May 04 2013

Review: The Yoga Retreat, Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The yoga practice room

Ko Pha Ngan is well-known for its yoga centres. Yogis flock to the island from all over the world to do retreats, detoxes and generally find their spiritual selves. A few centres stand out in particular on the island as being top-notch, and one of them is the Yoga Retreat, in Haad Salad, on the … read the full post

May 03 2013

Raw Art Moovment, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Artfully Done

Raw Art Moovment is a kind of creative hotspot and space, a unique concept for Ko Tao that has very quickly been embraced by the community and visitors alike. Lisa, who is one of the owners and an artist too, simply needed a studio. Her husband Denny, a writer, needed somewhere to write. One thing … read the full post

May 03 2013

Things to do off the beach in Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Not quite Victoria Falls, but worth a potter around.

If you’ve topped up your tan and had your fill of sand and surf, consider what there is to do away from the beaches of Ko Samui. Here are a few suggestions. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the Santiburi Country Club, renowned as one of Asia’s finest golf courses. It’s located in Mae Nam Hills, north … read the full post

May 01 2013

The best beaches on Ko Kut

Published by under East coast islands

Interested?

Set off the far eastern coast of Thailand, to the south of better known Ko Chang, lies glistening Ko Kut (also Kood). We’re just back from a week or so there and can happily report that not only does it have a lot of beaches, they’re some of the best we’ve seen anywhere in Thailand. … read the full post

May 01 2013

Best of Ao Chaloklum, Ko Pha Ngan

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Malibu Beach Chaloklum

Chaloklum is a lovely little fishing village in the north of Ko Pha Ngan, between Mae Haad and Bottle Beach. The beach itself is long, with the best sand towards the eastern end, and the bulk of the restaurants, and the pier, towards the west. What’s great about Chaloklum is it’s one of the only … read the full post

May 01 2013

Where to find books on Samui

Published by under Shopping

Now all I need is a good book.

Sure, many people now travel with their kindles or iPads, but sometimes there’s nothing better than paging through a real book while swinging in a hammock. Most resorts on Ko Samui have a book-exchange shelf, where, as the name suggests, you can grab a new book and add one you’re finished with, based on an … read the full post

Apr 29 2013

Thavorn Museum, Phuket

Under the dust there's some really neat stuff here.

The Old Town historical district of Phuket Town is home to a number of strange little nooks and crannies to explore, none stranger perhaps than the Thavorn Museum in the Thavorn Heritage Hotel on Rassada Road. Dusty and a bit spooky, this small museum resembles a flea market except nothing’s for sale. But like a … read the full post

Apr 28 2013

Sunrise boat trip to Sangkhlaburi’s sunken town

Published by under Sangkhlaburi

Once a village, now a lake.

Stars still twinkling in an early morning sky, we walked to the wooden bridge that spans the northern tip of Vijaralongkorn Lake in Sangkhlaburi. Similar to Chiew Lan Lake down in Khao Sok National Park, Vijaralongkorn was created when a 1980s-built dam flooded a huge swathe of the northern Kwai River valley to form a … read the full post

Apr 26 2013

Where to do yoga on Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

You can always find peaceful spot and practice on your own.

Yoga studios on Ko Samui welcome short-term visitors, allowing holiday-makers the opportunity to carry on with their yoga routines from back home or to get involved for the first-time if they’re looking to do something different while away. There are several detox and wellness retreats as well on the island, offering yoga as part of their … read the full post

Apr 25 2013

Ko Tao Animal Clinic

Published by under Ko Tao

Its a vets life.

Visitors to Ko Tao are sometimes a little perplexed by the notion of  beach dogs or street dogs, who often have names but no specific owners. They’re well looked after, well fed, sociable and roam with abandon. Years ago when I was first here the dogs tended to look a little scrawny, mange was rife … read the full post

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