Mar 02 2013

Photo essay: Ko Samui animals

Published by under Ko Samui

Welcome to my parlour said the spider to the fly.

Thailand’s Ko Samui might not have wild tigers, elephants or even monkeys for that matter, but that’s not to say you won’t find a few interesting creatures on the island. And the best part is, you won’t need to go on a safari tour, as most of these you’ll see about your resort or just … read the full post

Mar 01 2013

Bangkok immigration office

Published by under Practicalities

A few years ago the Bangkok immigration office moved to a gargantuan modern building off Chaeng Watthana Road, not far from Don Muang airport in the city’s northern reaches. Although the old office off Sathorn Road was far more convenient, the new one gets points for modern facilities and spaciousness. Here’s a wrap on what … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Review: Lucky Restaurant, Nathon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

'Chicken' cashew nut, with tofu. YUM.

Lucky Restaurant, a no-fuss, no-frills establishment along Ko Samui’s Nathon seafront with views across to the ferries, is one of the area’s most popular restaurants, serving excellent and affordable Thai and Western food. The menu, which is also written on blackboards around the restaurant, shows off the kitchen’s versatility. From Thai food priced (and spiced … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Mai pen rai

Published by under Art & culture

"So a train's going through the market, mai pen raaaiiii."

Beyond basics like khop khun (thank you) and horng nahm yuu thee nai (where is the bathroom?), the Thai language draws on a pool of deeply emotional/spiritual words and ideas, many of which are difficult to translate. In the coming weeks, we’ll be spotlighting a handful of phrases that are useful, but will also allow … read the full post

Feb 23 2013

Review: Seethrough Bar and Restaurant, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Entry to the chillest bar on the beach

Seethrough Bar and Restaurant on Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Yao is a funky spot that nearly always has pumping tunes; it’s a great place to get in the mood to party, or just to chill out and internalise the beat. The staff are friendly and hilarious, always cracking jokes and sometimes even sitting down at … read the full post

Feb 23 2013

Review: Banyan House, Chaweng north, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

With just 4 rooms, best to book!

Banyan House is one of the few bed and breakfast establishments on Ko Samui, where most accommodation is in the form of resorts, bungalows or apartments. The giant coffee cup outside invites you to stop, and what you first notice is a blue windowed conservatory that forms the restaurant. Tables are set in the lush … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Review: Aroma Boutique, Choeng Mon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Is it a shop? Is it a coffee lounge? Well both actually.

A quirky little coffee lounge-cum-interiors shop opened its doors in January 2013 in Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon. What you first notice driving past is a flash of vibrant purple, and then on closer look, some tables scattered along the pavement. Don’t take the bend too fast, or you’ll miss it – and Aroma Boutique is … read the full post

Feb 14 2013

Review: A Taste of Home Restaurant, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Ushi's front room.

Ko Tao’s A Taste of Home, just out the back of Haad Sairee, is one of those places mostly only locals know about — if you wander past, it looks like a little eatery set out on someone front porch, which in fact is exactly what it is. Serving up wholesome, unpretentious food at good … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: Same Same Restaurant & Bar, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

SameSame Rooftop View

Same Same restaurant and bar is where a lot of the party action starts in Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Rin Nok, the same beach that’s home to the world famous Full Moon Party. Owned and run by two Danish women, the place is party central for full moon and many of the other moon parties … read the full post

Feb 08 2013

Review: Cafe Na, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Seafood delivery. Right to the door.

If you’re looking for authentic Thai food on Ko Samui, at reasonable prices, but with a bit more atmosphere and a view better than your average roadside restaurant, then you can’t go wrong with Cafe Na. Located right next to the fresh market just before Big Buddha, owner and chef Na has her pick of … read the full post

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