Aug 17 2012

What’s the best time to visit Ko Samui?

Published by under Sights & activities

Time it right, and Chaweng beach is all yours.

The best time to visit a place weather-wise is usually a time that everybody wants to visit, so choosing a time that’s just right — that is, with decent weather but some extra elbow room — can be tricky. Here’s the lowdown on the best time to visit Ko Samui taking both weather and crowds … read the full post

Aug 16 2012

Ko Tao nightlife

Published by under Ko Tao

After dark.....

While it has been said that Ko Tao is a drinking island with a diving problem, you can easily avoid the mayhem if you wish. However you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog unless you wanted to find out where the party’s at and there’s certainly a party to be had on Ko Tao on … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Stand-up paddling (SUP) on Ko Samui

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More fun with friends.

SUP, or stand up paddling for those not in the know, is the latest water sport activity to hit Samui’s shores. Unlike surfing, what’s great about this pastime is that no waves are required – and let’s face it, for beach bums in search of a wave, Samui features low on the list of where … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

TEFL in Thailand

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If the thought of teaching bonzai people scares, you, try adults.

TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This acronym describes the industry, the profession and all the courses you can take to qualify as a teacher. TEFL can be temporary or permanent. Some people do it as a career break, others a gap year as it’s a great way of earning money while travelling … read the full post

Aug 09 2012

The best time to visit Ko Tao

Published by under Ko Tao

Escape to the sun.....

Ko Tao is almost a year-round destination but depending on what you are looking for during your visit there are considerations to take into account when deciding which month to come, such as weather, crowds, visibility for diving and which critters are around in the ocean. The busiest times are between July and early September, … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Tuk tuks in Thailand

Published by under Transport

Classic blue and yellow Bangkok tuk tuks.

The unofficial symbols of Thailand, nimble three-wheeled motorised transport machines known as tuk tuks may be found clamouring through the streets of most Thai cities. Looked upon as novelties by many foreign visitors but as useful options for transporting people and supplies by locals, tuk tuks are as popular today as ever in Thailand. The … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Buriram

Published by under Buriram

Muang Tam

The southern reaches of Northeast Thailand or Isaan is one of our favourite parts of the kingdom. From west to east, the provinces of Buriram, Surin, Si Saket and Ubon Ratchathani abut the Dandrek Mountains and the border with Cambodia, and indeed in the southern parts of these provinces you’re just as likely to hear … read the full post

Jul 31 2012

Ko Samui’s Big Buddha and surrounds

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So pretty. Now what can I put in there?

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) is an iconic Ko Samui image. Located on the 4171 at the end of Bang Rak, as one rounds the bend to Plai Laem, this huge statue is glimmering gold and visible from kilometres away. Perched atop a platform, it’s much higher above sea level than its own 12-metre height, … read the full post

Jul 29 2012

Ajahn Mun shrine at Wat Pa Suthawat, Sakon Nakhon

Published by under Northeast Thailand

A Forest Tradition monk removes wax from candlesoffered by visitors at Wat Pa Suthawat.

One of the founding fathers of the Thai Forest Buddhist Tradition, Ajahn Mun Bhuridato (1870-1949) revitalised Buddhism in Thailand by living in a way that reflected the historical Buddha’s lifestyle as closely as possible, and many believe enlightenment to have been his reward. Throughout his years, Ajahn Mun wandered in untouched jungles while devoting himself … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Khao niaow bing and other Thai sticky rice goodies

Published by under Food

Diving into a mouth-watering khanom pat jang.

Walk through just about any authentic food market in Thailand and you’ll notice vendors selling plump portions of something hidden under hearty dark banana or bamboo leaf wrappers. Sometimes (as I once found out unwittingly) these leaves contain grilled fish or fish curry cakes, but more often than not a sweet or savoury sticky rice … read the full post

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