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 24 2013

Review: Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

It's best to come famished.

We’ve passed Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant near Haroon Mosque on Charoen Krung Soi 36 several times, and as nearby Muslim Restaurant has long been a favourite of ours, we thought we’d see how Home Cuisine compares. While far from elegant, the restaurant aims for a classier ambiance than what you’ll find at no-frills Muslim Restaurant. … 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 21 2013

Arawy Restaurant: great vegetarian Thai near Khao San Road

Published by under Food

We’ve enjoyed plenty of great vegetarian food in Bangkok, but one spot that slipped under our radar was Arawy Restaurant near Democracy Monument and a 10-minute walk from the epicentre of Bangkok’s backpacker scene, Khao San Road. If you’re in the mood for cheap, authentic and delicious Thai vegan food (ahaan jay) in a no … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Temples, churches and shrines of Chanthaburi

Published by under Chanthaburi

May all beings be well?

Culturally eclectic Chanthaburi in eastern Thailand has long been home to large Chinese, Khmer and Vietnamese communities and was also influenced by the Shan from Burma as well as the French, who ruled the area from 1893 to 1905. This mixed heritage is evident in both the food and architecture that line the city’s narrow … 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 16 2013

Farm Buu Nim: A food adventure near Chanthaburi

Published by under Food

But this was what we really came for.

One of the first things I noticed after arriving at Farm Buu Nim was an enormous domesticated boar quietly tied to a post near the restaurant’s bamboo floored kitchen. Sloppily dressed servers stepped over a yipping dog, concentrating to keep their massive platters of boiled crab from tipping. It reminded me of a scene from a 19th … read the full post

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