Feb 05 2013

Enjoying seafood on Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Fresh straight from the boats.

If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll be pleased with the selection Ko Samui has to offer, ranging from cheap street food to fancy beachside dining barbecues. Flying in to Samui at night, you’ll see an odd green glow over the water. It’s caused by the green fluorescent lights on the squid fishing boats. These lights … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Chinese New Year in Phuket

Published by under Festivals

Waiting patiently for your incense offering: Chinese gods at the Shrine of Serene Light.

With red lanterns adorning the streets and truckloads of firecrackers at the ready, Phuket is poised to ring in the Year of the Snake with plenty of colour and panache. Phuket’s large ethnic Chinese population, descended from immigrants who flocked to island for the tin-mining trade in the 1800s and early 1900s, means that the … read the full post

Feb 03 2013

Review: Salad Hut restaurant, Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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How can you not love Haad Salad’s laidback Salad Hut, where the staff wear shirts saying “same shit, different day”? This funky place has a relaxed atmosphere that provides a great place to eat, then chill out, and then eat again, if you’re into that kind of thing. The food is among the best on … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Chiang Mai nightlife: Loi Kroh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

An alternative spelling from Chiang Mai city roads department

We could almost sub-title this ‘Reclaiming Loi Kroh‘, as usually the mention of this well-known Chiang Mai road tends to bring many locals out in shudders and expats in sniggers. Yes, one small section of the road is, shall we say, sleazy, but the rest of the street is home to some excellent eateries, lively … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Review: Angela’s Diner, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Delicious daily specials. Try something with avo.

The first time we visited Ko Samui more than 10 years ago, we popped into Angela’s Bakery & Cafe (as it was called until recently). After weeks of Thai food, good bread and cheese made a pleasant change. At that stage, Angela’s had no other buildings surrounding it on the stretch of ring road along … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Sunday roasts on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Hard to resist.

Sunday roasts are a tradition for many in the West — but can you get a decent one on Ko Tao if you ever tire of the delicious Thai food on offer? The good news is yes, you can, and although you wouldn’t need a month of Sundays to try each there’s certainly enough options … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Lunar New Year on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

Which is worse? Falling or electrocution?

In 2013, Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year to the Chinese — falls on Sunday, February 10, and ushers in the Year of the Snake. Celebrations can last for about 15 days in areas with large Chinese communities, including Ko Samui, with festivities beginning on the first day of the first month in the … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Hospitals and medical care in Phuket

Published by under Health & safety

Rather posh: the lobby at Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

No one likes to think about getting sick or having an accident while on holiday, but if you do fall ill when travelling in Phuket it’s easy to find a decent hospital or clinic to fix you up. Phuket has by far the best health care facilities in the north Andaman coast region, so tourists … read the full post

Jan 28 2013

Haggling in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

I'll give you 20 baht for it

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love to haggle and those who would rather be ripped off and saved the embarrassment of a little playful banter. For those who would rather not be taken for a ride on their trip to Bangkok, you’ll be pleased to know haggling is expected … read the full post

Jan 27 2013

Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The calm before the storm.

The Full Moon Party has made Ko Pha Ngan a draw for backpackers and travellers the world over. For those who have been to this massive party, which can see as many as 50,000 (some even claim 100,000) 20-somethings packed into one beach, it’s easy to see why (or why not!). If you’ve been to … read the full post

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