Oct 28 2012

A boat trip at Tha Kha floating market

Things move a bit more slowly in these parts.

Tropical flowers reach over our tiny wooden row boat, tickling my shoulders and filling the air with fragrance as we pass. Curious children and dogs peer at us from the porches of stilted homes that hover over the water. A farmer, his boat brimming with fresh-picked pineapples, flashes a smile before making small talk with … read the full post

Oct 24 2012

Photo essay: Offbeat Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Now THAT'S a bunch of bananas!

Exploring Ko Samui’s beaches, towns and interior makes for uncovering quite a few out-of-the-ordinary sights. Here we showcase a selection of the type of things you might see while tripping around — go on, snap more than the usual holiday pictures while you’re here. Above you see a pig-tailed macau monkey, used as a coconut … read the full post

Oct 19 2012

Review: Yogarden, Fisherman’s Village, Ko Samui

Published by under Yoga & spas

Peaceful purple

A funky new yoga studio-cum-cafe has opened down a quiet back street of Ko Samui’s cosmopolitan Fisherman’s Village. The village is known for its east-meets-the-Med appeal, where trendy coffee shops bump shoulders with upmarket boutiques, and bars and restaurants trade from old Chinese shophouses. The effect is eclectic and charming, making a perfect location for … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Review: Nikki Beach, Lipa Noi, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

Getting ready for a wedding.

The Nikki Beach group is renowned world-wide for throwing legendary events, with locations in party hubs such as Cabo San Lucas, Marrakech, Miami Beach, Mallorca, Marbella, St Barth and St Tropez. Nikki Beach Lipa Noi is the first to include accommodation in the mix, adding villas for partygoers to recover in. The accommodation consists of … read the full post

Oct 13 2012

Chiang Mai immigration

Published by under Practicalities

Naughty naughty!

No-one enjoys visiting Chiang Mai immigration office but for all expats and many tourists in Thailand’s northern capital an occasional visit is unavoidable, so here are a few tips on how to make your trip as painless as possible. Chiang Mai immigration office is one of the most pleasant (or least unpleasant?) immigration offices or … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Guan Yu Shrine, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

THis guy guards the door to the shrine. I'm not arguing with him.

A big red head. That’s what you see poking through the top of a building when driving along Ko Samui‘s ring road in Hua Thanon, just south of Lamai. So what is it? Virach Pongchababnapa, an islander of Chinese decent, aims to build a 16-metre tall bronze statue of Guan Yu, valued at 20 million … read the full post

Oct 11 2012

Should you rent a motorbike on Ko Tao?

Published by under Ko Tao

Which one is the brake?

Personally I would say, “No way Jose!” to anyone contemplating the undeniably risky method of getting about by motorbike on Ko Tao. However it would then be fair to accuse me of a certain amount of hypocrisy as I do indeed own and drive one. Well, chances are that unlike me — I own my … read the full post

Oct 09 2012

Review: Boudoir Restaurant, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Welcome to my parlour.

As its name suggests, Boudoir in Ko Samui’s Mae Nam oozes sex appeal and romance, with opulent decor in rich colours, mood lighting and comfortable seating that encourages guests to linger over another bottle of wine. Huge portions of rustic French country dishes are served up at reasonable prices, making this small French restaurant one … read the full post

Oct 02 2012

Is it cheaper to book hotels and guesthouses in Thailand with Agoda?

Published by under Money & costs

That saved $100 gave us an extra two days on the beach. :)

Over the past couple of weeks I stayed at eight hotels and guesthouses on Phuket in Thailand — at Nai Yang and Surin beaches in the north and Phuket Town to the south. For seven of the eight, I booked at least one night through Agoda with an average night costing 838 baht net. Did … read the full post

Sep 30 2012

Isaan: People and history

Published by under Northeast Thailand

Early temple at site of Wat Phu

Thailand’s Isaan region has been occupied since at least 6,000 years ago, when hunter gatherer tribes first migrated over the Phetchabun ranges from central Thailand, archeological work at such sites as Ban Non Wat in the Mun Valley in Khorat, Nok Nok Tha in Khon Kaen and Udon’s Ban Chiang has shown. Fertile valleys such … read the full post

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