Apr 09 2013

Bird-singing competitions, Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

This is how it's done!

Driving around Samui, you’ll often see men on scooters steering with one hand and carrying a covered birdcage in the other hand. Inside the cage is a prized possession – a red-whiskered bulbul, used in traditional Thai bird-singing competitions. On Samui, competitions are held every Tuesday and Saturday at 11:00. It’s not advertised, it’s not … read the full post

Apr 01 2013

Ayutthaya’s best budget guesthouses

Published by under Ayutthaya

A 400 baht fan room at Tamarind.

If not satisfied with the accommodation that 150 to 700 baht per night will get you in Bangkok, come on up to Ayutthaya for the ruins, the eclectic food scene and some outstanding but cheap guesthouses. Here’s the lowdown on this historic city’s best budget digs. First, let’s make it clear that although the majority … read the full post

Mar 25 2013

Phuket Pride gay festival

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Subtlety was not her strong point.

With the Songkran New Year celebrated nationwide, April is a festive month in Thailand, Phuket included. But the Phuket party continues to rock past the Songkran days of April 13-15 right to the end of the month with the week-long Phuket Pride gay festival set to run from April 22 to 28. Thai society in … read the full post

Mar 23 2013

The best of Ko Pha Ngan’s Bottle beach

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Boat on bottle beach

Secluded Bottle beach on the very northern tip of Ko Pha Ngan and though it’s a pain to get to, the white sands and ultra-clear sparkling waters make it well worth the trip. There are three ways to get to Bottle beach. The easiest is by boat, with a taxi boat service running between Bottle … read the full post

Mar 22 2013

Exploring Ayutthaya’s outlying temples

Published by under Ayutthaya

The moon emerges of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhun.

Many travellers complain that the ruins of Ayutthaya, while historically important, are not all that remarkable to look at. Those expecting a neatly packaged, easily accessible and awe-inspiring historical park will likely be disappointed. Yet the city does boast a string of often overlooked but outstanding outlying ruins that require some effort to reach. If … read the full post

Mar 21 2013

Review: Shiralea, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Simple but clean huts

If you’re looking for a popular backpacker spot on Ko Pha Ngan close to the beach, with not only cheap rooms but entertainment galore as well, look no further than Shiralea. Shiralea is less than a three-minute walk to the popular Haad Yao beach, a long strip of sand that is becoming increasingly popular among … read the full post

Mar 10 2013

Courses on Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

Sitca

Rather than a silly souvenir that will lie in the back of the junk cupboard once home, a new skill is a souvenir that might come in more handy. Here are a selection of courses available on Ko Samui that should leave you with something longer lasting and more valuable than a tan — and … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Bay Lounge, Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The perfect seat for cocktails

Ko Pha Ngan’s Bay Lounge and Resort is situated in its own private bay, but that certainly doesn’t make it secluded. The rooms, which are built up the side of a cliff, provide stunning views of Ko Samui. The entire resort’s decor, including that of the rooms, has a sort of Moroccan theme, and you … read the full post

Mar 07 2013

Plastic on Ko Tao’s beaches

Published by under Ko Tao

Not idyllic

Thailand has long been synonymous with beautiful palm-fringed beaches and idyllic, calm blue waters, but like beaches in many places, they’re getting dirtier. So what’s happened and what can you do to help keep Ko Tao’s beaches pristine? The ocean is simply choking with trash, predominantly plastic: bottles, bags, lighters, straws and flip flops are … read the full post

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

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