Dec 11 2012

Bangkok hipster bars

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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Those unfamiliar with Bangkok’s nightlife may assume Bangkok has a monopoly on sleazy bars and not a whole lot else. But those who’ve spent a little more time — demonstrated some dedication, even — on discovering the city’s drinking establishments will know Bangkok has a very fine line in hipster hangouts, too. Often defined by … read the full post

Dec 10 2012

Phuket scams and rip-offs, part 2: Taxis

Published by under Health & safety

The Phuket tuk-tuk: a modest ride at an opulent price.

Of all the scams to watch for in Phuket, the taxi rip-off deserves special mention. Anyone who has travelled through any other part of Thailand will be shocked the first time they hire a Phuket taxi or tuk tuk, which can be four or five times more expensive than trips of a similar distance in … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan power failure: What should I do?

Solar power. Wouldn't that be nice!

UPDATE: Power has now been restored to Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan. We we woke up to the good news this morning, sleeping on the balcony for a breeze, surrounded by mosquitos. There was that tell-tale sound of the fridge buzzing, meaning that the power was on. Supply was restored on the mainland at … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

The Virgin Coast, Taling Ngam, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now that's a good reading spot.

Many feel that Ko Samui has become too developed, and in part, that may be true. Luckily it’s possible to escape the crowds and discover the Samui of yesterday only a 45-minute drive from popular Chaweng beach. The unspoilt southwest is known as the Virgin Coast; from the ring road, turn off at Route 4170 … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Phuket scams, rip-offs and hassles

Published by under Health & safety

The water's inviting but the jet-ski ride could come at a high price.

As Thailand’s tourism cash cow, Phuket regrettably attracts some unsavoury characters looking for quick and dirty access into the wallets of the unwary visitor. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common Phuket scams and rip-offs to be aware of to avoid becoming the island’s next victim. The jetski scam is Phuket’s most notorious … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Sunset in Ko Lipe

Having a wonderful time in Ko Lipe, wish you were here.

Most new arrivals to Ko Lipe will want to christen their island adventure with a sunset celebratory toast. And due to the geographical location of Ko Lipe, your selection from the beaches of Lipe for a picturesque sunset will be limited to the west side of the island at Pattaya Beach. This whitesand strip of … read the full post

Nov 30 2012

Review: La Fabrique French Bakery, Lamai, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

A good spot to satisfy a caffeine craving.

Shortly after the Lamai temple and the bend in the road on the 4169 when coming from Chaweng, you’ll find a little piece of France. There’s a large concentration of French expats in this part of Ko Samui, and many gather at La Fabrique for a taste of home. The bakery supplies many of the … read the full post

Nov 28 2012

Review: Akiira Spa, Chaweng Noi, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

They smell good enough to taste.

Akiira Spa is located within New Star Beach Resort & Spa on the hill overlooking Chaweng Noi bay. The resort’s modern, airy feel carries through to the spa, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, orange and yellow hues, and comfortable furnishings. My visit was during torrential rain, so it made a great escape, watching the weather outside … read the full post

Nov 21 2012

Being streetwise on Samui

Published by under Health & safety

Getting into a little monkey business will see you carted off to jail.

In the first of this two-part story, we advised you on staying healthy  and safe on Ko Samui. Here we offer some advice to newbie travellers on keeping out of trouble, and avoiding scams and ripoffs. When it comes to drugs — don’t be stupid. A few moments of hallucinating bliss are not worth a … read the full post

Nov 18 2012

Daytrip: Khao Lak to the Similan Islands

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

One photogenic turtle.

If you’re daydreaming of a trip to the Similan Islands of Thailand’s Andaman Sea in the near future, you’re in luck — the national park is open from November 1 to May 1 so a new season just got underway. Fine white sand beaches, thriving wildlife, majestic seascapes and soaring views from piles of seaside boulders … read the full post

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