Mar 14 2013

Standup paddling (SUP) in Phuket

standup paddle SUP phuket sunset beach

Standup paddling (SUP) has become a popular water sport around the world, and Phuket is no exception. Here’s where you can try it out. SUP is a highly versatile sport that can be done in most any water conditions, making it ideal for surfing fans who might find Phuket’s wave action to be rather listless … read the full post

Mar 10 2013

Courses on Ko Samui

Published by under Ko Samui

Sitca

Rather than a silly souvenir that will lie in the back of the junk cupboard once home, a new skill is a souvenir that might come in more handy. Here are a selection of courses available on Ko Samui that should leave you with something longer lasting and more valuable than a tan — and … read the full post

Mar 09 2013

Bay Lounge, Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The perfect seat for cocktails

Ko Pha Ngan’s Bay Lounge and Resort is situated in its own private bay, but that certainly doesn’t make it secluded. The rooms, which are built up the side of a cliff, provide stunning views of Ko Samui. The entire resort’s decor, including that of the rooms, has a sort of Moroccan theme, and you … read the full post

Mar 07 2013

Plastic on Ko Tao’s beaches

Published by under Ko Tao

Not idyllic

Thailand has long been synonymous with beautiful palm-fringed beaches and idyllic, calm blue waters, but like beaches in many places, they’re getting dirtier. So what’s happened and what can you do to help keep Ko Tao’s beaches pristine? The ocean is simply choking with trash, predominantly plastic: bottles, bags, lighters, straws and flip flops are … read the full post

Mar 04 2013

Ao Yon, Phuket

Arrive to Ao Yon early and be treated to a spectacular sunrise.

Those in search of a more rustic beach scene on Phuket need look no further than Ao Yon, a small bay on Phuket’s east coast set between Ao Chalong and Ao Makham on Cape Panwa. Just six kilometres away from Phuket Town yet largely unknown to tourists, Ao Yon is split into two beaches by … read the full post

Mar 02 2013

Photo essay: Ko Samui animals

Published by under Ko Samui

Welcome to my parlour said the spider to the fly.

Thailand’s Ko Samui might not have wild tigers, elephants or even monkeys for that matter, but that’s not to say you won’t find a few interesting creatures on the island. And the best part is, you won’t need to go on a safari tour, as most of these you’ll see about your resort or just … read the full post

Mar 01 2013

Bangkok immigration office

Published by under Practicalities

A few years ago the Bangkok immigration office moved to a gargantuan modern building off Chaeng Watthana Road, not far from Don Muang airport in the city’s northern reaches. Although the old office off Sathorn Road was far more convenient, the new one gets points for modern facilities and spaciousness. Here’s a wrap on what … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Review: Lucky Restaurant, Nathon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

'Chicken' cashew nut, with tofu. YUM.

Lucky Restaurant, a no-fuss, no-frills establishment along Ko Samui’s Nathon seafront with views across to the ferries, is one of the area’s most popular restaurants, serving excellent and affordable Thai and Western food. The menu, which is also written on blackboards around the restaurant, shows off the kitchen’s versatility. From Thai food priced (and spiced … read the full post

Feb 27 2013

Phrases every visitor to Thailand should know: Mai pen rai

Published by under Art & culture

"So a train's going through the market, mai pen raaaiiii."

Beyond basics like khop khun (thank you) and horng nahm yuu thee nai (where is the bathroom?), the Thai language draws on a pool of deeply emotional/spiritual words and ideas, many of which are difficult to translate. In the coming weeks, we’ll be spotlighting a handful of phrases that are useful, but will also allow … read the full post

Feb 25 2013

Review: Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel, Phuket Town

Published by under Accommodation

The lobby: inviting and cool.

Found on Phuket Road near the Old Town streets of Phuket Town, Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel offers a good base for exploring the area’s restored Sino-Portuguese buildings and sampling some of Phuket’s tastiest and best-value local food. Its rather grand lobby with a chandelier is a cool and tranquil retreat from the motorbike-clogged street out … read the full post

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