Feb 03 2013

Review: Salad Hut restaurant, Haad Salad, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

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How can you not love Haad Salad’s laidback Salad Hut, where the staff wear shirts saying “same shit, different day”? This funky place has a relaxed atmosphere that provides a great place to eat, then chill out, and then eat again, if you’re into that kind of thing. The food is among the best on … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Chiang Mai nightlife: Loi Kroh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

An alternative spelling from Chiang Mai city roads department

We could almost sub-title this ‘Reclaiming Loi Kroh‘, as usually the mention of this well-known Chiang Mai road tends to bring many locals out in shudders and expats in sniggers. Yes, one small section of the road is, shall we say, sleazy, but the rest of the street is home to some excellent eateries, lively … read the full post

Feb 02 2013

Review: Angela’s Diner, Mae Nam, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Delicious daily specials. Try something with avo.

The first time we visited Ko Samui more than 10 years ago, we popped into Angela’s Bakery & Cafe (as it was called until recently). After weeks of Thai food, good bread and cheese made a pleasant change. At that stage, Angela’s had no other buildings surrounding it on the stretch of ring road along … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Sunday roasts on Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Hard to resist.

Sunday roasts are a tradition for many in the West — but can you get a decent one on Ko Tao if you ever tire of the delicious Thai food on offer? The good news is yes, you can, and although you wouldn’t need a month of Sundays to try each there’s certainly enough options … read the full post

Feb 01 2013

Wat Kampaeng: An ancient, intimate temple in Thonburi

The original ubosot at Wat Kampaeng.

Bangkok is home to hundreds of temples. Some, like Wat Pho, are major tourist attractions while others, such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Pak Nam, are huge monasteries that double as Buddhist universities or meditation centres. Most are small and don’t draw many tourists, but that doesn’t always mean they’re unexceptional. Located along a canal … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Lunar New Year on Ko Samui

Published by under Festivals

Which is worse? Falling or electrocution?

In 2013, Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year to the Chinese — falls on Sunday, February 10, and ushers in the Year of the Snake. Celebrations can last for about 15 days in areas with large Chinese communities, including Ko Samui, with festivities beginning on the first day of the first month in the … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Hospitals and medical care in Phuket

Published by under Health & safety

Rather posh: the lobby at Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

No one likes to think about getting sick or having an accident while on holiday, but if you do fall ill when travelling in Phuket it’s easy to find a decent hospital or clinic to fix you up. Phuket has by far the best health care facilities in the north Andaman coast region, so tourists … read the full post

Jan 28 2013

Haggling in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

I'll give you 20 baht for it

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love to haggle and those who would rather be ripped off and saved the embarrassment of a little playful banter. For those who would rather not be taken for a ride on their trip to Bangkok, you’ll be pleased to know haggling is expected … read the full post

Jan 27 2013

Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

The calm before the storm.

The Full Moon Party has made Ko Pha Ngan a draw for backpackers and travellers the world over. For those who have been to this massive party, which can see as many as 50,000 (some even claim 100,000) 20-somethings packed into one beach, it’s easy to see why (or why not!). If you’ve been to … read the full post

Jan 26 2013

Rent a villa or stay in a hotel on Ko Samui?

Published by under Accommodation

Have a couple of thousand dollars to blow? This could be yours....

More and more visitors to Ko Samui are choosing villa rental over hotel stays. Should you? Each option has its pros and cons, and the right choice will depend on how important price (and hidden costs) are to you, as well as privacy, freedom, space and facilities. For stays of less than a week, resorts … read the full post

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