Apr 19 2013

Review: Flip Flop Pharmacy, Thong Nai Pan Yai, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Time to fill your prescription?

Flip Flop Pharmacy is a fun bar with a catchy name and bright orange front is a great place to chill out on Ko Pha Ngan’s Thong Nai Pan Yai beach. The set-up is pretty typical of an island bar, though the hanging wooden chair swings dispersed throughout the bar are a unique touch. Flip … read the full post

Apr 19 2013

Ko Tao eats: Restaurants with good deals

Published by under Ko Tao

Simple Life Restaurant

Ko Tao has a range of restaurants offering some solid deals when it comes to saving money… And while streetside is always cheapest of all, here’s a selection of places to eat that are a step up with good specials. Barracuda Restaurant and Bar is arguably the tastiest eatery on Ko Tao. Its specialty of … read the full post

Apr 16 2013

Review: Aquapark, Chaweng, Ko Samui

Published by under For kids

As fun as it looks.

Aquapark Chaweng, Ko Samui’s latest child-friendly attraction, is located in the sea – yes, in the sea — in front of Monkey Bay Beach Bar. You’ll find it in the middle of the main beach, next to the Chaba Resort and the Beachcomber, and an added bonus is that there’s plenty of parking at Monkey … read the full post

Apr 15 2013

Review: The Hammock Samui Resort, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Mae Nam -- a hugely underrated beach.

A funky resort opened its doors on Mae Nam beach — one of our favourite Ko Samui beaches — at the end of 2012. The look is fresh, the rooms are small yet stylish, and the prices are reasonable at this flashpacker to midrange option. The Hammock is well-positioned, located directly on the beach, and … read the full post

Apr 15 2013

Cheap eats in Phuket

Published by under Food

Get your fill of veg and spice with Phuket kanom jeen noodles.

Phuket is Thailand’s most expensive province and if you limit your eating to the beach resort areas you’ll certainly be shelling out a premium price for food. But you can eat cheaply too — here’s a sampling of some of the best cheap eats in Phuket and where to find them. By far the best … read the full post

Apr 13 2013

Changes on Thailand’s Ko Lipe

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

So what's new on Ko Lipe's shores?

After updating Travelfish’s Ko Lipe content over a couple of trips in late 2011, we recently returned to this tiny yet popular Andaman island for a quick getaway. We managed between swims to find out how the island has changed over the last year. The first difference popped up before we had even reached the … read the full post

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 08 2013

Dino Park mini-golf and restaurant, Phuket

A terrifying T-Rex to send the kids running.

If you happen to be walking the streets of Phuket’s Kata beach in the evening, you might come across a surprising sight: a lava-spewing volcano surrounded by some fierce-looking prehistoric beasts. This Jurassic-themed scene is home to Dino Park, a mini-golf park and restaurant set along the road that links Kata and Karon beaches. The … 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

Published by under Festivals

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

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