Apr 10 2013

Ghost of Mae Nak shrine, Bangkok

Mae Nak sits in her "living room".

Spirits, deities and ghosts have long held an important place in Thai culture. Most Thai people don’t question their existence, and stories about them — usually with heavy doses of love and revenge — are exceedingly popular. The most famous is the legend of Mae Nak (aka Nang Nak), a tragic tale of a woman who … 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

Boat trip: Ko Lipe to Ko Hin Ngam, Ko Rawi and Ko Adang

Published by under Andaman Sea islands

Nice to meet you, Ko Rawi.

Part of what makes Ko Lipe so enticing is that while it offers comfy accommodation, 24-hour electricity and a wide selection of food, it’s also surrounded by several pristine national park islands. A boat trip to Ko Hin Ngam, Ko Rawi and Ko Adang sprinkles a bit of nature, adventure and perhaps an evil curse … 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

Mar 23 2013

The best of Ko Pha Ngan’s Bottle beach

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Boat on bottle beach

Secluded Bottle beach on the very northern tip of Ko Pha Ngan and though it’s a pain to get to, the white sands and ultra-clear sparkling waters make it well worth the trip. There are three ways to get to Bottle beach. The easiest is by boat, with a taxi boat service running between Bottle … read the full post

Mar 22 2013

Exploring Ayutthaya’s outlying temples

Published by under Ayutthaya

The moon emerges of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhun.

Many travellers complain that the ruins of Ayutthaya, while historically important, are not all that remarkable to look at. Those expecting a neatly packaged, easily accessible and awe-inspiring historical park will likely be disappointed. Yet the city does boast a string of often overlooked but outstanding outlying ruins that require some effort to reach. If … read the full post

Mar 21 2013

Review: Flow House, Bangkok

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It’s hot in Bangkok. Really hot. Perhaps that’s why Flow House, a simulated wave surfing machine where you can boogyboard or “flowboard” has been so popular since it opened in 2012. It’s been a huge hit for private parties and lazy weekends when kids and adults head to show off their surfing skills — or … read the full post

Mar 21 2013

Review: Shiralea, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

Simple but clean huts

If you’re looking for a popular backpacker spot on Ko Pha Ngan close to the beach, with not only cheap rooms but entertainment galore as well, look no further than Shiralea. Shiralea is less than a three-minute walk to the popular Haad Yao beach, a long strip of sand that is becoming increasingly popular among … read the full post

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