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

May 17 2013

Free diving on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Deep Blue

If scuba isn’t your thing but you love the simplicity of snorkelling then free diving might just be for you. Free diving or breath-hold diving had been around for eons — it existed long, long before scuba. Traditionally it was a way of collecting sponge and fishing, but free diving has evolved into a competition sport … read the full post

May 15 2013

Review: The Sanctuary, Haad Thian, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Gorgeous at a distance.

The Sanctuary is something of a Ko Pha Ngan institution, with guests coming from all over the world specifically for their yoga and detox programs. Located on a beach reached only by boat or four-wheel drive, it’s a testament to The Sanctuary’s reputation that consistently attracts the crowds. The multi-level beachfront restaurant greets arriving guests, … read the full post

May 14 2013

Samui Regatta 2013

Published by under Ko Samui

With spinnakers out, it seems yachts can sail uphill.

The Samui Regatta is the island’s biggest sporting event and brings in competitors and spectators from around the world. The regatta forms the final event of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix, and it’s a lot of fun, even for non-sailors. This year, the festivities and races start on 25 May, and end on 1 June, … read the full post

May 14 2013

Phuket Art Village

Love Art Studio - the home, gallery and studio of artist Pui Ngowsiri.

Phuket Art Village is a creative community tucked away down a small lane in Nai Harn at the southern end of Phuket. Home to a diverse and growing collection of home studios and galleries, the village was built from the ground up by the artists themselves. The village is set on a small plot of … read the full post

May 11 2013

Review: Kuppa Coffee House, Bangkok

Published by under Food

There's your cuppa.

Do you enjoy really good coffee? A robust cup of northern Thai Arabica is readily available all over Bangkok, but sometimes a taste of Guatemala, Kenya or Brazil is in order. Located off Sukhumvit Road, Kuppa is a high-end coffee shop and restaurant that offers an array of house-roasted gourmet beans from several continents. Throw … read the full post

May 10 2013

Review: Dolce Vita Restaurant, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Dolce Vita

If you need an Italian fix while on Ko Tao, then there’s no other place than Dolce Vita. While not the cheapest, if you love Italian food then it’s worth every baht as it’s a cut well above a run of the mill pizza joint. Dolce Vita is in Mae Haad, on what most locals, … read the full post

May 10 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Jai yen

Published by under Art & culture

Looking for the pure heart.

We’ve delved into the subtleties of mai pen rai; the next phrase we think every traveller to Thailand should know, jai yen, literally translates as “cool heart“. Good to keep in mind during tense situations, it highlights Thai culture’s emphasis on staying cool and composed. In a deeper sense, jai yen can be a powerful … read the full post

May 07 2013

Review: Sunset Resort, Bang Rak, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Not a bad spot to spend the day.

If you think that 500 baht per night bungalows on the beach on Ko Samui no longer exist, we have some good news — you’re wrong! We’ve found another one to add to our selection of good beach backpacker spots. In fact, Sunset Resort in Bang Rak, also known as Big Buddha Beach, has a … read the full post

May 06 2013

Review: Kan Eang 2, Chalong, Phuket

Published by under Food

Prawn, chili and lemongrass stirfry. A heavenly specialty here.

If you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly seafood spot right on the beach in Phuket, Kan Eang 2 in Ao Chalong is a fine choice, with a variety of delicious Thai dishes on the menu. This long-running, locally-run restaurant is large, offering mostly outdoor dining along the sands of Chalong Bay. Simply furnished with … read the full post

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