May 28 2013

Review: Lake Hut, Seetanu, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

the red balls at Lake Hut

Those looking for some daytime entertainment on Ko Pha Ngan should head to Lake Hut to check out the Wipeout course. This fun water adventure park in Seetanu provides fun for all ages, with its intricate obstacle course floating on Laem Son lake, which was once a tin mine. The course starts off with a … read the full post

May 27 2013

Sang Tham Shrine, Phuket

Craftsmen have been carving out a new future for the 1891 shrine.

Sang Tham is a small Chinese Taoist shrine in Phuket Town that’s a microcosm of the transformation taking place in the town’s Old Town district. What was once an oft-missed sight hidden away down a narrow lane is now revealed in grand style with an ornate streetside archway topped by lively dragons. The shrine, also … read the full post

May 27 2013

Eating in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Food

Stirring up a pad thai storm.

Bangkok is deservedly famous for its food, but I’ve got a particularly soft spot for the Chinatown district, where the main road Yaowarat is a veritable food extravaganza that just goes off… every night. So I set up a date with a Thai former colleague Kip (who lives to eat) and we took a quick … read the full post

May 24 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Sabai

Published by under Art & culture

Sabai most definitely extends to the animals of Thailand.

We previously explored the deeply layered meanings of mai pen rai and jai yen. Now it’s time for our last Thai phrase that comes in handy in the kingdom but is also not so easy to translate. Perhaps no single word captures the spirit of Thailand better than sabai. Though it’s most often translated as … read the full post

May 24 2013

Medical facilities on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Yes, a scooter accident. At least he was wearing a helmet.

Even though it’s a relatively small island, Samui is home to some of Thailand’s best hospitals outside of Bangkok. As much as we hope you won’t need it, if you do require hospital treatment during your stay on the island then you should be in safe hands. Samui’s private hospitals are equipped with modern facilities … read the full post

May 22 2013

Beach massage on Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Couples therapy.

There’s nothing a weary traveller likes more than a good shower and a cheap massage to ease aching muscles from lugging around a heavy backpack. While most people can’t afford daily spa treatments, one of the benefits to travelling to Southeast Asia is that unlike Western backpacker hotspots, here cheap massages are in abundance. What’s great … read the full post

May 21 2013

Hellfire Pass Museum & Memorial Trail, Kanchanaburi

Published by under Kanchanaburi

One of the views over the Khwae Noi Valley.

Midday heat topped 40 degrees Celsius as we sipped our last drops of water under a scorching sun. We’re not out of shape, but the extreme weather and rugged terrain left us exhausted just 45 minutes into the hike. Only then did we begin to imagine how horrific this place must have been for those … read the full post

May 21 2013

Phuket weather: When is the best time to go?

Published by under Weather

Sunny and safe to swim: Nai Thon beach in December.

If you’re travelling to Phuket it’s good to know what you’re in for, weather-wise, before you pack your bags and make your plans. But one thing’s certain: you’ll be comfiest in beachwear and flip-flops no matter what time of year you arrive. Rain or shine, Phuket is hot! Though temperatures vary little from month to … read the full post

May 20 2013

The best of Seetanu Beach, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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Seetanu beach is a quiet area on Ko Pha Ngan’s west coast, about a 10-minute drive along the beach road from Thong Sala. Surrounded by yoga and detox centres, it’s a popular place with yogis and others seeking a perhaps healthy change in their lives. The beach itself is long, and not so great for … read the full post

May 18 2013

Self-catering on Samui

Published by under Food

Spicy, spicy, or, um, spicy?

Though Ko Samui has loads of great restaurants and very affordable food, if you’re a traveller who prefers to self-cater, perhaps because you’re travelling with young children or health or religious reasons make it preferable, it’s easy to do during your stay. Ko Samui is no longer the undeveloped backwater it once was; several supermarket chains are … read the full post

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