Feb 23 2013

Review: Banyan House, Chaweng north, Ko Samui

Published by under Accommodation

With just 4 rooms, best to book!

Banyan House is one of the few bed and breakfast establishments on Ko Samui, where most accommodation is in the form of resorts, bungalows or apartments. The giant coffee cup outside invites you to stop, and what you first notice is a blue windowed conservatory that forms the restaurant. Tables are set in the lush … read the full post

Feb 21 2013

Arawy Restaurant: great vegetarian Thai near Khao San Road

Published by under Food

We’ve enjoyed plenty of great vegetarian food in Bangkok, but one spot that slipped under our radar was Arawy Restaurant near Democracy Monument and a 10-minute walk from the epicentre of Bangkok’s backpacker scene, Khao San Road. If you’re in the mood for cheap, authentic and delicious Thai vegan food (ahaan jay) in a no … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Temples, churches and shrines of Chanthaburi

Published by under Chanthaburi

May all beings be well?

Culturally eclectic Chanthaburi in eastern Thailand has long been home to large Chinese, Khmer and Vietnamese communities and was also influenced by the Shan from Burma as well as the French, who ruled the area from 1893 to 1905. This mixed heritage is evident in both the food and architecture that line the city’s narrow … read the full post

Feb 19 2013

Review: Aroma Boutique, Choeng Mon, Ko Samui

Published by under Food

Is it a shop? Is it a coffee lounge? Well both actually.

A quirky little coffee lounge-cum-interiors shop opened its doors in January 2013 in Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon. What you first notice driving past is a flash of vibrant purple, and then on closer look, some tables scattered along the pavement. Don’t take the bend too fast, or you’ll miss it – and Aroma Boutique is … read the full post

Feb 18 2013

Ko Siray sea gypsy village, Phuket

Phuket's largest sea gypsy village, as seen from Wat Siray hill.

While Phuket’s west-coast beaches are home to ever more modern hotels, swanky beach clubs and sun-baked tourists, Ko Siray on the east coast reveals a lesser-known, more humble side of the island. Just six kilometres from Phuket Town and a world away from the five-star resorts sits Phuket’s largest sea gypsy village. Some 1,900 Chao … read the full post

Feb 16 2013

Farm Buu Nim: A food adventure near Chanthaburi

Published by under Food

But this was what we really came for.

One of the first things I noticed after arriving at Farm Buu Nim was an enormous domesticated boar quietly tied to a post near the restaurant’s bamboo floored kitchen. Sloppily dressed servers stepped over a yipping dog, concentrating to keep their massive platters of boiled crab from tipping. It reminded me of a scene from a 19th … read the full post

Feb 14 2013

Review: A Taste of Home Restaurant, Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Ushi's front room.

Ko Tao’s A Taste of Home, just out the back of Haad Sairee, is one of those places mostly only locals know about — if you wander past, it looks like a little eatery set out on someone front porch, which in fact is exactly what it is. Serving up wholesome, unpretentious food at good … read the full post

Feb 14 2013

Ayutthaya’s eclectic food scene

Published by under Ayutthaya

Boat noodles at Jaymouie -- porky heaven in a bowl.

As Thai cities go, Ayutthaya is an eclectic one. During its glory days as the capital of the Siamese Empire from the mid 14th to late 18th centuries, the city was home to a diverse range of people from throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Although the royal palaces, and all that goes with … read the full post

Feb 11 2013

Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat

Published by under Phang Nga

Tuk-tuk of the sea: the long-tail boat.

Phang Nga Bay is a calm, sheltered bay that stretches from the east coast of Phuket up to the southeast coastline of Phang Nga province. This ‘jewel of the Andaman’, as it’s often called, is compared to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay because of its dramatic scenery of steep limestone karsts. The 400-square-kilometre bay has become … read the full post

Feb 10 2013

Review: Same Same Restaurant & Bar, Ko Pha Ngan

Published by under Ko Pha Ngan

SameSame Rooftop View

Same Same restaurant and bar is where a lot of the party action starts in Ko Pha Ngan’s Haad Rin Nok, the same beach that’s home to the world famous Full Moon Party. Owned and run by two Danish women, the place is party central for full moon and many of the other moon parties … read the full post

Page 18 of 70« First...10...1617181920...304050...Last »