sticking to a vegan diet on Thailand’s Ko Tao. The best … read the full post

Jun 13 2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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